Originally Posted by 704CH
I have been polishing and learning the trade quite a bit over the last month or so. Getting nice results, but spending lots of time. I might have an idea of what is causing your fingerprints..
I bet it is like if you write "wash me" on a dirty car. The dirt can scratch the paint under your finger.. Maybe when you dab your finger on the surface with the abrasive polish on it, you are sliding it slightly and scratching the surface. Then the final grade polish isn't enough to cut through the scuff.
Anyway, just a thought.
I think that's right. For the spring polishing -- underway now -- I'm dipping old fleece pieces (yeah, occasionally I'll actually wash those old ones) in the polish and use that to dab it onto the AL and it seems to work just fine, as someone predicted upthread.
And, yes, it does take time; but less so after you've polished and compounded a few times. Sometimes Cyclo and S alone is enough to bring life back to things.