A few questions...

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by 91RS, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. 91RS

    91RS If this flag offends you... you need a history les

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    Ok, so I'll be getting my car painted soon and I'm going to want to protect it as best I can since my car is a daily driver. Let me say this now, I don't have a power buffer/polisher and I'm don't plan to buy one at this point since I can't afford $200, so I'll be doing it all by hand. Also, if it matters, my car is red.

    I've been using Armorall on the interior plastics and tires since I bought the car, so I'm not too concerned about interior products right now, I've also been using car wash soap when I wash it (it isn't name brand stuff, but I have a good 1/2 gallon left) and I recently bought a Black Magic drying cloth.

    I think I've decided on a few products to get already: Meguiar's wax (not sure which one yet), smooth surface claybar kit, and scratch x, Clearkoat's Vanilla Moose, and EagleOne's 20/20 glass cleaner. Is there anything I missed that I would want? (I know my list isn't in order).

    How long does a claybar last? I wanted to give it a try on my current paint to see how well it'll really work, but if it'll only last for one or two jobs then I don't want to blow $20 on paint that won't be here much longer.

    Is there a difference between a glaze and a wax? If so, which is better?

    I think that's all for now.
     
  2. joed1228

    joed1228 New Member

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    Don't waste your time claying the current paint. You can get between 1-3 details with a clay bar depending on the condition of the paint.

    You can buy the Scratch-X but get a real polish. Scratch-X is good for spot detailing very small imperfections, even light swirls are beyond the purpose of Scratch-X in my eyes.

    A glaze has a better shine than a wax but less durability. It's usually used before you apply a wax. It’s well worth using both.

    If you don’t want to mail order just buy a Clay Magic kit and get a setup from the Meguiars line up. They offer Scratch-X, easy to use polishes, a good glaze and nice wax.
     
  3. 91RS

    91RS If this flag offends you... you need a history les

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    The Scratch X was the one I wasn't sure about.
     
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    Easy, consumer level polish would be Meguiars #9. Vanilla Moose as your glaze and either #26 High Tech Yellow or NXT Tech Wax as your wax, or if you are going to order Vanilla Moose, also get Carnauba Moose to use as your wax.
     
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    91RS If this flag offends you... you need a history les

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    Thanks for the recommendations. So for the order:

    1. Wash
    2. Claybar (I know that won't be needed on new paint)
    3. Swirl remover
    3. Polish
    4. Glaze
    5. Wax

    Correct?

    I think I'm going to do my first detail attempt on my dad's truck since he's been letting me use it a lot lately. It's probably about as bad as that red Trans Am that was posted here a few days ago, so it'll need the full treatment.
     

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