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Old 05-31-2013, 05:13 AM
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So I recently got my 05 ram 2500, atlantic blue pearl in color. The paint has some pretty deep water marks all over and is slightly oxidized and not very smooth. I tried Meguiars Ultimate Compound on a cheapie orbital polisher, but it didn't do a whole lot of good. What products could I use to bring it back to life? I can post pictures if that helps.
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So I recently got my 05 ram 2500, atlantic blue pearl in color. The paint has some pretty deep water marks all over and is slightly oxidized and not very smooth. I tried Meguiars Ultimate Compound on a cheapie orbital polisher, but it didn't do a whole lot of good. What products could I use to bring it back to life? I can post pictures if that helps.
After a good wash a good idea would be to clay your truck to get the atmospheric crap off, which is what makes the surface feel rough and will inhibit the proper adherence of polishes and waxes. Next to address the issues you described, you should consider a polish followed by waxing or sealant. Meguiars makes some good products, I use and like Griot's Garage, then there is Zaino, Adams to name a few. All of these make very good products, you will have to find what works best for you. You say you have a "cheapie" orbital polisher, consider getting a good high quality random orbital unit. The two I am familiar with and are excellent are Griot's Garage and Porter Cable, there are probably others and I am sure someone will chime in with other recommendations. A machine is not necessary, but well worth it for the time it saves and the less effort required.
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After a good wash a good idea would be to clay your truck to get the atmospheric crap off, which is what makes the surface feel rough and will inhibit the proper adherence of polishes and waxes. Next to address the issues you described, you should consider a polish followed by waxing or sealant. Meguiars makes some good products, I use and like Griot's Garage, then there is Zaino, Adams to name a few. All of these make very good products, you will have to find what works best for you. You say you have a "cheapie" orbital polisher, consider getting a good high quality random orbital unit. The two I am familiar with and are excellent are Griot's Garage and Porter Cable, there are probably others and I am sure someone will chime in with other recommendations. A machine is not necessary, but well worth it for the time it saves and the less effort required.
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As Hermes1 said, you need to clay bar the truck first. Right now your polish isn't getting onto the surface of the paint properly because of all the other junk in the way. Once you clay bar it your paint will be fairly smooth again which is when you can start polishing.

For what you're doing the Meguairs should work great. I just used the same product (along with a few others follow it) and my paint turned out amazing. The difference is that I'm using a Porter Cable DA polisher, not a cheapie one. I'd highly recommend getting the Porter Cable. I got mine from autogeek.net. $200 for the polisher and accessories, 7 CTS pads, pad cleaner and conditioner, and a "how to" DVD. Can't beat that! They're a great site to get detailing supplies and equipment from. They also have a great youtube channel with in depth videos on how to use all their products correctly and get the best results on your truck. Check them out!!

Here's a link to my thread with some pictures of the products I used and my truck after using them if you're interested.

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=142829
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also the problem is not always product related, but technique related.

make sure when youre polishing, youre using some pressure and making at least 6 section passes (once up and down and once back and forth is a section pass). Clean your pads often, and it is going to take a variety of pads and step to do it properly.

maybe we can get some pics and some insight into your steps/procedures?
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So I did a meguiars clay bar before work tonight. Theres definitely a noticeable difference. Ill get some close up pics of the worst areas when I get off in the morning. Thanks everyone!
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