Our Hard Paint Polishing Kit offers all of the essential products you need to polish hard paint safely and effectively. Hard paint is usually found almost exclusively on German cars and tends to be difficult to correct, even if the defects present are relatively light. In recent years, the uptake of ceramic nano-particle and scratch-resistant clearcoat technologies by many German car manufacturers has resulted in the paint on these cars becoming even harder and thus even more difficult to correct. Based on our own professional experience, we have assembled our Hard Paint Machine Polishing Kit using products that we know to be safe and highly effective on hard paint types; you can therefore rest assured that you will be working with proven products that are best suited to the task in hand. For best results, we recommend using a Kestrel Power Plus Dual Action Machine Polisher when tackling hard paint. If you wish to purchase a machine polishing kit but are unsure about how hard your paint is, please review the look up table in the pdf document linked below...How hard is my paint?
Our Hard Paint Polishing Kit is supplied with a choice of different dual action machine polishers, all of which offer an affordable, low risk route to gaining significantly better polishing results. Dual action machine polishers work differently to traditional rotary polishers in that the polishing head oscillates randomly about a fixed point as the polishing head spins (hence the term dual action). This means that friction is vastly reduced at any given point of contact, limiting the effective work rate and greatly reducing the risk of burning the finish or removing too much paint. Therefore, dual action polishers are ideal for car care enthusiasts who want to be able to safely correct their paint without the fear of inflicting further damage. For more detailed information on polishing methods, please read our illustrated guides linked in the menu above.
Although polishing with a dual action machine polisher is a relatively straightforward process, there are various important practical points to consider that are too numerous and involved to go into in detail about here. Therefore, if you require more detailed information about dual action machine polishers and how to use them safely and effectively, please take the time to read both the instructions supplied with your kit and our illustrated guides linked in the menu above.
Recommended method for correcting hard paint using a dual action machine polisher:
To correct swirl marks and other light to moderate defects (fine scratches and etching) on your car, we recommend using Meguiar's Ultra Finishing Polish (#205) on Lake Country Hydro-Tech Finishing Pads (140 mm pads on a 125 mm backing plate for larger flatter areas and 75 mm spot pads on a 70 mm backing plate for smaller more awkward areas). Working at around 4000-5000 orbits per minute (speed 4-5 on most dual action machine polishers) using light to moderate pressure should enable you able to correct around 95% of the defects present and produce an ultra-sharp high gloss finish, which you should then protect using either a good quality sealant or wax. To get an even higher level of correction, or to tackle any remaining deeper defects, you should switch to Meguiar's Ultra Cut Compound (#105) on Lake Country Hydro-Tech Cutting Pads (140 mm pads on a 125 mm backing plate for larger flatter areas and 75 mm spot pads on a 70 mm backing plate for smaller more awkward areas). This product and pad combination offers more cutting power, but should be used sparingly, as the rate of paint removal increases significantly. After correcting deeper defects, we recommend following up with Meguiar's Ultra Finishing Polish (#205) on Lake Country Hydro-Tech Finishing Pads again, in order to maximise surface gloss.
General usage notes for machine polishing pads:
(i) always select the least aggressive pad you think you will need to achieve the desired result, and step up one grade at a time if more cut is required (ii) always ensure that you centre each pad properly on the backing plate (this can take several attempts to get right, but is vital if the machine is to remain perfectly balanced during use); (iii) always use an appropriate sized pad for the backing plate you are using (the pad should always protrude past the edge of the backing plate, never the other way around); (iv) always ensure that spent polish residue on the face of the pad is brushed off regularly during use using the supplied PB Utility Brush (failure to follow this advice can lead to micromarring of the finish, so don't be lazy!); (v) after use, soak each pad in a bucket of the supplied Lake Country Snappy Pad Cleaner solution for 15 minutes and then rinse under fresh running water (using your fingertips to massage out any remaining polish residue) and allow to dry naturally, and; (vi) while not in use, store in a dry, dust-free environment (lidded plastic storage boxes are ideal in this respect).
Due to the complexity of this kit we are unable to provide a meaningful summary specification. Please see the product pages linked in the Description section for individual product specifications.