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Frankie
May 4th, 2004, 05:22 PM
Hi,
I want to do some detailing on my car.
There are so many products,it gets really confusing for a beginner.
Where would I get some good INFO to get a first class job.
Sort of like a tutorial,do steps 1,2,3,4,etc.using products A,B,C,D,etc.
Example:
I was looking at the paint cleaner products,I wanted to clay my car first,but I see their are other cleaning products listed that will do the same thing,so how do I decide which one I should use.

Like I said because of all the different products, how do you decide on which one.

I'm waiting for the PC kit that that I read about in the forms.
I will be purchasing to do the job.

Any INFO would be appreciated.

Regards,
Frankie

scrub
May 4th, 2004, 06:01 PM
Hi there take a look at this link from the Meguiar's home page.
http://www.meguiars.com/faq/_index.cfm?faqCat=Paint%20Care&faqQuestionID=51&section=_51#_51. Use this to see the 5 step process. Then use this link for product recommendations to help sort out the products you need
http://www.meguiars.com/carrx.cfm

This should get you started.
Yep all the products and numbers are confusing at first.
The next few questions to ask are how much to spend in
1. Time (more steps the better but more time involved)
2. Money (more steps require specialized products which cost $$)
Answer those and decide the acceptable level you want to take your finish to. The sky's the limit. Please post any further ??'s

Good luck!

jfelbab
May 4th, 2004, 06:08 PM
Originally posted by Frankie
Hi,
I want to do some detailing on my car.
There are so many products,it gets really confusing for a beginner.
Where would I get some good INFO to get a first class job.
Sort of like a tutorial,do steps 1,2,3,4,etc.using products A,B,C,D,etc.
Example:
I was looking at the paint cleaner products,I wanted to clay my car first,but I see their are other cleaning products listed that will do the same thing,so how do I decide which one I should use.

Like I said because of all the different products, how do you decide on which one.

I'm waiting for the PC kit that that I read about in the forms.
I will be purchasing to do the job.

Any INFO would be appreciated.

Regards,
Frankie

:welcome

There are a lot of "right" answers to your request. Here is mine. I'm sure a few others will also jump in and offer suggestions.

It would help to know a few things first.

What condition is your paint in?
What are your goals? Best shine? Long lasting?
How is your car kept. Garaged evenings?
Do you get a lot of contaminants on your paint? Tree sap, bird ****?

As to claying... nothing removes embedded contamination like clay. I highly recommend it.

For starters, I'd suggest the following.

1. Wash car in shade with a clean wash mitt. Use the two bucket method where your suds are in one and clean rinse water is in another. Rinse your mitt after washing each panel in the clean water. I'd recommend Gold Class wash or NXT Tech wash. Dry the car with soft clean terrycloth or MF toweling. Use lots of toweling thoughout the processes described here.

2. Clay the car. Before starting cut your clay bar into two or three pieces and seal the unused pieces in a baggie. If you drop the clay on the ground throw it away and use another piece. I prefer to use Quick Detailer as the lube for the clay.

3. I'd now use Medallion Premium Paint Cleaner either by hand or better by PC if you have one. This will remove any oxidation and light swirls. If you have deeper swirls and light scratches you may want to go with a more aggressive product. Let us know.

4. Polish comes next. I prefer #7 (Show Car Glaze) for that deep wet look. #7 can be hand applied or by PC.

5. Wax. There are several good solutions here. For dark color finishes I prefer #26. For lighter colors I prefer #16 or NXT Tech Wax.

6. To maintain the finish I like to wash with Gold Class and then use Quick Detailer if I used carnauba wax and NXT booster wax if I used NXT Tech wax.

Jim

scrub
May 4th, 2004, 06:19 PM
nice post jim.

I use the #7, nxt, #26 combo on my green GT

jfelbab
May 4th, 2004, 06:39 PM
I forgot to add a couple things.

Mike's comment that went something like this.

"Find the products that work well for you and use them often."

and

No job is complete without dressing the tires. I am torn between Endurance High Gloss and the new trigger spray Hot Shine High Gloss. Can't go wrong with either.

When you get to the interior come on back and ask away.

Jim

4.6GT
May 4th, 2004, 07:29 PM
Go to the home page and click on RX. They will ask you some quetions and then tell you just what you need. Good luck. :D

Frankie
May 5th, 2004, 02:51 AM
THANKS A WHOLE BUNCH TO EVERYONE,ALL THE COMMENTS WERE GREAT,THIS IS JUST WHAT I NEEDED.


Thanks,
Frankie

scrub
May 5th, 2004, 02:57 PM
Keep us posted of your progress