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10 comments on Ask-A-Pro: How to Polish Single Stage Paint?

  1. Tony says:

    Todd,

    Thanks very much for this info and this was very helpful. When I purchased my 7424xp and pads, I only purchased the Meguires 205 since it seemed like a good general starting point.

    Is this 205 ok to start with and see how it looks, or do you recommend another product to start with?

    Keep in mind that even though the paint is old on the 1969, the defects (swirl marks, light scratches) on both cars do not appear to be bad, but are noticeable in the right lighting.

    Thanks again,
    Tony

  2. Stelian says:

    Very good how to

  3. RJT says:

    Thanx for the very good information here as I am beginning to use a PCXP. Would you contrast the differences between Menzema 106fa and M 205 or M105 and Menzema power finish.I guess I am asking which are the least aggresive out of these product lines.

    Thanks !

    RJ.

    • Menzerna 106FA has the least cut out of those mentioned. Both M205 and Power Finish work well as medium cut one-step polish with the ability to finish down very nicely. Power Finish is the more aggressive of the two, and may require a lighter polish afterwards if used on a soft, darker colored vehicle. M105 is the most aggressive of the 4, and it requires the use of a final polish such as M205 or 106FA afterwards.

      Thanks,
      Todd

  4. RJT says:

    Todd,
    after quite a bit of reading , as a beginner ,would Menzerna po85rd be a choice where minimal correction is needed ? I have only CCS pads presently,so would you suggest starting with a black pad ,followed by white if the cut was not adequate ? and at what speed with the PCXP ?

    Tnanx !

    RJ

    • RJ,

      If you have just light correction to perform, I would probably reach for Menzerna 106FA instead of PO85RD. Trying a black pad first and then stepping up to a white one if necessary is a good plan of attack.

      First spread the product around on speed 4~5 on the PC 7424 XP, then kick it up to 6 until the product break down (becomes clear), and then back down to 4 or 5 with light pressure for your last couple of passes.

      • Adam says:

        Ive been reading your comments, and you sound like I can rely on your experience, I am spraying a single stage metallic paint, I have been told by the “experts- other guys painting” that I cannot cut and polish the metallic paint like other 2 stage paints, is this a true story, or are there ways to work these out, thanks for any info.

  5. FP says:

    CanI use a swirl remover before I polish on sigle stage paint?

  6. Glen Andrews says:

    I polished a 95 nissan SE-R, single stage black. Came out great, but after about 2 months, it started to oxidase. I used Jetseal and Pete’s 53. What is the best protection for single stage paint? How often do I have to protect it?

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