Rate Your Skill Level

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  • Ph.D. - Highly proficient with rotary buffing and wet/damp/dry sanding

    22 12.57%
  • MBA - Proficient with rotary buffing, but little to no wet/damp/dry sanding experience

    32 18.29%
  • BA - Proficient with D/A polisher, but little to no experience with rotary buffing

    77 44.00%
  • High School Grad - Work mostly by hand, just getting started with D/A polisher

    44 25.14%
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    Sr. Global Product & Training Spec Michael Stoops's Avatar
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    Rate Your Skill Level

    All egos aside, how far has your detailing education progressed?
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    Re: Rate Your Skill Level

    I have a couple hundred hours into DA polishing and have used a dozen different polishes/compounds and 7-8 different types of pads from Chemical Guys and Lake Country from their red/blue finishing pads to purple hybrid foam/wool Kompressor pads.

    I have not gotten into rotary buffing or wet sanding paint yet.

    With that said, I gave myself a BA ranking.
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    I've been painting and detailing cars for nearly 40 years. When I started a rotary and wool bonnets were all we had to work with. Wet sanding was done by hand for the most part and 800 wet/dry paper was about it.

    Through the years there have been marked improvements in equipment, sanding, and chemicals which has caused the trade to literally explode! Slow-start variable speed rotary's to DA polishers are incredible additions.

    Foam pads are another great discovery. Learning and knowing what pad to use with which chemical at what speed takes time but give the user a tremendous amount of flexibility when correcting a fiinish.

    I tried damp sanding a clear coat which uses 3000 grit wet/dry paper on a DA sander with a few squirts of water. It sand so slow and finely I was really surprised.
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    I would have to give me a ba, also.
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    My guess would be right between MBA and Ph.d iam very good at polishing but i havent taken the time to realy do wet/dry sanding, iam moving into that area tho, i just ordered the full line of Unigrit papers and backing plates.
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    Ph.D - Mike and I damp/wetsand and rotary just about every car we work on and have dozens of wetsanded/dampsanded cars under our belts now

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    Re: Rate Your Skill Level

    BA (Below Average)...
    I'm fairly good with the DA, but I haven't mastered it yet. With the number of combinations of pads, compounds and paints, you could spend years refining your techniques with the DA alone.

    I still have to try a rotary and wet sanding. I'm looking forward to the experience. Perhaps next year in the Spring.

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    It looks like I'm BA , I wanna perfect my DA skills before working with a rotary or even thinking about wet sanding

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    I'm between HS newbie and a BA. I'm not as proficient with the DA as I'd like to be but I'm past the point of doing everything by hand. Although I still do some things by hand, I'm past the point of being comfortable with the DA. My ultimate goal is to be proficient with the rotary and sanding skills.
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