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Old 01-07-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default 2011 Obsidian black swirl STi first detail coming up...Tips please.

So I just bought a 2011 STi back in june and it is the Obsidian Black Pearl. I am trying to do my paint a better service than I did on my 07 OBP WRX.

I want to give my car a good detail so I may have gone a bit too far but I bought the following from Detailedimage.com

1 Menzerna Power Lock Polymer Sealant - 32 oz $39.99
1 SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect - 500 ml $12.79
1 DI Accessories Sheepskin Wash Mitt $7.99
1 DI Microfiber Waffle Weave Drying Towel - 36" x 24" $12.99
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Lake Country Snappy Clean Pad Cleaner $8.80
1 Lake Country Hydro Tech Crimson Ultra Fine Finishing Pad - 6.5 inch $9.59

1 DI Packages Porter Cable 7424 XP, Meguiar's Polish and Hydro Pads $214.99
Lake Country Hydro Tech Tangerine Ultra Fine Polishing Pad
Lake Country Hydro Tech Cyan Light Cutting and Polishing Pad
Meguiar's Ultra Finishing Polish M205
Meguiar's Ultra-Cut Compound M105

I will put up some pictures to show the swirls. They are not major but I would like to protect the paint as best as I can. ive done some reading but would just like to hear any last minute tips or words of caution before I begin.

If I bought the car in June should I still use a clay bar? I have not waxed the car yet...I just use turtle wax ice detailer.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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Everytime Im planing to polish or waxing a car, I always do a paint decon treatment to ensure the surface is clean for me to polish and for wax to bond correctly.


You'll need to read this !


Washing

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ead.php?t=4637

Claying

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ead.php?t=4829



DA polishing

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=63859
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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So I just bought a 2011 STi back in june and it is the Obsidian Black Pearl. I am trying to do my paint a better service than I did on my 07 OBP WRX.

I want to give my car a good detail so I may have gone a bit too far but I bought the following from Detailedimage.com

1 Menzerna Power Lock Polymer Sealant - 32 oz $39.99
1 SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect - 500 ml $12.79
1 DI Accessories Sheepskin Wash Mitt $7.99
1 DI Microfiber Waffle Weave Drying Towel - 36" x 24" $12.99
10
Lake Country Snappy Clean Pad Cleaner $8.80
1 Lake Country Hydro Tech Crimson Ultra Fine Finishing Pad - 6.5 inch $9.59

1 DI Packages Porter Cable 7424 XP, Meguiar's Polish and Hydro Pads $214.99
Lake Country Hydro Tech Tangerine Ultra Fine Polishing Pad
Lake Country Hydro Tech Cyan Light Cutting and Polishing Pad
Meguiar's Ultra Finishing Polish M205
Meguiar's Ultra-Cut Compound M105

I will put up some pictures to show the swirls. They are not major but I would like to protect the paint as best as I can. ive done some reading but would just like to hear any last minute tips or words of caution before I begin.

If I bought the car in June should I still use a clay bar? I have not waxed the car yet...I just use turtle wax ice detailer.
congrats on the new car.
I would agree with OTD if you plan on fixing your swirls its a good idea to make sure the paint is cleaned up.

I would say pick up Wolf's Deironizer Gel or Aquartz Iron Cut as well as a Uber clay bar kit.

So you want to

Wash
Decon
Clay
M105
M205
Seal or Wax
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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Looks like you have everything you need to remove swirls/scratches. I'm doing the same process on my '11 LR Wrx. After correcting the paint, I'll be using Optimum Opticoat 2.0.
The benefit I see is that it provides a hard surface that is not as easily scratched/swirled.
If you are interested, do plenty of research on how to apply. Not the same as wax/sealants.
http://www.detailedimage.com/Optimum...-Coating-P554/
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:06 PM   #5
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....one tip I would provide would be to do a test section. Using painters tape, mask off a ~1'x1' are of a panel and test your products/techniques/processes there first. You may find that you don't even need the M105. Once satisfied with the result, then move on to the rest of the vehicle. Doing a test section will help help save you time and frustration in the long run.

Also, use adequate lighting and/or pull the car out under the sun every now and again to observe your progress.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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Do yourself a favor and get a Flex 3401 instead of the Porter Cable. Totally worth the extra money.

Some other advice, you are going to want a couple more MF drying towels and a ton of MF buffing towels. Also, I prefer the Dodo Juice wookie fist or a MF wash media over a standard sheepskin. You'll also want a couple of these as well not just one.

Dont worry about going overboard, you're not even close . Once you start seriously considering 200+ dollar waxes, then you've gone overboard.

Edit: And yes, you MUST clay. You'd be surprised how much crap gets on the car from shipping.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:33 PM   #7
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Thanks guys...I have a bunch of MF towels atm..The 1x1 foot section is a good idea...I have a feeling I wont need the 105 this time around except in a few places where I have light scratches. @detailedimage, I currently have 2 fresh clay bars. Thank you though...So I picked up the car on june 7th and have washed it pretty carefully, but I was not elightened to the double bucket method and a few other details.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:04 PM   #8
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How do you guys take care of your drying towels? Do you use once then launder?

I just moved and the garage I have sucks because the auto light goes off after like 10 seconds of no motion. Suggestions?
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:13 PM   #9
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How do you guys take care of your drying towels? Do you use once then launder?

I just moved and the garage I have sucks because the auto light goes off after like 10 seconds of no motion. Suggestions?

Um, maybe got to home depot and buy some stand alone lights? I hope this is an attempt to be funny
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Some MF towels are not supposed to be washed with other items or put in a dryer. I air dry mine on a clothes rack. Usually there's care instructions on the towels themselves.
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care instructions should be on the back. I usually hand wash mine and dry it on a rack.
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I wash on HOT and dry on low or fluff or whatever.
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I use a leaf blower to dry after washing. When waxing it helps to blow off product powder in-between steps. To me it seems like a no brainer but to others living next door I'm sure I appear insane.

I also dry my towels on fluff and wash solo.

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