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Old 06-26-2008, 12:06 PM   #26
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Be sure you post some pics once you get to the whole car done. I had it looking awesome a few summers back when I moved back from NC. I was working on it all the time.
yeah, the paint isn't in that bad of condition at all, just that bit on the hood scoop that needs touchup paint. even after just giving it a wash its worlds better than having the grit and grime from winter.

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Old 06-26-2008, 12:34 PM   #27
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yeah, the paint isn't in that bad of condition at all, just that bit on the hood scoop that needs touchup paint. even after just giving it a wash its worlds better than having the grit and grime from winter.

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Yah that's good. My biggest problem was the spider webbing marks from the car washes after I got lazy and lacked nice weather to wash it myself. Hope you are still enjoying it.
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:55 PM   #28
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:59 PM   #29
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nice work! what kind of polishers are you using? are you cutting it more than once?
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:11 PM   #30
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I use Griot's garage stuff as well and have been very pleased with the results. I'm sure there is better stuff out there but my car is beat to **** cause of track and autoX duties.

Gonna take my gf's 240 down there tomorrow to see what they can do with it because I think its paint is beyond repair
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:16 AM   #31
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i use cut only as needed, light as possible then swril remover and a cleaner wax.

then the glaze and wax starts
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:23 AM   #32
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for christmas last year my parents offered to have my car detailed. I decided to wait for better weather, but I've been wondering what the best detail shops around Portland are? Anyone have any experience with them?
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:32 AM   #33
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i use cut only as needed, light as possible then swril remover and a cleaner wax.

then the glaze and wax starts
what kind of swirl remover are you using? I was assuming the polishing was taking the swirls out, but if your using a swirl remover, it seems like its working pretty well.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:05 PM   #34
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what kind of swirl remover are you using? I was assuming the polishing was taking the swirls out, but if your using a swirl remover, it seems like its working pretty well.
IIRC, we used Meguiar's Swirl Remover 2.0 from their Professional series on that Benz. Scratch-X (retail line) works surprisingly well via orbital also.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:15 PM   #35
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now has anyone had experience with different products working differently on different kinds/brands of paint? meaning, does a certain polish work better or worse on our S**TY subaru paint? or does a certain swirl remover work better or worse on our paint? or is it equal across the board? discuss...
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:40 PM   #36
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i used the griots stuff on my car and my wife's Kia and had good results on both cars. mind you, we're talking small sections. I think 4th of July weekend I might get the time to do it all.

What are you guys using to clean STi seats? I've got that griots interior cleaner stuff, but I'm weary of putting that on my seats. I think the guy from griots said it would be okay, but...

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Old 06-27-2008, 01:47 PM   #37
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I use the griot's interior cleaner, and their interior cleaner brush, the brush pictured here (yes, I know its a 'carpet' kit, but this is their 'interior' brush also)...

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...cleaner+kit.do

I use that on my WRX interior, the brush looks pretty beefy but it doesn't tear the seats up at all and the Interior cleaner is pretty mild so I wouldn't worry about it. however, being mild, it does work really well.

On STI seats however, I would just use the cleaner and a microfiber towel to wipe it up with
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:18 PM   #38
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now has anyone had experience with different products working differently on different kinds/brands of paint? meaning, does a certain polish work better or worse on our S**TY subaru paint? or does a certain swirl remover work better or worse on our paint? or is it equal across the board? discuss...
Yup, different stuff works on different cars, depending on the softness of the paint, product on the car (some polishes dont work well unless the paint is bare) temperature etc


An APC properly diluted or Folex rocks on the interior fabrics.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:06 PM   #39
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for polishing glass to get rid of heavy water spots, is it necessary to pick up these pads from griots?

clicky

or can I just my regular orange pads? I have the glass polish already. Or should I just do it by hand.

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Old 06-30-2008, 05:09 PM   #40
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for polishing glass to get rid of heavy water spots, is it necessary to pick up these pads from griots?

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or can I just my regular orange pads? I have the glass polish already. Or should I just do it by hand.

-joel

I don't have any personal experience with the glass polish. however, I have seen the griot's guys do it by hand on a demo car. I would say, DONT use your orange pads because they might be too soft. I'd be willing to be that those white ones are just super dense, since they are meant for glass. Let us know what you decide and how it works.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:37 PM   #41
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you have to love careless drivers in the Pearl District.






it came out though....















i even made the pedals and the floor mats shinie, lol...











had to make the under side of the hood nice and spiffie as well.



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Old 07-06-2008, 11:05 PM   #42
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I can never seem to get my interior that clean.. it drives me insane.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:20 PM   #43
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it isnt easy.

that detail was 2 of us working for 6 hours each, so that is 12 man hours with the propper tools and stuff
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:09 AM   #44
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Ok so here's a question for you car detailing guru's. How do you maintain a car that has a matte paint job? I hear all that you have to do is wash it, dry it, and you're good to go. There has to be something else that will help protect the paint without diminishing the matte look.
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:00 AM   #45
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i would use very simular detail as i would a normal car.

but i would avoid the high gloss, and super deep shine waxes.


do you have a picture of the car, i could recomend something a litle better if i had an idea of what the owner is working with
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:38 AM   #46
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i would use very simular detail as i would a normal car.

but i would avoid the high gloss, and super deep shine waxes.


do you have a picture of the car, i could recomend something a litle better if i had an idea of what the owner is working with
Well I havent painted my car yet plan on doing it towards the end of the year. BUT, this car is using the same product that I want to use for mine. Just havent quite decided what color to use yet.



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Old 07-07-2008, 02:01 AM   #47
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I have a Porter Cable and some mild water spotting on my Legacy. Anyone want to recommend a product to put on the PC to clear up the spots? Also, which pad to use?

Thanks!
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:03 AM   #48
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yea, i would use pretty much the same products as i would a normal car.

the final stage would be differant though.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:09 AM   #49
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I have a Porter Cable and some mild water spotting on my Legacy. Anyone want to recommend a product to put on the PC to clear up the spots? Also, which pad to use?

Thanks!

http://www.autogeek.net/meg9swirrem.html

with an orange pad

http://www.autogeek.net/lc-ccs-6inch-pads.html


that will remove the water spots and light swirls. if you only wanted to buff the car, i would recomend you to wash the car very well, as well as a good clay treatment.

so after a wash, clay light swirl remover finish with the new NXT. and a blue pad.

http://www.autogeek.net/mg12718.html
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I have a Porter Cable and some mild water spotting on my Legacy. Anyone want to recommend a product to put on the PC to clear up the spots? Also, which pad to use?

Thanks!
have you tried vinegar/water yet? Or something like Duragloss's waterspot remover. Try non abrasive before you hit it with a porter cable.


Are those matte paint jobs just single stage paints?

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