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Old 03-25-2010, 08:44 AM   #1
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Restoring softop windows question

This video has been around a while I'm sure most of you have seen it. Anyway I managed to get a hold of a buffer and I ordered some of the polish. Does anyone know what type of pad he is using in the beginning with the metal polish? When he finishes it with the second pad it looks like a regular buffing pad but i'm not sure about that either, anyone care to shed some light on the secret buffing pads being used? Thanks guys!


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Old 03-28-2010, 02:00 AM   #2
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I don't know the answer but I've been thinking of doing this ever since I saw the video on here. It looks like it's mainly for the haze but I have a few light scratches also that I'm wondering if it will help with.
And how much do the two polishes cost?
Before and after pics would rock!

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Old 03-28-2010, 09:07 PM   #3
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While in Harbor Freight today I bought a cheap palm polisher with a really soft polish bonnet and some Meguiar's Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish.
I saw on another Jeep site that someone used this polish and liked it so I'll give that a shot tomorrow and post the results.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:27 PM   #4
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The first is a wool pad, the second one is a foam pad. Wool is more abbrasive than foam, and easier to burn into whatever you are buffing on so be carefull.

If you were to try this yourself and have never buffed anything before I would recomend just using a foam pad. Personally thats all I ever use, im not a fan of wool.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:47 PM   #5
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The first pad looks like a wool pad:


The second one looks like a foam cutting pad:


Looks like that polish is a Hawaiian favorite:
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I wonder if an everyday orbital buffer would work for this, doubt it has the RPMs to get the job done though.
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You can just use regular rubbing compound, and polish, and get the same results.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:51 PM   #8
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I wonder if an everyday orbital buffer would work for this, doubt it has the RPMs to get the job done though.
Most likely not. You would want at least 1000 rpms to get the results you want.
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There are 3 different "grits" for the foam pads. There is heavy, medium, and light. You should always work from the least aggressive first. In the meguiar line black is the lightest. I would start with it first and see if you get decent results.
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I cleaned mine this morning. My windows were a lot worse than the ones in the video above
First I cleaned the windows and then used the polish and buffer on the outside and inside.
Overrall it turned out pretty good and I'm very glad I did it.




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That's a damn nice result.
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^ wow that looks a lot better. I have a 1000-1800 rpm buffer I'm going to use. Did you use the wool pad or just the foam pad? you said you bought a soft bonnet polish?
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The buffer I bought came with a really soft bonnet on it. Not wool though.
I'm not sure what it is. I think wool would work though.
Here's a before and after video
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Wool is actually a pretty aggressive pad to use on a buffer, the softest ones would be the ones used to apply wax. At least that is my understanding. I'll most likely be corrected in short order.

Sorry, didn't read all the other posts before posting.
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It's hard to tell, how is it for swirl marks?
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Wool is actually a pretty aggressive pad to use on a buffer, the softest ones would be the ones used to apply wax. At least that is my understanding. I'll most likely be corrected in short order.

Sorry, didn't read all the other posts before posting.
No correction will be needed, as you are correct. Wool is aggressive.

As Mr Clifford said - to anyone considering doing this, start out with the least aggressive approach and see how that works. Black Meguires pad being a great suggestion.

Don't sit still, keep it moving, and don't push down very hard at all.
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I'm not sure about swirl marks but why not give it a shot? It could only help.
I did manage to get off some scratches from my dog on my passengers window that I thought would never come off.
A couple of times I even leaned on the buffer with my whole body weight. With the super soft bonnet I had it seemed no way it was gonna scratch or bust through, plus it was all sudsy/wet.
I actually did my back window again after I put some pretty good pressure on my side windows with no bad effects. The second time was even better.
This cleaning is something I'll probably do once a year from here on out.
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do you think the results would be better if you took the windows off and appplied pressure on a flat surface? Your results look great!
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