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Old 29 Apr 2016, 03:47 am
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Default What is the correct rubbing compound for me.

I want to shine up the paint for the summer,hide some minor scrathes and chips from road pebbles and so on,I'm new to this sort of thing but before I jump in I had the sense to google a bit and I found out you can't just buy any type of wax for any paint,there are some specifics.

My Schmoozer is a dark blue metallic,it shines and reflects like a mirror,which one do I get for it,In my local car store there is a whole raft of Turtle wax products,but I have no idea which one to get.

This is the prominent product that the clerk offered,but he looked and sounded an awful lot like an idiot,Im not going to go in before I know for sure,will it do?

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Old 29 Apr 2016, 06:27 am
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Dude, I'm not a paint and body man, but if you use THAT on your PT, you'll be sorry. That stuff is for HEAVILY oxidized paint. That's what I used on an old Dart I bought while I was in college that had been sitting for 5 years. The paint was so rough, you could run your finger across it and the red color would be on your finger.That's NOT even polishing compound, it clearly says RUBBING compound. DO NOT USE IT. It's a coarse grit that will scratch the hell out of good paint. I use some stuff called NU-Finish on my 2013 Chrysler 200 about 3 times a year. Is it perfect? No, but it does a good enough job for me. Wait for someone that does paint and bodywork to respond, but please do not purchase and use that. If you do, you'll want to kill the moron that recommended it.
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Old 29 Apr 2016, 09:22 am
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Default Re: What is the correct rubbing compound for me.

Amazon.com: Chemical Guys GAP_VKIT_16 V Line Polish and Compound Kit (16 oz) (4 Items): Automotive

If you buy the sample kit (4 oz.) you can check which number polish works best for your car. I use mostly 38.
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Old 29 Apr 2016, 09:33 am
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Like these guys said, if your car shines you don't want rubbing compound. That is for finishes that are pretty far gone and I'm not sure how well it will work on clear coat. You want to start as mild as possible. Polish isn't going to take out chips and scratches unless they are very minor and don't go all the way through.

Otherwise, you are looking to touch up. If your car is a darker color, the wax may make a white residue which shows them to the largest disadvantage. You can cover that with shoe polish or a sharpie.

If you feel the surface is a bit rough you might want to try to clay bar it.
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Old 29 Apr 2016, 09:51 am
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A little trick for you and anyone else ....if you are in any doubt what to use on your vehicle try a sample area that is not seen. Open the hood and there is a few nice places to test cleaners,rubbing compound wax polish ,etc...

Also use your cell phone and contact manufactures direct. they LOVE to talk about there products!

BTW where is Tall Mountains?
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Get to Maguires finishing products. Works really well and really help bring out the the fine shine. Go to there web sight for more on this.
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Get to Maguires finishing products. Works really well and really help bring out the the fine shine. Go to there web sight for more on this.
Meguiars or Mothers.

Don't even waste your time with Turtle Wax.
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There is actually lots of good information here!

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