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TravsM3 03-09-2006 12:06 PM

Preperation for Auto Show (1st One)
 
Ok, I want to thank both Greg @ DI and Brett @ OCD for helping me through my somewhat indecisiveness (sp).

Here is the package of stuff I got from Brett after three or so hours of figuring out what was best for me and my situation, not to mention THE BEST PRICING I could have imagined.

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/4...09060020bc.jpg

Camera phone isn't all that clear but here's the skinny:

PC 7424
4 polishing pads
5" backing plate
Menzerna Intensive Polish
Menzerna Final Polish
P21s Carnuba Wax
Pinnacle Crystal Mist Carnuba Spray
Two microfiber applicator pads
Two microfiber towels
Wheel detailing brush
96 oz Hydro Foamer

All this for less than $300 (much less) WAY TO GO OCD (Brett) I highly suggest you guys getting up with him for any of your needs.

I will bump this thread once I have detailed the car using these products (April 7th)

I am so excited :excited:

derek80 03-09-2006 12:26 PM

awesome list of products you got there Travis :)
Let me know how the foam gun goes...really interested
POST PICS WHEN DONE !!!

derek80 03-09-2006 12:28 PM

oh and do you have PB Spray&Wipe, Spray&Gloss ?
Highly recommended for QD :)

OCDGarage 03-09-2006 12:35 PM

I am glad you are happy. If you have any questions at all about the application process, do not hesitate to ask. Enjoy!

TravsM3 03-16-2006 02:49 PM

Brett,

How about I ask a huge favor, can you give me a step by step for my day of detailing using the products that I purchased?

The car show is going to have a clean car contest and I want to at least try and compete.

My questions aren't so much when to use the products in the process but more so, which pads on the PC, what speeds, how much polish to put on the pads, those sort of things. I just need a detailed outline. Thanks in advance.

Also, PM me about some 303 aerospace protectant. I think I will need some

OCDGarage 03-16-2006 06:50 PM

Detail Outline
 
Ok Travis, No Problem

I am going to assume that any scratches and or oxidation you may have is very minor. For this scenario we are not going to use the yellow or green pad. The yellow pad should rarely be used (bad scratches) and the green for medium scratches and light oxidation.

Step 1- Blue Edge Pad & Intensive Polish: Shake the product very well and prime the pad. You can do this by spraying the pad with a little body shine or adding a little extra product on the first application. Apply the product to the pad as a thin bead making a full circle about 1" from the edge of the pad. Set the speed between 4-5 and work the product into a 2' X 2' area using moderate to light pressure in a left to right pattern then up and down. Repeat this over and over. You will notice the product starting to break down. Once the product starts to break down, lighten up on the pressure. Wipe the area down, inspect for defects and repeat if necessary. If the section looks a little dull, do not worry the next step will bring the shine up considerably.

Step 2 - White Edge Finishing Pad & Final Polish II: Product application and speed is identical to the steps above. Now you can start to see the finish developing.

What you are looking at now is what I call WYSIWYG. WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET. You are looking at straight paint. No fillers, no silicones, no glazes, no waxes. The shine you see is derived from smoothing and polishing your existing beautiful German paint.

Now to protect your paint, add a little more depth and wet look. Make sure any wiping of the paint you do know is done in a linear motion and with minimal pressure.

Wax one panel at a time and remove one panel at time with P21S Concours Look Wax. You don't want to let this wax dry. Apply this wax like you are coloring in a coloring book. Go around the edges slowly and outline the panel and then fill in it. Use your microfiber towel folded in quarters to wipe with one side lightly just to "break the surface" of the wax, flip the towel and then burnish it up the a beautiful wet gloss. Continuously change to a new part of the towel and snap it out regularly.

When you are done the Pinnacle Carnauba Spray Can be use to wipe any smudges off the paint or drool your friends may have left.

Please let me know if you have any other questions and post some pics. Good Luck!

Brett @ OCD

TravsM3 03-31-2006 07:17 PM

One week to go. I cleaned out the inside a bit tonight, just a good vacuum job.

Question, prior to polishing I should strip the existing wax, correct?

OCDGarage 04-01-2006 09:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Travs25i
One week to go. I cleaned out the inside a bit tonight, just a good vacuum job.

Question, prior to polishing I should strip the existing wax, correct?

The polish will strip the wax for you but if you want to get it stripped fast wash the car with a tiny bit of dish soap. This will strip everything. This is the only situation in which I would use dish soap.

Hope this helps.

Brett @ OCD

TravsM3 04-06-2006 07:33 AM

Ok, need a little help here.

The situation is that rain is imminent (sp). My question is what can I do if anything if I have detailed my car to the tilt on Friday, drive it to the show (possibly in the rain) and it rains while I am there?

Is there a product safe enough to dry and restore the car show look that I want?

What products should I take with me to the car show to handle this?

2000_328CI 04-06-2006 08:09 AM

can't wait to see the finished product:bow:

OCDGarage 04-06-2006 01:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Travs25i
Ok, need a little help here.

The situation is that rain is imminent (sp). My question is what can I do if anything if I have detailed my car to the tilt on Friday, drive it to the show (possibly in the rain) and it rains while I am there?

Is there a product safe enough to dry and restore the car show look that I want?

What products should I take with me to the car show to handle this?

If you get to the show with out any any rain I would gently run a california duster over the surface. Don't use pressure. Let the fibers just touch the surface and let static lift the dirt away from the paint. Once the the abrasive contaminants are lifted away you can spray each panel with a QD like the Pinnacle Mist Spray Carnauba. Wipe with a microfiber gently in a liner motion, flip the towel and wipe with the dry side.

If it rains when you get there a QD spray and Micrifibers should be just fine. Just wipe gently.

If you drive in the rain I would call ahead and see if there are any car washes with self serve bays near by. Rinse the car with the powe washer from a minimum of 3 feet (NO CLOSER) just to rinse the abrasive contaminants off. QD spray and you should good. A garden hose would also work.

The advantage you have is that the vehicle has just been detailed. Dirt is not going to stick very well. A quick rinse will remove most.

Any micro maring you may notice is probably in the wax and not in the clear. If you have time put another coat of wax on at the show to touch it up and you should be in show car form.

Good luck. Don't forget to send me some picks.

Brett @ OCD

TravsM3 04-06-2006 02:24 PM

I am hoping I can get some pics off before the rain comes. I am going to start my detail day around 1:00 tomorrow and work into the night.

derek80 04-06-2006 02:56 PM

can't wait for pics Travis.:)

TravsM3 04-07-2006 07:19 AM

Damn, 80% chance of rain. Should I even go to the car show? It's calling for rain all day long.

OCDGarage 04-07-2006 10:44 AM

Man I feel for you. Sorry dude :-(

Brett

TravsM3 04-07-2006 11:06 AM

I know, what do you think Brett?

All the work today will not be useless will it?

OCDGarage 04-07-2006 06:08 PM

No, it won't be useless. Nothing another wash and maybe coat of wax can't fix.

Brett

TravsM3 04-07-2006 08:24 PM

Ok, here it is.....I wish I was a better photographer because the finished result is awesome..

Prep stage
http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/550...5medium1pd.jpg

Before shot of the situation
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/2...7medium6oy.jpg

And here are some after shots...
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/1...2medium4zw.jpg
http://img427.imageshack.us/img427/7...9medium5pe.jpg
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/9...8medium3at.jpg
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/5...0medium9hb.jpg
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/5...0medium1ct.jpg
http://img427.imageshack.us/img427/8...1medium0lf.jpg
http://img427.imageshack.us/img427/4...5medium5su.jpg

TravsM3 04-07-2006 08:24 PM

Cleaned the engine...
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/6...4medium8ze.jpg

Cleaned the wheels...
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/6...7medium9br.jpg

And for the finale' my favorite shot....

http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/2...2medium0zr.jpg

YES, that is my hood. Like a freaking mirror.

Great stuff Brett, thanks!

derek80 04-07-2006 08:34 PM

looking good Travis :)


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