The almost new machine is a Simoniz 8" Random Orbit Polisher/Waxer from
It has about 1-1/4`` of various foam layers, incl. flat app. surface, and
came with 4 elastic wrap around access., 2 terry, 1 micro-fibre like
rubber-lined for dryness, and 1 foam wrap
The compound is 3M Rubbing Compound``: "Removes scratches, swirl marks and
water spots....Clear coat safe....removes grade 1500 or finer sanding
scratches, medium oxidation, coarse swirl marks, or water marks, and leaves
a fine finish". Says to use with a "compounding pad".:
I've got 220, 320 400, 600, 1000, 1500, & 2000 Silicone Carbide waterproof
sandpapers; generally 3M Auto-Pak Wetordry, from Walmart.
Nu-Finish (soft paste) in the round orange canister, from Zellers.
Synthetic, no wax. Used to use a wax. The once a year, Consumer`s Reports
best Nu-finish paste.
They also have a Scratch Remover. I wonder if this or anything else would be
a good idea.:
i use a car wash, synthetic wool mitts, white terry towels, shop rags, syth
chamois, mag cleaner, windex, vac, do the wells, etc. wet wash rinse dry
even twice. Not my vette so stop there.
I must confess this is not for my black Corvettte, its for a green 1997 Ford
Escort (only 10 yrs.old). The front hood ONLY has seen better days. I must
have applied something in the hot (after running/sun). After I wash it, I
can wipe my finger across it, and it feels smooth, and nothing comes away,
and the problem seems in the finish. It is like dirty blotches. If you
could describe a paint finish like filthy wallpaper. Whatever fixes this
may `fix`any other problems; oxidation whatever I cannot describe otherwise
now. I may have done scratch damage trying to fix it, don`t know. Been
watching too many car shows. I`m even guessing this is a clear coat car..
With my procedure it seems to have gotten some of the dirt out, like a giant
Mr.Clean stain eraser came out of the sky, did a short jig, and left. Like
a 20 second water-only rag on filthy wallpaper. But I have left obvious
scratches, full length. Less blotches, or more, dep. Overall, don`t know
if its better, or worse. Its a mess. Its not serious.
I was gonna go from 600 though all of the higher grits incl 2000. But it
would take forever. So I decided to experiment with 600, seriously in
spots, only. May have done a once over with higher. Wasn`t running a hose,
using a bucket, probably not good. Dried. Then I use the machine and the
compound. I used the micro-fibre like fine nap (looks like a terry towel
used down to nothing). Then I use Nu-finish Paste wax, by hand I think.
Prob do at least twice a year. Usu wash regularly. (much) Less since
Done this before and I swear I`m putting a ton of effort into it each time
BUT nothing is happening. I`m thinking if I did it yet again, with similar
amount of time & effort, but different approach &/or products it must work.
Without need of re-paint. Wouldn`t get one anyway. Just stop washing the
car (usu. 6hrs/wk.) Bought a m/c. Same. I assume I need to get a different
compound than the rubbing compound I have, or a combination of them. Maybe
new applicator pads. Washed the mint cond. ones I have. Don`t know which
applicators to use. and a different sandpaper method, to get rid of, and
not leave scratches.