Detailed my dad's Miata today.

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by deusexaethera, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    2007 MX-5, silver metallic paint.

    Now that I've practiced on my car and the old blue minivan, I decided I should detail a car that actually deserved it. It was amazing the shit that came off the hood when I clayed it -- it literally turned one side of my clay bar graphite black. Strangely, the rest of the car was pretty clean, a bug splat here and there. The wax went on nice and smooth; the paint felt like glass when I was done. Weird as it sounds, the word that came to mind when I ran my fingers over it was "singing".

    I might start liking detailing cars at this rate. :hs:

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    One question, though: is it normal to have to go through four buffing pads even on a car as small as a Miata? Even after wiping off the excess with the requisite old t-shirt, I could still buff barely a quarter of the car before the buffer started binding against the wax.
     
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    i bet you're using too much wax.
     
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    are you really using an old t-shirt?
     
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    Pic for the hell of it:
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    I guess so. I'm still getting a feel for it. It wasn't nearly as much work as my car, so I'm gonna go ahead and say I'm getting better at it.
     
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    Yes. Just for the first wipe, though, to get the haze off. I'm still doing the buffing with terrycloth buffing pads washed in Woolite.

    The t-shirt was clean, for the record, just old.
     
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    Claying is the shit, isn't it?
     
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    Dude, to a guy like me who generally thinks a car looks good as long as there aren't visible splashes of mud on it, claying is black fucking magic.

    EDIT: I bet the guy who invented the clay bar is so rich now...
     
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