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    ScratchX isnt strong enough

    I was trying to get my swirl marks off of my car, but its not coming off. I guess I have to use my porter cable to get it off, but I am lost to what pad and # to use. Can someone please help me?

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    Use our W-8006 foam polishing pad on the 4.0 to 5.0 speed setting.
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    what do i use it with? do i buff it with the scratch X?

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    You can either use the scratchX like I do with the buffing machine or you can go out and buy #80 to try it, but I like scratchX cause I can use it by hand and with the machine.

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    Originally posted by revjolly
    what do i use it with? do i buff it with the scratch X?
    Currently, ScratchX is not formulated to be used by machine as it can become gummy when warmed or heated and this will make removal difficult. It will give you great results when used by machine, (by this we mean it will remove defects really well by machine), however the heat generated by a machine, even a dual action polisher can be enough heat to make the product gummy on the surface and hard to remove, this is why we don't currently recommend this product for use by machine because we don't want our customers to have a difficult time removing one of our products.

    M80 Speed Glaze is a good option in our Professional for now.


    Read this and start where M80 kicks in,

    Using the G-100 to remove swirls with the Professional Line

    Tips & Techniques for using the G-100a to remove swirls and other paint defects.

    Products Used
    Smooth Surface™ Clay Kit
    G-100a
    1 each W-7006 SOFTBUFF™ Cutting Pad (For use with the the Gold Class Bonnets)
    2 each W-8006 Soft Buff® Foam Polishing Pads (For use applying cleaner/polishes)
    1 each W-9006 SOFTBUFF™ Finishing Pad (For use applying NXT Tech Wax)
    #83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish
    #80 Speed Glaze
    Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax
    Supreme Shine Microfiber
    X4003 Gold Class Clear Coat Safe Microfiber Bonnets 2-Pack



    First wash the car thoroughly. Pay special attention to loosening and removing any dirt particles from cracks and crevices to prevent these dirt particles from being introduced onto the surface during the polishing process. After washing and drying, inspect the surface both visually for below surface defects and with the palm of your clean hand for above surface defects.

    If you feel any tiny little bumps still attached to the finish after washing, proceed to clay the paint to safely remove these contaminants. After claying each panel, wipe the panel down with a quick detailer to remove any residue.

    Using Painters Tape, tape-off any plastic trim or components that you don't not want to get product onto and also tape-off any edges, high points or areas with known thin paint.



    Your car may not look like the below car, but the taped-off areas should...




    Let's begin!




    Using M83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish to Remove Serious Below Surface Defects such as deep swirls, scratches and etchings in the paint

    This step would be for car finishes that have been neglected and/or abused. In most cases you would want to first do a Test Spot using M80 Speed Glaze and then check your results. If M80 Speed Glazes wasn't aggressive enough then you would try something more aggressive and this would be Meguiar's M83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish.


    Applying #83 Dual Action Cleaner/Polish with the G-100
    • Speed Setting - 5.0
    • Arm Speed - Slow Arm Speed
    • Pressure - 15 to 20 pounds of pressure on the head of the polisher
    • Work Area - Work a small area at a time, about 1 foot square
    • Overlapping motions - Overlap each pass by 50%, move the polisher using different patterns
    • Time - Work the product until the diminishing abrasives have broken down, but you haven't gone completely to a dry buff.
    • Amount of product - Don't overuse product, use enough to lay down a film in the area you are working



    The below diagram represents swirls and scratches evenly distributed throughout your car's finish from a horizontal point of view.



    You can see that in order to remove these below surface defects you need to remove the highest areas of the paint until they are level with the lowest depths of the deepest scratches. In essence, you must remove paint.


    When using the G100 Dual Action Polisher to remove defects, (This is different then merely applying a polish or a wax because you're trying to remove paint), you need to use a slow arm speed, overlap you passes by 50% and apply between 15 pounds and 20 pounds of pressure onto the head of the polisher.

    To get an idea of how hard this is to push down, simply place your polisher onto an everyday bathroom scale and then press down on the head of the polisher and take note of how hard you're pushing. If you like, you can even tape some heavy plastic around the scale as you can see that I did in the below picture and actually turn the polisher on and practice pushing down as you move the polisher around. Also listen to the sound of the motor to get an idea of how it sounds at the pressure you are applying. Make sure you have someone to hold the scale in place when you do this.

    15 pounds of pressure on the head of the polisher


    20 pounds of pressure on the head of the polisher


    Move the polisher in different directions
    You also want to go in at least two different directions, for example, from where you're standing, side to side, then front to back. You can also move the polisher in a kitty/corner fashion for complete, thorough and uniform cleaning action.



    Only work a small area at a time
    This will vary according to the shape, curve or body line of the panel you are polishing but for example on a large flat panel, you want to stay around a 12" to 18" squared area. The point being, don't try to work to large of an area all at once or you won't remove the defects equally everywhere.

    Overlap your sections
    When you move on to a new section, overlap into the old section for a uniform end results.


    If you're applying a pure polish, or a polish/wax or a pure wax, then you can polish larger areas at a time, use a faster arm speed, use less pressure and make fewer passes because when applying these types of products you're not trying to remove paint, merely do a good job of working the product in and leaving behind a thin even coating.

    This does not apply when using a cleaner/wax like ColorX on neglected paint because in this situation you're again trying to remove paint.

    The point of the cleaning step is to remove the defects. Because the G100's polishing action is gentle and therefore safe, it takes time to remove small particles of paint in an effort to remove a defect, so concentrate hard at doing your best work when doing the cleaning step, don't skimp out during the step and try to rush it, your results will reflect that you didn't do a good job the first time.



    Using M83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish to remove light or shallow below surface defects such as deep swirls, scratches and etchings in the paint

    This step would be for car finishes that have are in pretty good shape except of light/shallow swirls, scratches and etchings.

    In most cases you would want to first do a Test Spot using M80 Speed Glaze and then check your results. If M80 Speed Glazes wasn't aggressive enough then you would try something more aggressive and this would be Meguiar's M83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish. Another option would be to apply a second application of M80 Speed Glaze and work it really well and check to see if this removed the defects instead of switching to the M83.

    Applying M80 Speed Glaze is also excellent for re-polishing show cars to bring them back up to show car status. M80 Speed Glaze perfectly prepares any paint for application of your choice of wax.

    Here are two cars that have been re-polished using M80 Speed Glaze to remove light swirls and scratches and prepare them for display.

    The Panic Parrot
    This wild Pro Street 1950 Studebaker Starlight Coupe is named Panic Parrot. Owner Steve Metz Creator of Muscle Machines is famous for taking his wildest imaginations and turning them into reality! With the Panic Parrot he has created yet another wild super rod in the same legacy of the Frantic Frog. And it not only looks wild, it is wild with a fuel injected 632 cubic inch Chevrolet engine.



    Sniper
    "Sniper", a 1954 Plymouth Belvedere that was totally reworked and customized by Troy Trepanier features a Viper V-10 engine and modified drive-train from a GTS Coupe. Unveiled at the SEMA Show as part of Hot Rod Magazines 50 years of Hot Rodding Showcase, it has been the recipient of many design awards.



    If you use M80 Speed Glaze to showcase your talents as a detailer and create a flawless, liquid wet-looking finish on your car... then you're in good company!

    Applying #80 Speed Glaze with the G-100
    • Speed Setting - 4.5 to 5.0
    • Arm Speed - Medium Arm Speed
    • Pressure - 15 to 20 pounds of pressure on the head of the polisher
    • Work Area - Work a small area at a time, about 1 foot square
    • Time - Work the product until the diminishing abrasives have broken down, but you haven't gone completely to a dry buff.
    • Amount of product - Don't overuse product, use enough to lay down a film in the area you are working. Speed Glaze is rich in polishing oils a little bit goes a long ways



    When attempting to remove light swirls and scratches from your car's finish, use between 15 and 20 pounds of pressure to the head of the polisher. After polishing at these more aggressive pressures, you can always lighten up and make a few cover-passes at 10 to 15 pounds of pressure.

    For very light polishing, you need only apply between 10 and 15 pounds of pressure to the head of the polisher.


    For a little more aggressive cleaning action with the M80 Speed Glaze, increase your pressure to the 18, 19 and 20 pound range.



    If you decide to re-polish any panels with a second application of the M80 Speed Glaze, be sure to first remove any leftover residue first before applying fresh product. This will insure the remaining residue will not adulterate or dilute the fresh product for best results.

    After you've cleaned and polished your car's paint with either one-step process, (M80 Speed Glaze), or a two step process, (M83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish followed by M80 Speed Glaze), and have wiped off any and all residue left on the finish, you are now ready to apply your favorite wax.



    In the below outline, we list Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax; you can however use any wax you like for this step.

    Applying NXT Tech Wax with the G-100
    • Speed Setting - 3.0 to 4.0
    • Arm Speed - Medium Arm Speed
    • Pressure - 5 to 10 pounds of pressure on the head of the polisher. You want to lightly engage the foam pad with the surface, not just float over it. This means using a few more pounds of pressure than just the weight of the machine resting on the surface.
    • Work Area - You can work a much larger area when apply a wax if you have already previously cleaned and polished the finish with a cleaning and polishing step like those outlined above. For example you can apply wax to one half of the hood and then walk to the other side of the car and apply to the other half of the hood and continue to apply your wax like this as you work around the car. Apply wax to the entire car and then stop and wait for the wax to dry until it swipes clear.
    • Time - Work the product long enough to make 2 to 3 passes over each square inch of the finish then move on to a new section.
    • Amount of product - Don't overuse product, use enough to lay down a film in the area you are working. Thin coats are just as effective as thick coats plus they remove easier and use less product.


    5 to 6 pounds of pressure for applying a wax after a dedicated cleaning and polish step



    9 to 11 pounds of pressure for applying a wax if you need a little cleaning power when you're applying the wax






    Removing the dried wax by hand or machine

    After allowing the coating of wax to dry until it swipes clear, you are now ready to remove the wax by hand using a premium quality microfiber polishing cloth or a 100% cotton terry cloth towel. If you like however, you can also use your dual action polisher to remove the wax by using a microfiber bonnet over a clean dry pad.

    Removing Polish or Wax with an Ultimate Bonnet on the G-100
    • Speed Setting - 4.0 to 5.0
    • Arm Speed - Medium Arm Speed
    • Pressure - 15 to 20 pounds of pressure on the head of the polisher.
    • Work Area - You can work panel by panel, for example, remove the wax from one half of the hood and then walk to the other side of the car and remove the wax from the other half of the hood. Repeat this to the entire car until all of the wax has been removed.


    At this point you can call it quits or apply a second coat of wax.



    Note about the pressure applied to the head of the polisher...

    I've placed my hand on a scale before and often times guesstimated how hard to push down on the buffer head, but today I covered our bathroom scale with a thick plastic from a bag I cut up, taped it securely around the scale, then experimented running the polisher over the scale using the correct pad and chemical to try as best as I could to duplicate the exact thing I would do if I we're working on a real car.











    I've polished out hundreds of cars using both the rotary buffer and the dual action polisher and have a pretty good feel for how much pressure to apply depending on what you want to accomplish.

    To tell you the truth, I was quite surprised by the scale readings myself. I posted a range because that's truly how the dual action polisher works, it works within a range of pressure not a set number. Another factor is the condition of the paint, paint with only light swirls will only need pressure in the 15 pound range while paint with really deep swirls and harder paint will require pressure in the upper range running anywhere from 17 to 20, maybe even bumping over 20.

    It was not a perfect system, but I'm confident the numbers are in the real world correct range. If you have a scale, and you have experience polishing out swirls with a dual action polisher using a foam pad like our W-8006 foam polishing pad, give it a try and compare notes.

    Also when applying a wax, I found a little more than the weight of the polisher, yet enough to keep the pad flat against the finish was around the 10 pound range. For more cleaning ability, a person could apply a tad more pressure, so the range depends upon what you're trying to do.

    These are all just suggestions, or course you can experiment with your car's finish and determine what works best for you.

    Remember, it's not just about breaking down abrasives; it's about removing below surface defects. You remove below surface defects by removing the upper level paint that surrounds them.

    Gliding the dual action polisher over a clear coat finish will not remove paint. Pushing down on the polisher, moving it slowly and the combination of time, your pad choice, chemical and oscillating action, gently and carefully abrade and remove small amounts of paint which levels the finish and thus removes the defects.


    Next read this so you know how to find products in our Professional Line.


    How to locate Meguiar's Professional and Detailer products in your hometown.

    At every Detailing clinic held on Saturday's here at Meguiar's in Irvine, California, around the rest the of the United States by our Professional staff, and constantly on discussion forums all over the web, the question comes up,


    "Where can I find the Professional Line of products and the Detailer Line of products?"


    Meguiar's Professional Line
    For those that may not know, Meguiar's Professional Line of products, are the products that come in the Tan Bottles with the Numbers on them. Like this one,



    Or sometimes they're not in a tan bottle, but another container, but they have the distinctive and often talked about or posted part number, like this one,



    This is what is known as Meguiar's Professional Line. These are products primarily formulated and sold into the professional side of the auto appearance industry. This includes products for use on the assembly line at car manufacturing plants, and also products for use in the Refinishing Industry, for example your local body shops and dealerships that offer collision repair.

    Meguiar's Detailer Line
    Meguiar's manufactures the highest quality products for the professional detailing industry. This includes,

    Degreasers and Multi-Purpose Cleaners
    Car Washes
    Glass Cleaner
    Wheel Cleaner
    X-Press Liquid Wax
    Last Touch High Gloss Quick Detailer
    Body Solvent
    Tire Dressings
    Solvent Dressings
    Water-based Dressing
    Aerosol Spray Dressing
    Leather Cleaner & Conditioner
    Plus other miscellaneous tools and supplies


    In order to purchase these products locally, you need to find what is called a PBE Store. Let me explain what a PBE Store is.

    In the Automotive world, there are two types of auto parts stores,

    * Hard Parts Stores
    * PBE Stores

    A Hard Parts store is a store like Pep Boys, Kragen, AutoZone, etc. These types of auto parts stores sell a large variety of auto parts including Meguiar's highly popular Consumer Line which includes, Meguiar's Deep Crystal, Meguiar's Gold Class, and Meguiar's NXT Generation.

    Some Hard Parts stores sell a few products from the Professional Line, such as M-02 Fine Cut Cleaner, M-07 Show Car Glaze, M-2616 Hi-Tech Yellow Wax, M-3416 Final Inspection, and M-4016 Vinyl/Rubber Cleaner & Conditioner to name a few.

    PBE store is an auto parts store that like a Hard Parts store sells traditional auto parts like spark plugs, starter motors, oil etc. but they also stock and sell Automotive Paint, and Body Shop Supplies and Equipment.

    PBE stores don't tend to have large neon signs on the outside of their building because they often lean more to the Mom & Pop type of business than belong to large, nationwide chain stores.

    For this reason, these stores a little harder to find. But note this, if your town or city is large enough to have a body shop or two, and also a new car dealership or two, (which probably includes a majority of towns and cities in America), then chances are very good there is at least one PBE store within an acceptable driving area from where you live and work.

    Here are three ways to find a PBE store in your area,

    1) Meguiar's Online Dealer Locater
    Simple click on the link above, type in your Zip-Code and then select the Meguiar's Professional Products option. Hopefully this will give you some accurate leads.


    2) Look in the Yellow Pages of your local phone book. Look under the Automotive section under Paint Supplies, (or something similar). Often, if there is a PBE store in your area they will place an add in the local yellow pages. A quick phone call will tell you if they do indeed sell body shop supplies and carry Meguiar's Professional Line.


    3) This is probably the easiest and simplest, but not always the fastest way to find a PBE store. The next time you're out driving around and you see a Body Shop that is open. Pull over, and locate someone who is wearing jeans and looks like they work in the shop. Often times their clothes will be dirty because the refinishing business is a dirty business. Ask this person,


    "Where does your shop purchase their paint, compounds and polishes at?"


    Chances are very good he is going to tell you about a local PBE store, also called a Paint Store, (but not house paint), and point you in the right direction.


    Those are three ways to locate a PBE Store in your hometown.


    Important Note: After you locate a PBE Store in your hometown, upon exploring the store, if you do not find the Meguiar's product you are looking for, whether it be a Professional Line product or a Detailer Line product, but you do see other Meguiar's products in tan bottles with numbers, rest assure they can order the specific product you're looking for, simply ask one of the counter people if they can help you out.

    Sometimes it will help if you have either a Meguiar's Professional Catalog with your are the part number for the product you are looking for. For example, if you're dying to try out Meguiar's very popular quick detailer in the *New* Detailer Line, the part number is D15501 and the name is Last Touch Spray Detailer





    And if you really want to be brought up to speed, then read everything in the Information Station, there is a plethora of information in this forum category, in fact both of the above articles came from the Information Station.


    The Information Station


    Hope this helps!
    Mike Phillips
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    I like to use ScratchX by hand for the bad spots followed by #83 then #80 (both with my G-100). I can't always get all the blemishes off (probably my skill level and lack of wanting to work with a rotary), but this does a great job minimizing them. Also, next time I go to tackle the bad spots with ScratchX I'm going to try using a Terry towel to apply because it is a bit more aggressive than the hi-tech applicator. Might work a bit better for me.

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