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Review: CarPro Fixer

Review: CarPro Fixer

Product Description From AG:

CarPro Fixer is a one step polishing compound made for any kind of paint surface: freshly painted, soft, hard and new ceramic scratch resistant paint. All can be polished quickly and easily without leaving holograms or swirl marks. CarPro Fixer is the finest yet fastest one step polish that leaves the surface glowing with a perfect shine.

Fixer - A skilled worker who mends or repairs

Fix Ė To repair, mend, or restore - To put right or in order

What a fitting name for a polish designed and marketed to correct paint from start to finish. When I first heard the name I thought it a little odd/interesting but after thinking about it what name could be better? P073ZD? M1525? No, "Fixer" actually makes perfect sense but does it live up to its lofty claims? As with most things actions speak louder than words or a name. So what actions is Fixer capable of? Well, it certainly has a few tricks up its sleeve but let's start with a brief intro and then the details.

Introduction:

When I write a review I don't often have the luxury of months of experience with the product. With Fixer however I've been using it since it was just a baby. Along with other detailers and enthusiasts I was using a product called Polish #3 sometime last year. Polish #3 was a beta version during the development cycle. I know your time is valuable so I'll skip that whole story but I do want to show you what the product was capable of even during development.














Donít mind the dirt from the lawn guy (Picture taken the following)





Details:

1.- Packaging: Plastic Bottle
2.- Nozzle: Self-Cleaning nozzle/lid
3.- Color: White
4.- Consistency: Lotion
5.- Price at time of review: 8.45oz. (250ml) = $12.99
6.- Price at time of review: 16.00z. (500ml) = $18.99
7.- Price at time of review: 33.81oz. (1000ml) = $31.99 (Regular $37.99)
8.-Manufacturer: CarPro
9.-Made in: Korea

Product




Self-Cleaning nozzle/lid







Tips:

The following is kind of my generalization of how I use Fixer. Depending on the many combinations of controlling factors never be afraid to tweak things and see what actually works at a given time. Iím no master of the rotary but this is what works for me with Fixer.

Note: Just after the following ďRotaryĒ paragraph my friend Maesal gives a great video demonstration of Fixer in action.

Rotary:

1.-Apply a small amount of product to the pad (even less than with many polishes)
2.-Start on the slowest setting and spread the product.
3.-Turn the speed up a little and go across your section a couple times allowing the lubricants to become fully effective.
4.-Turn the dial up further as you settle in for correction of the paint. 1200 rpm is the max speed I would use with Fixer but as usually find exactly what works for your conditions and style. For what its worth Fixer definitely seems to like slower speeds.
5.-For a diminishing abrasive polish working time happens a little faster than you might expect. As you see correction taking place, and the swirls and/or oxidation leaving the section you are ready to begin finishing down.
6.-Dial down the speed a little and continue. At this point the opacity should be turning. As you make your last few passes continue to lower the rpm down to 600-700 rpm and finish using the minimal amount of pressure needed to keep the pad flush with the paint surface.

Tips:

1.-Extending the working time
If you need to extend the working time or finishing time simply spray a fine mist of water onto the pad and then continue working the polish, finishing down as described above.

2.-Soft paint
When dealing with softer paint I've found I need to let up on the pressure a little sooner in the cycle extending the finishing phase as described but earlier on in the process or by using a mist of distilled water in the way I mentioned.

3.-Finishing
When finishing donít allow yourself to go all the way to the edge of your section where some polish may not be broken down to the same level as the rest.

The abrasives in play are diminishing therefore finishing down is a very important step. The reason for this is that as you are polishing the abrasives become smaller and smaller as they are rubbed against themselves and the paint. To finish properly with any diminishing abrasive polish requires that you do not stop polishing until the abrasives are fully broken down. Of course you do NOT want to dry buff the paint so you must stop when the polish tells you to or add a fine mist of water to the pad to reactivate the lubricants and continue to finish.

I made that sound entirely more complex than it has to be so lets see if we can show how simple it can be. Iíd like to say thanks to my friend Maesal who posted the following video awhile back. I saw this a couple months ago and enjoyed it so much I thought I would ask Maesal if I could post it here. Maesal, thanks again for the excellent videos and for generously allowing me to use this one in my review! Looks great mate!

Video-Rotary Application: 2000 Grit removed with Fixer and Orange Pad on 700 RPM



Dual Action:

1.-Apply a small amount of product to a new pad or even less (2-3 pea sized drops) to the pad if itís already primed or used on a previous section.

2.-Start on low and spread the product across the section.

3.-After allowing the lubricants to begin working, turn it up to correction speed and apply downward force on the pad. The exact number that you consider correction speed will hinge on your machine, the paint, your arm movement, and the pad you have selected.

4.-As the defects are removed and polish turns opacity dial the speed back a bit for the final passes.

With foam pads on the Flex 3401 Iíve been using around 5-6 for correction and 4-5 for the last few passes. With MF pads I used speed 5 1/2 for the majority of correction and finished on 4. Iím new to the mf pads but youíll see my results a little later.

One of the great things about Fixer is how dust free it is. I mean really dust is almost non-existent and often entirely non-existent. This does not however come at a small cost in my opinion. I am only theorizing but I believe there's a correlation. While it doesnít dust the pad will lose a lot of cut if not cleaned on the fly after each section. Depending on the paint the amazing cut you found on one section you will not find on the next if you don't clean it on the fly in between. Of course most of us clean the pad often anyway so this should not be an issue.

Softer Paint: Fixer vs. Meguiars vs. Menzerna

While I have been using Fixer for a while now, I had not used it side by side with its competition on a large scale. So last weekend using both the new LC hybrid pads as well as wool and my very familiar Hydrotech pads I completed some Meguiars / Menzerna / Fixer testing side by side on a test panel.

Preparation:

A few sections were quickly sanded down by hand with 1500 grit paper. After hosing down the panel I washed with ONR and a rolled edge mf towel.










Application:

I started with wool on the Rotary using Fixer on one section and M105 on the other.





As advertised Fixer easily removed the 1500 grit marks using a wool pad and rotary. Of course M105 also removed them with ease.




I am probably partially to blame however a combination of the wool pad and soft paint left a gift for me. The wool pad left these gifts with the M105 as well.





But what could it do with a D/A and foam pad on these same 1500 grit marks? On the next section I used the Orange Hybrid foam pad from Lake Country. Once again Fixer removed the 1500 grit marks leaving a pretty good finish for a heavy cutting pad. There was a slight haze under LED light but there was certainly no tick marks or swirls.








Next I used Fixer with a polishing pad.

The polishing pad easily amped up the gloss on the section I had previously used the orange pad on.











On the section I had used wool earlier I followed with the light cutting pad on one section and the finishing pad on another. Fixer and either pad were able to remove the wool marks and leave an lsp ready glossy finish.




I also attempted to remove a section of sanding marks with Menzerna SIP and yet another with WG TSR. Admittedly the Menzerna portion was not a fair comparison as they aren't marketed to do better than 2000 grit as far as I know. However SIP and TSR are the most aggressive of the Menzerna polishes I own. Both had a tough time getting the scratches all the way out. I thought I had them at first but under close inspection I could see faint lines beneath the gloss.

Photos of the sections and products used:




















A week later on the same test panel I was back at it. I hadn't produced any sun shots the previous weekend so I wanted to add just a bit more to this section. First I wet sanded 3 small sections with 2000 grit paper.

I used M105, Fixer, and WG TSR to polish the 3 separate sections back out using LC HT pads via Flex 3401.




















It could be refined further so after attending to other matters it was time to see how the brands would compare using some popular finishing pads.

With the flat gray LC finishing pads via Flex 3401 my M105 section was followed up with M205 and my WG TSR section was followed up with Menzerna 85RD. On my Fixer section what was I to do? Well, use Fixer of course! After completing all 3 sections Fixer appeared a touch glossier than M205 while 85RD was glossier yet. The sun was gone by then and the next morning the sun would still not completely emerge from the clouds so I set up the halogens for the final pictures.











Hard Paint / One Step:

The Story

I had a dark blue VW scheduled for a full detail and my plan was to use Fixer and include it in this review. Unfortunately I had to adapt. The vehicle came to me as a referral but the owner told me that when he received it from the shop he realized it needed more work than he had anticipated so he wasn't ready for a full detail. The headlights he was concerned with doing ASAP so we would go ahead and get the headlights done now. He told me not to waste my time on anything else on his account until after the bodywork was done.

Well, I already had my heart set on cleaning the terrible mess up so it was very difficult not to at least spend a few hours decontaminating and washing the entire thing first! I must have walked back and forth between my garage and the car 3 times before I convinced myself to be sensible. Go get the canopy? Pull it into the garage? Go get the canopy? Pull it into the garage? Finally I restrained myself! I would not wash that car! I would not look at those wheels! Etc, etc... Arrgh!

Here was the condition of the surfaces I would be dealing with as delivered to the driveway.














I still planned to use this vehicle in the review at least to some extent even if I had to scale it back. A discussion with the owner had made it clear he was fine with me spending a little playtime on the hood. I explained he may have a shiny hood and thatís it! He was fine with that and I figured Iíd kill two birds with one stone. I would have my data for the review and Iíd know everything I needed about the paint giving myself a head start when it comes back.

So, out of the cave came Sky and into the cave went VW!




















Preparation:

The clear was in terrible shape as you can see with love bug etchings completely through the paint, severe oxidation of the clear, swirls, rids, stains, and chips.

I prepared the hood of the vehicle with an ONR wash followed by an intensive clay session using DP RWG. It was really very nasty. Having not washed the vehicle outside I didnít use Iron X & Tar X before hand (as I usually would in this situation) and it most certainly showed. Iím not used to seeing clay so nasty or having it take so long but I kept at it until it showed up clean and no longer felt like ďpure nastyĒ. The hood and headlights were then rinsed with the hose and dried via rolled edge mf towel.

The environmental and surface conditions were as follows:

Paint surface was still warmer than I would have liked




Welcome to Florida in February (The use of water in the garage added additional humidity)







I got to work on the headlights. They were sanded with the 3Ē GG polisher and then wet-sanded with the same machine. 3 grits were used and later they were corrected. CarPro Fixer via 3Ē Optimum MF cutting pad and BP on the Flex PE-14 rotary was the tool to complete the task.











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Next I set about inspecting the previously washed and dried hood. There were swirls upon swirls, but worse than the swirls were the water spots and some really nasty staining . The surface would turn out to be a hard clear although calling it clear would certainly be exaggerating. Beneath that was the blue flake color coat which did its very best to hide the swirls. It was not up to the taskÖ























First I tested a few things to remove the staining which was present. It was apparent that it was below the surface so I moved on expecting the polish step would take care of the problem. There were some well defined rids as you see in the above photos and a cluster of them happened to be hanging out in the worst area of the staining so I decided to get out my paint gauge and check the paint before completing a bit of wet sanding in that area with my GG 3Ē Polisher. After this was completed I once again rinsed the area with the hose and dried it off. Later as I polished out the sanded area I would find the water spots were far deeper than anything else including my sanding marks.


Video: Preparation (Various videos combined)

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Where to change the video settings on the embedded video:













I had just received my Optimum mf cutting pads the previous week and this would be the first time I used mf pads. After loading one onto my 3401 I applied a little polish and got to work. The paint was very hard but based on past experience with Fixer I still expected to cut through the sanding marks easier and faster than the way it was going. As the polish begin to change and my defects were still visible I hit the pad with a fine mist before I continued.

I had read before about people using the air compressor on mf pads but I just thought that was possibly the latest fad and the cool thing people wanted to do so didn't try it. Still not satisfied I put the mf pad to the side and thought to myself "overrated, maybe they aren't for me". I would later learn it was I, and not the pads that were to blame!

After finishing the section I used CarPro Eraser and a terry weave microfiber towel to wipe the surface. As you can see here I was not able to fully remove the sanding marks in my first go with mf pads and was unsatisfied with the finish.













Here you can see what the finish looked like in the non-sanded area



With my previous results in mind I switched to the rotary with a wool pad on the second half of the sanding marks. Fixer via wool pad on the rotary was able to cut through it in short order considering the hardness of the paint.







Video: Fixer via Wool pad on Flex PE-14-2-150 Rotary

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With the sanding marks gone on one side but not entirely gone on the mf test side I decided to move to the yellow B&S pad via 3401. Thanks to Mark for the pad!

Using Fixer on the B&S pad I spread the product on low and as I turned up the speed I applied considerable pressure for the majority of the passes. Towards the end I dialed down to 4 and did end up using a mist of water to extend my finishing phase a bit. I found great results and was impressed with how well it finished out considering the cut I had obtained.






This looked to be a great one step combo for this paint. The difference was incredible and asking for any more than what I had received from a one step on this paint in this condition would be ridiculous in my opinion. At this point I had completed most of the passenger side half of the hood and a bit pas the center in one area.

I was of course curious to see if the sun would show the same thing I saw beneath LED, Halogen, and CFL so I pulled it out of the garage to take a look and snap some pictures. This proved to be difficult with the angle of sun and the clouds. Waiting a few minutes allowed enough sun to peak through and I remained satisfied with my results on the polished sections. The angle was still difficult to place the sun on the polished sections but I was able to snap these.








Back in the garage I began to attempt polishing the very front of the hood where those NASTY bug etchings were rampant. Of course it was impossible to make those look any better as they are quite literally holes through the paint. You can't polish what's not there eh? I'll be purchasing some touchup paint for when the vehicle comes back but it's going to be a long process...

Anyway, the B&S pad was now the one giving me trouble and although I had cleaned it between sections it just didn't seem to be providing much cut anymore. It felt like less than 50% of what I had been getting previously! It seemed it was cloggy and time for a new pad but with no other B&S pads I weighed my options on which pad I would go with.

The obvious choice was my HT pads however I've used those plenty and having heard Avi mention that open cell pads work best with Fixer I wanted to have more experiences for this review using something other than my usual suspect.

Little did I know the answer was staring me in the face. I plucked an Optimum mf pad from its restful state and placed it onto my 3401. Then I turned on my air compressor and hooked the trigger to the back of my apron.

With one spray of water and a few drops of fixer placed on the pad I set out to give the mf pads another shot. After spreading the product and basically priming the pad on the paint I cranked the speed up to about 5 and applied pressure. This time I slowed my arm movement down further and after only a couple passes I could see a difference. I needed to mix it up from my previous method so I let off the trigger and quickly hit the mf pad with the air compressor to keep the fibers fluffed and placed it back on the paint. After about 3 more passes a quick finger swipe revealed that the most of the defects were gone. I continued to work the product. Before the section was complete I would hit the pad with my a/c nozzle once more about half way through the polishes change in opacity.

After finishing down I used Eraser via rolled edge mf towel to check my results. What a difference!! The mf pad combined with Fixer was a match made in heaven!





















AFTER



BEFORE




AFTER




As I blew the pad out again (takes about 5-10 seconds) and placed a few tiny dots off polish across the pad for my next section I began thinking about why and how they worked so well together and came to the following conclusion.

To start with Fixer just doesn't dust in comparison with anything else I've used that has this kind of cut. Even with the mf pads I received no dust. However it does seem to take a big hit in performance if you donít keep it clean and allow it to clog a foam pad. Therefore it's vitally important that you keep pads clean. So, we know Fixer has plenty of cut and we know the thousands of tiny particles of paint it's shaving don't simply disappear. So they must move into the foam until it is cleaned after each section. This is part of the reason I believe it matched up so well with the mf pad. The fibers on the mf can be completely spread and allow the residue to escape in a matter of seconds with the air compressor.


Video: Fixer via MF cutting pad on Flex 3401 D/A

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I completed the hood using Fixer via mf pad and took the following pictures before applying a quick spray wax and handing the keys back to the owner. The direct sun shots were taken the following day.
















Pros:

1.- Excellent one-step polish
2.- Removes defects like a compound but finishes much better
3.- Zero to little dusting
4.- Versatility
5.- Applicator Nozzle doesnít allow polish to dry inside it and clog
6.- No Fillers, Silicones, waxes, or polymers

Cons:

1.- Cleaning your pad after each section is more important than ever. I do this with any polish so not an issue for me but I know some people like to stretch it. If thatís you it wonít be a good look.


Final Observations & Summary:

Carpro Fixer is an excellent product that is indeed capable of removing serious defects and finishing nicely. As a one-step it truly shines. I have never used another polish that removes defects as deep as Fixer and is still capable of finishing this well. Previously I used mostly Menzerna/Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover or Meguiars 205 for one step options. Fixer adds another tool to the arsenal capable of removing defects I couldn't previously get to with my one step products and finishes down nicely as well.

When doing more than a one step Fixer is still a great option and you can use it for a two-step by simply changing the pad. With it's wide range of both cutting and finishing abilities it would be a rare case where you would need it for more than 2 steps. For a multiple step best of the best type finish I think I can get more gloss finishing with PO 85RD. Even then Fixer sets me up well with the first step for that scenario with a great cut and finish allowing me to do in two steps what I would have done in three.

Its lack of dusting is truly remarkable in my experience and makes it easy to clean up after. Personally I prefer not to wash a car after polishing and usually I simply wipe-down with Eraser during the polishing process or occasionally use a paint cleaner depending on what my lsp will be. The fact I don't have to tape as many areas, or blow polish dust out of any seams is another time saver.

I suppose if I tried to sum it up I would say Fixer is an excellent time saver and anything that saves me time and/or enriches my experience is a winner in my book.

In my Q&A with Avi he tells me the size of the finishing powders are 100 nanometer. To put that in context this is about the size of a particle that can fit through a surgical mask! I just thought that was pretty neat so I wanted to put the size in context for you guys.

Thanks for your time! Please share any questions, thoughts, and/or experiences you may have.

Q&A with Avi of CarPro:

1Q.-The description of Fixer states Nano-fine finishing powders. What exactly is the size of these abrasives if I may ask?

1A.-Yes its ok not big secret, we use 100nm size particles among other abrasive powders

2Q.-Is Fixer a completely water based polish?

2A.- No, Fixer is not only water base, It has solvents as well to prevent the polish from drying so quickly and not break down completely.

3Q.-Hypothetically speaking, if I was to wipe Fixer off with a mf towel and move straight to Cquartz would the CQ bond as well as if I used Eraser between? I know CQ needs a completely clean surface and Eraser is what I use first but I'm curious because both products dome from CarPro if the Fixer and CQuartz are synergistic and compatible with no intermediary cleaner.

3A.-No! You must clean the surface after polishing. As stated before we use solvents inside as well.

4Q.-Does Carpro recommend either open or closed cell foam more one than the other with Fixer?

4A.-Open cell foam works better than closed with Fixer.

5.-Btw, if you guys haven't already tested it with the Optimum mf pads Fixer works incredibly with them!

OK, good to know! We are soon showing our pads as well, which we tested and also work the best with Fixer.

Avi, as always thanks for your time in answering my questions and for the opportunity to test and review another useful product.

Thank you, Iím very glad you like our products. If thereís anything else you need let me know.
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Great write up explain a lot how to use this polish

I do have one question not Fixer related I can see that You use some kind of small size polishing machine to polish bora headlight which make it is ??
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Awesome review!!! Thanks a lot.

I'm considering buying Fixer polish to my first polish compound and now I know that I will buy it

What do you think my plan.

Cyclo copy DA machine. Sonus SFX-3 Spot Pad - Orange (4-inch) and Fixer polish. Is this good pad choice or is there better ones. (What open foam pad means?)

How many car you can do with one 250ml bottle of fixer?
Is it beneficial to buy also bottle of Eraser of is IPA good enough. If it needed to buy Eraser how many car you can do with one bottle?

Thanks for advice
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Great write up explain a lot how to use this polish

I do have one question not Fixer related I can see that You use some kind of small size polishing machine to polish bora headlight which make it is ??
Thank you! The machine is the Griots Garage 3". It's great for sanding but not very powerful enough for polishing especially with foam. I used my Flex PE-14 rotary with 3" mf pad for the polishing phase.

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Awesome review!!! Thanks a lot.

I'm considering buying Fixer polish to my first polish compound and now I know that I will buy it

What do you think my plan.

Cyclo copy DA machine. Sonus SFX-3 Spot Pad - Orange (4-inch) and Fixer polish. Is this good pad choice or is there better ones. (What open foam pad means?)

How many car you can do with one 250ml bottle of fixer?
Is it beneficial to buy also bottle of Eraser of is IPA good enough. If it needed to buy Eraser how many car you can do with one bottle?

Thanks for advice
Thank you!

I think Cyclo will work excellent with Fixer!

The pad choice depends on the condition of the paint, how deep you want to cut, the finish you want to achieve, and how hard it is. I'm sorry I can't be of more help but the variables are numerous. I don't want to tell you something when I don't know the circumstances. In general you want to use a cutting pad for swirls. A heavy cutting pad or mf cutting pad for deep swirls, rids, or deep defects. A polishing pad for light swirls. A finishing pad if you are looking for the highest possible gloss.

How many cars can 250ml complete is difficult as cars vary greatly in size and surface area. I'll estimate 3-7 vehicles depending on the size, etc.

How many cars for Eraser, same thing vehicle size varies but I have a chart in my Eraser review that gives you an idea. I think about 60 to 120 ml per vehicle depending how you use it. Chart located here- http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...+Carpro+eraser
As far as using IPA or eraser you can certainly use IPA but I much prefer eraser. If you are going to apply a coating afterwards then definitely skip the IPA and use Eraser.

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Another excellent and well written review. These things must take a huge amount of time to photograph and write up.

In terms of cutting against the M105, would you say they are roughly the same or is one able to cut more (everything else being equal)
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Another excellent and well written review. These things must take a huge amount of time to photograph and write up.

In terms of cutting against the M105, would you say they are roughly the same or is one able to cut more (everything else being equal)
Thank you very much for that! If I told you how long I spent you would probably laugh at me! The HD video editing and splicing eats up a bunch of time.

The cut is pretty close. On deep random scratches I think M105 gets there a wee bit faster. For most situations including very swirly vehicles I think Fixer gets there about the same time but of course finishes much better.

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Thank you! The machine is the Griots Garage 3". It's great for sanding but not very powerful enough for polishing especially with foam. I used my Flex PE-14 rotary with 3" mf pad for the polishing phase.



Thank you!

I think Cyclo will work excellent with Fixer!

The pad choice depends on the condition of the paint, how deep you want to cut, the finish you want to achieve, and how hard it is. I'm sorry I can't be of more help but the variables are numerous. I don't want to tell you something when I don't know the circumstances. In general you want to use a cutting pad for swirls. A heavy cutting pad or mf cutting pad for deep swirls, rids, or deep defects. A polishing pad for light swirls. A finishing pad if you are looking for the highest possible gloss.

How many cars can 250ml complete is difficult as cars vary greatly in size and surface area. I'll estimate 3-7 vehicles depending on the size, etc.

How many cars for Eraser, same thing vehicle size varies but I have a chart in my Eraser review that gives you an idea. I think about 60 to 120 ml per vehicle depending how you use it. Chart located here- http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...+Carpro+eraser
As far as using IPA or eraser you can certainly use IPA but I much prefer eraser. If you are going to apply a coating afterwards then definitely skip the IPA and use Eraser.
Do you have experience of that SonŁs orange pad? Does it cut at all? What do you think is it necessary to use Eraser if using Wolf's BW?
Is FIxer DAT based compound? Does it contains oils or is it water based?
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