Polishing Motorcycle Plastic And Paint Tips & Tricks – Chemical Guys Rebound Scratch & Swirl Remover


Hey guys it’s another amazing day in the
Detail Garage. Today we’ve got this Harley-Davidson. It’s covered in scratches and swirls which
is something that is very noticeable on black on dark colors. I’ll be showing just how to and the techniques
and products you’ll need to polish those out and get rid of them for good. To start you want to wash off the loose contaminants
or things that landed on the paint. In a case like this one where it has been
ridden and outside we want to clay bar the vehicle to get off the things that have embedded
themselves in the paint and then it will be ready for the polish. To get started I’ll use our Wash And Wax,
it was designed specifically for motorcycles. All you do is spray it on and using a clean
microfiber towel I’ll wipe off in one direction taking off any light dust, debris, fingerprints
or any contaminants. The next step is the clay bar which is taking
off the contaminants that have embedded themselves in the paint. Since this bike is fairly well maintained
it doesn’t feel like it needs an aggressive clay bar just light contamination. I’ll use a Light Clay Bar and Clay Luber to
pull off anything that has found its way into the paint. I’ll take a piece of the clay bar and knead
this up into a paddy. You’re only going to be using two or three
fingers while clay barring. This is just a sticky substance and as you
run it across the paint it will pull things out of the pores of the paint just like exfoliating
your skin. Before you put it on the paint you want to
lubricate it using Clay Luber. You can spray it directly on the surface,
I like to spray it on my hands because it is sticky. You want to be pretty generous with the lubricant
so spray it on the surface and start clay barring. Work it back and forth in straight lines no
circles giving it light pressure and at first it will drag but as you work the clay it will
pull the contamination off the paint it will start gliding across. The surface is feeling really slick and smooth,
I’m going to put my clay bar away. You want to put the clay bar in some type
of container or air tight seal so it will be ready for next time and won’t be dried
out and it won’t be any good anymore. After you do that just wipe off the surface
to take care of the excess Clay Luber and contamination you pulled off. If this were my bike I’d take this fender
off which would make it a lot easier to clay as well as polish it but the owner of this
bike doesn’t want us taking it apart so we’re just going to leave it on there and try our
best to polish it. Some of you guys at home are probably thinking
the same thing just take the fender off, put it on the bench to clay it and polish it to
make it a lot easier on yourself but you’re going to come across customers that don’t
want you taking their bike apart so you just have to do what they’re comfortable with and
that’s about it. So now that the surface has been prepped. Its been washed, clayed so it’s time to move
onto the polishing. I’ll be using a dual action polisher. For those of you who are new to polishing
or never polished before there are two types of main polishers. There’s dual action such as this one and there
is also rotary. The biggest difference between the two is
a rotary just spins like a drill which makes it really easy to burn paint if you haven’t
practiced. The dual action is a lot safer because it
has features where if you’re applying too much pressure it’ll vibrate instead of oscillating
which can burn the paint. It’s just a lot easier to use if you’ve never
polished before. I’ll be using a small backing plate. This is key because I’m working on a motorcycle
and those of you who have polished cars know that a bigger backing plate is necessary but
since I’m only working on a small area I’ll use a smaller backing plate. I’ll be using a Green Polishing Pad because
I did a test spot on this bike with a White Pad and I didn’t get quite the results I was
looking for so I’ve stepped it up to a Green Pad which should do just fine. Before you get started you want to center
the pad on the backing plate. This way it’ll spin nice smooth and not off set. I’m just going to apply a few drops of the
Scratch and Swirl Remover which is specifically designed for bikes. If you’re wondering if it is safe to use on
your bike, it is. Before I get started I’ll prep the pad with
Pad Conditioner. What this does is help reduce friction on
the pad so you aren’t putting a dry pad on the paint. Before I actually start polishing I’m going
to put down a tape line so you guys at home can see the difference between a polished
side and a non polished side. You don’t have to do this at home but this
is just so on camera you can see the difference. Next get your polisher out, spread your product
out over the area you are working on. To spread it out evenly turn the machine on
speeding setting one. Turn it on and go back and forth over the
surface you’ll be working on and when you are ready to polish bump it up to speed setting
six. So now that I’ve spread it out I’ll bump it
up to speed setting six. The proper technique for polishing is up and
down and side to side overlapping the last pass by at least fifty percent. Keep up that technique until the polish has
gone clear. You may have noticed as I was polishing the
compound started to turn clear, that’s how it tells you that the product has broken down
and it’s done enough polishing. Obviously when you’re done polishing you want
to buff off the excess product. I’ve just finished polishing this half of
the fender so now I’ll take the tape off so we can see the difference. It looks pretty damn good, this side has less
scratches and swirls and a ton of gloss. All that’s left is to do the rest of the bike,
so lets get started on that. So the bikes just been polished and it looks
amazing. The black has been really brought back and
the scratches and swirls have been taken care of by an all in one polish. So if you want to learn more about these products
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