CCS Smart Pads Dual Action Polisher How To
Apply polishes and waxes with a dual action polisher! A dual action or orbital polisher is a faster way to achieve smooth, shiny paint than hand polishing. Our CCS Smart Pads dual action polisher guide explains how to use CCS Smart Pads™ Professional Foam Pads by Lake Country to remove swirls, restore gloss, and apply wax using a dual action orbital polisher. These techniques also work for all flat foam pads with hook and loop fasteners that require a backing plate.
CCS Smart Pads™ Features:
Easy on and off.
Flat, full contact surface.
What accessories do I need?
You will need a dual action backing plate with hook and loop fasteners to attach a pad to your polisher.
The FLEX XC3401 VRG Orbital Polisher comes with a 6 inch backing plate with Velcro® brand hook and loop fasteners.
For the Porter Cable 7424XP, you will need to purchase a backing plate in order to attach the foam pads onto your polisher. The backing plate has Velcro® brand hook & loop fasteners on the bottom of it to hold foam pads in place as you polish. You will see it described simply as "hook & loop" on pads and backing plates with this feature.
Two sizes are recommended for the Porter Cable 7424XP:
CCS Pad Options:
How do I polish out swirls and scratches?
The following is a general guide to paint correction with a dual action polisher. It explains the complete process from compounding to polishing to finishing. If your paint does not require compounding, skip to polishing. If you’re not sure, start with polishing. Always take the least aggressive approach first! If you don’t get the desired results from polishing, then step up to a more abrasive swirl remover or pad.
The pads pictured at the beginning of each section indicate what pads can be used to perform the job described.
I. Compounding & Swirl Removal
A compound is the most aggressive type of polish. A compound is designed to remove the deepest scratches and swirls and heavy oxidation. It should never be used on new or like-new paint. XMT Heavy Duty Swirl Remover 4 is a compound. Because dual action polishers do not generate much heat, aDA polisher may not be sufficient to break down the abrasives in all compounds. We suggest using a swirl remover, like Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Removerwith your DA polisher.
A swirl remover is less aggressive than a compound, but still capable of removing significant swirls and some scratches and oxidation. Swirl removers vary in terms of abrasiveness. Pinnacle offers a full range of swirl removers to suit any paint condition. From lightest to heaviest, these swirl removers are: XMT Ultra Fine Swirl Remover 1, XMT Fine Swirl Remover 2, and XMT Intermediate Swirl Remover 3. Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover is a versatile swirl remover that works on a wide variety of paint imperfections. The application of compounds and swirl removers is the same.
Compounding & Swirl Removal Procedure:
NOTE: The Porter Cable tells you if you're applying too much pressure. The pad will stop rotating. Lighten up on the machine until the pad is able to rotate.
A polish contains very fine abrasives and many contain chemical cleaners. The purpose of a polish is to remove very mild imperfections and restore gloss to the paint. A polish is used as the only correction step if the paint is in fair condition. If you’ve just used a compound or swirl remover, the polish – or finishing polish – will remove any compounding haze and restore the paint’s shine.
If your vehicle did not require swirl removal and has no significant imperfections, you may opt to use Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion or XMT Finishing Glaze instead of a true polish. A prewax cleaner will clean the paint and improve its luster. A glaze fills in minor imperfections to create a smooth texture.
Once you've achieved the optimum shine, follow up with a wax or sealant to lock it in.Pinnacle Liquid Souverän™ is a great choice for machine application, but the paste waxes - Souverän and Signature Series II - can also be used. You’ll need to turn the paste wax upside down and work it out of the jar. Then butter the pad like you're buttering bread.
Foam & Wool Pad Cleaning
Clean foam and wool pads with Snappy Clean. Dissolve a pack of Snappy Clean in a bucket of water per the directions before you begin detailing. As you use pads, toss them in the bucket and let them soak until the end of your detail session. When you are ready, agitate the pads with the Foam Pad Conditioning Brush and then rinse them well. Lay pads out to dry. When your clean pads are dry, put them in a sealable plastic bag or container to keep them free of dust until their next use.
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