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Preparation Overview & Recap
Upon arrival at the Advanced Course, the vehicle that will be machine polished will already be prepped and decontaminated ready for polishing to commence.
We will start by having a recap into the preparation process making sure you personally understand why each stage is so important to the machine polishing process. Looking at why we need to make sure the paintwork is fully decontaminated, and if it isn't how this could negatively affect our polishing process. Ensuring these preparation processes are correctly completed will also uncover all of the swirls, scratches and holograms so we know what defects we need to remove and correct.
In addition the importance of making sure the car is fully dried so that we have no water trapped so when we come to the polishing preparation, we have no issues masking and protecting delicate areas.
Paint Types & Substrates
Before putting pad to paint we need to understand what we are working with and how this will influence our choice of pads, compounds and polishes later on in the process.
Unfortunately, not all paints are created equally, therefore we have to understand the different paint types and finishes there are and how these can influence our polishing processes. The better we can assess the paint type from the outset the more time we will save when it comes to polishing.
This could be the age of the paintwork that relates to where it's a single stage to two stage paint through to how the paint finish is to work with.
To accompany this we also need to be thinking about what surface we are polishing on. This will help you understand the difference between polish on a metal substrate, opposed to polishing a bumper that's made from fibreglass or plastic. Talking and seeing how different surfaces disperse heat at different rates.
Paint Assessment & Defect Spotting
Once we have the understanding of the paint type we are working on and the type of material our panels painted on, we can now look at assessing the paint and the defects in it.
We will cover the range of defects that you may expect to find on your own vehicle. This could be from you're fine holograms that may have been induced in a previous polishing session, to wash marring and swirls into deeper random isolated scratches. We may also run into signs that a panel has been previously painted by a miss match in surface texture or even contamination trapped in the painting process.
This stage is crucial as we will need to know what we are working with. This means we can attack a panel in the correct manner as there is no need to heavily compound a panel if it only has some light holograms as we always aim to preserve as much paint as possible.
Commonly overlooked polish preparation is a stage that needs to be fully explored. We will show and demonstrate the different ways that you can protect delicate areas on your vehicle. This is information that we will go through that could help you avoid burning through on edges, dry foam scrubbing on adjacent panels and even damaging your compounding and polishing pads.
In addition to masking up delicate areas, we will also talk and demonstrate why it’s useful to cover over larger areas such as grills, air vents, windscreens and wheels. After all, we would have already put the time in to get these areas clean so why would we not cover them up with polish residue and dust?
Once we fully understand the paint we will be working with and once the area or car is fully prepared we will be ready for our cutting stage. This will be tackled with our heaviest and most aggressive compound, Revitalise No.1. With the use of Revitalise No.1, we will teach you how to remove deeper isolated scratches, heavy swirl marks and even oxidisation.
Although Revitalise No.1 will remove our heaviest deepest defects it will also induce its own marring due to its heavy nature. This is where we will now step down and work with Revitalise No.2. Not only will we teach you how to refine the haze left by No.1 we will also look at using No.2 as a cutting liquid. We will be able to easily remove wash marring and swirl marks in this stage with the use of Revitalise No.2.
Finally, we will teach you how to properly finish your paint down to a glass-like clarity with Revitalise No.3. Often seen as the more pernickety side to machine polishing we will explore different techniques with pads and polish to result in ultimate clarity.
Pad Cleaning & Polishing Accessories
With the art of polishing now under your belt, we will teach you how to effectively clean and maintain your polishing pads during your polishing cycle. Not only will this help your pads last longer, but it is also very important to remove dead paint and residue from your pads during the polishing process to ensure we get the most from our compounds and polishes. We will walk you through all of the processes so you will have a method that best suits you.
To accompany this we will also explain all of the relevant polishing tools and accessories we use when polishing paint ourselves. This will cover the different forms of light sources down to small pad cleaning brushes and airline attachments. All of these tools and accessories can be just as important and the main polisher itself in the process of effectively correcting paint to a high level.
Waxes, Sealants & Coatings
During our Advance course, we will cover all three aspects of the last stage protection process, this being natural waxes, synthetic paint sealants and also our own range of paint coatings, Caramics.
We will swiftly cover the basic stats on each of the three means of protection, however, we will cover their different application process in further depth. This is vitally important when you are coming off the back of a polishing session that may have been anywhere from four hours right through to a major thirty-hour correction. As applying a coating wrong at this point may leave you in a position whereby you need to do more polishing to rectify it. This will, therefore, break down the stages to effectively apply your protection of choice.
Also, we will explore how the three products can work together and be layered to create an unrivalled depth of gloss and also durability, making your car a breeze to clean and maintain in the future.
Interior Steaming & Extraction
This being our advanced course we will breeze over your basic interior maintenance and look more in-depth to deep cleaning different surfaces in different manners to ensure we fully remove bacteria and dirt.
This will be explored with two different cleaning types, the first using an extraction machine. This process will teach you how to use cleaners such as Total and Verso with extraction vacuums. This is an extremely effective way to deep clean fabric surfaces such as seats and carpets, and as these are often some of the dirtiest areas in your car it's so important to keep these areas clean.
In addition to extraction cleaning, it's also a good skill to know how to use a steam cleaner effectively. A very versatile tool that can be used to clean both fabric surfaces and leather, along with using the high-pressure steam to get into more difficult to clean pockets such as areas on the dashboard and air vents. However, these tools need to be handled correctly to avoid any over saturating that may lead to further staining.