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First time paint polishing (11/21)
 3/30/08 6:51pm
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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Wow Chip - what a difference!! 3M definitely puts out great products!! And you certainly did a great job!!! Nice Job!!!
First time paint polishing (12/21)
 3/30/08 9:30pm
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Thumbs%20Up   Nice Work!!!   Thumbs%20Up
         And thanks for the info.
First time paint polishing (13/21)
 3/31/08 2:03pm
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I just polished mine on Sat. I'm still sore! I did mine by hand. I removed old wax, used a paint cleaner, then the polish, then a coat of wax. I feel like the Karate Kid. Dead  I shoud try the machine next time.
The car looks great, nice work.
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First time paint polishing (14/21)
 3/31/08 3:54pm
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Cramerton, NC - USA

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black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion


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Thanks Dave, I dont think I would ever have gotten all my scratches out by hand, perhaps in  younger days.....Naahhhh not even then.  What wax are you using?
First time paint polishing (15/21)
 3/31/08 5:43pm
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Try some 3M Hand Glaze (it's a brownish color).  That stuff is pretty darn good.  This body guy told me to put that on a newly painted vehicle.Thumbs%20Up

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First time paint polishing (16/21)
 3/31/08 5:58pm
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[QUOTE=greypoupon69]Try some 3M Hand Glaze (it's a brownish color).  That stuff is pretty darn good.  This body guy told me to put that on a newly painted vehicle.Thumbs%20Up[/QUOTE] Chip, I see that Micki gave you some good advice. One thing that MUST be thought of is, if you are using a machine to apply HAND polishes etc., You have to use extreme caution. There are two different kinds of materials, one is made for buffers the other is applied by hand. The buffer materials have less abrasives than the hand applied stuff. You can use hand applied if you dilute the mix and are again cautious. Auto Body and Paint Refinishing stores sell the professional stuff, in case anyone is iterested. SEE WHAT YOU STARTED CHIP! Thanx Thumbs%20Upcorvette440hp2008-03-31 16:04:24

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First time paint polishing (17/21)
 3/31/08 8:05pm
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There is more interest in this thread  than I thought there would be. The hand polish sounds interesting.
First time paint polishing (18/21)
 4/1/08 10:29am
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Glaze is great to get out even more swirl marks.

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First time paint polishing (19/21)
 4/1/08 1:45pm
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After you've spent all that time polishing, make sure you've followed it up with some kind protection!  A good combination for a black 'Vette would be a coat of 3M glaze layered with a quality carnauba wax.  Is you car driven often Chip?  If so, you might want to consider a good synthetic product like Zaino, Rejex, or Meguiar's new NXT instead.  The downside of using glaze and wax is that they will not offer much in the way of durability for a car that sees a lot of road time.  Glazes and waxes are products that do well to hide imperfections with oils and fillers, but they will not remove them.
Re: First time paint polishing (20/21)
 6/25/14 12:50pm
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looks good,well done.

to anyone going to do the same.be very carefull along body lines and edges.

them machines will soon go right thru the pant.



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Re: First time paint polishing (21/21)
 6/28/14 2:04pm
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Charleston, SC - USA

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1979 Silver w/oyster 350/290 crate motor


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Love the speaker enclosures, did you do that or buy them somewhere. Paint difference is fantastic. Mine's in for paint now. Any thoughts on how many coats of clear coat I should ask for??
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