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10-22-06, 08:59 #1
how many times can you compound and wax??
i just used a dual action polished on one of my trucks .it had a lot of swirls on it .so what i did was use the yellow pad with compund then followed that up with the green pad and polish then the blue pad with polish . then wax . it came out really great. but how many times can i do this to the same truck . with out removing all the clearcot .Too Many ads? Becoming a member of Autopia has its privileges. Sign up here .
10-22-06, 09:11 #2
Nobody can really say for certain. The only way to *really* know would be to measure your paint thickness before/after the work and then extrapolate from the differnce. But most correction by PCDA is so mild that you wouldn't even get a difference in the two readings.
Every time you polish out marring you take off a little more clear. The rule-of-thumb is that you can only take off about one third of a mil (that's .0003") without precipitating clearcoat failure. That isn't much, but the PC/DA doesn't take much off either.
Short answer, and this is just *IMO* and a wild guess based on experience: you can do that once a year for a long time. You can do it more often than that for a less-long time. You shouldn't *have* to do it more than once a year, if you do you oughta rethink/change your wash/etc. technique. FWIW, I do that sort of correction on my MPV (thin factory clear, sorta fragile) about every other year and I don't try to remove the deeper scratches.
If you're gonna keep the vehicle for a long time, and you find that you keep marring it (that's not intended as a slam, most people do it even when they're skilled and careful), you might oughta consider living with some imperfections in the interest of your paint's long term well being. I sure wish I'd done less polishing on my '85 Jag...by the time I figured out how to wash it properly I'd polished the paint nearly to death and now I can't do more correction so I have to live with marring that bugs meThe most interesting man in all of Autopia Land. (<--I didn't enter that!)
10-22-06, 09:25 #3
thanks !! ya i probably do it once a year .im very carefull with my washing i only use microfiber towels but as carfull as i am you can help but get those dam wash scracthes sooner or later
10-22-06, 09:34 #4
Cool. I wouldn't expect any problems then.The most interesting man in all of Autopia Land. (<--I didn't enter that!)
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