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The Edge 2000 Dual Action Polishing Guide

<font color=red>The Edge 2000</font> Dual Action Polishing GuideThis guide explains how to detail by machine with the Porter Cable 7424XP and the Edge 2000 Foam Pads. You'll read what pads to use for specific paint problems and get some suggestions on swirl removers and polishes. You can also download a printer-friendly version of this information as a quick reference guide. There's no more guessing what pads to use - its all outlined right here.

These techniques will also work with Meguiars G110 Dual Action Polisher, Griot's Garage Random Orbital Polisher and the FLEX XC 3401 VRG Orbital Polisher. The FLEX requires a conversion adapter to work with Edge pads.

What accessories do I need?

That's a loaded question! The Edge 200 System offers a lot of options. Here's a rundown of the features and the pads.

The Edge 2000 Pads Key Features:

No backing plate! The Edge pads attach to your polisher using a Quick Connect Adapter that pops into the center of the pad. The connection is very secure and, because the adapter is in the center of the pad, the pad is always balanced.

Double-sided. Since the pads do not require a backing plate, both sides are usable. Instead of buying two single-sided white pads, you buy one Edge white pad.

Versatile. All The Edge pads work with any polisher. You can use 6 inch pads on your rotary polisher; just be sure you have the Edge Rotary Drive Adapter. You can use the same pads on your dual action polisher with the Edge DA Drive Adapter. One set of pads works with both types of polisher. All you have to change is the adapter.

Many varieties to choose from: The Edge pads are available in flat and Wave foam, as well as 6 inch and 8 inch.

Flat foam: Provides constant contact with the paint. The 6 inch pads have a rounded edge. The 8 inch pads have a beveled edge that polishes easily between and around the vehicle's exterior features.

The Edge Wave Foam: The convoluted design allows a constant flow of air through the pad's valleys. This reduces heat and minimizes the risk of burning the paint. This safety feature comes in handy when using a rotary because the high speed, centralized motion of rotary polishers is more likely to burn the paint than a dual action.

Beyond just size and wavy or flat, you now have to choose what type of foam will work on the vehicle at hand. Here are your choices:

Yellow Cutting DuraFoam 6 Inch Pad This pad is aggressive, and will cut through deep surface marks and swirls. They work well on heavy oxidation and pitted finishes, and will remove wet sand scratches without causing burning.
Green Medium Cutting DuraFoam 6 Inch Pad This pad is useful for light oxidation and moderate to severe swirls and imperfections. This pad will yield amazing results on older vehicles, and should be used on vehicles with moderate swirls and imperfections. Add a compound or pre-wax cleaner for a flawless finish on base coats.

Blue Finishing DuraFoam 6 Inch Pad This pad is great for everyday use. It will leave surface areas scratch-free and smooth while still removing light swirls and imperfections. Use with wax and polish to apply a fine gloss. Safe on clear coats.
White Ultrafine Polishing DuraFoam 6 Inch Pad This ultra-smooth polishing pad contains 80 pores per inch, allowing for fine polishing which creates a bold, crystalline gloss Use this pad to apply waxes, polishes and sealants. Safe on clear coats.
Edge 2K Drive DA Adapter Precision machined brass quick connect adapter  has a 5/16 inch thread.


The Edge gives you lots of choices! We'll break it down to the necessities:

For most polishing applications, this is the most popular line-up: The Edge2K Drive DA (E-210), a green pad for swirl removal, a blue pad for a finishing polish, and a white pad for wax application. Now you're ready to get started.


How do I polish out swirls and scratches?

The following is a general guide to polishing. It will take you from compounding to polishing to finishing. If your paint problems do not require compounding, skip to polishing. If you’re not sure, start with polishing. Always take the least aggressive approach first! If you don’t get the desired results from polishing, then use a swirl remover and light cutting pad.

The pads pictured at the beginning of each section indicate what pads can be used to perform the job described. The flat pads and the wave pads are interchangeable. The Meguiars G110 Dual Action Polisher and the Porter Cable 7424XP have the same speed settings so the following guide applies to both machines.

Please note: Deep scratches and swirls, and severe oxidation will require compounding with a circular polisher. If you are inexperienced with this type of polisher, consult a professional. If your fingernail catches the scratch or swirl, it will require painting and must be repaired by a professional.


I. Compounding & Swirl Removal

Compounding involves using the most aggressive type of swirl remover, called a compound. Swirl removers can range from light to heavy. The application is the same.

Swirl Removers


XMT Intermediate Swirl Remover 3

Menzerna Super Intensive Polish PO 83

Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover

Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0

Poorboy’s Super Swirl Remover 2

Menzerna Intensive Polish PO91E

XMT Heavy Duty Swirl Remover 4

Meguiars #105 Ultra-Cut Compound

Optimum Hyper Compound

3M Perfect-It 3000 Extra Cut Rubbing Compound

Menzerna Power Gloss Compound

1. In the picture to the right, this is a serious case of swirls. Choose a green medium cutting pad and a swirl remover such as Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0 or XMT Intermediate Swirl Remover #3.

2. Apply a circle of swirl remover around the edge of  the pad. Some will say apply a quarter size amount. You can even apply it directly to the paint.

Ultimately you're going to spread it around so how the swirl remover gets on the paint is up to you. Spread the swirl remover over a small section  (about 2 x 2 sq. ft.) with the polisher turned off to prevent sling.

3. Set the maximum speed on the polisher at 5. Turn the polisher on and work the swirl remover in a side to side, overlapping motion. Move slowly to give the abrasives time to work.

NOTE: The Porter Cable tells you if you're applying too much pressure. The pad will stop rotating. Lighten up on the machine and let it do the work for you.

When the swirl remover turns to a transparent film, the abrasives have broken down. Turn off the machine and lift it off the paint. Buff away the residue with a soft, Cobra Microfiber Towel and inspect your results. If you are not satisfied, repeat the process with the same product or a more aggressive compound (like XMT Heavy Duty Swirl Remover #4). If you still see no results, upgrade to the cutting pad. 

* If you used a compound, a light haze or dullness is normal. The next step will restore the gloss.


II. Polishing

Polishing improves the smoothness and gloss of the paint. Use a finishing polish if you’ve just compounded or if the paint just needs a boost. Examples are Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish or XMT Ultra Fine Swirl Remover #1.

PreWax Cleaners


If your vehicle is in great shape and you do not need a finishing polish, use Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion or XMT Carnauba Finishing Glaze to enhance the gloss without abrasives.

XMT Carnauba Finishing Glaze

Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion

Wolfgang Paintwork Polish Enhancer

P21S Paintwork Cleanser

Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0

Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish

XMT Ultra Fine Swirl Remover

Menzerna Super Finish PO 106 FA

Optimum Polish

1. Use the blue polishing pad on your polisher. Apply the polish of your choice to the pad or to the paint and spread it around with the machine turned off.

2. Set the maximum speed to about 4.5. You're not trying to cut. You're just trying to burnish the paint to a high gloss. Work in a side to side, overlapping motion until the polish turns clear.

3. Buff with a Cobra Microfiber Towel and check your results. If you can still see some haze, repeat the process. This time, be sure that the abrasives are fully broken down before you buff.


III. Finishing

You're nearing the finish line. Just a couple more steps will make your vehicle glow. Once you've achieved the desired shine, follow up with a wax or sealant to lock in the gloss.  Application of any of these products will be as follows:

1. Attach a white ultrafine polishing pad to your Porter Cable 7424XP or other DA polisher. Apply the product to the paint or to the pad. Spread it around the paint in a 2 x 2 sq. ft. section with the polisher turned off. Waxes

Paint Sealants

Pinnacle Souverän Wax

DP Max Wax

Pinnacle Signature Series II

P21S Concours Carnauba Wax

Poorboy’s Natty’s Paste Wax

Pinnacle Liquid Souverän Wax

Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0

Four Star Ultimate Paint Protection

Menzerna Sealing Wax APO 60

Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze

2. Set the maximum speed to 3 or 4. You do not need speed to apply nonabrasive products. Spread the product over the paint until its sufficiently covered. There are no abrasives to break down. You are just trying to get even coverage.

3. Buff off the product with a Cobra Microfiber Towel or slip a Microfiber Bonnet over an unused pad. The bonnet is like having a microfiber towel on your polisher. Just be sure to put the bonnet over a clean pad so no products will seep through the bonnet.

Detailing Tips:

  • The polisher will do the work for you. There's no need to apply pressure.
  • Pad and product selection is not an exact science. The severity of the imperfections, the cut of the pad, and the aggressiveness of the product all factor into the final results. Don't be afraid to experiment.
  • Start with the least aggressive method first. Go to a more aggressive pad or polish only if necessary.

Foam & Wool Pad Cleaning

The easiest way to clean your foam and wool pads is to drop them in pad cleaner while they are still wet with polish or wax. Dried products are more difficult to remove from the pads. To do this, mix up a bucket of water and Cobra Quik Clenz Pad Cleaner or DP Polishing Pad Rejuvenator at the start of your detailing session. As you finish using each pad, drop it in the cleaning solution to soak. When you are finished with your detail, use the Foam Pad Conditioning Brush to agitate the pads. Then rinse the pads and lay out to dry.

Note: Dry pads with the hook and loop backing facing up so water drains away from it. Standing water on the backing material could eventually cause separation.

When your clean pads are dry, put them in a sealable plastic bag or container to keep them free of dust until their next use.

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