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Post by john-e89 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:50 am

If you can borrow a depth gauge then it’s a no brainer, you will then know for sure what you’re dealing with rather than leaving it to chance. Also IF the clear coat is thin then you might say forget it as you’ve never done this before and let a pro detailer do it, then look after the car as well as possible. The money you’d have spent on kit is the same as a pretty good detail. :thumbsup:
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Post by mgrlane » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:40 pm

inkey$ wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:40 am All good advice and appreciated. Realistically I might only attempt this a couple of times over then next few years. Don't want to be dropping £300-500 on kit until I know its something I could get into (and before entering the murky rabbit hole of detailing), so I might borrow a paint gauge if I start get really worried.
I am sure any bodywork/tinting place would do it for you if you asked nicely. The guy that tinted my widows gave mine a quick blast across various points on the car.

I did offer him some money but he was fine.

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Post by beanie » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:18 pm

If you can get someone to check the paint depth then obviously that would be great, however, I have a feeling that only the priciest gauges are able to differentiate between the layers of paint with many just giving a total depth-useful for understanding if it’s been painted but it only allows for a best guess regarding clear coat.

If you take it easy and only use light polishes and pads I think you’d have to be very unlucky to have any issues with paint thickness. If you were to be at risk of striking through with the light cut products and a DA then it should already be obvious from just looking at the paint as it would lack depth and look flat.

This approach probably won’t do much for tackling heavier scratches but light swirls and marring will come out and will give you 90% of the effects from a full defect removal but with minimal risk of strike through.
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Post by mr.tourette » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:37 pm

You're right about keeping in budget, Ive used mine twice in 4 years, once you've done a first decent job its a long while before you will be needing it out again, you can keep on top of it then with good maintenance. A das6 is a decent enough bit of kit for amateurs imho :thumbsup:
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Post by john-e89 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:22 pm

beanie wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:18 pm If you can get someone to check the paint depth then obviously that would be great, however, I have a feeling that only the priciest gauges are able to differentiate between the layers of paint with many just giving a total depth-useful for understanding if it’s been painted but it only allows for a best guess regarding clear coat.

If you take it easy and only use light polishes and pads I think you’d have to be very unlucky to have any issues with paint thickness. If you were to be at risk of striking through with the light cut products and a DA then it should already be obvious from just looking at the paint as it would lack depth and look flat.

This approach probably won’t do much for tackling heavier scratches but light swirls and marring will come out and will give you 90% of the effects from a full defect removal but with minimal risk of strike through.
Valid point and I should have mentioned that people like Beedub know the clear coat thickness of each manufacturer, I don’t think it’s hard to find out, so armed with that info you’re pretty safe unless you have a car with resprayed panels.
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Post by Smartbear » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:25 pm

I used to work in quality control in a paint shop & could tell fairly accurately the paint thickness in microns just by looking at it, we had a proper electronic gauge but after a while it was only used occasionally :thumbsup:
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Post by john-e89 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:00 am

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I used to work in quality control in a paint shop &amp;amp; could tell fairly accurately the paint thickness in microns just by looking at it, we had a proper electronic gauge but after a while it was only used occasionally :thumbsup:
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Yes yes yes that’s all very good Bear but that was 30yrs ago when you had proper job eyes and you can’t now travel to Inkey$ house even if you can still see 6 yards in front of you now can you.....bloody useless post...... :poke: :wink:
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Post by Chris_D » Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:02 am

Smartbear wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:25 pm I used to work in quality control in a paint shop & could tell fairly accurately the paint thickness in microns just by looking at it, we had a proper electronic gauge but after a while it was only used occasionally :thumbsup:
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Post by Reamesy » Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:04 pm

Smartbear wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:00 am I use a meguires da with hex pads & ultimate compound polish, it seems to work well but that’s the limit of my experience :thumbsup:
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Post by inkey$ » Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:11 pm

Went for the DAS-6 Pro kit on Clean Your Car, in the end. £150 delivered with a couple of pads, Megs compound/polish and carry bag. Should be good to start off with.

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Post by mr.tourette » Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:48 pm

A good buy :thumbsup:
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