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    Polishing Over Vinyl?

    Hey everybody!

    I have a question. I plan on giving my smart its very first polishing ever by hand (not machine) and I have a question. I plan on purchasing and using the SmartWax Superior Finish Polish for my car, but my car as after market vinyl graphics as you may of may not have seen.

    Here is my question:

    Would it be safe to polish over vinyl? Don't you think that the polish will hurt the vinyl?

    Also:

    Can I clay bar over vinyl? Some people have told me no because it will take the vinyl right off the car! I need some advice regarding this please! Thank you!
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    Brett,

    Our cars have Vinyls on them (SM logos) and we have washed and polished them without any issues using the SW line. These are the two products we have been using:

    http://www.smartmadness.com/servlet/...t--Pure/Detail

    http://www.smartmadness.com/servlet/...--Spray/Detail
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    Hey Boris,

    I'm talking about the superior finish polish. I believe this is more like a paste and is designed before the wax. I want to use this to remove the micro swirls and scratches from my car, but I don't know if it is too aggressive or not that it will hurt the vinyl.
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    Can't help you there Brett. I do not know. There are many variations in the quality and durability of the vinyl. Now that we are doing Vinyls at our shop Henry (our shop manager) has been teaching me the many variations. Some are more durable then others.
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    Hello Brett, Henry here...
    let me just put it simple, see the material of our panels? plastic... vinyl.. same base, now just like Boris mentioned there are different grade of vinyls, if you got something like a 700 or better, it will react like the panels, so if you wax or buff it. it will get shine like the car.

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    Thank you both! I need to contact my graphics guy and see if his grade of vinyl is safe for polishing.
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    Hi Brett,

    I'm late to the game here in this thread, but I create vinyl graphics all the time and I make the domed decals sold through Smart Madness. You can wash good quality calendered or cast vinyl all day long and dry it with a good absorbent cloth or moist chamois, but I wouldn't polish it. Those polishing compounds are a mild abrasive and are made evening out the surface of painted/cleared surfaces to restore shine. So, it can't really help your vinyl and might damage it. I also suspect it'd be a waste of effort and a waste of polish to use it on vinyl.

    Good luck. Your car sounds good too, and I like the stripes.

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    Hey Nukleon,

    Thank you for the heads up! Also, thank you for the compliments on the stripes and thank you for helping the smart community!

    Sincerely,
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    Here is another thought... Cover the stripes with Blue Painters Tape. You can find it at a Home Depot or a similar place. The Blue tape has a weaker glue that will not damage vinyl and comes off easily. Then simply buff the car since the stripes are protected.
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