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Old 09-01-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
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So many products out there!! Where to begin??

Newbie when it come to full detailing...

Currently use over the counter wash products, 2 bucket system, dedicated mitten for car and 2 other sponge for wheels, mw drying towels.

Have budget for about $350. What hardware and cleaning/sealer/wax and etc...products will I need??

Here are some pictures of my paint that I'm dealing with:

light scratches on clear - can't be felt by fingers

some spider webs - also have on bird turd that was left for 1/2 a day that left a slight mark on the clear.

Paint correction, a nice deep shine, and protection is what I want.

Please help me out and provide a simply list of products within my budget...I go on those site and I'm lost with 8-10 different products that does the same thing or I'm just not exactuly sure what to get??!!

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:27 AM   #2
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I would recommend the following:

Porter Cable Kit

Menzerna SIP for your first correction step

Menzerna 106FA for your final polish step

DI Clay Package for claying prior to polishing

Blackfire sealant

And if you aren't using these already, then I highly recommend Grit Guards for your wash buckets, and the towels in this Microfiber Assortment.

With this assortment you can have your car looking better than new.

Detailed Image also has a great special with free shipping AND 10% off your order if you spend $75 or more, just put in the code " LABORFS75 ".
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:06 PM   #3
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o4fyz had some good suggestions, mine are pretty similar. Here is what I would get start to finish:

If you suspect the washing or drying tools may be causing some of the problems I would highly recommend considering our DI Packages Washing and Drying Starter Package.

Best value for clay and lube is hands down our DI Packages DI Clay Bar and Clay Lube Combo.

Now to polish and protect the paint a buffer will definitely be need so I recommend the DI Packages Porter Cable 7424 XP 6.5" Starter Kit. It's an awesome deal that includes everything you need and 7x pads of your choice (adjust the specific pads and quantity by typing a comment in the comment field).

Now to polish the paint I would suggest a medium polish with an orange pad. The Menzerna Super Intensive Polish PO83 - 32 oz and the top choices Menzerna Power Finish PO203S - 32 oz. Follow that up with a light polish with a white pad. My hands down favorite is the Menzerna PO106FA Nano Polish (Super Finish) - 16 oz. I would get at least two of the orange and white pads.

Next protect the paint with a quality sealant and blue pad. The Blackfire Wet Diamond with Polycharger - 16 oz is probably the best option so you can stay within budget but get top quality results.

For wax we have so many great options out there to choose from and I apply them all by hand. I couldn't tell your exact color but I pretty confident the Dodo Juice Blue Velvet Hard wax - 250 ml and the Chemical Guys 50/50 Limited Series Concourse Paste Wax - 16 oz are my top two choices. If you want a great value try the Poorboy's World Natty's Blue Paste Wax - 8 oz. I would use a foam applicator and hand remove with a clean microfiber towel.

For all of these steps I would suggest getting about 12x of the DI Microfiber All Purpose Towel - 16" x 16". They are paint safe and highly effective at removing the excess clay lube, polish, sealant, wax, etc.

We are offering 10% off and Free S/H on orders over $75 with the coupon code LABORFS75. If you have any other questions please let me know I'd be happy to help.

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