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Old 01-23-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
Sti_Kent
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Default Slowly but surely I'm becoming obsessed!

Detailing is becoming more and more of an interest to me. It started with interior detailing (day to day cleaning etc.), then it was ignoring an automated wash and picking up the two bucket, finally today I actually bought gold class shampoo and it seems like the start of many purhases to keep my car looking as good as it runs.

My plan with this thread is to start a log of my activities as I get more and more into detailing.

Starter questions on my mind at the moment go towards waxing products... Is there a certain product and technique I should be using for waxing the car? Are there any products and tehniques designed for waxing without a buffer tool (like a drill with a buffing pad)?

Thanks for the input!

PS. Id love input on drying after a wash and what kind of cloth to use.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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had some good info in it but it isnt quite what I do.

The buffer tool that's like an angle grinder is only for scratch and swirl removal. Ive used it to remove light scratches before but it is something you need to be EXTREMELY careful with since it can burn or discolor your paint. Its not something that gets used every time you want to wax.

What I do before waxing is give the car a VERY through clean and dry it. Then I will remove surface contaminates that you cant get by washing with a clay bar. Research proper technique to using a clay bar kit and you will have amazing results. Ive used the mothers clay bar kit for some time now and have had great success with it.

After the car is fully clayed I will start in with the wax. Ive been using auto glym hd wax and it is fantastic. A bit expensive but worth it. It seems to last a long time as well.

For drying I use
The AbsorberThe Absorber
and really like it. Been using it for years and its so worn now that I am in need of a new one soon. Dries perfectly and leaves no streaks or spots.

Im no expert on detailing, this is just what has worked for me so I stick with it. Ive got no scratches or swirls at all in my paint.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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I am by no means an expert but like yourself have been very interested/anal when it comes to cleaning my car. My method is as follows:

After I get the whole car washed, take your sprayer off and let the water run down the vehicle, trying to keep the flow attached to the surface of the car. If the car has some wax on it, the nice smooth flow will pull most of the water off.

After that I just use a microfiber drying towel to get the rest.
Viking Extra Large Microfiber Drying Towel - 6.25 Square Feet : Amazon.com : AutomotiveViking Extra Large Microfiber Drying Towel - 6.25 Square Feet : Amazon.com : Automotive
. I have an absorber, but it always seems to streak. I've heard a lot of good things though so give it a shot.

As far as waxing, I just use a plain old carnuba wax, hand applied with a microfiber cloth. A friend of the family who reconditions cars professionally let me use carnuba once on my car and I never went back. I think its good stuff. I think the buffer is a little too much for just putting on a coat of wax. If you're doing paint correction its one thing, but a hand waxing is all I need. Try to avoid cracks and body seems as best you can. If you can't get the wax back out, it will dry white and stay there until you dig it out later. I always mess this up and regret it when I have to go back and get it all out again. Just be careful the first time.

Kit 602663 Carnauba Paste Wax - 12 oz. : Amazon.com : AutomotiveKit 602663 Carnauba Paste Wax - 12 oz. : Amazon.com : Automotive
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I bought the cheap carnuba wax last time (above link) and it works well and seems to last a long time. Almost out though and will probably try the P21s stuff if I feel like dropping the dough for it.

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Old 01-25-2013, 05:58 PM   #4
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First off, much appreciate the input. :bowdown:

Today I bought a new mit for washing the car and a micro fiber towel made for drying (4 sq.ft.). Brought the car over to the do it yourself wash... used their brush for wheels (wouldn't fit into the wheel wells lol ). Did a quick soap and rinse with their pressure spray, then took it home for the real work.

Did all the door and hatch jams with a wet soap (but only barely) micro, then followed up with a damp clean micro.
Then it was all about the 2 bucket on paint with meguiers gold and the new mit. Combined with the drying by towel instead of air drying and now my car is looking really good. And by good I mean iphone pics could never do justice, specially right now on the mandeville lake front!

I noticed the gold shampoo washes off much more cleanly than my old junk, never going back to cheap stuff now.

Next time I think I'm going to take on the wax but something tells me I've gotta master the clay bar first. :dunce:

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Old 01-25-2013, 06:58 PM   #5
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Please refer to here for how-to videos: www.adamspolishes.com and quality products.
Here is a forum that I feel has the MOST info on tips and techniques: www.autogeekonline.net

Hope that helps. Please don't buy crap microfiber from autozone, walmart, advanced auto, pepboys, etc. There's a specific use for everything, and using these on your vehicle's paint is not one of them. Instead, look into Adam's microfiber.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:17 PM   #6
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Much appreciate that advice been using micros from oreilly as they carry meguiers and though I buy the task specific type Im sure they are inferior to something like adams.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:57 AM   #7
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I bout 2 packages of the green microfiber cloth from Auto Zone, and wow, it is pure garbage. It doesn't absorb water for anything compared to the microfiber cloth that came in my Meguires headlight restoration kit. That cloth has been worth it's weight in gold for the past 2 details on my car.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:40 PM   #8
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Run!!! Lol. I went down the same path you did. I am now complete obsessed with my car cleaning down to using q-tips with the interior (don't use armor all its horrible, qtips works wonders on the vent), interior brushes, 4 different color of mirco fibers for different things (glass, wax, leather, interior... thinking of adding more). There are forum just for detailing cars... amazing info. If its allowed (sry I'm new not sure if i can) ill post it tonight when i get to my laptop and my favorites... be warned tho... it can make washing your car an all day event.

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:42 AM   #9
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Run!!! Lol. I went down the same path you did. I am now complete obsessed with my car cleaning down to using q-tips with the interior (don't use armor all its horrible, qtips works wonders on the vent), interior brushes, 4 different color of mirco fibers for different things (glass, wax, leather, interior... thinking of adding more). There are forum just for detailing cars... amazing info. If its allowed (sry I'm new not sure if i can) ill post it tonight when i get to my laptop and my favorites... be warned tho... it can make washing your car an all day event.

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As promised, here is the forum. I've learned alot of here and its an ocd persons dream.

http://www.autopia.org/forum/forum.php

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Old 01-29-2013, 09:21 AM   #10
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Also www.Detailingbliss.com. Lots of good info there, I like the "show and shine" section where people can show off their recent detail projects
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:53 AM   #11
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Please refer to here for how-to videos: www.adamspolishes.com and quality products.
Here is a forum that I feel has the MOST info on tips and techniques: www.autogeekonline.net
+1

You don't have to like adam's products but his how to videos are superb at explaining on how and why.

IMO just read up on detailer's domains showcases... they're cars always turn out great and they disclose what they use and how.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:15 PM   #12
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I live in the Southeast so this tip probably makes more sense down here but there's no reason to think a true believer wouldn't use it no matter the season.

I always have wax on so it makes the results even better.

After wash.... I break out the leaf blower and go over the whole car.... it forces the water out of all the seams, trim, chanels, mirrors, bumpers and headlights... I even blow off the wheels and tires... after that I wipe the car down... I do the same thing when I detail the engine.

It prevents water streaks after you drive off too and it's a great technique if you are going to polish or wax because the car is truly dry.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:45 PM   #13
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Welcome to the obsession club.. the only prescription for the fever is MORE cowbells!
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:24 PM   #14
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i bought mine used and have scratches from the witch that must have owned the car before me on the door handle groove, how do you obsessives get that crap out? is the only way to sand it down and repaint?
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