I was over the Harbor Freight the other day and was looking at their assortment of polishing compounds. Such as this “green” one.
The reason I was looking, my poor Corolla is a victim of being manhandled. Badly mistreated. By me. On accident of course. I used one of those green scrubbing pads to remove some stubborn bird drop stains a while back, nothing else seemed to do any good, including what always seems to work gasoline. So I ended up with a half dozen quarter-sized scuff marks on the clear coat. The bird drop stains are gone, so there’s some good … lol. On a recent show a caller had a similar problem and Ray said they needed to be buffed out.
These polishing compounds at HF, there seems to be 6-10 different kinds. With the same package size. But in different package colors. Or maybe that’s the color of the compound inside. But what I’d really like to know is, not what color it is, but what is the difference between them? I was expecting to see that one has particles of 10 microns, and the other had particles 5 microns, and another had particles 0.5 micron, etc. Maybe there are two kinds with the same particle size, but one is aluminum oxide, one is silicon carbide, one is diamond, etc. But that’s not how they are labeled. Nothing like that. Instead they are labeled for what kinds of materials they are used to buff I guess. Plastics, metals, etc.
So anybody know what color compound I should I start my buffing with, and what color sequence should I progress as I work toward the finishing color?