hey guys, first post! whoohoo! i've been "detailing"(or what i can do without tools/products.) being 17 i'm limited. budget, time, space, just about everything i need to really detail a car. but i'm doing well enough. one step at a time. right now i've got an orbital (10 inch turtlewax variety.) ultimate compound, ultimate polish, swirlX, and ultimate wax. next upgrade will probably be aflex polisher.
the story begins
today, i felt the need to do something different. so i went out and bought some 3M high grit sanding blocks (you can see where this is headed.) and drove home. got there, pulled out the hose and began to sand. i started in my normal test spot (left side of the hood.) when by buddy John comes over and asks what i'm up to. i tell him i'm trying to get orange peel off of my car. he takes a second and asks if he can help, i hesitate, recalling all of the stories of burnt paint, carnage and tears i read about foolish sanders. but his father owns a detailing shop in town so i agree, assuming(we all know what that does.) that his father has taught him a thing or two, but still being wary i give him a piece by the rear bumper and another hose.and i begin to sand away. eventually i get everything that i have problems with off. and go to check on him. the top bit (closets to the hood) is excellent. but there's a burn near the bottom! and not even just a black burn, he cut all the way down and made it white!! ugh.
so here my first question arises, what do i do with the burn? how can i fix it?
but i digress; i try to take this in stride and he goes home after a short discussion of what had happened. i go back to my hood and focus on it.
did a good job of doing what a compound does. (taking big swirls/scratches and replacing them with smaller ones).
three layers of swirlX didn't really seem to do a lot.
finally, i've done three layers of polish. made everything wonderfully shiny. the cut&buff has made the left side of my hood so deep that it's wonderful! however! from a side view, there are little swirls... and i can't get them to go away for the life of me... please help?? i've got $20 to buy a product that will fix it. then i'll go over it with the wax and take a look. if it looks especially good i'll do the whole car. maybe... it's a LOT of work lol.
this is my first car, a 96 blazer in forest green that's oxydized into a lighter color. it was my fathers. i love it. it's mah babay. i would love for it to look as good as it can. please help guys.
thanks in advance.