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Mike Phillips
Aug 21st, 2004, 06:45 AM
SoCalm Miata club at Meguiar's

Meguiar's would like to extend a very warm welcome to members of the SoCalm Miata Club! (http://www.socalm.org/)



Mike Phillips
Aug 21st, 2004, 07:55 AM


Mike Phillips
Aug 21st, 2004, 04:56 PM
Full class!


The SoCalm Miata club members were a very enthusiastic group of people, there were lots of great questions covering every topic from terry cloth towels versus microfiber polishing cloths, how long to let a wax dry, how to remove swirls and everything in-between.

More pictures to come!


Aug 23rd, 2004, 10:20 AM
Hey, this had to be one of the best "car" days I've ever had.

A HUGE thanks to Mike Phillips. I don't know where that guy gets his energy! Mike - YOU ARE TOPS! I'd love to hang around with you down there for a week!

I thought I knew most of this stuff, but I learned so much! It makes such a difference learning techniques from a professional. Needless to say I spent Sunday "practicing"!

(I've just GOT to figure out a way to sneak into another seminar!)

Paul D.

Aug 23rd, 2004, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the great class, Mike. I learned a great deal about how to clean my car and I can't wait to put it to use.

Any of you who get a chance to attend one of these cllinics should jump on it! You won't regret it.


Mike Phillips
Aug 23rd, 2004, 11:46 AM
Hi tigger,

Welecome to Meguiar's Online! :welcome

Thank you for the kind words, it was Meguiar's pleasure to have the SoCalm Miata club at Meguiar's! I had just as much fun as everyone else.

I have to finish a report today and then I'll upload some more pictures from the event including some of the before and after photo's of some of the cars we worked on.


Aug 23rd, 2004, 01:48 PM
Hey Mike...

You were SUPPOSE to be taking today off! Step away from the keyboard and GO OUTSIDE!

Thanks again for a great day.


Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:18 PM
After the Power Point Presentation and a time for Questions & Answers, we headed out to the parking lot to do what we call a Walk By. This is where we all spend some time walking by the club member's cars, look at the finish and discuss their current car care system.



Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:21 PM
Spending some time walking around and discussing with the owner the condition of their car's finish helps to generate good questions about how to evaluate the condition of the finish as well as different products and procedures in general.




Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:32 PM
After inspecting the different Miata's at Meguiar's for the clinic, we chose Tori's Miata for Mini-Makeover.


After wiping the finish clean using Meguiar's Quik Detailer and some Ultimate Wipe microfiber polishing cloths, we then take turns evaluating the finish both visually, and with our sense of touch to determine if there are above surface contaminants.



Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:44 PM
Our surface evaluation revealed to us that the finish did in fact have quite a bit of above surface bonded contaminants so the first detailing step we will perform is to clay the finish using Meguiar's Quik Clay System (http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_detail.cfm?sku=g-11)

As I explain how to knead the clay bar into a wafer and use the Quik Detailer as a spray-on lubricant, members of the SoCalm Miata Club listen and watch a quick demonstration.


Basically when you clay a car's finish, you want to mist some Quik Detailer onto your clay bar and then onto your car's finish, then move the clay around on the finish somewhat like you would rub a bar of soap across your arm.



Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:53 PM
After the demonstration, people that have never used a clay bar are encouraged to jump right in and try their hand at claying on Tori's Miata!




The rear bumper and lower panels in the back of the car often have bonded contaminants because as you drive air swirls around the back of the car and exposes these areas to all kinds of particles, some air-borne, some kicked up from the road by cars driving in front of you.

Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 08:00 PM
Here's an example of what the clay was removing from finish of Tori's Miata!


As you can see, clay bars remove a lot of gunk that has built-up over time onto the surface of a car's finish. Often times your eyes cannot see this build-up, in some cases your hands cannot feel this build-up, but the clay bar does a good job of removing it and showing you what was really on the surface.


Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 08:03 PM
When you attend a detailing clinic at Meguiar's, we always have on hand a large selection of our different products for you to try out on your own car. This gives you the opportunity to try it, before you buy it.


If you ever have any questions as to which product to use, or how to use it, we're always happy to help you choose and use the right product. Sometimes, a little technique goes a long ways.


Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 08:26 PM
After removing the above surface contaminants with the claying process, the next thing were going to do is to use ScratchX (http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_detail.cfm?sku=G-103) to remove and reduce swirls, scratches, staining, oxidation and etchings. To do this, we follow the same techniques outlined in this how-to article,

How to remove a defect by hand with ScratchX (http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1516)

First a quick demonstration. We apply a small amount of ScratchX to our foam applicator pad.


Then spread the product out in a small area and begin working it in. You want to work the ScratchX until it's almost gone. One of the ways you can tell you have thoroughly worked in the ScratchX and broken down the diminishing abrasives is the ScratchX will start out out fairly white and then turn clear as it dissipates.


After watching for a few minutes, members of the SoCalm Miata club decide they want to try their hand at applying the ScratchX. If you look where I have been working the ScratchX in the above photo, the product looks white on this dark green paint. Now if you look at the below picture, you can see the ScratchX has turned clear and almost disappeared.


After wiping the remaining product off you can see it has left a clear finish.


Meanwhile, back on the deck lid, members are going to town!


After applying the ScratchX to the entire car, members help to remove any excess using microfiber polishing cloths.



Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 08:39 PM
After cleaning the paint with Meguiar's ScratchX paint cleaner, it was time to apply a pure polish to restore clarity, brilliant gloss, depth and reflection. For this we use Deep Crystal Polish (http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_detail.cfm?sku=A-21) and apply it using Meguiar's Hi-Tech Applicator Pads (http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_detail.cfm?parentURL=index_pro.cfm&sku=W-00)


Pure polishes, like paint cleaners, do not need to dry. What's more important is to apply a thin coat while working the polish in thoroughly.


Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 08:42 PM
After applying a thin coat over the entire finish, we removed using microfiber polishing cloths.


Thin coats of polish wipe of easy and leave a beautiful finish perfect for applying a wax.



Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 08:56 PM
Next up! Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax (http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/techwax.cfm)

After removing the Deep Crystal Polish, we're going to apply a thin coating of Meguiar's new NXT Generation Tech Wax.


Just like the polish, when applying a wax like NXT Tech Wax, you want to apply a thin coat and work it thoroughly into the finish. Unlike a polish however, you want to let Tech Wax completely dry before removing it.



Below you can see a thin, uniform coating over the entire finish. Thin coats are easy to remove and are just as effective as thick coats. Thick coats of wax simply wastes product and makes removal difficult.


Aug 24th, 2004, 08:57 PM
:db: My baby looks soooo beautiful! Thanks Mike and those in SOCALM who attended this great event for learning to use the Meguiar's products on my car! She still looks great.

I've used the NXT Spray wax and it's great! :D Thanks again Mike and Jeff for teaching us about the Meguiar's product line and how to properly take care of our cars!

;) Victoria (Tori) Bakker

Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 09:04 PM
While the Tech Wax is curing, (this takes about 10-15 minutes), we decided to treat the vinyl top and the tires.

For the vinyl top we chose Meguiar's new NXT Tech Protectant.



As you can see the vinyl top is in dire need of some conditioning and protecting!



Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 09:06 PM
Hi Tori,

Welcome to Meguiar's Online! :welcome

Thank you for letting us use your car to demonstrate on! Hold on, here comes the finished shot by hand, and then later the results from using the G-100 dual action polisher!


Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 09:10 PM
While the vinyl top was being treated, another SoCalm member was treating the tires with Meguiar's new Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Spray (Trigger) (http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_detail.cfm?sku=G-120)



Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 09:17 PM
After treating the vinyl top and tires, we checked the NXT Tech Wax to see if it was ready to remove. Most Meguiar's waxes will be ready to remove in 10-15 minutes after application or once they have dried to a haze. Another way to tell if a wax is ready to remove is to use what Meguiar's calls the Swipe Test

Here's a how-to article on how to perform the Swipe Test,

How to tell when a Meguiar's wax is ready to remove - The Swipe Test (http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2166)

The Tech Wax swiped clear so we proceeded to remove it using Ultimate Wipe microfiber polishing cloths,




Then we backed Tori's Miata out into the sun so we could inspect our results,


The results were stellar!

Mike Phillips
Aug 24th, 2004, 09:25 PM
Next up!

We're going to learn how to take our result to an even higher level using Meguiar's G-100a (http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_detail.cfm?sku=G-100) dual action polisher.



Aug 25th, 2004, 06:38 AM
Thanks for the great pics Mike!

Aug 25th, 2004, 06:57 PM
Oh man, That's fantastic! What a great article and set of pictures! And, of course, I get to see (and envy) all my California Miata pals!

LOL, I wonder, did my name get taken in vain?


Aug 25th, 2004, 07:48 PM

I don't know if your name was taken "in vain", but it was mentioned!

By the way, I'm the guy in the beige "Auto Trader" hat watching everyone else work! If you remember, you sent me some sample cleaners a few months back.

It was a great day. I learned quite a bit - especially about using my PC buffer more efficiently.

Take care...

Paul (Davis)

Aug 31st, 2004, 08:51 AM
Would love to have a detail day here in West Virginia
thats a Miata


Sep 3rd, 2004, 07:46 PM
DAMN.... so many miata's... hahah nice nice.