First Build - from scratch

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  1. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    Which one guys?



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  2. metecem

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    X2.0 does one hell of a job.

    I personally didnt know what to do after that cos everything was like a mirror.
     
  3. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    Dammit, I bought the other one :lol:

    Hopefully it works ok too. :D
     
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    After just screwing up polishing a used acoustic guitar with the trial kit of compound/polishes from stewmac (a nightmare I'm trying to forget) I switched to this line of Meguiars. The stuff ROCKS. You almost can't screw it up. For others who might want to know cause it can be confusing from more aggressive to lightest:

    Ultimate compound (which I didn't use because I was working to restore a finish, not polishing a new finish)
    ScratchX 2.0
    SwirlX
    ColorX
    A12 Cleaner Wax

    ScratchX shouldn't be needed for polishing a new finish, it's for localized scratches. But it's very forgiving to use, and I used it on all the finish before switching to SwirlX.

    SwirlX is the last step that is pure compound (no wax) and will give you a very glossy finish. Great if you prefer a no wax finish. Do not be put off by it being a polishing compound it will shine up very nicely. But it is a compound, not a wax. It doesn't 'add' finish like a wax.

    Most finishes will not need more than ColorX which is polish and wax. But for a deeper shine you can go with what they call A12 Cleaner Wax.

    Each of the last three could be the final step depending on your goals.

    What I really liked about Meguiars was it works with a wide range of application technique.

    Meguiars makes a bewildering array of products, these seem to be aimed at the consumer applying by hand. And I'm not trying to paint this (see what I did there) as the only way to a good finish. But I saw this thread pointing at the X line of Meguiars, so thought I'd fill in some details based on my experiences with them.
     
  6. thecableguy

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    So I just got home and I quickly took the Meguiar's ultimate compound to the area I had done with rubbing compound. Literally 30 seconds with a paper towel and I can see the houses across the street:

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    It took out nearly all the fine scratches. Tonight I'll do the rest of the body and I'll use my power polisher on it.
     
  7. Glen Smith

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    Holy shine Batman!
     
  8. ezas

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    I finished my work with ScratchX which in spite of being for local scratch repair doesn't leave swirl marks to 'fix' with the next level of polish.


    Can't wait to see Cableguys' final results. Hoo boy that is looking good.
     

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    Now, what I knew was ****!

    How do you protect this look?
     
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    Nice neighborhood! That is looking like one of Herb's guitars right there :cool:
     
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    That is crazy! So shiny....
     
  12. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    You too Nick!

    The stuff works pretty good! :D

    Hey, that looks beautiful!

    Can't. Just gotta play the crap out of it!

    Thanks Craig! Nowhere near a Herb finish though!

    I can't wait to break out the power buffer tonight!
     
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    Holy crap! That looks more like a portal than a reflection
     
  14. thecableguy

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    Picked up some Scratch X and did a bit of power polishing.

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    There are still some fine scratches but a couple sessions should get rid of them. Still have to do the sides and back as well.
     
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    Shiny... Very nice.
     
  16. thecableguy

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    Thanks Richard. It's got it's share of blemishes but I think it's mostly due to surface prep not being good enough. This is a learning build though so I'm ok with that.
     
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    It's just plain lovely!
     
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    Very nice. ;)
     
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    Thanks guys :D
     
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    So sweet, just like I suspected it would be ;)
     
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