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Old September 17th 19, 02:06 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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I forget to mention, go to a good auto paint/body place and buy the best wool pads for your size polisher. Treated and cleaned regularly they will outlast your sailplane
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Old September 17th 19, 02:22 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Porter-Cable is the standard. Here is a good list.

https://www.garagetooladvisor.com/auto/best-car-buffer/
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Old September 21st 19, 04:26 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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A couple suggestions.
First, place painters tape over all control seal edges. Consider doing the same where your gap sealing tape will be placed because with some waxes the gap tape will not stick.

A lot of the people on this forum are not very contemporary with modern equipment. Use google to look at car detailing videos. Especially regarding polishers. Virtually the whole world is using dual action machines, or as they are called, DA machines. Dual action machines almost eliminate the risk of hot spots or burning of the surface from using too much pressure for too long in one spot.

Also, virtually everyone is using foam pads, not wool. Wool is great but one grain of sand in that pad and you ruin your surface. Foams pads come in a selection of hardnesses that are matched to the grit of the polishing compound. You should also look at what a "clay bar" is.

Rupes is one of the gold standards for DA polishers. They have a whole system of pads and polishes that produce AMAZING RESULTS.

A good single site is THE CHEMICAL GUYS.
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Old September 22nd 19, 08:16 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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It seems the process of either polishing or coating (waxing) is confused here.

Polishing is where you actually sand few microns of your gelcoat/paint off by applying abrasive liquid with rotating pad. What kind of tool, pad or abrasive to use depends your paint and it's condition. Ask 10 detailers and you get 10 different answers.

Coating is applying protective chemical, usually wax, to polished surface. It's meant to protect it, not polish it. Never seen any detailer apply coating with power tools.

Some waxes have abrasive component, so you end up trying to polish a bit in a process of waxing. These are your most common waxes sold everywhere. They do pretty bad job in coating and polishing.

Clay is for removing contaminants that are stuck in the paint. I cannot imagine road dirt contaminating glider so bad to use it.

Important thing is to know if you want to polish or wax your glider and get proper tools for that. Wax is something you want to be always present on the paint surface. Polishing is not required every time you wax the glider.
 




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