30 September 2014

Griot’s Car Care Tip: Working under pressure

Pressure is good. Pressure makes diamonds. And pressure applied to a random orbital will create a finish that rivals diamonds in its clarity and reflectivity. But can you go too far and apply too much pressure?

The simple answer is no, as long as you’re using a quality random orbital. Direct drive finishers have a reputation for “burning through” paint when its pad is concentrated on one spot too long. The motion of a random orbital keeps this from happening. When a good deal of pressure is applied to a random orbital and/or it comes into contact with an abrupt body contour, the pad can seem to stop rotating. Rest assured work is still being applied to the paint as the oscillating motion of the machine is still doing its thing.

It is best to vary the amount of pressure you put on the pad and make more than one pass at each panel you’re working on. Continue in an overlapping cross-hatch pattern, keep your pad buttered up, and use a low speed to apply the polish or sealant and a higher speed to work the product into your paint.

Amazing paint makes your ride a standout and is wise protection for one of your biggest investments.

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5 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Dale Denver October 1, 2014 at 16:38
    Any recommendation on who makes a quality random orbital and the best brand of polish to use?
  • 2
    Richard Goff Arkansas October 1, 2014 at 20:06
    Great and timely advice. What about rubbing compound on older dear paint?
  • 3
    Mike North Carolina October 2, 2014 at 17:01
    I have what it's my understanding is the most powerful RO (Random Orbital) in its' class, a Meguiar's G110 Dual Action RO polisher - which is actually a Porter-Cable; however, the 1st time I used it, (having applied the proper light sufficient layer of product & allowed it to dry to the proper degree) I found that it either virtually stops or stops moving if I apply barely any or more pressure. What's the problem?
  • 4
    Dave Gordonsville, VA October 3, 2014 at 12:02
    "ive been using the Griot's random orbitals (I have the standard and small versions) for several years with excellent results. My paint's in very good condition so I use their #3 polish and Best of Show wax or Paint Sealant depending on the car.
  • 5
    Thomas Solon , Ohio October 8, 2014 at 11:24
    I will address several comments. Griots makes a great rand orbital. Their pads are sensational. See their website or catalog for addressing different paint issues and what products to use. I use only griot products on our daily cars and only their products on our 2 show vehicles. You simply cannot go wrong.

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