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    Hello everyone!

    Several years ago I bought my wife a set of kitchen knives, which lead me down a huge rabbit whole of how to sharpen them. Ultimately I got quite good at it, and moved on to pocket knives, eventually learning how to achieve a fairly perfect mirror edged razor sharp blade. Through this I learned how to sand and polish aluminum quite well, metal, etc, and body/detailing work kept coming up in my search results. So a couple years ago I ended up doing my wifes headlights, wet sanding through various grits, and polishing with my (terribly underpowered) 12v drill using some Flitz polishing paste. Worked exceptionally well, I gotta say. Still looks good today. But this gave me an itch, much like the sharpening itch I had, to do more. To make the rest of the vehicle look just as good!

    Over the last couple years I have been doing extensive research, creeping on these forums an absolute ton, and have finally formulated a plan of attack. Very early on I settled on the Meguiars products, and now always have a bottle of interior detailer and UQD ready. I use UQW as a basic protectant and am still surprised how long it lasts, and use the UQD to clean dust off. I have clayed a bit, gotten into a 2 bucket washing method, and continued to do more research.

    Soon now, I will get the HF DA, with a new backing plate, and the Meguiars soft buff foam pads (DFC5/DFP5/DFF5), coupled with UC and M205, and start my hand at paint correction. For my wifes car I feel like I will definitely need the DFC5 pad, but everything I have read makes me really uncertain. I am also unsure if the DMC5 pad would work better with UC or not...nobody seems to have tried this combo much that I can find. And whether or not the DFP5 pad would take out any hazing or swirling left with from the microfiber pad. I am excited to start testing I guess! I think I really want to use D300 with the DMC5 but I have a whole bottle of UC to go through first and I don't want to waste it.

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    Re: Hey hey! From polishing knives to polishing cars!

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    Welcome to the party, incith.

    And welcome to a new (and very deep) rabbit hole.

    Just as different stone and steel combinations play differently together when sharpening blades, so do the infinite combinations of paint, pad and product when buffing cars. Do your test spots, play around and find what works for you.

    Most of all, have fun!

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    Thank you! Really looking forward to it. I actually find myself super enthused about trying various products eventually...which is how I know I've landed on another hobby worthwhile of my time. Hobbies should be fun! And seeing a nice mirror edge, does the same for me as seeing a nice mirrored panel. Really looking forward to it!

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