CCS Smart Pads Circular Polishing Guide
Learn how to polish out scratches and swirls using a circular/rotary polisher and CCS Smart Pads™ by Lake Country. If you've never used a polisher before, check out our Dual Action Polishing Guide. If you're familiar with the principles of polishing and you're ready to step up to a circular polisher, you've come to the right place.
Both 7.5 inch and 8.5 inch pads can be used with circular polishers. The techniques listed here work with either size pad.
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You will need a rotary backing plate to attach Lake Country pads to your circular polisher. Lake Country pads and the backing plates listed here have Velcro brand hook & loop fasteners. You will see it described simply as "hook & loop" on pads and backing plates with this feature. Choose from a 6 inch or 7 inch backing plate:
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.
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.
Swirl removers can range from light to heavy. Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0 is designed to work on a broad range of imperfections to eliminate the need for multiple products.
1. In the picture below, this is a serious case of swirls. Choose an orange light cutting 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. 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 1500 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 with the same product or a more aggressive compound. If you still see no results, upgrade to the yellow cutting pad.
* 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 3.0 if you’ve just compounded or if the paint just needs a boost in gloss.
If your vehicle is in great shape and you do not need a finishing polish, use Wolfgang Paintwork Polish Enhancer to enhance the gloss without abrasives.
2. Set the maximum speed to about 1000 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 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.
Note: Because of the speed and potential heat generated by a rotary polisher, you may elect to do the finishing work by hand or with a dual action polisher. If you are comfortable using a rotary, use it at a slow speed with zero pressure. Keep the machine moving at all times.
1. Attach a gray or blue 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 maximum speed to 1000 RPM. You do not need 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.
4. Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0 will need to cure for 12 hours before being exposed to moisture.
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. Note: Dry pads with the hook and loop backing facing up so water drains away from it. Standing water on the backing material could eventually cause separation. 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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