Learn how to remove swirls, scratches,
and oxidation using your circular polisher, also known as a rotary polisher.
This guide will explain what Edge pads should be used for each step of the
detailing process and we'll give you our top recommendations of swirl
removers, polishes, and last step products.
The Edge 2000 System offers a lot of
options. Here's a rundown of the features and the pads..
The Edge 2000 Pads Key Features:
backing plate! The Edge pads attach to your polisher using a Quick
Connect Adapter that pops into the center of the pad. The connection is
very secure and, because the adapter is in the center of the pad, the
pad is always balanced.
Double-sided. Since the pads do not require
a backing plate, both sides are usable. Instead of buying two
single-sided white pads, you buy one Edge white pad.
Versatile. All The Edge pads work with any
polisher. You can use 6 inch pads on your rotary polisher; just be sure
you have the Edge Rotary Drive Adapter. You can use the same pads on
your dual action polisher with the Edge DA Drive Adapter. One set of
pads works with both types of polisher. All you have to change is the
Many varieties to choose from: The Edge
pads are available in flat and Wave foam, as well as 6 inch and 8 inch. The popular
choice for circular polishers is the 8 inch pads.
Flat foam: Provides constant contact with
the paint. The 6 inch pads have a rounded edge. The 8 inch pads have a
beveled edge that polishes easily between and around the vehicle's
The Edge Wave Foam: The convoluted design allows a constant flow of air through the pad's
valleys. This reduces heat and minimizes the risk of burning the
paint. This safety feature comes in handy when using a rotary because
the high speed, centralized motion of rotary polishers is more likely
to burn the paint than a dual action. Edge Wave Foam is currently available in 6 inch 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
Black Heavy Cutting DuraFoam 8 inch Pad This is the most
aggressive pad and is used for restoration of badly pitted, oxidized
paint finishes. It is designed to cut through damaged paint in
preparation for refinishing. The black pad should not be used on new or
DuraFoam 8 Inch Pad
This pad is aggressive, and will cut through deep surface marks and
swirls. They work well on heavy oxidation and pitted finishes, and will
remove wet sand scratches without causing burning.
Green Medium Cutting DuraFoam
Pad This pad is
useful for light oxidation and moderate to severe swirls and
imperfections. This pad will yield amazing results on older vehicles, and
should be used on vehicles with moderate swirls and imperfections. Add a
compound or pre-wax cleaner for a flawless finish on base coats.
Blue Finishing DuraFoam
Pad This pad is great for
everyday use. It will leave surface areas scratch-free and smooth while
still removing light swirls and imperfections. Use with wax and polish to
apply a fine gloss. Safe on clear coats.
White Ultrafine Polishing DuraFoam
ultra-smooth polishing pad contains 80 pores per inch, allowing for fine
polishing which creates a bold, crystalline gloss Use this pad to apply
waxes, polishes and sealants. Safe on clear coats.
Edge 2K Drive Adapter 5/8 Inch Thread The Edge 2000
Quick-Connect Adaptor fits the PorterCable 7428, Makita 9227, and Dewalt
DWP849. It is made of chrome-plated machined brass with a spring-loaded
HexLoc anchor that's compatible with all Edge 2000 pads.
|The Edge gives you lots of choices! We'll break it
down to the necessities:
For a circular polisher,
this is the most popular line-up: The
Edge 2K Drive Adapter 5/8
Inch Thread, a green pad for swirl removal, a blue pad for a finishing polish,
and a white pad for wax application. Now you're ready to get started.
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 type of foam can be used to
perform the job described. The standard Edge 2000 flat pads and Wave pads are all made of the same types of foam. The colors indicate the
same "cut" within all three pad collections.
Please note: If your fingernail catches
the scratch or swirl, it will require painting and must be repaired by a
professional. Attempting to remove deep blemishes like this could result in
cutting down to the primer, which would be an expensive repair.
I. Compounding & Swirl Removal
Compounding involves using the most
aggressive type of
swirl remover, called a compound. Swirl removers
can range from light to heavy. The application is the same.
1. In the picture to below, this is a serious case
of swirls. Choose a green medium cutting pad and a swirl remover such as
Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover
2. Apply a
bead 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. Ultimately you're going to spread it around so how
the swirl remover gets on the paint is up to you. 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 at 1200-1800 RPM. 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. KEEP THE POLISHER MOVING AT ALL TIMES.
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,
Cobra Microfiber Towel
and inspect your results. If you are not satisfied, repeat the process. Some
imperfections may require that you upgrade to a more aggressive pad.
Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0 will leave the finish smooth enough to
go straight to waxing, by most standards. But, if you want the deepest, most
Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0.
Polishing improves the smoothness and gloss of the
Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0 if you’ve just compounded or if the
paint just needs a boost..
1. Use the blue polishing pad on your
polisher. Apply the polish of your choice to the pad or to the paint and spread
it around with the machine turned off.
2. Set the maximum speed to about 1000-1200 RPM. 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
Microfiber Towel and check your results. If the finish isn't
perfectly smooth and clear, repeat the process. This time, be sure that the abrasives are
fully broken down before you buff.
If your vehicle is in great shape and you did not need
to polish or compound, use
Wolfgang Paintwork Polish Enhancer clean
the paint and enhancer the gloss. Follow up
with a Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0 or
Estate Wax. Application of any of these products will be as
1. Attach a white ultrafine polishing pad to your
polisher. 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 speed to 1000 RPM. You do
speed to apply nonabrasive products. Spread the product over the paint until
its 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.
* Because these products do not need to be
"broken down," many detailers prefer to apply them by hand. To do so, use a
clean foam applicator. Read specific product directions for cure times, etc.
- The polisher will do the work for you. There's no
need to apply pressure.
- Pad and product selection is not an exact science.
The severity of the imperfections, the cut of the pad, and the
aggressiveness of the product all factor into the final results. Don't be
afraid to experiment.
- Start with the least aggressive method first. Go to
a more aggressive pad or polish only if necessary.
Foam & Wool Pad Cleaning
The 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.