Buffing pads used on the recent black Navigator. I tend to use a lot of pads. The benefit is in always polishing with a clean pad and the pads lasting longer due to not being worked too hard. Pads heat up during use and after a while the Velcro backing starts to fail and the foam “melts” in the center. I avoid that by swapping pads before they load up with spent compound and start running hot.
Another view of the GT4
Maintenance wash on this meticulously kept GT4. Soft brushes, microfiber, snow foam, and plenty of TLC were used to gently clean and wash away debris. Satin finish wheels and carbon ceramic brakes are especially sensitive, and the only product used to wash the car was Carpro Reset.
Side mirror glass polished as well.
Polishing the Navigator’s glass before adding a glass sealant.
My polishing cart follows me around as I work. It’s like a Swiss Army knife for paint correction. A little crowded, normally fewer polishers on board but this is how it looks today.
Before and after compounding the piano black b-pillars.
Preparing the B pillars for polishing. The piano black plastic is soft and easily scratched.
Smoothing out clear coat damage from bug splatter on the mirror housings.
Side view mirrors getting their time with a 3” cutting pad and DA polisher.
1” rotary cutting with a foam pad. Dual action polishers struggle in these tight spaces, and the area surrounding the lettering really needed a clean up.
Polishing in between the lettering with a 1” pad on a rotary polisher.
Results of cutting step on the Navigator paint correction. This will be followed by polish step to remove haze and make the metallic paint sparkle.
Need extra cut? I am mixing two cutting compounds. 3 dots of Menzerna FG400, and 1 dot of Shine Supply Chop Top. This provides for more defect removal while still finishing to a high gloss.
Rupes Nano and a 2” pad following the contours of the rear quarter panel.
The Navigator is a big SUV but still has a few curves. Larger DA polishers can stall in gently curved areas so a 2” was used at the base of the fender flare.
Lincoln Navigator visiting for an extensive exterior detail. It begins with a decontamination wash to properly clean and prepare for the corrective work to follow. The Lincoln will receive a 2 step paint correction, glass polishing, metal polishing, and plastic/rubber trim restoration and protection. The goal is to make it look new again, and that’s what I love to do.
Dry polishing pads after a few minutes in the spin dryer.
Running the spin dryer. After this the pads air dry over night and are ready for use.