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Machine polished my S3 today...pics included

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Kris_fenwick, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. Kris_fenwick
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    Machine polished my s3 today and quite pleased with the results.

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    Great job
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    nice
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    I need to do this, but Brilliant (solid) black fills me with fear... I will buy a small machine polisher, gentle pads and a fine polish and wince!
    Looks amazing mate.
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    Beautiful, you can't beat a shiney Sprint Blue S3.
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    Thinking about doing this but been quoted around £80, is it really worth it?
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    Gets rid of the nasty swirl marks. I would like to do it but worry about doing damage. :think:
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    Looking good that mate.
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    Very nice colour, comes up well. Nice job, lots a patience. :yes:
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    Looking good lovely colour
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    car looks good OP.... very nice colour when polished up.



    I would run a mile from anyone quoting cheap figures like that...

    polishing a car takes skill and time... and if you're doing other cars - insurance...

    I just can't see how that's possible for that price.

    I would think you'll get a very quick cut and lots of glaze to cover the rushed job.
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    Looks amazing mate,
    Makes me want another s3
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    Always been tempted on a machine polisher but always too scared lol ImageUploadedByTapatalk1397895096.983348.jpg

    Good old hand polishing for me
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    Mine needed doing with a machine to take all the swirls out.

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    How did you find it? Brilliant results, just something I'd feel very nervous doing
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    Kris, fantastic results, job well done. Now you need to go for a drive and show it off. :) x
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    Wasn't that hard actually I used 3M ultrafina polish and a polishing pad. Was better than using a g3 compound cause I've always been scared to burn the paint.
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    Dare not do it that way myself, rely on elbow grease but doubt I get those kind of results!
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    looks awesome that mate, lovely colour
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    Looking really good mate, bet it's stunning in person and under direct sunlight!!

    I spent HOURS on my lava grey A3 last week, I used the Sonus sfx-1 and sfx-3 combo and did it by hand. To be honest it didn't take as much of the swirls out as i'd hoped so i'll definitely consider getting a machine and teaching myself how to do a proper job. Although to be fair if I took my time and spread the job out over a few days I probably would have got better results...but with working 50 hours a week Aint nobody got time fo' dat!
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    Guy's dont fear it, get yourself a dual-action polisher and you really cant do any harm as the way a DA works it never generates enough heat to burn paint that only happens with a Rotary.

    DAS-6 pro is a good machine for not a lot of cash and you can really get amazing results with them and a good selection of compounds.
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    Looks great , nice job :thumbsup:
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    What this guy said, I went out and bought a DA polisher a few years back, no experience at all and gave it a go. You cannot go wrong with one, they're so easy to use and give great results, So long as you're constantly moving the machine and not putting your body weight into it you'll be fine!
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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1397946489.820055.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1397946501.040779.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1397946513.374620.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1397946527.381838.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1397946545.687954.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1397946555.212658.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1397946573.623008.jpg

    Take it to the next step and wet sand your car to get rid of the orange peel. The paint is the best it has ever been and the reflections are insane!! And wet sanding is actually safer (although looks terrible at first) than picking up a rotary or machine polisher!
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    Get a DAS-6 Pro. You can't damage the paint with them. Dead easy to use as well.
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    nice colour and great work. What wheels and tyres are you running?
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    May have to do some research into the DAS-6 Pro, out of interest would you do this on all cars old and new? And after claying I presume?
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    19x8.5J et45 but with 3mm spacers on front to clear calipers.

    Tyres are 225/35/19
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    If I had balls the size of space hoppers I would love to, but knowing my skills I'd ruin it!
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    Out of interest what machine is that your using ?

    Great work too!
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    It's just a angle grinder/polisher just a cheap thing with adjustable speed. Just bought the right polishing head for it
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    If i can have the part number etc will be great as I struggle with my back and looked a nice light compact mop

    Would be much appreciated!

    Cheers
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    If you ruin it then get it resprayed... Simples!
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    Love the colour! (& the outcome)
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    Super shiny Sprint is the way to go....

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    Looks lovely mate. I need one of those grilles! Or to paint mine black. Not decided yet.
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    any time i do any spray work on a car i give it a full machine polish ,whats the point of doing half a job . Also puts a smile on the owners face as they dont expect it .
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    I'm the exact same.. Why only do a half job..
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    Yeah they really stand out.... Depends on the wheels imo what suits the car better the chrome or Black grills, its a hard 1... The chrome grill looks great on sprint and the optics dont suit it aswell as it does with other colours i.e white, red, orange... But still comes accross very well with both...

    1 week and a camping trip later, my car doesnt look like that anymore haha... Need to do it all again this week for a big meet at the wkend
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    Desperate to give my car a full paint correction! Looks good man
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