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Mike Phillips
Jun 23rd, 2006, 08:38 PM
My 350Z Detail Day at Meguiar's! (http://www.my350z.com/home/)

http://www.my350z.com/images/menu_logo.gif

On June 24th, 2006 Meguiar's will proudly host a hands-on detailing class for members of Meguiar's Online Open Class Detail Day at Meguiar's! (http://www.meguiarsonline.com) here at Meguiar's Corporate offices in Irvine, CA.

Mike Phillips
Jun 24th, 2006, 01:47 AM
Class starts in a few hours!

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Mike Phillips
Jun 24th, 2006, 06:32 AM
So far we've got a really nice showing!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z002.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z004.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z001.jpg

sneek
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:33 AM
ahh thats a 300zx...my old car, every time i see one i just die inside for selling it :(

Mike Phillips
Jun 24th, 2006, 01:44 PM
Great class today with a lot of questions about a diverse group of topics, thank you to everyone that attended and maybe we can have another class down the road for everyone that missed out on this opportunity...

Here's a few pictures from the class before I hit the highway... the sun never peeked it's head out after the demonstrations so we were unable to capture the before and after but it was pretty dramatic...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z005.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z006.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z007.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z008.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z009.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z010.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z011.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_My350Z012.jpg

gt3
Jun 24th, 2006, 01:53 PM
Mike, just want to thank you for taking the time on your anniversary to teach the class. I really enjoyed your informative yet fun instructions. Hope you wouldn't get in trouble with the wife!!! :)

drsifu
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:28 PM
thanks mike.

i found today's class very informative. I particularly enjoyed the demonstration with the dual action polisher.

i feel more confident now using my Porter Cable. Your explanation of the different pads and chemicals will help me choose the right tool for the job.

thanks again.

vinh
(yellow G35)

Alayos
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:36 PM
Great class! I learned alot today. Thanks Mike.

zman23
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:23 PM
Mike,
Big thanks to your wife for letting u come and teach us guys all about how to make our cars look emaculate!
Thanks for the demonstrations, learned alot. Got home and clay bar, polished and waxed the hood, roof and hatch.
Great products!!!!!!!
Thx,
Jon

Beer Goggles
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:50 PM
Thanks to Mike and Meguiars for having something like this and on a regular basis. I've used Meguair's products off and one (I try everything) and you've just earned some loyalty from me.

It's really good to see companies "giving back" with things like this. Even though it's a great marketing tool for the company it shows that they really do have a love for what they do and their customers.

Mike was a great instructor and gets added points for coming on a day that he really shouldn't have. Hopefully he made it home in time to get some dinner and celebrate!

I've been neglecting my Z washing duty for a while and now I've got to but the Dual Action buffer and take out the swirl!

Also note that the pictures really don't show anything that well but there was a pretty big difference there, and as a nice reminder why I'd never buy black cars out here in the dusty West, I'd lose all my hair trying to make it stay clean.

2004 Silverstone 350Z
GReddy Twin Turbo
Luff M1 Wheels

kamz
Jun 24th, 2006, 07:13 PM
Great class Mike. I definitely learned a lot and can't wait to apply the proper techniques you taught.

Fonzy
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:18 PM
Awesome job Mike, you made the class fun and informative, thank you.

kseaney
Jun 25th, 2006, 03:35 PM
Excellent Class!! After watching you work wonders with the D/A I am going to have to get one.

Also, I had no idea that there was such a thing as diminishing abrasives, I guess I will have to pick up some Meguiars compounds and find some sucker to buy my 3M stuff.

Once again, Thanks for the great class.

Beer Goggles
Jun 25th, 2006, 03:58 PM
Just an update. I bought some ScratchX after seeing it demonstrated ( I should have bought it at the class) and used it on 4 scratches that a cat left down the side of my car. ONE application and using the Mike "passion behind the pad" (I used passion behind my MF towel) and in one application the scratches, which I thought to be too deep to get out were GONE!

The first picture shows the scratches, and the second one (I know the area is a little off) is the one after where there are NO scratches left.



EDIT...Can't figure out a good way to post pictures, but here's the thread on 350Zmotoring.

Before-Note they are vertical and look like "powerlines"
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/7212scratch.jpg

After-Zoomed in a little closer but the spot is right there...well gone.
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/7212scratchX-med.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jun 25th, 2006, 06:07 PM
Originally posted by Beer Goggles

EDIT...Can't figure out a good way to post pictures, but here's the thread on 350Zmotoring.

http://www.350zmotoring.com/forums/showthread.php?p=561631#post561631


At first, it's hard, kind of like riding a bike, but once you've went through the process and done it one time, then you'll have the skill set to do it over and over and over again no matter what forum you're on.

Read this...

How to put pictures into your posts (http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3188)

Heck, on Saturday morning, in front of about 25 people, I renamed, cropped, resized, uploaded and inserted half a dozen photos to jump start this thread.... if I can do it anyone can do it...

:D :D :D

Beer Goggles
Jun 25th, 2006, 07:28 PM
Ah, ye ole member gallery trick. Sorry I'm just used to uploading them direct from the computer...I edited and the pictures are now for everybodies viewing pleasure.

Ed 718
Jun 25th, 2006, 07:57 PM
Thanks for hosting the Class Mike and sorry for being late that drive from Palm Desert took me longer than I expected. I had fun today and now the Z guys all want to borrow my Dual Action Polisher. Good thing the polisher has a lifetime warranty.....Ed

Happy Anniversary Mike :xyxthumbs

Wired 24/7
Jun 25th, 2006, 11:52 PM
:wavey

Mike - thanks for a really great class.

As I mentioned to you before, I am a Zaino fan, but that doesn't mean I don't think meguiar's products are awesome.

On that same note, I am really glad I attended the class on Saturday, because I was having a talk with my girlfriend who owns a 03 Civic (blue) and she loves how my car looks, so she said she wants to use my zaino stuff.

Then we washed her car later on saturday and I looked at her paint. (I believe you call this the "Evaluation" step)

She has some marks from not only bonded surface contaminants, but also some water mark residue, and some other random **** in the paint.

Luckily, thanks to this class, I know that Zaino won't do anything for her paint (similar to a pure wax I suppose). I told her the options were to prep the car with clay and then polish, then use zaino or else if she doesn't want to devote that much time, we could just claybar and use a cleaner wax (I DID NOT KNOW THIS BEFORE THE CLASS :xyxthumbs ) I still love Zaino but I think it is only good for paint in really good condition (like a new car etc).

So... then we talked about her "Goals" and I realized she just wants her car to look good and shiny but swirl marks are not a major issue.

Long story short - we went out and bought some ColorX, I think it is probably the most appropriate product for her. (I already have some clay)

Looking forward to results!

We plan to apply it by hand...since it is a cleaner wax I know we should really work it into the paint.

I actually have a question... when applying by hand, should I do the criss-cross pattern with colorx, or just swirl it on in circle-patterns? In your experience which is the best for applying by hand?

Anyway I know you won't get to this for a while - enjoy your anniversary and I'll talk to you later.

Thanks

-Mike Kahn

Mike Phillips
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:29 AM
Originally posted by Wired 24/7
:We plan to apply it by hand...since it is a cleaner wax I know we should really work it into the paint.

I actually have a question... when applying by hand, should I do the criss-cross pattern with ColorX, or just swirl it on in circle-patterns? In your experience which is the best for applying by hand?



Hi Mike,

Thank you for the kind words. This was a fun class with a lot of great questions from members from My350Z.com


As to your question about, which direction should you move your hand when applying products to paint goes, here's an article on that topic from you guessed it...

The Information Station (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=82)


Once you get to the Information Station, there's a sub-forum called Hot Topics (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=80) and in the sub-forum Hot Topics are most of the answers to the most popular/common questions or topics of discussion on all forums about detailing cars in general and polishing paint in specific.


Circles or Straight Lines? (http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=6442)


In a nutshell, as along as the products you're using are non-abrasive, it shouldn't matter which direction you move your hand because you're not instilling scratches into the paint. It really becomes a matter of personal preference or as the above article describes, sometimes you,

"Let the panel be your guide"

My personal preference for using a cleaner wax is to spread the product out using circle motions because it's the easiest way to move liquid film out over a surface area and then once the product is spread out over the area I'm going to work I continue to use circular motions because it's an effective way to work a cleaner/wax into and against the finish. If I come across a long, thin panel such as an A-Pillar, then I use straight-line motions.

Hope this helps...

Wired 24/7
Jun 26th, 2006, 08:41 AM
Originally posted by Mike Phillips
My personal preference for using a cleaner wax is to spread the product out using circle motions because it's the easiest way to move liquid film out over a surface area and then once the product is spread out over the area I'm going to work I continue to use circular motions because it's an effective way to work a cleaner/wax into and against the finish. If I come across a long, thin panel such as an A-Pillar, then I use straight-line motions.

Hope this helps... [/B]

Exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks, and if I have the presence of mind I'll try to snap some before/afters with the colorx

ZPHILE
Jun 26th, 2006, 01:47 PM
Mike,

I know that everyone here on the My350z detail thread has said this already - however I need to say thanks myself and really I appreciated your time Saturday. I learned much that day and how not to fear the D/A but to embrace it! Please let all the folks at Mequier's know how much this class helped and how it has instilled some loyalty in me and your products. That'll happen when you see how the stuff really can work. Keep up the great work and hope to run into you again! :xyxthumbs

H.

tripmachine
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:20 PM
Mike,

Once again that was an excellent class!! Great information like always! Thanks for using my car as the demo... sorry I didn't have it washed for everyone, ran into a few problems and thought I wasn't going to be able to make it but luckily I still made it. ;] I bought quite a bit of stuff at pepboys and senik as well... I had 4 details over the weekend, still didn't have time to do my car. =/ soon enough hopefully but a lot of people are wanting cheap details so for now i'm just using Color X. If they are only willing to pay me for about 2-3 hours worth of work Color X will have to do for them. ok once again, Great class... hopefully see you on wednesday for a bit.

-Josh

mikeg8r
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:25 PM
Another BIG thanks, Mike. I really appreciate your "expert" tips both in the class and in the forums. Here's a photo from the day after class... nothing too challenging... Wash, Clean, Polish, Wax. The basics. Next time i'll get some #83 and work on the deeper scratches :)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6823IMG_1602b.jpg

mikeg8r
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:20 PM
I also worked on my wifes car this weekend. I finally got around to taking pics yesterday.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6823IMG_1612a.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6823IMG_1610a.jpg

I used #80 followed by #7 and 2 coats of NXT wax this time. That's an awesome combination.

G2FAST
Oct 4th, 2006, 07:55 PM
woohooo, nice pictures.......