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GAP_107_16 VIRTUA BOND 408 - BONDING AGENT SPEED BONDING AGENT (470 ml)

Vertua-Bond 408 is the ultimate in surface preparation products. Vertua-Bond 408 prepares paintwork and fiberglass surfaces with bonding agents that create the perfect situation for the application of sealants or paste waxes. Vertua-Bond 408 allows products to perform the way they were engineered to.

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Super Fine 3500 Grit Latex Self-Adhesive Sanding Sheets (3 Pack) Super Fine 3500 Grit Latex Self-Adhesive Sanding Sheets (3 Pack)

The Super Fine 3500 Grit Self-Adhesive Sanding Sheet uses an intuitive peel-and-stick design to easily attach to your favorite Easy Grip Sanding Block. Take down oxidized headlight plastic, deep swirls and scratches, bird poop stains, and water spot etch marks for fast and thorough correction on any vehicle.

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Super Fine 2500 Grit Latex Self-Adhesive Sanding Sheets (3 Pack) Super Fine 2500 Grit Latex Self-Adhesive Sanding Sheets (3 Pack)

The Fine 2500 Grit Self-Adhesive Sanding Sheet uses an intuitive peel-and-stick design to easily attach to your favorite Easy Grip Sanding Block. Take down oxidized headlight plastic, deep swirls and scratches, bird poop stains, and water spot etch marks for fast and thorough correction on any vehicle.

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GAP_113_16 EZE CREME GLAZE (470 ml)

EZ~Creme creates a situation that allows the strong ionic polymer to adhere to the surface of the acrylic or urethane top coat, delivering unparalleled shine and protection. Acrylic Shine II allows for maximum repellency of dirt and reduces the static charge on the vehicle surface and wheels.Shine EZ Crème Glaze is a fast acting paint restorer with supra light cleaner to remove light marks and ultra-fine scratches.

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WAC_206_16 Slick Finish Cleaner Wax (470 ml)

Slick Finish Cleaner Wax is the perfect wax to clean and protect any color vehicle. The natural Brazilian cream wax is formulated with advanced micro-abrasives that clean paintwork and remove light swirls, stains, and imperfections.

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SMARTPolish Revives & Restores Any Paint Finish  (470 ml) SmartPOLISH Revives & Restores Any Paint Finish (470 ml)

SmartPolish is a superior finishing polish formulated to refine paint utilizing micro-fine polishing agents that quickly remove, not cover, mild imperfections, oxidation, scratches and swirls to restore and revive paint to pristine condition. It is body shop safe.

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GAP_114_16 PHASE 5 RESTORES AND REVIVES FIBERGLASS (470 ml)

Phase-5 Polish Does it all. Restores and Revives Finishes,  Removes swirls, scratches, oxidation and paint defects leaving the finish smooth clean and brilliantly glossy. For all painted surfaces especially fiberglass and Gel Coats making it ideal for boats and RV’s. Speeds up paint restoration with minimal dusting.

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GAP_115_16 HEADLIGHT RESTORER AND PROTECTANT 470 ml

Headlight Restorer and Protectant is not just a headlight cleaner; it is an optical restoration product that fixes headlights for good. Micro-abrasives blended into the smooth cream formula peel back layers of dead plastic that block light and dull the pure clarity of the headlamp.

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Extreme Shine Metal Aluminum Wheels Polish 470 ml HEAVY METAL SHINE POLISH & PROTECTION (470 ml)

Extreme Metal Shine combines state-of-the-art cleaners with a cutting edge formulation, resulting in
unmatched performance and protection. Extreme is fast in cutting through the layers of dulling oxides,
and restoring a brilliant eye glaring polished shine. This outstanding polish makes chrome, copper,
brass, aluminum, stainless steel and other metalwork gleam and look their best.

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Light Shine Metal Aluminum Wheels Polish 470 ml LIGHT METAL SHINE POLISH & PROTECTION (470 ml)

Light Metal Polish restores maximum shine to tarnished metal surfaces. The innovate formula restores shine to chrome, stainless steel, aluminum, billet, copper, brass, and precious metals.

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GAP_106_16 V4 ALL-IN-1 POLISH + SHINE & SEALANT (470ml)

Our First ever POLISH + SHINE + SEALANT in one. A superior polish that cleans and restores shine adding a brilliant gloss that is  100% Silicone Free. Wipe on, wipe off scratches and scuff marks and leaving behind great shine and  protection  that lasts up to six months! Acrylic: not a wax, or silicone. All-In-1 Polish makes surfaces smooth by removing oxidation, light scratches, swirl marks and scuff marks while restoring shine and protecting the surface.

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Gap_V32+16 V32 – Optical Grade Extreme Compound- Aggressive Compound Correction (470ml)

V32 is the most aggressive in the V Range. It is developed for fast cutting capabilities utilizing optical grade micro abrasive technology to restore older paints and polish newly painted surfaces. Optical grade micro abrasives rapidly eliminate imperfections and remove 1200-1500 grit sanding scratches and swirls.

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GAP_V34_16 V34 – Optical Grade Medium Aggressive Compound- For Paint Correction (470ml)

The V34 Optical Grade Hybrid Compound is a optical grade hybrid compound designed with precision technology to eliminate moderate to heavy paint defects and imperfections. V34 is formulated utilizing optical grade micro abrasive technology that removes paint imperfections and defects with the clarity and precision that perfectionists demand.

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GAP_V36_16 V36 Optical Grade Medium-Fine Compound- For Paint Correction (470ml)

V36 Optical Medium-Fine Grade Cutting Polish is the a cutting-polish that works on scratch-resistant and ceramic clear coat finishes. The diminishing micro abrasives work fast with true-cut accuracy; there are no fillers, so the results are true. The optical-grade abrasives quickly remove 2000-2500 grit sanding marks and moderate defects and scratches.

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GAP_V38_16 V38 Optical Grade Fine Compound (470ml)

V38 Optical Grade Final Polish is the finishing polish that refines the deepest shine, clarity, and depth after heavier compounding and polishing steps. V38 is a smooth cream polish formulated for extended work time that removes light scratches and 2500-3000 grit wet sand marks, and enhances glow, depth, and shine at the end of a polishing job.

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VSS SWIRL REMOVER VSS Scratch & Swirl Remover (470 ml)

Chemical Guys VSS Scratch & Swirl Remover is the easy-to-use polish that creates a mirror finish in just one step. VSS cuts strong to quickly remove swirls, scratches, and defects. The advanced one-step polish finishes like a fine polish to restore lustrous shine and deep reflection. Use VSS to remove swirls and scratches from single stage, clear coat, and even ceramic finishes on any car, truck, motorcycle, or RV

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Easy Grip Hyper Flex Water Spot Sanding Block Flex Pad Pink

The Easy Grip Hyper Flex Water Spot Sanding Block makes wet sanding quick and easy. The durable foam brick features a dense pink easy grip handle, and a pliable gray side for self-adhesive sanding sheets. The plush foam sanding block contours, bends, and adapts to different surfaces and shapes for even paint removal, ensuring superior results over traditional wet sanding methods.

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gap_620_16 White Light Radiant Finish (470 ml)

White Light Hybrid Radiant Finish is the ultimate gloss enhancer for a deep, wet, bright shine on white and light paint finishes. White Light is a premium gloss enhancer and sealant in one. Use White Light to add tons of extra deep wet shine, fill minor swirls and scratches, and clean minor stains and imperfections.

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gap_619_16 Black Light Radiant Finish (470 ml)

Black Light Radiant Finish is crafted and formulated especially for black cars. Black Light Radiant Finish has a fully synthetic nano blended formulation with no cut and a massive emulsion of gloss enhancers coupled with the new bi-blend technology that leaves one crazy slick finish.

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GAP_618_16 ULTIMATE GLOSSWORKZ GLAZE (470 ML)

Glossworkz Glaze is a premium self-leveling glaze that fills micro-scratches, warms the glow, deepens the depth, and enhances the reflection on any vehicle. Use Glossworkz Glaze after a clay bar service, but before applying your sealant or wax coating for extra gloss and shine.

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gap_619 GALLON Black Light Radiant Finish (3.75 litre)

Black Light Radiant Finish is crafted and formulated especially for black cars.

Black Light Radiant Finish has a fully synthetic nano blended formulation with no cut and a massive emulsion of gloss enhancers coupled with the new bi-blend technology that leaves one crazy slick finish.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT COMPOUND OR POLISH FOR YOUR CAR

We get a lot of questions about selecting the “right” machine, polishing pad, and polishing compound. People always ask what works best for black paint, for red paint; for hard paint, for soft paint; for domestic cars, for import cars, etc. You can make just about any paint finish shine on any vehicle if you select the best combination of polishing machine, buffing pad, and polishing compound for that particular car. Every car and every paint job is different, though: How much paint did the manufacturer spray on? What paint brand and formula did they use? What type of paint is it: petroleum-based or water-based? Was it waxed and cared for, or was it neglected for years and destroyed by the elements? How humid was it the day they painted that run of cars? Was the car in an accident and was it repainted with completely different paint? These are the questions you need to consider as you start polishing a car.

So there is no cookie-cutter answer that will work for every car out there. What there is, though, is a method. We have a method for selecting the best combination of machine, pad, and polishing compound for any car we may detail. The method we use in the Chemical Guys Detail Garage is as follows:

STEP 1: POLISH A TEST SPOT

We start by polishing one small spot on the car. We use this spot to find out what combination works best for removing scratches and restoring glossy shine on the paintwork. Once we determine what combination works best for this paint job, we repeat this process over the rest of the car.

STEP 2: USE THE GENTLEST METHOD THAT PRODUCES THE BEST RESULTS

Start with the least-aggressive combination of Machine, Pad, and Polish that gets us the results we want. We can always remove more paint if the prior step did not remove all the scratches, but we can never undo the paint that we removed. Paint doesn’t grow back, so always start on the gentle side and get more aggressive as need be.

  • Polishing Machine: Start with Dual Action over Rotary
    • Dual action polishers spread out their energy over a larger area because the buffing pad orbits as it spins.
    • This orbit moves over a bigger circle than a pinpoint rotation of a rotary polisher, so there is less energy and heat put into any given place as the machine works.
  • Buffing Pads: Start with Orange Hex-Logic Pad
    • Of the 7 Hex-Logic Polisher Pads, 2 are “cutting” pads that remove a lot of paint at a time: Yellow and Orange.
    • We pick the Orange Medium Cutting Pad because it is less aggressive than the Yellow Heavy Cutting Pad.
  • Polishing Compound: Make your first pass with V36 Cutting Polish
    • We choose V36 Cutting Polish because it has lighter abrasives than a heavier compound like V32 or V34.
    • V36 cuts away swirls, and refines glossy shine, but does not cut out deep scratches or oxidation like a compound.

STEP 3: CHECK YOUR WORK; MAKE ADJUSTMENTS

After finishing your first pass with V36 on an Orange Hex Logic Pad with a Dual Action Polisher, check your results for satisfactory scratch removal. Shine a halogen light on the paint and look at all angles to see if the scratches and swirls are gone or reduced. For the most scrutiny, pull the car outside and look at the test spot in direct sunlight. Compare it with the untouched paint and see if your results are satisfactory.

If you are satisfied with the amount of swirls and scratches removed, go on to the next refinement step: White Soft Polishing Hex Logic Pad with V38 Final Polish. Check for enhanced gloss and depth with this step. If there’s no discernable difference between the finish of V36 and V38, skip it.

If you are not satisfied with the amount of swirls and scratches removed, start changing variables and get slightly more aggressive until the scratches and swirls are gone:

  • First try using a harder compound:
    • Try V34 Hybrid Compound with the same DA machine and Orange Cutting Pad.
  • If that didn’t work, try using a harder cutting pad:
    • Switch from Orange to Yellow Cutting Pad, or try a Microfiber Cutting Pad.
  • If all else fails, switch to a rotary polisher:
    • Start the test spot with a new combination:
      • Rotary Polisher, Orange Cutting Pad, and V36 Cutting Polish.
      • Analyze results as you go and make adjustments as needed.

REMEMBER

Just remember one truth as you polish: You will not remove 100% of defects. It’s just not possible.

Some scratches are just too deep for machine polishing to fix. You would have to wet-sand and polish all the paint off the car to get the scratches out. There comes a point where if you want perfect paint again, you simply have to repaint the car. And even then, it’ll be full of defects, runs, and holograms from the body shop polishing the car with a wool pad on a rotary polisher.

Embrace the limitations of paint technology and polishing methods: accept that you can get paintwork to look as good as it possibly can without simply starting over with a new paint job.