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Paint Correction FAQ

Machine Polishers
I have 3 polishers that I use, that each have individual applications.
Rupes LHR15 Mark III
 - This is my go-to polisher for large surfaces. It uses 5" polishing pads. Many professionals use an LHR21, which uses 6" polishing pads and has better cutting power. I haven't used the LHR21, but the 15 Mark III is very controllable and still has great correction. 
Rupes LHR75 Pneumatic
- This polisher is available as electric or pneumatic. I have a pneumatic one, which has better cutting versus electric. The pneumatic also has a variable trigger, which I prefer versus the lock on/lock off of the electric. This uses 3" polishing pads, and is used for correcting tighter areas. 
Rupes iBrid Kit
- This polisher is extremely situational, and uses 1.2" and 2" pads. This is for extremely small areas, and should not be necessary just getting started. You'll get a feel for the 3" and where you'd wish you had something smaller.  
Machine Polishing Compounds
- The approach you want to take is to do test areas, starting with the least aggressive polishing pad and compound combination. The goal of paint correction is to perfect as much of the finish as reasonably possible, while removing as little clearcoat as possible. When applying compound to pads, do not "prime" the pad by slathering it in polish. You want the pad to be warm and working, so only put 3-4 pea sized drops on the corners of the pads. Cleaning pads should be done multiple times while correcting a car, and should be done with a compressed air nozzle. They should be deep cleaned via pressure washing when they start to lose their cutting power. Do not machine wash pads, as it will damage the velcro backing.
Sonax Perfect Finish:
- This is my go-to starting compound when doing a single stage correction. It will remove most imperfections with a few overlapping passes of the polisher. 
Jescar Correcting Compound:
- I use this when Sonax isn't correcting enough. I use this for my first stage of a 2 stage paint correction.
Method: Start with yellow pad/Sonax Perfect Finish. If not cutting enough, I will use the same pad but move to Jescar. If Jescar and yellow pad are not enough, try Shur Buff pad with Sonax, and if that's not enough, try Shur Buff with Jescar. 
Polishing Pads
Rupes Yellow Pads:
You will need both 130/150mm for the LHR15, and 80/100mm for the LHR75. Rupes Yellows are go-to for single stage correction. 
These are great for 2 stage corrections. They need to be cut down I believe to get them for LHR75. 
Chemical Decontamination
- Most clays are about the same, I like this kit because it includes multiple bars. If you're feeling frisky, you can try a Clay disc, which is basically a clay bar that runs on polishers. Haven't tried this myself, but could be a big time saver. 
- Optionally used for tar buildup on panels
- Used to pull iron deposits from clearcoat. 
- Go-to final prep / alcohol prior to ceramic coating application. 
Ceramic Coating Chemicals
I am planning to experiment with more coating brands in 2020, but here are the ones the shop near me uses, which I've used on my client cars. There's a ton of details in the links below. 
- Very DIY-friendly, easy to apply and remove. Lasts 1.5-2 years. Hard candy finish
- Much more difficult to apply. Lasts about 3 years. Warm wax finish.
- Simple spray on, wipe off. This helps boost and protect ceramic coatings. Can extend the life of a ceramic coating by regular application. I will do a layer of this over any coatings I apply, to help ensure we get the duration the customer is looking for. 
Eye Droppers: You'll want to pick up some bulk/disposable eye droppers for getting the product out of the bottles and onto the ceramic applicator pad. One time use, throw away after application session. 
Microfiber Towels: 
Rag Company Edgeless 300:
- Recently, I've started using the edgeless 300's for my initial wipe & final wipe of ceramic coating application with good results. Suggest getting two different colors so you can have one for initial (bulk) wipes, and one for finishing during coating application. These will be 1 time use and thrown away after coating application. 
This is a lot of information, I realize. If you're looking at doing quite a few of these, I would suggest having me fly out for a few days to run you through everything. 
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