It's time to sell my car, and it's in dire need of a detail...

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  1. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    I have no idea where to start. I used the car all winter, and have not had a chance to give it a full detail. Now I need to sell the car, so I have to give it an over the top detail. My questions are these:

    -I have black paint. Swirled like whoa. What's the best way to clean it?
    -The interior is dusty & dirty. I know about the woolite, but is there anything else I should be doing?
    -What's the best way to clean the crevices in the car (around shift boot, etc)?
    -Is there anything I need to do under the hood other than the Orange Blast?


    I have some basic detailing supplies, but no where to get anything quality (other than autozone and the like). There is a detailing shop in town, so they may have something, but every other detailing place I've talked to around here had no idea what they are doing (NONE knew what a clay bar was).

    I'd love some guidance here. I really have no idea what the fuck I'm doing. I read the stickies, but if someone could give me some more detailed directions, I would greatly appreciate it.
     
  2. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    Traverse City, MI.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Swirled black paint? Good luck on that. Your best bet is to clay it real good, and hide the swirls with a glaze and something like Meguiars NXT2. Unless of course, you want to invest in a buffer, pads and polishes. To be honest, as long as the paint is smooth and shiny, most people won't notice the swirls.

    Water/woolite will work on all interior surfaces except glass-actually, it does work but glass cleaner is a lot better. You will need a few various sized brushes to access the dirty areas of your interior.
     
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    what are the best places to buy said brushes in a podunk town such as my own?

    And I can clay the car and go over it with some NXT2. I have a clay bar kit, and I can grab some NXT2 from a local auto parts place.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Actually, the cleaning supply/product section of the grocery store usually has a large variety of brushes. Just get ones in the sizes you need to access as many areas of your interior possible.
     
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    I've found that Wal-Mart is getting a better selection of DIY detailing products. Check them out for some stuff, too
     
  7. psykosis

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    thanks all. Goin' shopping in a bit...
     
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    You're wasting your time and money. You may never use all those supplies again.

    Just hire a local detailer.
     
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    You don't think he will ever own another car??
     
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    supplies are a lot cheaper than a full detail...
     
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    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    This will be my next car, as soon as I can sell my Integra:

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  12. pLaYIstIcPimP

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    I would say go ahead and invest in a PC of Flex and the correct supplies. Treat the M3 well.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Based on how you cared for your last car, do yourself a HUGE favor and don't get black. No point in having a black car unless you are willing to keep on top of it and be willing to spend 2-3 hours every single week maintaining the paint.
     
  14. Mike Hawk

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    what do you mean by maintaining the paint? I wash my car about once a week with some ONR, apply paint sealant every 1-2 months. I haven't polished it for a year now and it's still holding up nicely
     
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    :uh: I didn't look at the username, I was thinking psykosis made the post. Nevermind.
     

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