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Old 07-29-2003, 05:43 PM   #21
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Wonderful information. I do disagree with a point. Why not the microfiber towels and cotton towels from Costco? I haven't used them but I have looked at them and they look just as good as the MF towels I use and they are cheaper.
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:33 AM   #22
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:36 AM   #23
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should be added to the detailing forum
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:56 PM   #24
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Man, I'm gone for 4 weeks and now all of a sudden there is a detailing forum?? Or did I miss this before....

Anyways, great tips JFawwaz.

I used to detail cars professionaly and I'd see so much bad advice being given from unexperienced detailers. I 100% completely agree with all the tips and steps you stated. We should write a damn book together on this!!

I think over time most people learn this major steps in detailing...but the tricks are to learn how to detail those "odds and ends". Such as how to detail black bumperettes, door jambs, wheel wells, headliners...tricky stuff like that. If anyone has questions about things such as these, you can ask me as well!!

Great post man!
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Old 04-02-2004, 10:04 AM   #25
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POLISHING

If your paint finish is not scratched at all, use a glaze. These will polish your paint deep down and will provide a very "wet-looking" surface. Glazes will not remove scratches or swirls, but the oils inside will fill them im for a very short period of time. The recommended glazes are:

3M Imperial Hand Glaze
Meguiars #7 Show Car Glaze
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What do you think of the nufinish polish? Is it like a glaze? thanks
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Old 04-02-2004, 11:35 AM   #26
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What do you think of the nufinish polish? Is it like a glaze? thanks
Nu Finish is a polish (which is similar to a glaze), except that it's supposed to last for over a year. My personal experience with Nu Finish is that it is a low grade product. Upon using it, I experienced moderate results. Stick with Meguiar's or Mother's, or better yet, Griot's Garage products
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Old 04-02-2004, 06:14 PM   #27
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Nu Finish is a polish (which is similar to a glaze), except that it's supposed to last for over a year. My personal experience with Nu Finish is that it is a low grade product. Upon using it, I experienced moderate results. Stick with Meguiar's or Mother's, or better yet, Griot's Garage products
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Old 04-03-2004, 09:33 AM   #28
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Great post... My last car was black so I had to go to school to find the best method of keeping the finish as new as possible. You pretty much summed up every step I use in an easy to follow process... bravo!

I read a great thread written by a fella who owned a black Jaguar XJS. The car was well used and looked showroom! He suggested and I adopted a process to keep things a little easier for me. Its not the purist approach, but it does work well, although I do go back to the same process described in this thread when the finish needs it. I use nothing but Meguiars (tried many others, but keep coming back ) I start with #6 cleaner wax using 2 palm orbitals (one to apply, one to remove) changing bonnets regularly (microfiber). I finish with #26 HiTech Yellow wax. This stuff is just incredible . When I applied it to black paint, I was absolutely blown away at how deep and rich the paint looked. Visibly darker than the unwaxed area.

Anyway... just sharing a thought. I'd go into more detail, but with respect, this is your highly detailed (pun) and brilliantly explained post! Excellent Job!

Mods... absolutely sticky this process!

BTW... I now have a '01 Titanium Silver 325CI Convertible, so I spend less time polishing and more time cruzin... later
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Old 04-04-2004, 05:09 PM   #29
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Old 04-12-2004, 05:56 PM   #30
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the detailing advice looks veeeeeery familiar...like the one posted on "carcareonline.com" ...either way thought it was good info. then, and good info now, still...
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Old 04-12-2004, 06:39 PM   #31
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Nice write up and all that stuff costs 70 bucks total
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Old 04-17-2004, 02:15 PM   #32
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1. Wash your car with DAWN dish soap to remove any remaining wax.

how mch dawn per gallon of water
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Old 04-20-2004, 12:50 PM   #33
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Great post... My last car was black so I had to go to school to find the best method of keeping the finish as new as possible. You pretty much summed up every step I use in an easy to follow process... bravo!

I read a great thread written by a fella who owned a black Jaguar XJS. The car was well used and looked showroom! He suggested and I adopted a process to keep things a little easier for me. Its not the purist approach, but it does work well, although I do go back to the same process described in this thread when the finish needs it. I use nothing but Meguiars (tried many others, but keep coming back ) I start with #6 cleaner wax using 2 palm orbitals (one to apply, one to remove) changing bonnets regularly (microfiber). I finish with #26 HiTech Yellow wax. This stuff is just incredible . When I applied it to black paint, I was absolutely blown away at how deep and rich the paint looked. Visibly darker than the unwaxed area.

Anyway... just sharing a thought. I'd go into more detail, but with respect, this is your highly detailed (pun) and brilliantly explained post! Excellent Job!

Mods... absolutely sticky this process!

BTW... I now have a '01 Titanium Silver 325CI Convertible, so I spend less time polishing and more time cruzin... later
Shouldn't you polish before you waxed? Or is the #6 are like polish? I though #6 is to remove the old wax.
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Old 04-20-2004, 08:34 PM   #34
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Old 04-20-2004, 08:42 PM   #35
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Shouldn't you polish before you waxed? Or is the #6 are like polish? I though #6 is to remove the old wax.
theres no law that you have to polish before waxing. hell you can just be a lazy ass and skip the the cleaning/polishing stage and go straight to waxing but your car will not have the great shine you must be hoping for if you are reading this thread.

many people have different styles of waxing. the #6 is a cleaner wax meaning it cleans/polishes/and waxes in one step, but it sure doesnt produce a deep, mirror-finish shine. that's why he throws #26 on top.
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Polishing is used for the purpose of filling scratches and imperfections in the paint. Polish will add "depth" to your paint, whereas waxing will add "gloss". If you own a white or silver car (as I do), polishing has minimal effects on the overall apperance of the paint finish. It can be used to fill in minor visible scratches, but otherwise is not quite as an important step as it may be on a black or red vehicle. This is why BMVEE said he spends more time waxing than polishing.
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Old 06-30-2004, 02:03 PM   #37
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a bump for those newbie car detailers out there...
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Old 08-02-2004, 10:22 PM   #39
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wow... this makes me want to go wash my car... nice work on the write-up, lots of good info there.
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