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7 comments on My Favorite One Stage Polishing Routines

  1. Shawn Sullivan says:

    I have a Speed Yellow 997 Turbo. Is this considered hard or soft paint? I have never been able to get more than 80% correction regardless of pad/polish combinations (the most aggressive I’ve used is a Surbuf pad and Megs 105 and the only polisher I have is a PC). This leads me to believe I need the car wet sanded. Any suggestions on your approach to this paint with pad/polish combinations?

    • Ivan Rajic says:

      Hi Shawn,

      First off, I really couldn’t tell you whether it’s hard or soft paint without doing a little polishing on it myself. However, based on what you described it might be on the hard side. Another thing to consider is what exactly you’re trying to remove? If you’ve tried going over the paint a few times with surbuf pads and M105, I’d be careful in removing too much paint in the future. That combo should remove most/all swirling and moderate defects after a few stages, but if you’re chasing a very deep scratch or want to improve the orange peel on the car, then you’ll need to consult with a professional to measure the paint and see what can be done.

  2. Mike Williamson says:

    I have a 2010 Cadillac DTS and have polished on it and can not seem to all the flaws out of it. Do you know if that is one of the hard paints? It is “crystal red tintcoat” color.

    • Ivan Rajic says:

      Hi Mike,

      I honestly can’t say I’m familiar with exactly that paint so I can’t say whether it’s one or the other. If possible, I would consult with a local quality professional to see if they can help.

  3. Ron Ayotte says:

    I have used the M205 and LC orange pad with great success.

  4. Barry Willis says:

    I just received the Porter Cable starter kit and am a bit confused–no, a lot confused–by the pads. I read on the website that certain colors are for various purposes, I see quite a bit of differences in the pads sent to me in the kit. Perhaps you can explain.
    Two Orange pads: H20-2155, and 76-2455. They are the same color but do not appear identical.
    Two blue pads (perhaps one is cyan?):H20-9155, and 76-9455. the color and appearances is different between the two.
    I received a white pad 76-6455.
    I received a white pad with a backing plate attached (no number). What’s it for? Is it supposed to be out-of-round?
    I received a black pad 76-7455
    I received a yellow pad 76-5455.
    I sure need some clarification on these pads before I start using them on my cars. I see NO INSTRUCTIONS anywhere to help me. I expected a DVD with this kit but did not receive one.
    Thanks, Barry

  5. Ivan Rajic says:

    Hi Barry,

    I’ll try to my best to clarify this for you…

    The orange pads are in fact different and should have different backings (H20-2155 should be white and the other black). The H20-2155 is the Hydro Tech tangerine polishing pad whereas the 76-2455 is the regular orange light cutting pad. The orange is more aggressive than the tangerine, at least from my experience.

    Same goes for the blue pads. The cyan is the hydro tech light cutting pad, similar to the orange pad but probably a bit more aggressive, whereas the blue pad is much different and a fine finishing pad.

    The white pad 76-6455 is a regular polishing pad, a bit less aggressive than the orange light cutting pad.

    The white pad with a backing plate attached is something you just put away forever :). It’s what comes with the Porter Cable as a kit and joking aside, it’s a decent pad but I never really tested it thoroughly. You can probably use it and see how it works, but it should be similar to the white polishing pad mentioned above.

    Black pad is a finishing pad, similar to the blue finishing pad but the blue pad is a bit more fine in terms of aggressiveness.

    The yellow pad is a cutting pad that’s more aggressive than the orange pad.

    Hope that clears it up a bit. In summary, I’ll list the pads from least to most aggressive… blue, black, white, tangerine, orange, cyan, yellow. Cyan and yellow, as well as white and tangerine may be very similar or act differently than I listed here with different paints, techniques, pressure, etc., but that’s fairly accurate.

    Hope that helps!

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