Just back from my long weekend break and, I spend all of it polishing as I could..
This is my take on the use of G6/F7..
Either one will work, depends on the condition of the area that you're working on.
I'm using a 1/2" drill motor w/the 'wool' pad for compounding..
While this seems to work best, I do find at times for the closer detail work, that either I have to do it by hand or use another machine(polisher/sander) that has a flatter rubberized backing.
With it's narrower edge, it allows me to get in closer to the rib edges..
As far as how much pressure to apply, I'm finding that's a judgement call..It really depends on how the compounding process is going. Sometimes I find myself going over an area more than others because of the end results that I'm looking to achive.
1. How many times do you have to go over an area?
That depends on the condition, naturally but..As long as I can get it down to a bright clear shine, I'll usually move on to the next area.
2. How hard do you have to push against the trailer? Super hard where your sore later, or just moderately and let the machine do the work.
I'm not as young as I used to be<grins>, So I tend to let the machine do the work as much as possible. Still, I'm finding new muscles each day..I'd say not real hard but more along the moderate..I try not to create any more swirl marks than necessary but, if I need to in order to clear the area..It's okay because, I know I can clean them up later.
3.After compounding I am finding some areas are a nice reflective mirror image then move over a few inches and its not so clear. Will the final cyclo step fix this or do I need more compounding?
The one thing I've found , so far, Tim..is that if it's not cleared up at this stage, it may not be any clearer at a later stage.
Now if you're talking about swirl marks, yes it will be but, the gray cloudy area should be, IMHO, cleaned up in the beginning stages.
I've not posted any pictures lately because...I've been working flat out..It's a slow process because of all the little compartment openings on this side..As of this morning, I've worked my way to the rear storeage area door.
Re-order some more polishing compound as the small jars were getting low..Going for one pounders now~!!
Hope this helps?
Keep up the good work`!