I understand that the type of polish, sealant, wax and pads used should be based on the hardness of the vehicle’s paint. I own a 2007 Infinit G35 and was wondering if perhaps you had any recommendations on which mix of products I should use for my vehicle to get the most out of its paint. I’m going to be using it with the Porter Buffer (DA). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Great question! There are myriads of different polishes, pads, machines, and processes out there that would take literally years to read up on, and learn how to put them in place. Not to mention thousands of dollars! What I’m going to suggest is a simple, proven, relatively inexpensive system that will get you the best results possible.
Infiniti paint is known to be “sticky” which means the polish will gum up, and spit all over the place, and make it more of a chore to polish than necessary, when using a rotary. This is why most pro’s choose to go with the Porter Cable 7424XP, as you can usually get very good correction with this machine, and it doesn’t create a ton of heat, which allows the polish to work properly. As you mentioned, you already have one, which is the perfect starting point!
Next, you will need some polishes to go with the machine. The polishes I would recommend would be Meguiars M105 Ultra-Cut-Compound and Meguairs M205 Ultra Finishing Polish. You might be wondering: with my soft paint, isn’t this a bit aggressive? And yes, it is going to be a bit aggressive, and maybe with a few different polish/pad compounds you would be able to get similar results without stepping right to the aggressive compound.
With the proper pad (I would recommend 2 5.5” and 2 4” Lake Country Cyan Hydro-Tech polishing pads) the micro-marring is kept to an absolute minimum, and you are able to finish down very well, even on soft paint. With this combination of the Cyan pad and M105, you are able to cut out most (if not all) of the major defects, and as I said, finish down fairly well.
Now that you’ve cut down the defects down with the compound, you will want to follow it up with the M205 and a finishing pad. For this, I would recommend 2 5.5″ and 2 4″ Lake Country Tangerine Hydro-Tech finishing pad. This pad will take down any micro-marring left over by the M105/Cyan combo, and give you a very deep, glossy finish.
Todd has written a great article on how to properly use this combination that gives you a step-by-step guide to get the results you’re after (substitute when he says Lake Country Orange for a Lake Country Cyan and Lake Country Black for Lake Country Tangerine).
Next you’re going to want to seal, and wax it to protect your investment (in time and products) as well as give it its final deep, and glossy look that will really show off your hard work. I have had very, very good luck with the Blackfire Fire-Over-Ice kit. This gives you one of the slickest, best looking sealants on the market (Blackfire Wet Diamond), and follows it up with a very, very good carnuba (Blackfire Midnight Sun Carnuba Paste Wax) that will add a substantial depth and gloss to the finish left behind by the Blackfire sealant. You will want to apply the Blackfire Wet Diamond sealant with the PC on speed 4 with a Lake Country Crimson Hydro-Tech Ultra Finishing Pad. I have written a review on the carnuba (as well as a sample of the Fire-Over-Ice kit) that outlines why I love this wax so much.
I hope this helps you in your decision on product selection for your G35. If you have any questions, please respond below and I will be more than happy to answer them!