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Well, since I posted that I was back in the detailing business, I've been
getting plenty of IMs asking me how to do this or that. Therefore, I'm
starting this thread so you can ask me questions, and I can share the
answers publically.


Fri Jul 22, 2005 3:28 pm
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Please review the following glossary of terms to better follow the thread:

Product Glossary:
Cleaner - non-abrasive liquid compound used to remove chemical imperfections in paint

Cut Cleaner - abrasive liquid compound used to remove physical imperfections in paint

Swirl/Scratch Remover (SMR) - a very mild Cut Cleaner used to remove minor swirls and scratches, but marketed for the general consumer

Glaze - an extremely mild Cut Cleaner used to remove micro swirls and scratches, also contains essential oils, providing shine

Polish - liquid compound with essential oils found in paint, a "pure polish" does not contain *any* abrasives, deepens paint color

Polymer Sealant - man-made final coat product, used after all prep work has been performed (NXT, Nu-Finish, Meguairs Nos. 20 and 21)

Wax - natural final coat product, almost always carnuba wax, used after all prep work has been performed (P21s, Meguairs No. 26)



Fri Jul 22, 2005 3:40 pm
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thanks this is a great idea. what order should these products be used in?


Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:19 am
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do you know what the product is that makes the headlight housings clear again if they get cloudy?


Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:19 am
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I think you should demonstrate on my car so we can all get a step by step.


Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:32 pm
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[quote="elicitvr6"]I think you should demonstrate on my car so we can all get a step by step.
Does it have paint on it?

Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:59 am
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YUP!


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[quote="gti337racer"]thanks this is a great idea. what order should these products be used in?
it all depends on the condition of the paint.
the first step (after washing, of course ) is to clay the car
the second step is usually a cleaner or scratch remover, depending
on whether or not any chemicals have gotten to the clear or if its
just swirly. there are plenty of products that do both steps in one
shot, my personal favorite being ColorX by Meguair's.

ColorX is a product that is almost an all-in-one. It is a cleaner that
removes oxidation, has a ton of essential oils like a glaze, and
leaves a light polymer sealant behind to boot. For most newer
cars, this is all that's needed.

Top ColorX off with your favorite sealant or wax, and you're pretty
much done for 99% of the time. If you have stains or other, more
difficult paint problems, other products will be needed.

Now, if you're more comfortable using specialized products, and have
the time... my answer depends on what the paint condition is after
claying.

Most likely, you'll spend time using Swirl Mark Remover to reduce the
appearance of fine scratches (stuff you can't feel with a fingernail).
After the SMR, you'll either choose to glaze or go straight to polish.
Glazing fills in those superfine scratches that reduce the appearance
of gloss. After glazing, you can use polish to add depth, or go straight
to a sealant or wax. It really depends on how much work the paint needs.
Some sealants and waxes contain cleaners, which would negate your
glazing/polishing work, so be careful of what product you choose.

It takes a bit of experimentation to get the process right. After a bit
of trial and error, you'll start figuring out what the paint needs just by
looking at it and feeling it after it's washed. Even if your process isn't
perfect, it's still going to look a lot better than when you started.

Modified by R32_Jon at 10:18 PM 7/28/2005

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[quote="gti337racer"]do you know what the product is that makes the headlight housings clear again if they get cloudy?
I use either Meguiar's Clear Plastic Cleaner and Polish:
http://meguiars.com/estore/pro...34101
http://meguiars.com/estore/pro...34101

or No. 7 Swirl Mark Remover with a foam polishing ball attachment on a drill

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[quote="elicitvr6"]I think you should demonstrate on my car so we can all get a step by step.
You take the pics, and I give you half price mista.

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A few words about compounds/compounding:

Simply, stay away from compounds if you're a novice.
I have ten years of experience under my belt, and I
refuse to use compounds unless it is an aboslute last
resort.

If you do not own a rotary buffer, or are unfamiliar with
using one, just don't do it.

About 95% of the time, using a cut cleaner will do the same
job with less possibility of disaster. Always begin with the
least aggressive product, and work your way up. Sometimes,
two applications of a mild product will be less work than one
of an aggressive product. All cut cleaners, including Fine Cut,
should only be used on a heavily oxidized, swirled car. I
rarely need to use them, as Swirl Mark Removers work for
most every situation.

If you have something that you think is BAD, email me a picture,
or drop by the house and let me take a look. Often, as enthusiasts,
it looks alot worse than it really is.



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[quote="R32_Jon"]You take the pics, and I give you half price mista.
Works for me. Now just let me get the car back from the body shop and we'll be good to go. I want to get the bay steamed too. Git 'er nice and purty for Treffen and H2O

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i'll refer you to someone to get the steaming done, but i'll be in touch


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Question-- my car had body work done in July. The rocker panels were extremely rusted; the shop that did the work not only covered them with POR-15 but also the type of material you'd find in truck beds. (Car is black, material is black). Anyway, after the work was done they buffed the car.

They left residual wax and swirls...I've been able to remove most of this so far (give it another detailing session for me to get the rest). But there's a lot of wax on one section of the rocker panel that I'm having a hard time removing due to the lumpy texture of the truck bed material. How can I do this?


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gti337racer wrote:
do you know what the product is that makes the headlight housings clear again if they get cloudy?


Sorry for the thread jack:
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(my DIY)

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