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Old 12-26-2012, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default Detail help for the newbie

Hey everyone. Instead of asking in the newbie forum I came here for some help. My car needs some love, it's a 2007 obp sti, seems the hood scoop has faded bad and is almost matte, the rest of the paint is swirled pretty bad but overall in good condition.

Let's say I have the porter cable random orbital for a total paint restore, can someone please recommend which pads, which products and in which order I should do them. Please assume I have the skill and dexterity to pull it off as well as the patience and time to do it right.

Budget for product/pads is about $200.

Thanks for any and all help
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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The hoodscoop might need repainted, as it sounds like the clearcoat is basically gone.

A for the rest of the car i recommend Adams Polishes, its great stuff and works awesome. I have personally used this stuff on my 2006 Wrx in OBP which has sever swirling and it came out nearly perfect. I used a port cable as well.

Step 1: Clean the car VERY well, using dishsoap to remove any old wax/polish.
Step 2: Clay bar the entire car, or certain areas if the whole car isnt bad. Usually hoods and front bumper need it the most.
Step 3: Use Adams Severe Swirl and Haze remover on the whole car
Step 4: Use Adams Swirl and Haze remover on the whole car (not required but will smooth out the paint more)
Step 5: Use Adams Fine Machine Polish on the whole car
Step 6: Use Adams Machine Super Sealant to finish up, or a preferred brand of wax/sealant.
Step 7: Purchase Adams Detail Spray to keep her looking fresh (absolutely amazing stuff and smells like heaven!)

Here's a link to the products.
http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-667-a...sh-bundle.aspx
http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-330-a...g-pad-kit.aspx

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If you don't want to order products online and prefer local, i suggest:
1.Meguiars Ultimate Compound (I've only used this by hand with outstanding results, i would assume even better with a machine)
2.Meguiars Ultimate Polish
3.Meguairs Ultimate wax
4.Hex shape style pads (I beleive Harbor Freight sell them)
5.Meguiars Ultimate Quick Detailer

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:08 PM   #3
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Nothing wrong with the Adams stuff but for the money you can do better, and that's coming from someone who has a ton of Adams products. I like chemical guys, black fire, Mazerna, sonax, and others. Go read some reviews on detailersdomain and autogeek.

I use Adams quick detailer and car wash a lot. Really like some if their stuff. Didn't have the best results with their polishes. Auto finesse is next on my list to try.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:55 PM   #4
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Nothing wrong with the Adams stuff but for the money you can do better, and that's coming from someone who has a ton of Adams products. I like chemical guys, black fire, Mazerna, sonax, and others. Go read some reviews on detailersdomain and autogeek.

I use Adams quick detailer and car wash a lot. Really like some if their stuff. Didn't have the best results with their polishes. Auto finesse is next on my list to try.
I agree completely that the stuff is pricey, but besides Adams products and Meguiars i haven't tried much else and wanted to post from personal expierence.

I've heard nothing but good stuff about Chemical Guys products, i actually just placed a big order with them last week.
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:39 PM   #5
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I use mostly chemical guys stuff. I do like their products a lot. Detailing.com is another good resource to check out.

Chemical Guys has DA pads which work well

I just use the Porter Cable 7424XP DA Polisher, Chemical Guys Hex Logic Pads (Orange, White, Black, Red). On their website they have lake country brand pads as well.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:34 AM   #6
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as the others said before make sure you wash>clay>compound>polish>sealant/wax

For locally accessible products which i prefer would be Meguiars M105 then Megs M205 to jewel the paint and get rid of the haze if there is any left. I heard the foam pads sold at Harbor Freight Tools aren't bad at all.

I'm currently using Menzerna FG400>Sonax Polish>BlackFire Wet Diamond Sealant as my go to product for heavy corrections. The products should cost under or close to 200 after adding microfiber towels and pads to the list.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:17 PM   #7
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i love 3m products and have used there polishes on my older cars. but also heard adams is really good
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help everyone, I think I will look into the Adams and chemical guys stuff, so wash, clay, compound, polish, seal. This. Should definitely get me started, thanks again.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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as the others said before make sure you wash>clay>compound>polish>sealant/wax

For locally accessible products which i prefer would be Meguiars M105 then Megs M205 to jewel the paint and get rid of the haze if there is any left. I heard the foam pads sold at Harbor Freight Tools aren't bad at all.

I'm currently using Menzerna FG400>Sonax Polish>BlackFire Wet Diamond Sealant as my go to product for heavy corrections. The products should cost under or close to 200 after adding microfiber towels and pads to the list.
This is great advice.
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