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Old 07-03-2013, 03:53 AM
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Wife has an 01 Chevy Trailblazer that we have decided to just keep as her DD due to the fact she is not on the road as sales rep like she has been for last 10 years and she honestly likes the vehicle.

It has 128K and really not anything major ever done to it

Vehicle is black and she runs it through those cheap ass car washes couple times a month and about once a year I have it detailed

Anyway car is in dire need of a compounding and about all you can get any cleanup shop to do around here is mirror glaze them. I have a general know how, have watched one of my bookkeeping clients clean up old muscle cars for years while at his shop(very good friend too)

I do have a decent buffer that I use on my boat from time to time

I picked up some Meguiars Ultimate compound along with Ultimate liquid wax
Tonight I started on the hood just for poops and giggles to see how it worked, hood is oxidized (vehicle is black) and did a small section a couple of times by hand and it looked decent in the fading light. Also did left front quarter and it looked great

I did work on the entire hood small sections at a time but (running out of daylight quick) while not looking bad still not what I expected

Couple of questions, this will be my project tomorrow since we are both off work, that I need to ask

Do I compound several times or till I get the results I am looking for, I did use my buffer on it with a wool bonnet just to see how it did but most of it I did by hand

Also how long should I let the compound set up if at all. Do I just do very small sections right after applying the compound or do I do a larger area and then buff it all.

is there something better than wool bonnet, have watched my client do it with those for years. Or do I just do it by hand

I am applying it by hand with terry cloth towel and after buffing wiping down with micro towels

Most of the vehicle is not bad at all just the hood and not expecting showroom condition but just experimenting with her car.

Thanks for any advice

By way I have a variable speed buffer and ran it on med speed, is that ok
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