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Finally got around to detailing......

Discussion in 'Detailing - Sponsored by Slim's Detailing' started by crazypainter, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. crazypainter
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    [Mar 27, 2011]
    Yesterday I finally got around to the detailing.Gradually collected the kit that I felt was most suitable.
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    Fairly dirty but not horrendous as generally I wash it once a week if possible.
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    First off I went around with the APC 4.1 and sparayed into the wheel arches and around lower areas of the car. Rinsed the car off and washed with Werkstatt Jeffs Auto Body Wash and a sheepskin mitt. Love this shampoo as its it doesnt make loads of froth and the combination with the mitt just glides over the car.
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    After I dried the car off it was time to clay bar using Meguiars clay. Only ever really used this before when a friend was doing his so had a ittle go. Made sure the clay was warm, tore off about a third of the bar, flatted out and sprayed with quick detailer and then using same Q Detailer kept the body well lubed up, probably used too much but was conscious of not want to scratch. Turned the clay inside out a few more times.
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    Not as much came off onto the clay as I was expecting?
    Washed the car again as before to make sure it was free of any residues etc and then time to use the Mezerna polish and Lake County polish pad. The idea of this pad is to help give a little extra 'cut' when hand hand polishing. This was a mission!
    Used a couple of pea sized polish to a foot square of panel and then rubbed to a thin haze and buffed off.
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    Next up was the Werkstatt Prime Acrylic applied a panel at a time and followed by the Wersktatt Acrylic Jett. I applied three coats of this with half an hour curing in between. It gave a deep shine but the sun went in before I could get any photos, It looks deeper in the sunlight. In the times waiting for coats of Acylic Gloss to cure I wet round with the Aerospace 303 and to grille mesh, window rubbers (in and out), and inner door cills. Cleaned wheels and dressed tyres. Started at 6.30 in the morning and finished at 4.30. Didint get around to doing interior although its done in there other than the seats. Mats need doing again though........
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    good work there sir looks a nice car , what rims are they i like them
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    [Mar 27, 2011]
    Holstens painted gloss balck in 18 x 8. On the look out for something else though as I fancy a change, much as I love them.
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    [Mar 27, 2011]
    looking good mate, how did you find the power finish using by hand? did you have the panel under lighting to see the difference?
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    It was ok for fine hazes but nothing more than that. I really put my back into it as well, and ache today! Few pics today in the sun:
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    Its the cleanest this car has been in my ownership and in fact the cleanest car I have owned. But its a lot of effort and not sure I want to be slave to it !!
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    Welcome to our world. We are doing a cobra next weekend so i'm looking forward to back pain (not) as the car is so low. Great job the car. Atlas Grey pop's..
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    [Mar 27, 2011]
    Lovely Job Mate! Lovin the wheels :thumbsup:
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    [Mar 27, 2011]
    make sure you get the picys up from the detail on this motor col
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    If this was a business thing I would invest if possible into a car lift, not a huge platform one just the little potratable one. Dont wnat risk the back day in and day out. Or even a raised platform via a slope.???I amanaged to break my neck a good few years ago and even after i was mended, I suffered for years after , if a i slept wrong or whatever, I would be nearly crippled again !!! DO NOT RISK YOUR BACK
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    We will be fine. My back has been F**ked for year's i will have a day off after we finish lol.

    Fran i will do a full write up of the cobra.
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    good man col i love cobra's :)
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    [Mar 27, 2011]
    my back is also messed up but not by detailing by a really bad car crash years ago but now im a detailer all day everyday it doesnt half hurt some mornings but i just learn to live with it not much i can do really :(
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