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Old 22 July 2007, 09:37   #1
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My wifes car was originally red but now its slowly turning pink. I would have sold it but my son will be old enough to drive soon so we are going to give it to him.
I've used Mer a couple of times on the car with half decent results but they don't last too long. T Cut would be the way to go but from past experience I know its hard work. And for some reason I can't get her indoors or the sprog interested.
I was watching a car programme the other day and they brought an old red Porsche back to life using what they called Mop and polishing.
I've always been put off this system over the years because the machine you need is about £150. But today I've seen a 420 W orbital sander and polisher in Halfords for £30. But no mops or bits and pices to go with it.
Has anyone any personal recomendations of a a reasonable priced bit of kit that would do the job.
Once the wifes car is out of the way I can see me using it on the boat if it gets too manky.

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I dont think an orbital tool is what you need.
Just had a quick look on ebay and found this:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TRADE-POLISHER...QQcmdZViewItem

Its silverline which is cheap but fine for occasional use. This kit has the sponge mops which is what you need for car body work. The best compound to use with it is called Farecla G3 see here:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Farecla-G3-Com...QQcmdZViewItem

This 400g tube should do 1 car depending how you use it and size of the car.
My tip is get a re-usable spray bottle like you get from garden centres, fill it with water and occasionally spray the area you are compounding to stop it drying out and to keep it lubricated.

Then just wax the car to protect and bring it up shiney!
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My wifes car was originally red but now its slowly turning pink. I would have sold it but my son will be old enough to drive soon so we are going to give it to him.
I've used Mer a couple of times on the car with half decent results but they don't last too long. T Cut would be the way to go but from past experience I know its hard work. And for some reason I can't get her indoors or the sprog interested.
Simple. Let him drive a pink car!

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Simple. Let him drive a pink car!

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OR, give him some old rags and a can of T-cut and let him clean it up. Or sell it to him and spend the money on your RIB. Sounds fair to me. I am sure he is past weening.
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Old 22 July 2007, 17:07   #5
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Come on John would you drive a pink car !

Knowing my son when he gets it he'll do something to the paintwork and make it worth even less. I'm trying to keep the car for my daughter as well. Even she doesn't like pink.

I would leave it but it looks pretty bad next to all my other shiny stuff.
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Nick I have a couple of professional polishers which I use to clean boats with various heads that you can screw onto them. You're most welcome to borrow one for a weekend if you like. I use some really expensive compound with polish in it to finish off boats and make them really shinny, not sure if this would work on your car but if it would it would do a really good job.
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I dont think an orbital tool is what you need.
Just had a quick look on ebay and found this:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TRADE-POLISHER...QQcmdZViewItem

Its silverline which is cheap but fine for occasional use. This kit has the sponge mops which is what you need for car body work. The best compound to use with it is called Farecla G3 see here:

Cheers,

Just took delivery of one of these. Certainly looks the business. Now just got to get some paste.

Tim,

Just seen your post now, don't know how I missed it. Thanks for the offer. But I've always fancied one of those polishers and now I've got one at a fair price. Just got to get that car sorted now.

I'll post some pics once its done. Might sell it then and buy a car that isn't red.

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I dont think an orbital tool is what you need.
Just had a quick look on ebay and found this:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TRADE-POLISHER...QQcmdZViewItem

Its silverline which is cheap but fine for occasional use. This kit has the sponge mops which is what you need for car body work. The best compound to use with it is called Farecla G3 see here:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Farecla-G3-Com...QQcmdZViewItem

This 400g tube should do 1 car depending how you use it and size of the car.
My tip is get a re-usable spray bottle like you get from garden centres, fill it with water and occasionally spray the area you are compounding to stop it drying out and to keep it lubricated.

Then just wax the car to protect and bring it up shiney!
G3 will leave swirls with a buff,better with G10 it's finer (same manufacturer)
hand finish with black top.
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Iain,

Is this the stuff you mean ?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Farecla-G10-Ex...QQcmdZViewItem

And for the Black Top

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FARECLA-BLACK-...QQcmdZViewItem

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Iain,

Is this the stuff you mean ?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Farecla-G10-Ex...QQcmdZViewItem

And for the Black Top

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FARECLA-BLACK-...QQcmdZViewItem

Regards Nick R.
Hi Nick,

spot on both times, the advice martini (mine's a half) is bang on re the water and keeping it wet. can't really go wrong with these two...good price as well.

Let us know how it transpires.

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