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Restoring Shine to my baby...

I am struggling with restoring shine to my car. I have a custom paint job that is black with red flake but with being dull and the tremendous amount of scratches that haunt every black paint job, the true beauty does not shine through. My normal protection is a coat of Nu Finish wax in the orange bottle but of course that is not enough to cut it. Will a good polishing compound on a 6'' orbital waxer help restore the shine in addition to a good coat of wax? the pictures attached may give an idea of what I am dealing with. Any suggestions are much appreciated.




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Swirls galore. Wax will only try to mask the swirls. You definitely need a 1 to 2 stage correction. I think generally, orbital's are not a good idea for consumers as you may introduce holograms. I think many of us consumers use a dual action random orbital to avoid that. Try to use a compound that is not overly aggressive so you don't end up removing too much paint. If the compound can correct most of the swirls with 2-3 application, that should give you enough margin of error to correct the swirls without removing too much paint. Personally, I would use a Porta cable with an orange pad, and Menzerna Super Intensive Polish. For a black car, you may follow up with a finer compound for a higher gloss (but that's beyond what most people would do).

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I've used a buffer and 3M Finesse It II. It's very light polish but you still have to be really slow and easy with the buffer so you don't burn through the paint on the edges. If you're not very good with one, check out a detail shop or trusted body shop - shouldn't be too much money. ps You HAVE to wax the paint right after you wash off the polish splatter.

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Thanks for the help guys! I plan to do an intensive session of restoration soon but for the time being I spent 2 1/2 hours shining that helped tremendously. I used the basic turtle wax polishing compound with a wet pad and then a good coat of the Nu Finish car polish. Made a huge difference but still not where I want it to be...
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I would stay away from Turtle's polishing compound. It seems to be quite coarse and will introduce MORE swirls, but your Nu Finish polish probably has significant fillers and are masking the new swirls. It may be a good idea to use something with much less cut.

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If anyone is curious about how to polish your car, check out a guy on YouTube 'junkman2000' for a starting point. Long winded but knowledgable.

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