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Old 05-17-2009, 06:56 AM
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Chad,

When I compound, I apply the F7 directly to the aluminum. Just a dot of polish every two or three inches over an area of a foot square or so. A quick pass with the buffing wheel should make the area a more or less uniform gray. Then, if you have just the right amount of polish, a one inch per second pass should result in a mirror look just at the center of then pass, with lots of gray on each side of the centerline. I then keep working on the area until all of the gray is gone. Then fluff the wheel with a cleaning spur. If I am satisfied with the area, I can now move on to a new section, but I will keep working the same area for a considerable amount of time on the first polishing of that section.

A couple of important points I have learned: Slow the buffer way down. If you think it is turning a little too slowly, halve the speed and you should be about right. Second, try to have several buffing wheels. They work much better when they are fluffed up, and after about an hours work I find I can't keep it fluffed even with a cleaning spur any more. With three buffing wheels, that means I can work for about three hours on compounding, which is a pretty good session.

Don't try to simply apply anyone else's techniques without any deviation. Experiment a little, because everybody has thier own little tricks, and sometimes what works well on one piece of metal does not work as well on a different one. Find out what works best for you on the part you are polishing.

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Old 05-17-2009, 12:00 PM
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Default I agree with Pat.

Be very careful about how much polish you use, too much and it just won't cut. F7 many times. I don't use sandpaper at all, just re work it with slow buffer until it comes out, it will. Also on final use cyclo with S using their flannel cloths. If you use micro fiber, you will have small scratches. The flannel cloths are very important to the finish. After I have cycloed an area where I think it looks good with S, I go back and wipe it with Minerial spirits, then buff again with cyclo & flannel. It turns black for about 30 seconds, then goes absolutely brilliant. Experiment, you'll be surprised at the result, but nothing happens fast. I polished my whole 6 top & bottom, it just takes many days (or weeks). Good Luck.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:31 PM
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After another session this morning, I kinda am thinking that I'm not using enough polish...there is so much talk of using too much, that I think I'm shorting myself. If you are using a dot every two to three inches Pat, I'm definitely not using enough.

After 5 or 6 passes with F9 today, I still have this...the scratches are SUPER smooth, but still visible...



I think next time I'll try F7 with more polish...I really hope I can get the scratches out...
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:30 PM
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Chad,

Try some G6 on the scratches. It will take them down pretty fast.
Don't use much and then the F7.

I have seen some deep scratches come out. Ones you can feel
with a fingernail.

Lookin good.

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Old 05-17-2009, 05:51 PM
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I think next time I'll try F7 with more polish...I really hope I can get the scratches out...
Chad,

With F7 and the proper pad at the correct speed, you should be leaving plenty of swirls, but I don't see any. Here's what worked for me:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90820

Run the buffer at 1000 rpm. Any faster and you'll heat/flash the polish.

With an EQ-143 backing plate and EQ-140 pads:

http://www.nuvitechemical.com/Products.asp?ProductID=16

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Old 05-17-2009, 06:19 PM
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Chad,

Try some G6 on the scratches. It will take them down pretty fast.
Don't use much and then the F7.

I have seen some deep scratches come out. Ones you can feel
with a fingernail.

Lookin good.

Boomer
Hmmm...I have some sample size G6, but didn't try it because according to Nuvite, F9 is courser and works for abrasive pad damage...

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NuShine II Grades: NuShine II - S Final Finish -For the "Nuvite Look", Light Oxidation Removal, Polish Upkeep & Repolishing, Paint Finishing NuShine II - A Light Oxidation Removal, Polish Surface Reconditioning NuShine II - C Repolishing prep of already polished metal, Removal of Cloudy Look, Oxidation Removal NuShine II - G6 “Smart Abrasive” - Quick Cut, Reduces to Fine Finish For Initial Polish of New Metals to Prep for Final Finish NuShine II - F7 Removing Light Corrosion, Blending Scratches & Pitting NuShine II - F9 Removing Serious Corrosion, Surface Blemishes, & Repairing Abrasive Pad Scratching in all metals. Also recommended for Prep of Non-Clad Aluminum Surfaces. * Specialty grades are available beyond those listed - Contact Nuvite for Information
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Chad,

With F7 and the proper pad at the correct speed, you should be leaving plenty of swirls, but I don't see any. Here's what worked for me:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90820

Run the buffer at 1000 rpm. Any faster and you'll heat/flash the polish.

With an EQ-143 backing plate and EQ-140 pads:

http://www.nuvitechemical.com/Products.asp?ProductID=16

Tony
I'll try a bit slower on mine...it runs a max of 1650, which is what I've been using. I have the EQ parts you mentioned...but probably need another pad for G6. You're right though, I don't have many swirls, but I'm also not getting the gray film like Pat is talking about...it goes on, turns black and disappears quickly. That's why I think I don't have enough polish...

I'll keep trying...
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I'll try a bit slower on mine...it runs a max of 1650, which is what I've been using. I have the EQ parts you mentioned...but probably need another pad for G6. You're right though, I don't have many swirls, but I'm also not getting the gray film like Pat is talking about...it goes on, turns black and disappears quickly. That's why I think I don't have enough polish...

I'll keep trying...
If you can get a 12" x 24" area to turn black, then you have enough polish. It should stay black for one or two passes, then start to dissipate. If it stays black any longer than that, you used too much polish. Wipe most of it off with a rag and hit it with the buffer again. Be sure to slow it down to 1000 rpm max. And look for swirls.

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Chad,

What Tony said will work.

I have never used the F9 so if it works, thats good. Try some G6 if
you can and see which one works the fastest.

If you get a glazed look you are going too fast and/or need a new
pad.

Keep polishing because you will like the look.

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Thanks guys...will give it a shot tomorrow...I'm not giving up on this!
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