My Arizona detailing trip

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  1. Scottwax

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    Weather has completely sucked in the Dallas area this year. Rain, snow (including a Christmas Eve blizzard and 12.5" record snowfall 12 days ago) and cold. I've been lucky to work 3 days a week the last two months. Arizona crew has been asking me for a few years to come out when the weather sucks here and I decided to take them up on it. I grew up in Phoenix but haven't been back since 1987.

    Cell phone pics from the trip: http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=4444377&highlight=AZ+crew

    On the way

    Ugly, cold start

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    Wind farm

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    Oil refinery in Midland

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    Glad they raised the speed limit to 80, boring, boring, boring.

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    Finally, some mountains to break up the monotony.

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    80 mph, 116 miles traveled, 386 miles worth of gas, a bladder busting 502 mile range.

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    Immigration and drug checkpoint near Deming, New Mexico. You can see the drug dog in the 2nd picture. As long as the dog doesn't hit on your car, all they ask is if you are a citizen and where you are heading. After I pulled through, I noticed the agents ripping into a Tahoe but was already accelerating and didn't think stopping to take a picture would go over well.

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    1000 miles in, almost there:

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    After arriving at TriShield's house. Time stopped was actually closer to 1 hour, forgot to leave the GPS on when I stopped for lunch.

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    The cars

    LOUDSYSTEM's 2002 Chevy Tahoe. He basically lives in it, he does a lot of high end home and business audio and security installs. Showed me how through his laptop he can contol anything in his house that is plugged in. :cool:

    The Tahoe is 8 years old and daily driven so he wasn't that concerned with perfection, just a clean interior and a shiny and protected exterior. I polished it with Meguiars #205 and an orange Erasure cutting pad using my G110 DA polisher and waxed with Clearkote's Carnauba Moose. Some woman forced him into the curb a few days earlier, so please excuse the spare on the left rear.

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    TriShield's 2007 Cadillac Escalade and 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP.

    The goal for the Escalade was the same as the Tahoe above. Clean, shiny and protected. The interior was cleaned with Woolite HE/water (20:1 dilution) for the leather and vinyl, carpets with BioKleen's Traffic Lane Cleaner (32:1 dilution). All the interiors were cleaned this way. Leather was dressed with Leather Master's Leather Vital and vinyl with Meguiars Interior Quick Detailer.

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    Paint received the same process and products as the Tahoe. Pretty late in the day when I finished (dressed the interior at dusk), the sun shots were taken the next day.

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    The G8 was a correction detail, meaning the goal was to remove all possible swirls and scratches. The trunk lid was the worst part of the vehicle and really the only part of the car that the swirls would show up on my camera.

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    I used Meguiars #105 with an orange Erasure cutting pad via my G110 using very slow, high pressure passes. Used in this way, a DA polisher can achieve pretty much rotary polisher results with only minimal hazing (as opposed to rotary swirls). Regardless of whether you use #105 with a DA or a rotary, you do have to make follow up steps to give the paint the best clarity and swirl free finish. I then used #205/orange like the Tahoe and Escalade and then to add more depth and wetness, I used Clearkote's Pink Moose (Vanilla Moose and Red Machine Glaze mixed) with a blue Propel finishing pad. I waxed it with Carnauba Moose. It was obviously near sunset when I finished, as evidenced by the long shadows and low sun.

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    The sun was so low I had to open the doors for these shots!

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    Interior cleaned as above but dressed with Meguiars Interior QD only at TriShield's request. He wanted zero shine on the interior.

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    CJPA's 2005 Ford Mustang. ITTURNS! It really does. I followed him to his g/f's apartment and his car obviously handles well. Really in excellent shape overall. Interior dressed with Leather Vital and Optimum Protectant Plus. Paint was polished with Optimum Polish using an orange Erasure cutting pad using my G110, then sealed with Optimum Opti-Seal and then with Optimum Car Wax.

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    RobsMob had me do a couple basic details on his Mother's 2005 Chrysler 300C and his wife's 2006 Honda Odyssey. I overheard his wife tell her friend the details were her and her MOL's Valentine's Day gifts. Rob takes care of his wimmenz! :bowdown:

    205/orange on the paint for both, Opti-Seal to protect. Not a lot of pictures, it was a really, really long day, didn't finish until 7 PM. Had to bust to get them both done in one day.

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    Rob has 3 kids, had to attach a brush to my G110 to scrub out the floor mats!

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    Near sunset when I finished applying Opti-Seal to the paint:

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    It was dark by the time I got the interior dressed and all the mats put back in. Not enough light for good interior pics but enough for one more exterior shot:

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    After finishing Rob's car, I visited a friend from high school and then headed down to Tucson for the final leg of the trip. The warm, sunny mid to upper 70s temperatures were long gone and replaced by on and off rain showers and temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Even the mountains around Tucson received a dusting of snow.

    Jamie Kennedy's 2003 Ford Mustang. Has a lung sitting on top of the engine. :kdubb:

    205/orange, Opti-Seal and Optimum Car Wax.

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    JBrown's 2003 Audi A4. Really nice car, not typically a fan of carbon fiber hoods, but this one looked good half painted and combined with a red car.

    205/orange, Carnauba Moose on the paint. Interior cleaned same as the rest, Leather Master and Optimum Protectant Plus to protect.

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    Pedo bear!

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    Leaving his place, I drove past the Pima Air and Space Museum. Not time for anything other than a quick pic.

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    On the way home, cops were out in west Texas:

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    Forgot to reset my nav as I left Tucson, this is from Benson, AZ to home:

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    nice details ScottWax
     
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    Be out in 6 months or so, going to make this a twice a year thing. I had a great time, AZ crew is awesome. :)
     
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    Nice work!
     
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    You bastard! I needed my M45 done up right. :squint:
     
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    El Nino combined with non-stop cold fronts is fucking evil. Seriously, it is nearly March and the average high is 62. Can we stop with this winter shit? Today's high didn't even reach the average low for today. :mad:
     
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    very nice :bowdown:

    my car is so neglected lately because it keeps raining :wtc:
     
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    this makes me wish I had a car worth asking you to come to kc.
     
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    word up....
     
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    i didnt know trishield had an escalade :o
     
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    bro you drove through midland and didn't stop in for a brew? :hs:
     
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    infinite97 I don't like plain water. It makes my stomach quea

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    where did you sleep? did AZ crew hook you up or did you get a room?

    how was the drive? I'm heading to cali in a few months, still not sure if I should fly or drive...never drove texas to cali before.
     
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    Ive farted in the maroon car!
     
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    infinite97 I don't like plain water. It makes my stomach quea

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    didn't see a thread announcing your plans :hs:
     

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