The Edge 2000 Dual Action Polishing Guide
This guide explains how to detail by machine with the Porter Cable 7424XP and the Edge 2000 Foam Pads. You'll read what pads to use for specific paint problems and get some suggestions on swirl removers and polishes. You can also download a printer-friendly version of this information as a quick reference guide. There's no more guessing what pads to use - it is all outlined right here.
|What accessories do I
That's a loaded question! The Edge 200 System offers a lot of options. Here's a rundown of the features and the pads.
Beyond just size and wavy or flat, you now have to choose what type of foam will work on the vehicle at hand. Here are your choices:
|How do I polish out
swirls and scratches?
The following is a general guide to polishing. It will take you from compounding to polishing to finishing. If your paint problems do not require compounding, skip to polishing. If you’re not sure, start with polishing. Always take the least aggressive approach first! If you don’t get the desired results from polishing, then use a swirl remover and light cutting pad.
The pads pictured at
the beginning of each section indicate what pads can be used to perform the
job described. The flat pads and the wave pads are interchangeable.
I. Swirl Removal
Swirl removers can range from light to heavy. Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover works as both. It is more or less aggressive based on your pad selection. The application is the same.
1. In the picture to the right, this is a serious case of swirls. Choose a green pad and Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0.
2. Apply a circle of swirl remover around the edge of the pad. Some will say apply a quarter size amount. You can even apply it directly to the paint.
Spread the swirl remover over a small section (about 2 x 2 sq. ft.) with the polisher turned off to prevent sling.
3. Set the maximum speed on the polisher at 5. Turn the polisher on and work the swirl remover in a side to side, overlapping motion. Move slowly to give the abrasives time to work.
NOTE: The Porter Cable tells you if you're applying too much pressure. The pad will stop rotating. Lighten up on the machine and let it do the work for you.
4. When the swirl remover turns to a transparent film, the abrasives have broken down. Turn off the machine and lift it off the paint. Buff away the residue with a soft microfiber towel and inspect your results. If you are not satisfied, repeat the process with the Edge 2000 Green or Yellow pads.
* A light haze or dullness is normal. The next step will restore the gloss.
Polishing improves the smoothness and gloss of the paint. Use Wolfgang Finishing Glaze if you’ve just used a swirl remover or if the paint just needs a boost. If you did not need to perform step I, use Wolfgang Paintwork Polish Enhancer, a prewax cleaner, to remove old wax and paint contamination before applying sealant. The application of both of these products is as follows:
2. Set the maximum speed to about 4.5. You're not trying to cut. You're just trying to burnish the paint to a high gloss. Work in a side to side, overlapping motion until the polish turns clear.
3. Buff with a Cobra Microfiber Towel and check your results. If you can still see some haze, repeat the process. This time, be sure that the abrasives are fully broken down before you buff.
You're nearing the finish line. Just a couple more steps will make your vehicle glow. Once you've achieved the desired shine, follow up with a Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0 to lock in the gloss.
1. Attach a white ultrafine polishing pad to your Porter Cable 7424XP. Apply the product to the paint or to the pad. Spread it around the paint in a 2 x 2 sq. ft. section with the polisher turned off.
2. Set the maximum speed to 3 or 4. You do not need speed to apply nonabrasive products. Spread the product over the paint until it is sufficiently covered. There are no abrasives to break down. You are just trying to get even coverage.
3. Buff off the product with a Cobra Microfiber Towel or slip a Microfiber Bonnet over an unused pad. The bonnet is like having a microfiber towel on your polisher. Just be sure to put the bonnet over a clean pad so no products will seep through the bonnet.
Foam & Wool Pad CleaningThe easiest way to clean your foam and wool pads is to drop them in pad cleaner while they are still wet with polish or wax. Dried products are more difficult to remove from the pads. To do this, mix up a bucket of water and Wolfgang Polishing Pad Rejuvenator at the start of your detailing session. As you finish using each pad, drop it in the cleaning solution to soak. When you are finished with your detail, use the Foam Pad Conditioning Brush to agitate the pads. Then rinse the pads and lay out to dry.
When your clean pads are dry, put them in a sealable plastic bag or container to keep them free of dust until their next use.
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