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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    I received a new set of rims to replace my bent ones. Just finished coating them.

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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ancient_1 View Post
    I received a new set of rims to replace my bent ones. Just finished coating them.

    How did that happen? should give me a call and come look at the new shop location.

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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Pot holes. I believe it was probably on the drive into Pick&Save. It took out a tire and rim last year and for sure one of the bent ones happened at that time just have no clue on the other two.

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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Had vacation this week. So her Escape got a good detail. Hydro Blue was used as the LSP. It`s not being used much the last few months due to her working from home.

    My truck got 2 more coats of TW HS Coating. Sun friendly indeed. I had no issues with using it in some sun.
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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nizmo View Post
    So curiosity got the best of me when I was at the Autozone the other day browsing the car cleaning section. Picked up some Meguiar`s Hybrid Ceramic wax and seen their Iron Decon (D2002?) and figure the truck needed some love.


    Did 2 coats of the Hybrid Ceramic and did a quick mist of the Ceramic detailer. While I know it probably won`t last long I was somewhat impressed for something over the counter. It may be an 11 year old truck, but cleans up nice. It promptly rained the next night on the way to work and beading was pretty good. Kept alot of the road grime off, which was my primary goal. Should last me a couple months till I get my new TRD logos in and polish the whole truck. Plastic trim got a coat of 303 as well.
    Just a quick follow up. Product did NOT last long at all. Having thought about it, it might have not been the right product for single stage paints. That and the truck sits outside 24/7 and is driven in all the elements. Going to have to go to something more old school. Have a bottle of Collinite 845 that I might test on the hood as it seems to be the hardest spot for protection to last.
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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Today I just did my first ever detailing. Okay, it took 2 days....

    I recently bought an Audi Q5. I was thinking I was going to get it detailed and before you know it Iím going down the rabbit hole of doing it myself. I studied this up and got supplies and fresh products for a two bucket wash (3 if you count the wheel bucket). I also researched and ended up with a Griotís G9, an assortment of pads and a 5 inch backing plate. The Griots kit came (from Cleaning Garage) with some Sonax 4/6. Iím going to save that for my Audi, because I decided Iíd start my detailing adventure working my wifeís 9 year old Honda CRV... which might have been waxed once and gets washed once a year, whether it needs it or not. I chose the Griots Complete Polish from my local AutoZone.

    As an aside, I do have some experience using a Makita orbital polisher, but that was to wax the gel coat on my sailplane many years ago. That was a long and hard job running a polisher at high speed, the danger wasnít of burning through the coating but letting the ďbiteĒ of the polisher rip it from your hands and hurl it at some very expensive parts of a glider whose airworthiness depended on not damaging any flight controls.

    Washed the wifeís CRV and then went to work on it. Did a test patch using Griotís Complete Polish. I was still left with swirly scratches and thought Iíd give the Griots Complete Compound a try. I knew this would double the work with the polishing machine but thought Iíd at least try it, and it worked nicely, I was thrilled at how well it worked. I now have to do two passes over the whole car. Of course there are deeper scratches that I canít get out and I think some of them actually are all the way through the clear coat, this car spends a third of its life in an airport parking lot. After I do the compound and polish of the whole car, the wife and kids are commenting that they think it looks better than the day it was new. I finish it off with the Griotís ďCeramicĒ spray (SiO2) and a second coat 24 hours later.

    A few thoughts and I welcome comments...

    Initially I tried a synthetic clay pad and it simply didnít get the years of stuff off the hood and doors. I bought real clay bars and it worked significantly better, this was my first experience with clay barring a car or part of one.

    I used 2 microfiber pads (griots) to do the compounding. I thought I would need more from what Iíve been reading about best practices, either Iím not picky enough or wasnít using enough product?? I used 4 foam pads (Rupes yellow foam), two 6 inch pads and two 5 inch pads. I really like the 5 inch pads. A few times I think they got loaded up with too much product and I had some splatter when I went over an edge. Initially I taped all the trim worried about irreparable white staining that I remember from the days of waxing cars. Completely unnecessary, in fact I eventually used a foam wheel with some polish to clean up some of the trim, I hope that wasnít a mistake!

    The Griots Ceramic spray seemed to work nice. I picked that because I was basically paralyzed with indecision over so many options for sealing a finish and I definitely wanted to tray a sealant versus a traditional Carnauba wax. I want the finish to last.

    Next up is probably my Audi. Itís only a year old but I bought it used (it was a Certified pre-owned that was used as a loaner at the dealer) and Iím sure its been through car washes. It is black metallic. I can see small swirly marks using my LED flashlight at the right angle. Hoping I can get away without compounding...

    Then there is my daughters 2 year old Subaru Crosstrek... Itís going to need a serious clay bar treatment before compounding and polishing since it lives outside and gets hit by seasonal tree sap.

    Last, I had never used a DA Orbital polisher before. All my experience has been with a Makita orbital on gelcoat and if you want more cutópress harder. Iím not sure what the best way is to get a little more cut from a DA polisher. Is it just the pad and compound that really makes a difference ?? I read that the Flex polisher uses a direct drive system. Is that the middle ground between something like the Griots or Rupes and the direct drive orbital polisher/sanders??

    Thanks.
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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    22ple Insanity + VS1 went down nicely.

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    Nothing on a wintery June day. To cold. Oh one of the joys of living in the mountains.


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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    DP Final Touch QD on the Q5:
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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Maintenance wash on the ZR2. And another round of protection on the tonneau cover with Wolfstiens. Good stuff! Find something you like and use it often!
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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Borrowing a page out of The Guz`s playbook:


    Perhaps more interesting is some CanCoat that didn`t quite feel right when I picked it up:


    Edit: It`s kinda the consistency of lumpy Jello, wobbles about when moved/poked.
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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    I put a coat of PA high gloss wax on my car.


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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Quote Originally Posted by BudgetPlan1 View Post
    Borrowing a page out of The Guz`s playbook:


    Perhaps more interesting is some CanCoat that didn`t quite feel right when I picked it up:


    Edit: It`s kinda the consistency of lumpy Jello, wobbles about when moved/poked.
    I know exactly what you mean. I had to throw out my bottle of cancoat for the same reason after it did not feel right using in on the face of wheels.
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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Quote Originally Posted by BudgetPlan1 View Post
    Borrowing a page out of The Guz`s playbook:


    Perhaps more interesting is some CanCoat that didn`t quite feel right when I picked it up:


    Edit: It`s kinda the consistency of lumpy Jello, wobbles about when moved/poked.
    How old was it? Did you store with the sprayer on or with the lid?

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    Re: What did you do detailing wise today?

    Quote Originally Posted by tonipieleanu View Post
    How old was it? Did you store with the sprayer on or with the lid?
    It`s likely 2 years old or thereabouts. Cap was on, not sprayer.
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