Detailed: 2005 Acura TL

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  1. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    First - THANK YOU to all the contributors on this forum. You guys are awesome! After reading and reading, I ordered my detail stuff and finally had the chance to put it to work for the first time last night.

    Car is 2005 Acura TL with 36000 miles and is my daily driver

    Washed wheels/wheel wells with Optimum No Rinse
    -treated wheel wells with Armor All
    -treated tires with Meguire's Endurance High Gloss


    Washed Car with Optimum No Rinse
    Clay Bar'd with Clay Magic
    Polished with Jeff Werkstatt Prime using #5 on Porter Cable using white pad
    Sealed with Jeff Werkstatt Acrylic Jett using #5 on Porter Cable by hand
    Waxed with Optimum Car Wax using #5 using #5 on Poter Cable using grey pad

    Total time - 5 hours (I took my time and had to wait out a dust storm between polishing and sealing, then had to re-wash the car inside the garage. :ugh:

    I was amazed at the difference in the paint reflectivity after polishing. The sealing and waxing really brought out the gloss in the paint. I can actually tell the paint is metallic now! I'm really impressed with the Werkstatt system and want to try out their other products, too.

    I've read that some people leave the polish on to dry to a haze and other people remove the polish right away. I left it on per the directions and had a heckuva time getting it off with a MF towel. That was the hardest part.

    The Porter Cable was easy to use because I followed everyone's advice.

    Here are the pics (semi cloudy day and used a polarizing filter). Feel free to critique my first effort and offer suggestions for improvement. Thx


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    Same pic, but focusing on the paint itself
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    Look Ma - It's metallic!
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    Stay tuned, I'm detailing my new Expidition this weekend and will post before/after and half/half pictures. Justin inspired me. :bigthumb:
     
  2. XPX

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    :cool: gotta love new Acuras
     
  3. justin30513

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    So you used OCW on a pad? The spray form right?
     
  4. Run N. Gun

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    Yes, I did. I used a grey finishing pad. My hands and forearms were exhausted at that point. Should I have not done that? :noes:
     
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    I've just never seen it done that way since it's a spray. Not that it's wrong. Looks like it worked!
     
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    maybe it's the filter, maybe it's your camera, maybe it's your camera setting but you should be seeing flake from your distanced shots on a pearl car.... (shouldn't) need an up close and personal shot)
     
  7. Run N. Gun

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    Yeah, I thought about that and agree with you. I was thinking that early morning sun + white car = over exposed pic so I used a polarizing filter. I should have tried it both ways. I'll switch filters and try some more pics during mid day sun. :x:

    edit: Good Call NT2SHBBY! Here are updated pics without the polarizing filter. Interestingly enough, this car was outside last night during a major thunderstorm and hasn't been washed sine I detailed it. Seriously!

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  8. Run N. Gun

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    If anything I probably should have applied the sealant with the PC and the wax by hand. :confused:
     

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