Had a go today at trying to correct the paint and machine polish the car today seeing as the weather was nice.
I used the following:
Challenge PBP180 DA polisher (Argos pretty cheap and works well enough)
Meguiars Ultimate compound
Meguiars Gold class carnauba paste wax
Chemical Guys Hexlogic White cutting pad (have a green one heavier cutting but used the gentler pad for my first attempt)
CG Hexlogic Red buffing pad.
The car was clayed a couple of weeks ago to get as much fallout after it had been washed, the car has since been washed before I started to try and correct the paintwork.
Took me a couple of hours to do even with the machine.
First I corrected each panel one by one with the cutting compound with a spray of final detailer on the pad to make sure there was less chance of damage.
Then a wipe off with a microfibre cloth.
Then I applied a generous amount of carnauba paste wax to the whole car by hand. Then swapped to the red buffing pad and buffed the whole car, then a final wipe down with another microfibre cloth.
I am happy with the results I have achieved and the products worked OK, not up to detailers standards but good enough for my liking, I am not going to spend a whole day cleaning and polishing my car, I may however at some point get it properly detailed by a pro.
Sadly there are a hell of a lot of paint chips on the car, it really is shocking they are everywhere and the bonnet especially bad. So that is another job at some point to do, plus the small bit of damage on the rear bumper to get sorted at some point.
I think it has corrected the very light marring quite easily on the car, there are a few deeper marks that I will attempt at another time.
Absolutely no paint transfer from the car to the pads so it is lacquered paint as is the case with most flat solid colours theses days as opposed to solid colour cars not having lacquer on them in previous years. I read a comment somewhere someone saying red is bad for paint chips because of the lack of lacquer.