Thanks for the kind words Terry!
A DAS6 is a good machine, I had one as my second machine after a cheapo silverline rotary. You can get very nice results with them and I have used one to correct JLR paint on a late 00s freelander which I imagine is the same paint as what was run on the XF range (in regards to its structure and application, not colour range).
The paint is very nice to work with, it is relatively easy to make good improvements, and not that I have gone out to test it; but it is forgiving too. I used Hexlogic pads on my DAS for the JLR paint and have a gallery somewhere. I will see if I can find the forum thread and link it.
The above being said, the biggest gains will be had with having a good technique but also making sure it matches the polish you're using. Speed of machine, arm speed (how quickly you move the machine over the panel) and working time will have the biggest impacts. Pressure on the pad will also play a part.
I cannot remember the RPM rate relative to the dial on the DAS, but a speed of around 2-3 would probably be the best bet. With a arm speed of about 4 seconds per line, these are what I have found to work best for me.
Start on an easy panel like the top of the bootlid, regularly inspect your progress. This is a lovely flat surface, relatively small and very comfortable area to work. Use it as a test bed to see what gives the best result...
I would suggest you put aside a couple of hours to test the work on the panel, that will be the most testing part. Once you've done that, the rest should be plain sailing
no worries guys, I don't have videos, perhaps I typed something wrong in my explanation and for that I apologise! I will have to go through my old stomping ground to find the thread with pictures of the freelander
Went to fit TV hardware this morning, remove the c pillar:
Got to this point:
Then felt nauseous so stopped...
Later in the day decided to seal the glass, so cleaned them with glass cleaner, then applied glass polish:
Buffed off, then used glass cleaner again, and then used a waffle weave to remove any streaking:
Got the sealant out:
Applied to all exterior glass:
The front and rear screens have had 2 coats, may do another coat later...
The spare bumper grilles that will be used when I change bumeprs were cleaned, then uses 303 to protect, top done, bottom yet to be done.
In person there's a visible difference.
The bumpers will be going to the bodyshop this week along with the project golf. Perhaps be in a position to change the bumpers and sort out the ACC in June... that would also mean having the removable front plate sorted too! Potentially 5 sizable jobs completed in one swoop.
This is my Sportbrake that I picked up yesterday. So far it has had a good internal clean and will have a bath and polish on my next few days off.
The intention is to keep it clean and shiny while slowly making it OEM+ as funds allow.
Pics copied from the introduce yourself thread:
Finally found a badge for the rear of my car after trying that awful looking RRS badge last year.
It's a larger version of the R-Sport badge found on the power vents. It's almost twice the size and fits perfectly. Quality isn't quite the same as the JLR version but I'm still pretty pleased...
Well, seeing as my Introduce Yourself thread has been done to death, I thought it was about time I started a Gallery thread.
I had some time to fettle with the car today.
First step was to replace the number plate filament bulbs with LED's. I also replaced the bulbs on the vanity mirrors with...
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