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    for those with the griot polisher

    hey guys couple questions
    i got the griot polisher both the 3 and the 6 and got a few questions
    1. Can i just wash the car and then wax with the orbital polisher? or must i clay first
    2. If i polish the car and put optiocoat 2.0 do i still need to put wax on it or i'm ok for a while

    products are all by griots garage. please dont tell me to get more stuff.

    thank you

    another thing she got the the blue foam support pad with polish and wax removal cloth. do i have keep switching like polish a panel then put it on to removal cloth wax a panel and then put on a removal cloth or can i polish the whole car and then use the polish removal cloth, wax the whole car and use the wax removal cloth? thank you
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    I would run the clay over the car before waxing with an orbital.
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    Definitely clay before anything, especially if you've never done so. Claying pulls off any small particles of dirt that are "stuck" on your surface, smoothening out the whole car. You should be polishing before waxing, as polish is often slightly abrasive (that's the point of it) and removes wax. As the point of Opticoat is to "say goodbye to waxing!" you "should be" ok without waxing. My guess is that adding wax on top of the Opticoat will get your car looking hazy, almost like you smeared hand cream all over it.

    Out of curiosity, why did you get both the 3" and 6"? Seems unnecessary if you were worried about the more narrow areas of your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealth Pyro View Post
    Definitely clay before anything, especially if you've never done so. Claying pulls off any small particles of dirt that are "stuck" on your surface, smoothening out the whole car. You should be polishing before waxing, as polish is often slightly abrasive (that's the point of it) and removes wax. As the point of Opticoat is to "say goodbye to waxing!" you "should be" ok without waxing. My guess is that adding wax on top of the Opticoat will get your car looking hazy, almost like you smeared hand cream all over it.

    Out of curiosity, why did you get both the 3" and 6"? Seems unnecessary if you were worried about the more narrow areas of your car.
    I would think it wouldn't matter but just add extra protection. But then again if you're using an abrasives it would eat through the coat

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsibanez View Post
    I would think it wouldn't matter but just add extra protection. But then again if you're using an abrasives it would eat through the coat

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    Even the most abrasive polishers only "eat" through micrometers of clear coat though. If your clear coat absolutely sucks (or is very aged) you're more likely to eat through and past it. The whole point of polishing is to remove scratches/swirl marks, and to do that, you have to eat through however many micrometers of clear the scratches are into. If your car is new and you're just getting rid of swirl marks, you can use a very low abrasiveness polish like ScratchX, SwirlX, or Meguiar's M205.

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    my girlfriend got me the 3 and the 6 cuz i have a bike too and thanks for the info.

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    I would clay first. I run 5.5" pads on my 6" gg. Great unit. I have used it to polish and apply wax, works like a charm. Do not apply your coating with it though.

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    another thing she got the the blue foam support pad with polish and wax removal cloth. do i have keep switching like polish a panel then put it on to removal cloth wax a panel and then put on a removal cloth or can i polish the whole car and then use the polish removal cloth, wax the whole car and use the wax removal cloth? thank you

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    bump

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    You need to let the wax fully cure before you remove it. You should polish a panel at a time until you're done, wait for the wax to dry fully (time varies depending on the product and ambient temperature), then remove the product.

    I'm not trying to be a ****, but I think you should do a little more research on using the orbital buffer and general detailing before going to town on your car. Detailing isn't rocket science, but you do need to know the basic do's and don'ts so you don't harm your car. I think your Griot's stuff should have come with a little book and a DVD which would be a good start.

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