|This 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
That's a loaded question! The Edge 200
System offers a lot of options. Here's a rundown of the features and the
The Edge 2000 Pads Key Features:
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
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
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
|The Edge gives you lots of choices! We'll break it
down to the necessities:
For most polishing
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
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.
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
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.
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
Advanced Finishing Polish or
XMT Ultra Fine Swirl Remover #1.
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
3. Buff with a
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.
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:
2. Set the maximum speed to 3 or 4. You do
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
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.
- 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.