3M "Perfect-It" and the car that needed it

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3M "Perfect-It" and the car that needed it

Post by bartigue » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:13 pm

This is a follow-up to my posts on how to get rid of a ton of scuffs in my clear coat. The car, a 1982 Spider 2000, lived under what had to be a cheap cover for years, outside. While it didn't rust or get wet the covers moved constantly on the finish, trapping dust and creating scratches and weird scuffs horizontally across the hood and trunk (and other flat surfaces).

Taking the advice here and of a body shop I used 3M Polishing Compound #39060 on my Griot's Garage (rebranded Porter Cable) orbital polisher. I used the orange polishing pads. I suspect this compound is the same as Griot's BOSS or #1 Polishing Compound as it seems identical. With the orbital on the lowest setting and a lot of polish I spent an hour each on them and 90% of the issues have been resolved. Key comments:

- Let the orbital work without adding pressure. Just let it orbit and follow the instructions, you have to remove all the polish from time to time and start polishing again.

- This is not a dulling polish but I will follow-up with a mild polish (#3) and finally a very high quality wax (likely Griot's "Best in Show")

Thanks to those who helped, it made a big difference between sanding and polishing. My next resort was to sand with 2000 paper and I think I avoided it.
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Re: 3M "Perfect-It" and the car that needed it

Post by cgranju » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:30 pm

I always enjoy seeing this & hearing how to parse through what seems to me sometimes to be the voodoo of paint restoration & finish. Nice to see it worked out!
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Re: 3M "Perfect-It" and the car that needed it

Post by miker » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:53 am

Wow, that looks really good.
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Re: 3M "Perfect-It" and the car that needed it

Post by Spidernut79 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:53 pm

Looks fantastic! Great job. Now you need to replace your bumpers with the set I have. Too bad we're so far away. Shipping would be a killer from California.
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