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Cyclo Toolmakers Guide to Polishing Perfection

A Step-by-Step Guide to Detailing Your Vehicle for Stunning Results. To create professional-level results, it is important to use the appropriate high-quality product for the application and to follow procedures used by professionals in their operations. Download a copy here.

The Support you Need for Cyclo Products.

Cyclo Toolmakers commitment to quality has been part of our heritage for nearly 60 years. Our tools are expertly machined and hand fitted for durability, longevity and ease of service. In fact, each part on a Cyclo Polisher can be replaced ensuring lasting performance. And the maintenance, service and care of your polisher is simple. We have provided detailed reference charts with diagrams of our polishers including links to each part along with a description and associated cost. We have also included additional reference materials with insights on getting the most out of your machine, maintenance procedures and tips for troubleshooting. Whether you are scrubbing carpets, upholstery, headliners, or removing swirls, removing scratches or simply polishing your paint to a brilliant shine - there is a Cyclo polisher and genuine Cyclo accessory that is designed for the professional detailer.


Catalogs and Manuals

Cyclo Product Guide (PDF)

Cyclo Polishers Product Sheet (PDF)

Cyclo Electric Polishers Instruction Manual (PDF)

Cyclo 12A Pneumatic Polisher Instruction Manual (PDF)

Accessories Application Chart (PDF)


Parts Diagrams

Cyclo Model 5, 5C Expanded Diagram

Cyclo Model 5, 5C Expanded Diagram (PDF)

Cyclo Model 6CE Expanded Diagram

Cyclo Model 6CE Expanded Diagram (PDF)

Model 5, 5C Double-Pole Switch Wiring


Warranty Registration & Repair Requests

Online Warranty Registration Form

Warranty Registration Form PDF

Repair Request Form


CTI MSDS

CTI Pro Paint Care Products MSDS

CTI Pro Paint Care Heavy Compounding Gel

CTI Pro Paint Care Light Compounding Gel

CTI Pro Paint Care Polish and Swirl Remover

CTI Pro Paint Care Protective Sealant

CTI Pro Paint Care Finishing Wax

CTI Pro Paint Care Lubricant and Quick Detail Spray

CTI 1 Pass Express - Cleaner-Polish-Sealant


CTI Metal Polish Products MSDS

Free Flite Cleaner and Polish

Free Flite Protective Sealant


CTI Pad Care Products MSDS

CTI High Concentrate Pad Cleaner

CTI Spray Applicator Pad Cleaner

Support Videos and Documents

How To's

Cyclo Toolmakers Guide to Polishing Perfection

Swirl Free Finish on Black Paint

Boat Polishing

Headlight Restoration

Application of Rubber Pad Holders

Pad Covers Application

Remove 2500 Grit Scratches


Carpets and Upholstery

Using the Cyclo Polisher for Scrubbing Interiors

Advanced Scrubbing Techniques


Why Choose Cyclo

Model 5-Pro Demonstration

Model 12A Pneumatic Demo

Low Vibration Comparison

Why Choose Cyclo

Why Choose Cyclo(Spanish)

Why Choose Cyclo (German)


Maintenance

Maintenance Procedure Video

Troubleshooting Carbon Brush Replacement

Counterweight Alignment

Cyclo Polisher Arcing Examples

Reconfiguration to VES Counterweights

Cleaning Scrub Brushes


Sample Pad Selection Guidelines

Accessories Application Chart (PDF)

Detailing a 10 Year Old SUV or Truck

Detailing a 3 Year Old SUV or Truck

Detailing a 10 Year Old Sedan or Compact

Detailing a 3 year Old Sedan or Compact

Polishing Heavily Worn/Used Diesel Fuel Tanks


Industry Associations

The International Detailing Assocation

Specialty Equipment Market Association

CTI Pro Paint Care System

The CTI Pro Paint Care System is designed to match the right product to the condition of your paint. It is important to assess first and then plan on an approach for resolution. You may also start at any one of the steps but it is important that you do not skip a step.

All In One Cleaner-Polish-Sealant

Clean, polish and protect all at the same time. Remove light scratches and environmental contaminants.

CTI Metal Polish

Deoxidize it, clean it, buff it, protect it, with CTI Metal Polishes.

Other Product Application Guidelines

Auto Magic® Products and Cyclo Polisher Application Information

Meguiar's® Products and Cyclo Polisher Application Information

PRO® Products and Cyclo Polisher Application Information

Farecla® Products and Cyclo Polisher Application Information


Sample Kit and Usage Guidlines

We have created a few sample situations to help provide ordering guidelines for the anticipated number of accessories that you would need for a traditional detail. We always recommend that you start with the least aggressive pad and chemicals and always test a small, inconspicuous area first. Always thoroughly prepare the vehicle prior to detailing. During the detail process we recommend that you have several of each pad type/color on-hand. Pads will become filled with product and debris so you will want to rotate in a new pad for each step in the detailing process (e.g. when you change chemicals) and for each area of the project (e.g. hood versus fenders and doors). Once a pad has been used simply wash out with a light detergent and let air dry. When using the DoublePrecision system simply flip each pad over until both sides have been used or when changing chemicals or areas of detail.

To help you correctly order the amount of pads and covers you will need for your project we have developed a few sample usage charts below. Each chart will provide guidelines for typical pad usage requirements on a given project. For example, a sedan may need only one set of green pads to polish  the entire hood where an SUV may require two or three sets of pads for each stage (compound, polish, wax or seal) simply based on the additional area or amount of loose debris.

EXAMPLE 1 - Detailing a 10 Year Old SUV or Truck (listed in sets of pads)

The following is a list of expected accessory usage for a typical detailing of an aged paint job that has moderate scratches all over the vehicle and some severe scratching that will not be corrected in a traditional detail. This guide is not to replace good judgment when addressing each project.

Area of Vehicle

Hood

Front Grill and Front Fenders

Doors and Rear Quarter

Fenders & Tailgate

Top

Compounding

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Polishing

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Wax or Seal

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Finesses

1 set

1 set

1 set

1 set

1 set

Pads Used: Compounding -145 Series Orange Compounding & Polishing, 135 Series Yellow Cutting Foam, 435 Series Yellow Medium Cutting Wool; Polishing - 120 Series Green Polishing Foam, 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 415 Series Blue Polishing Wool; Wax or Seal - 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 110 Series White Finishing Foam; Finesse - Cotton Terry Pad Covers, Microfiber Suede Pad Covers.

Interior Detailing

Interior Rugs and Mats - 1 set of Grey Ultra Soft Brushes (76-810)

Interior Seats - 1 set of Grey Ultra Soft Brushes (76-810) or use Cotton Terry Pad Covers (73-550)


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EXAMPLE 2 - Detailing a 3 Year Old SUV or Truck (listed in sets of pads)

The following is a list of expected accessories required for a typical detailing including removal of very light scratches from washing and nominal wear.  Because of the anticipated condition of the paint we are not expecting to have to spend much time during the compounding stage. In fact, you may forgo compounding all together and focus on polishing and wax/seal for a complete detail. Please note that this guide is not to replace good judgment when addressing each project.

Area of Vehicle

Hood

Front Grill and Front Fenders

Doors and Rear Quarter

Fenders & Tailgate

Top

Compounding

1 set if nec.

1 set if nec.

1 set if nec.

1 set if nec.

1 set if nec.

Polishing

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Wax or Seal

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Finesses

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Pads Used: Compounding -145 Series Orange Compounding & Polishing, 135 Series Yellow Cutting Foam, 435 Series Yellow Medium Cutting Wool; Polishing - 120 Series Green Polishing Foam, 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 415 Series Blue Polishing Wool; Wax or Seal - 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 110 Series White Finishing Foam; Finesse - Cotton Terry Pad Covers, Microfiber Suede Pad Covers, Microfiber Terry Pad Covers.

Interior Detailing

Interior Rugs and Mats - 1 set of Grey Ultra Soft Brushes (76-810)

Interior Seats - 1 set of Grey Ultra Soft Brushes (76-810) or use Cotton Terry Pad Covers (73-550)

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EXAMPLE 3 - Detailing a 10 Year Old Sedan or Compact (listed in sets of pads)

The following is a list of expected accessory usage for a typical detailing of an aged paint job that has moderate scratches all over the vehicle and some severe scratching that will not be corrected in a traditional detail. This guide is not to replace good judgment when addressing each project.

Area of Vehicle

Hood and Front Grill

Driver's Side

Passenger's Side

Trunk and Top

Compounding

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Polishing

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Wax or Seal

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Finesses

1 set

1 set

1 set

1 set

Pads Used: Compounding -145 Series Orange Compounding & Polishing, 135 Series Yellow Cutting Foam, 435 Series Yellow Medium Cutting Wool; Polishing - 120 Series Green Polishing Foam, 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 415 Series Blue Polishing Wool; Wax or Seal - 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 110 Series White Finishing Foam; Finesse - Cotton Terry Pad Covers, Microfiber Suede Pad Covers.

Interior Detailing

Interior Rugs and Mats - 1 set of Grey Ultra Soft Brushes (76-810)

Interior Seats - 1 set of Grey Ultra Soft Brushes (76-810) or use Cotton Terry Pad Covers (73-550)

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EXAMPLE 4 - Detailing a 3 year Old Sedan or Compact (listed in sets of pads)

The following is a list of expected accessories required for a typical detailing including removal of very light scratches from washing and nominal wear. Because of the anticipated condition of the paint we are not expecting to have to spend much time during the compounding stage. In fact, you may forgo compounding all together and focus on polishing and wax/seal for a complete detail. Please note that this guide is not to replace good judgment when addressing each project.

Area of Vehicle

Hood and Front Grill

Driver's Side

Passenger's Side

Trunk and Top

Compounding

1 set if nec.

1 set if nec.

1 set if nec.

1 set if nec.

Polishing

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Wax or Seal

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Finesses

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

1-2 sets

Pads Used: Compounding -145 Series Orange Compounding & Polishing, 135 Series Yellow Cutting Foam, 435 Series Yellow Medium Cutting Wool; Polishing - 120 Series Green Polishing Foam, 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 415 Series Blue Polishing Wool; Wax or Seal - 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 110 Series White Finishing Foam; Finesse - Cotton Terry Pad Covers, Microfiber Suede Pad Covers, Microfiber Terry Pad Covers.

Interior Detailing

Interior Rugs and Mats - 1 set of Grey Ultra Soft Brushes (76-810)

Interior Seats - 1 set of Grey Ultra Soft Brushes (76-810) or use Cotton Terry Pad Covers (73-550)

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EXAMPLE 5 - Polishing Heavily Worn/Used Diesel Fuel Tanks

The following is a list of expected accessories and sample products required for detailing diesel gas tanks including removal of oxidation and corrosion. Because of the anticipated condition of the metal we are expecting we will have to have to spend additional time during the removal of rust and corrosion.

Please note that this guide is not to replace good judgment when addressing each project. Plated parts Note: All compounds can cut through plating. You can do more damage than good polishing a thinly plated part. The first step in polishing is to determine what type of metal you are working with, such as cast aluminum, billit aluminum, or stainless steel.

Pads Used: Compounding -455 Series Original Cyclo Cutting Wool, 145 Series Orange Compounding & Polishing, 135 Series Yellow Cutting Foam, 435 Series Yellow Medium Cutting Wool; Polishing - 120 Series Green Polishing Foam, 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 415 Series Blue Polishing Wool; Wax or Seal - 115 Series Blue Polishing Foam, 110 Series White Finishing Foam

PROCESS

CYCLO ACCESSORY & USE

         SAMPLE
CHEMICALS USED

TECHNIQUE/PROCESS DESCRIPTION

STEP 1 -Prep

     

Rust removal and corrosion clean-up

Fastcut 600 Grit Disc

CTI Free Flite- Cleaner - Polish

Work discs by hand for initial stages and over rough surfaces like diamond plate. Wipe down excess.

 

Expect to use 10-15 discs on each tank based on severity of corrosion

   
       

STEP 2 - Polish

     

Scratch removal and surface polishing

Light Cutting Wool Pad

CTI Free Flite- Cleaner - Polish

Work surfaces with wool pads to polish metal and remove swirls and scratches. Wipe down excess.

Expect to use 3-4 sets of pads

 

       

STEP 3 - Protect

     

Protective Sealant

White Foam Pads

CTI Free Flite- Protective Sealant

Apply sealant with foam pads and work surface area to cover. You can use a more aggressive pad like our green pad. You can use Cotton Terry Pad Covers or the MicroFiber Pad covers for a final pickup.

 

Expect to use 3-4 sets of pads

   
 

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