Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: 1990 560 SEL with Euro engine, 1998 SL500 Sport
Location: Birmingham, MI
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I have two buffing tools. A Cyclo dual head orbital polisher (used by the Airforce to polish aluminum planes for over 60 years) and a cheapo Harbor Freight buffer with an expensive 3m foam pad. It works great for the fast & heavy buffing as the pad does the work and doesn't seem to care if it's spinning via Harbor Freight or Porter Cable. I then finish off with the Cyclo, first using the green and then white foam polishing pads. This is my favorite finesse tool (available at Auto Geek) as it's easy on the finish and almost impossible to burn through the paint and clear. Also helpful is a 3" buffing tool that gets into the smaller areas although I haven't used it yet as I am still finishing a few panels.
I have been using Mequire's products and use the Mirror Glaze 105 with Mirror Glaze 205 polishing compound and a stack of nice micro-fiber cloths to finish off. I am very happy with this regimen and the surface looks like glass.
Before polishing I wet sanded any orange peel first starting with 1,000 grit, then 1500 and finally 2000. This was on a brand new paint job that I did personally (after 4 attempts!!!)
1990 560 SEL, 1991 560 SEC Euro, Japanese Import
Last edited by graftdesign; 12-05-2012 at 08:14 PM.