Getting close to joining detailing crew

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by Sangster, May 12, 2009.

  1. Sangster

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    I've got a 2000 Civic Si that I'm pretty sure hasn't been detailed in years. It's got the standard swirls all over but the paint seems to be in relatively decent condition. (I'll get pics after work)

    I've been reading up on Scott's EDU's and many posts on Autopia and have come up with the following combo. Basically I need to give the car a good clay,swirl remove, polish and wax or seal. I'm not sure if I should be getting Meguiars #9 for swirl removal or stick to the 205/105 combo. I've never had a Buffer but it seems noob-friendly. I've done many hand polishes etc...but I want to make the next step :o

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    Comments/Recommendations? :o I see where the new PC is coming out soon, so I may wait for that. Where I live, I can't seem to find any reputable people to actually fully detail an exterior of a car. Any shops that do any exterior work is charging up the ass in the $200 range, and that doesn't include buffing or swirl removal. Nor can they provide the results I'm looking for. So why not devour into getting my own gear?

    Keep in mind this is Canadian Dollars from eShine.
     
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    go with bigger pads. i prefer 6.5 inch pads over the 4. bigger pad will let you work faster.
     
  3. Sangster

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    I read a lot on Autopia that 6.5" doesn't give near the same results that a 4" pad would. :confused:
     
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    Not universally true. You can adjust your technique and be a bit more aggressive with the larger pads to get the same results -- either running the buffer at a slightly higher speed, applying more pressure, or using a slightly more aggressive pad/product as needed.

    For MOST applications the 6.5" is the ideal size. 3-4" pads are for serious spot correction only as far as I'm concerned, or if you have VERY hard paint (like the PPG ceramiclear being used on some Euro brands).
     
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    Interesting...so would a 105 and a Orange LC Pad work well for swirls or would I need a more aggressive pad? (Keep in mind it's Honda paint, nothing Euro)
     
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    Hondas have soft paint, so you may get some marring with 4" pads and #105. Still get some 4" pads for tight ares, but overall you will like the 6.5" pads more since they cover more area at a time. You should only need the 4" pads when correcting serious defects, otherwise save them for limited access areas.

    You might want to consider a gallon of ONR, twice the price but 4x the product.
     
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    Alright I'll switch back to the 6.5's :coold:

    As for the gallon of ONR, it's $51 at eshine...:hs:

    Should I be looking at another finishing polish or is the 205 usually enough? I still need to decide on a wax or sealant.
     
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    I just looked through your original EDU again and eshine has the Poorboys Polish w/ Caranuba (BLUE) and Clearkote Caranuba Moose Wax.

    Is it overkill getting both of those? :confused:
     
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    I recomend
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    Although there is a new bottle for it


    Rub this shit in, outside in the sun on a warm day and wipe off with a MicroFiber FTMFW
     
  10. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Works amazing with a rotary.
     
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    Can't find it on eShine or Autogeek :o

    What's the next best available :o
     
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    Scott, I just read a post one of your posts on Autopia about 105/205...

    I'll be working in my driveway, so I don't want to fuck up 205. Would it be a better idea to switch to Optimum Polish II and/or Optimum Finish? Or could I even get away with using 105 as the finish with a finishing pad.

    Fuuuuuu, so much to choose from.


    edit...also just read one of your posts to use #83 after the 105 as it's noob friendly :o

    Halp
     
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    Honestly, most of us here use the most user-friendly products that usually yield amazing results. There are a lot of variances on autopia, and the people that really venture out from the norm you see used here have a good bit of experience for the most part and have the knowledge of how to adjust their technique to the product.

    OT Detail crew is fairly consistent in what we use, and we see good results from what we use. I'm not saying we're the be all end all to detailing, but to me it seems there is consensus here and we seem to have come to a formula that works well nearly every time.

    Research the threads here and see what is used, and see if you like the results from those threads. You'll find many similarities in what is used in most all of them as far as paint correction goes. Also look at the 5 Products Thread and look at what is listed there. That may help guide you in your decisions! :bigthumb:
     
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    Working in the sun, OP II would be a better choice than #205 or #83. However, #105 seems to work fine in the sun. Go figure.

    Look at the thread about 5 products you cannot do without, that will give you an idea what we are all using.

    Since you are going to be using the PC, you don't need to worry about getting 3M Ultrafina, which is designed to be used with a rotary to remove LIGHT rotary holograms from polishing.
     
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    How does this look :o

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    Will the normal 7424 drop in price or will the XP just be more expensive when it's released.
     
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    I don't think the new PC is going to be much more expensive than the current one.
     
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    Everyone I've seen has said it will be the same price as the old one, since they won't be making the original version any longer.
     
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    Interesting. Maybe I'll hold try to hold off then :o

    I just have such an itch to detail the car now :rofl:
     
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    What'd you get?

    You get it from eShine?
    :x:
     
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    learn the rotary and save hours.
     
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    :rofl: nice, really close to what I'll be getting
     
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    damn, shoulda left out the clay lube and just clayed as you washed, or made some clay lube with ONR.
     
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    How long did they take...2-3 days?
     
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    They just sold out of the PC 7424 now too :rofl: :mad:
     

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