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Old 01-02-2013, 01:47 AM
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Can Anyone give a detailing for dummies??

So I have been taking care of my cars for years progressing from washing to clay bar and cleaner wax.

Then i progressed to polish but dont really know how to use it right

I have played around with different wax's (cleaner, carnuba, and quick detail etc) but I dont really know what i am doing

To be honest all of these threads are very confusing. So many different product names for I am guessing the same (or similar effect).

I am very interested in finding out what things like Iron cut are or how to properly "seal".

Please direct me If i missed the simple break down for detailing.

I am very interested in Adam's products, Zymol, etc but they all are so vaguely described.

Right now I wash, lube/claybar, then wax. It comes out great (feeling) but havent had luck or the balls to try to correct swirl marks, or marring.

I now have an 06 sapphire black 4.8IS. The paint is beautiful, the previous owner did something right, I want to take the best care I can of it without getting ridiculously spending.

A simple break down of prep, correction, etc and recommended products would be greatly appreciated... maybe even help drive some sales for detailer domain?

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:15 AM
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Judging from the lack of responses hopefully others are in the same boat as I am.

I found this GREAT site:

Car Detailing How To Information

I plan to read all I can and report back.

to start

"Wash – Thoroughly wash your car to remove loose dirt.
Clean – Clean your paint with detailing clay to remove bonded surface contamination that is stuck to the paint and is not removed with normal washing.
Polish – Remove defects in your paint, staining and enhance overall shine.
Protect – Protect the paint surface from harsh environmental elements and prevent premature aging with a wax or paint sealant.
Maintain – Maintain your paint with normal washing and quick detailing in between washing."

Its sad but just that relieved some confusion for me.

And im the guy that everyone THINKS knows how to keep his car clean!
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:21 AM
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There is an "Ask Detailers Domain" at the top of this forum, post some questions here usually Phil is very helpful at anything you might ask.

Honestly just do a lot of reading, none of us here just knew how to properly detail cars, we researched, practiced, heck I even attended one of Detailers Domain seminar/customer appreciation days last year.


If you want to give your hand at machine polishing, you are going to achieve much better results by using a random orbital like the Griots or Porter Cable.

Your current technique is a good start, by clay barring the surface to get rid of contaminants (do this twice a year), but we also need to know what materials you use when you wash and dry, what wash mitts you use, what drying towels you use, what kinds of towels do you use for your buffing, etc.

However, if you skip straight to wax you forego a great paint correction process.

If you are seriously looking to permanently diminsh swirls and some scratches, you need a machine polisher, a versatile compound, polish, and then an LSP (last step product) like a good sealant. All done after you do your initial deep cleaning wash and clay bar.

Look at the thread in this forum about the new FG400 Fast Gloss from Menzerna, that is a very versatile product when used with the proper pads and machine, and technique, that can take very swirled paint and make it nearly ready to go directly to sealant afterwards.

The autopia site you posted is great, may I also recommend going on Adams Premium Car Care website too. Adam is a great guy I had the pleasure to meet at the Detailers Domain seminar this past year and his products work, as well as he gives GREAT INSTRUCTION for the average person who doesn't get technical but wants a great paint finish. He posts how-to videos for nearly all his products.

Spend some time on there, watch some videos, do some reading and research, and if you have more questions we can try to help
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Hey Ricky!! I got a random orbit polisher for Christmas. Can I come visit you for some lessons on how to use it?

OP: I'm in the same boat as you are. I read lots of boards and watch lots of videos. (just got the griots garage random orbit polisher and the griots website has a slew of videos on there that make me less afraid to try it out) That thread RB's talking about with the FG400 is pretty neat. I'm leaning towards using that product after reading that thread.
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Heres How i Keep mine Mint and Clean....
Step
1 wash and Vacuum
2 clay kit procedure
3 swirl remover done w/DA
4 compound done w/DA
5 carnuba wax applied done w/DA
6 Seal with Liquid Wax
7 sit back and enjoy the sun shinning on your ride...

1 --- BMW Service Wash: Part 1 - YouTube
2-- How to Clay and Create a Smooth as Glass Paint Finish - YouTube
3-- How to Remove Swirl Marks From Your Car - YouTube

4-- How to use Meguiar's Ultimate Compound - YouTube
5- Part 2 - How to apply a Carnauba Wax using the Straightline Technique - YouTube
6- How to Wax Your Car with Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax - YouTube
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:29 PM
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Hey Ricky!! I got a random orbit polisher for Christmas. Can I come visit you for some lessons on how to use it?

OP: I'm in the same boat as you are. I read lots of boards and watch lots of videos. (just got the griots garage random orbit polisher and the griots website has a slew of videos on there that make me less afraid to try it out) That thread RB's talking about with the FG400 is pretty neat. I'm leaning towards using that product after reading that thread.
absolutely man! which did you get the griots or the Porter cable?

Let me know what pads you have and what products you are planning to use for it, as far as the compounding goes, I can attest that using a product like the Menzerna FG400 (havent tried yet), Meguiars D300 Compound, or their Ultimate Compound, or M105 all are best used withe the microfiber cutting pads you can buy from DD or meguiars. its really amazing nowadays what you can correct with a machine, without making a mess of dust and without risk of harming your finish.

if you have any Q's just hit me up.



Mike, you set a nice order of steps down and some helpful vids for this guy, hope he gets a sweet shine like yours!
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