Heijneker Posted November 13, 2021 Share Posted November 13, 2021 Hey All, Small backstory; I'm a part-time professional detailer doing mainly dealer work. Which works great for me since it's awesome practice and an almost never-ending supply. In just a couple of months, I've gotten a million times better/more efficient and learnt a boat-ton. I almost solely use Optimum products, however during these couple of months, I kept switching between Menzerna polishing compounds and OPT ones. Slowely but surely, my Menzerna polishes are becoming redundant, as I'm learning to use the OPT ones to great effect. To the point: So today, I was assigned a badly neglected and weathered white van. I get these quite often, but I figure this was the worst one yet: I tried to polish out similar ones with OPT polishes before but to no succes, neither with rotary or FLEX XFE 7-15. What did somewhat work though was a High Speed Rotary, an 8' wool pad and lots of Menzerna 400. It would get the paint shiny pretty quickly, but of course not near/around the edges. It was also hard work and I don't believe the results would be lasting. Well fast-forward a month, and I've really learnt alot about the OPT spray polishes, since I use these most of the time. I got a Zentool 21mm, Lake Country 4000 pad washer, and a meriad of microfiber and wool pads. Yvan's advice to stick to low tool speeds finally struck home. I'm finally polishing on speed 2 (which was difficult to do if you're used to speed 4-5...) with no weight on the tool and getting awesome results. I've never gotten flat black cars to be so nice so quickly, as with Hyper Polish on a Rupes Yellow wool pad. Back to the van in question. This was the third car of the day, and I knew I was going to get a good hourly rate. I felt like upping the anté and readied my Zentool 21e2 for duty. Armed with Hyper Compound on rupes blue wool and Hyper Polish on sprayed Rupes Yellow wool. I took my time, and arm speed was nice and slow. Firstly Hyper Compound, 6 sprays on a spinning pad, and about a 3ft x 3ft section. I saw the oxidation vanish before my very eyes, but after 3 cross-sections (left-right, up-down, left-right), some was still remaining. I then switched to Hyper Polish, 4 sprays on the pad, and with the Hyper compound residue remaining on the panel, again performed 3 cross-sections. Of course the typical easy OPT wipe-off revealed the new state of the paint. And the results were: Hyper awesome.....? This van is losing all it's old dried out skin! Even around and near the edges, there's no comparison to when I used a rotary. I'm so glad I'm getting to grips with the Optimum polishes. I wouldn't have gotten these results as easily with any other polishing system I believe. LostVulpine, KIS76@, A&J and 1 other 3 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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