Polishing seems to be a lot like building an airplane, only cheaper and not only does it never gets done it's always getting less polished!
This was last year, F7 trying to shine up 9 years of building and several years of flying. Boot Cowl and front Fuse done, just starting on the fuel tanks.
I've really been surprised on how the rough polish has been holding up after a year. She's spent dozens of nights outside, flying in rain, tons of bugs wiped off the leading edges etc with just a wipe down of denatured alchohol/water/drop of soap and S polish and a micro fiber. Yes finger prints show right up but they also wipe right off with the bugs. I know the surface is dull and swirly since its been a year since a real polish, seems I'm the only one who notices.
I've since used the C polish and the wool buffer pads, but still have some burn/scorch marks from the initial F7 buff. I'm currently lightly buffing with the wool pads and C followed by the Cyclo and C compound as recommended by Radara (Nuvite Rep), it seems to be working well but I won't know till I pull it out in the sunlight. The initial buffing took hours for a couple square feet, the secondary takes hours for the entire top of the wing. As of tonight I have about 6.5 hours in the top of both wings and 1 side of the forward fuse done with the C and the wool pad and cyclo.
Pics show polish better than in person, but it looks pretty good from 3 feet. Deeper scratches are still there just not as noticeable, and you have to be closer than 3 feet. Sunlight will tell the truth in a couple days. For now It does both my lil' man and myself good to piddle in the hangar for a couple hours.