Detailed: 2006 Ford Expedition

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  1. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    I have been fighting a bad cold and needed some fresh air. So, I detailed my 2006 Ford Expedition King Ranch last night. It has 4000 miles on it. Paint was pretty good other than some hard water spots and some mild scratches. I had a ton of bugs on the front from our 2200 mile trip.

    1. Washed with Optimum No Rinse
    -- I used an SOS pad on the white lettering on the tires. Is there some thing better???
    2. Clay Bar'd with Clay Magic
    3. Polished with Jeffs Werkstatt Prime using PC white pad on #5
    4. Sealed with Jeffs Werkstat Jett Trigger by hand, removed by hand
    5. Waxed with Optimum Car Wax by hand, removed by hand

    6 hours of just outside/paint work. Inside still needs to be detailed.


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    After washing: Lots of hard water spots like these to work out

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    After polishing with JW Prime:

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    Right side of hood polished, left side washed/clay bar'd only. Water spots were gone and paint is very smooth! Hard to tell in this pic.
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  2. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    I just use some APC on a crappy old MF towel to clean up the white lettering on my Explorer's tires, rinse clean. Works just fine.

    What I do to help avoid water spots is just wash and dry a small section at a time.

    Nice ride, looks good :bigthumb:
     
  3. Run N. Gun

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    APC for the lettering huh? I'll give it a try! Thx!

    BTW - the hard water spots came with the truck from the dealership, but they're all gone now! :cool:
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Looks very clear and wet! That last pic... :drool: Very nice! :)

    SOS pads are fine for the RWL, you can also try Simple Green or Greased Lightning's Orange Blast Degreaser on them.
     
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    Dude - YOU turned me on to the Werkstatt stuff a while back and it's awesome!! Many thanks!
     
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    n2_space Space > *.*

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    Yep, it works quite well, pretty sure it's what I used on it when we bought it a year ago here in this pic. Found out how glossy a tire dressing looks on this tire that is normally a matte finish, I quit using that tire dressing, way too glossy for my tastes on these tires:

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    Even after scrubbing with the SOS pad, the letters don't scream WHITE, they are still dull compared to yours. If APC got them that clean...WOW! I'll try it as well as the simple green (I already have a gallon of it I'm not using).

    Agreed, those tires are very glossy, but you did a great job detailing them. They look so wet in fact, I'd be afraid of slinging tire slime back onto the car. Yep, I've done that a few times in my life, learning the "more isn't always better" lesson. LOL!
     
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    Thanks :) No sling... I have just found that Michelin tires will have more of a glossy finish with a tire dressing than another tire... especially these tires that are pretty flat and shiny on the side wall to begin with. That same dressing was much more of a matte finish on another tire.

    Just use some APC on an old MF, or even srpay down your tire and scrub with a brush. Should be nice and white :cool:
     
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    Oh, I'll definately give it a try at the next wash. I'm still not satisfied with how grey the RWL look after all that work. Thx for the advice. :h5:
     
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    No problem :bigthumb:
     
  11. 91RS

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

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    Looks good! I need to get the hard water spots off my glass, I tried vinegar and water before I got my car painted and that didn't do anything. :-\
     

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