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Mike Phillips
May 16th, 2008, 08:46 PM
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Advanced Class #2 - Pictures & Comments
Meguiar's Car Care 201
Saturday May 17th, 2008


This is our second Advanced Class coordinated through our forum and building on the foundation laid by our Car Care 101 Classes since 2002

These classes are limited to approximately 12 people to keep a high Instructor to Student ratio. There are 2 more Advanced Classes scheduled for this year, anyone interested can reply to the sign-up threads for these classes when they are posted and then students are picked using an electronic lottery system.

Here's the schedule for the rest of the year.

2008 Advanced Class Schedule (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21729)

Ready to start...

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Mike Phillips
May 17th, 2008, 08:08 AM
Classroom time... head knowledge first, then hands-on experience...

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Justin Murphy
May 17th, 2008, 09:37 AM
Can't to see more. Love the choice of products there. That's really all one needs!

Mark McGuire
May 18th, 2008, 05:37 AM
I only count 9 people, 3 didn't show up? :wall2

willhawk
May 18th, 2008, 06:33 AM
Two questions:
1. Where did you get that black flashlight(swirl light)?
2. Was is just too hot in Irvine to work on the car?

Derrick
May 18th, 2008, 06:39 AM
looks very well set up, i hope on day i can attend some classes. I would like to someday be apart of the megs community but its a little more difficult being way over here in TX

southpactire
May 19th, 2008, 04:17 AM
Thanks to Meguiars for hosting events like this. Both of the Mike's (Pennington and Phillips) did a great job with the class. Information was presented in a thorough, comprehensive manner that reached both beginners and seasoned professionals. I encourage anyone who wants to elevate their skills, gain confidence and raise their game a notch to attend.

Jokeman
May 19th, 2008, 05:01 AM
Two questions:
1. Where did you get that black flashlight(swirl light)?
2. Was is just too hot in Irvine to work on the car?

Snap-On/Blue-Point
http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=73511&group_ID=2960&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog

Piku
May 19th, 2008, 05:21 AM
Very good class indeed! Thank you Meguiar's and Mike & Mike. :)

Slick
May 19th, 2008, 05:26 AM
Many thanks to Meguiar's... and M&M (Mike & Mike).

The pointers on technique were a great help... & were exactly what I was looking for. Was amazed at how quickly the car buffed out after wet-sanding. The day also made me realize that I need to have more products on-hand to handle various paint (and weather) conditions.

I'm less afraid of the wool pad now. I have one, but think I'll stick with foam for the time being.

It DOES make we want to go out & buy a beater to practice on... was just the excuse I need!

Thanks again!

Randy

Maserati Mario
May 19th, 2008, 06:50 AM
Had an AWESOME TIME!! Love you guys! My toolbox of knowledge is getting full thanks to you guys!

Maserati Mario
May 19th, 2008, 06:54 AM
My thoughts exactly!


Thanks to Meguiars for hosting events like this. Both of the Mike's (Pennington and Phillips) did a great job with the class. Information was presented in a thorough, comprehensive manner that reached both beginners and seasoned professionals. I encourage anyone who wants to elevate their skills, gain confidence and raise their game a notch to attend.

Maserati Mario
May 19th, 2008, 06:57 AM
Two questions:
1. Where did you get that black flashlight(swirl light)?
2. Was is just too hot in Irvine to work on the car?

I was hot. Some of the cars, in the sun were as hot as 160 deg. The car we worked on was around 90 deg. I thought us how to handle the products in and enviroment that evaporates the product quicker. But everything came out nice!

Nick Chapman
May 19th, 2008, 07:58 AM
looks very well set up, i hope on day i can attend some classes. I would like to someday be apart of the megs community but its a little more difficult being way over here in TX

You're right around the corner from me :wavey

If you're interested in going to one of the classes, let me know. Maybe we can work something out and I can get you out there.

<----works for an airline ;)

Nick

cv_soccer
May 19th, 2008, 11:11 AM
... As Mike often writes in this forum, if you like the way it goes on and off and if the results look good to you then that's all that matters.

I don't know if hard paint is better than soft or vise-versa. The hard paint has one advantage that it won't swirl or scratch as easy as soft paint, but if you want to correct it (polish) it will be hard to do so. While correcting soft paint is much easier. Did Mike answer your questions regarding the hard top coat on the VW's, and what the appropriate products may be for getting rid of swirl? Scottwax3

Piku
May 19th, 2008, 11:33 AM
Did Mike answer your questions regarding the hard top coat on the VW's, and what the appropriate products may be for getting rid of swirl? Scottwax3

Well, Mike tried to find swirls on my car with the swirl finder light but could not see any. So the "experiment" could not be performed. :D
My car does have some light swirls here and there, but they can only be seen at certain angles and at certain lights. They are easier to see when the sun is setting and you look at the finish in the opposite direction of the sun.
Mike, I forgot to tell you that about one month ago, I used #7 and put two coats of NXT 2.0 on my car so that could have filled some of the swirls.
Anyway, sorry to disappoint those who were waiting for the results. Someone needs to take a swirled up MKV VW to Mike so he can test it. Scottwax2

Mike Phillips
May 19th, 2008, 12:28 PM
I was hot. Some of the cars, in the sun were as hot as 160 deg.

The car we worked on was around 90 deg.


It was a beautiful sunny day at Meguiar's Garage! Check out the temperature differences for the different colors of paint sitting in full sun, especially the difference between the temperature on a white car as compared to a black car.

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White car - 110 degrees
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Silver Metallic - 129 degrees
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Green Metallic - 165 degrees
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Silver Metallic - 154 degrees
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Black - 168 degrees
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Our demo car was parked inside Meguiar's Garage since early morning...
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Even out of the sun on a warm day the surface temperature can still be warm.
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Mike Phillips
May 19th, 2008, 02:02 PM
Mike demonstrates how to use a Paint Thickness Gage and relates it to the sanding and buffing process.

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Next up it's time to learn proper hand sanding techniques
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Mike wraps some Nikken #2000 Finishing Paper around an E-7200 Backing Pad
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Mike sprays a water/soap solution to the working face of the paper.
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Then on to the area to be sanded...
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Then demonstrates the correct way to move the paper over the surface.
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As our member's focus on the sanding action taking place...
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The milky whitish looking color is actually particles of clear paint sanded off the surface.
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Then Mike wipes the excess water and paint residue off the surface.
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Here's the best shot we captured showing the level of orange peel, you can see this by
looking at the florescent lights and the rippled looking texture which is what orange peel is on paint.
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The after shots will show a more distinctive reflection of the overhead light.
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Mike Phillips
May 19th, 2008, 03:36 PM
After hand-sanding, it's time to learn how to use the rotary buffer with a wool cutting pad and a cutting compound to remove the sanding marks and restore a smooth, glossy finish.


In our Advanced class we show how to use our new M105 Ultra Cut Compound (http://www.meguiars.com/?pro-paint-cleaners-compounds/Ultra-Cut-Compound) with our W5000 Double Sided Wool Cutting pad (http://www.meguiars.com/?pro-pad/Double-Sided-Wool-Cutting-Pad). In order to use the W5000 Wool Cutting pads you need an adapter that attaches the pad to the buffer.

The adapter has much shorter threads so after the pad is screwed on there are no excess threads sticking out that could cause a potential problem if they came into contact with paint.

These adapters can be found at most PBE stores, our W5000 does not come with this adapter so you need to obtain one in order to use this pad.


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Mike says while they look tasty, please don't eat the adapter. :)
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It works easiest to attach the adapter to the pad and then attach the pad/adapter to the spindle of the rotary buffer.
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Mike pulls some of the wool back so that everyone can see how the adapter is flush with the working side of the built-in backing plate.

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More information on this adapter can be found here

W5000 Dual Sided Wool Pad with Adapter to attach to the Rotary Buffer (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?p=193585)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/668/W5000Adaptor001.jpg


Now that the wool pad is properly attached to the rotary buffer it's time to clean the pad and then learn how to use it to remove sanding marks.

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This is a brand new pad so it has some loose fibers that will come off easily when you break it in, to help remove some of these loose fibers and to soften the fibers Mike will clean the pad using the System 2000 Pad Cleaner which will clean the pad in in so doing dampen the fibers with a little moisture.

In this picture Mike shows off by cleaning the pad with his eyes closed, don't try this at home kids. :)
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After cleaning the pad in the pad washer, Mike then shows how to use a tool called a Spur to clean the pad again. The pad doesn't really need to be cleaned as it has not been used yet but spurring the pad will lift and loosen up the fibers perfectly preparing it for use. We're also teaching our students the proper way to clean the pad and we strongly emphasize the importance of cleaning your pads often whether they're wool or foam.
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Note how Mike runs the pad cleaning spur from the center of the ad while placing some pressure on the handle with his foot while the back of the rotary buffer is resting on the floor.
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Justin Murphy
May 20th, 2008, 01:45 AM
More!

Jokeman
May 20th, 2008, 05:09 AM
Very cool! I need to fly across the country to attend one of these classes.

yalerd
May 20th, 2008, 05:38 AM
Mike demonstrates how to use a Paint Thickness Gage and relates it to the sanding and buffing process.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/755/2AdvClass007.jpg

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I have a question regarding the paint thickness gauges, I know what they are for, I know what they read but I would like to know, in what range of the reading it is OK to do a job like wet sanding/car buff? I've been looking for information, searching in google and I can't find this

I remember a thread that Joe aka Superior Shine did "How much paint are you removing" and noticed that a paint correction process, using DA or Rotary, it very little paint you remove (depends on your aggressiveness) and the most removal of clear coat was when wet sanding

So in what reading range is it safe for you to buff or wet sand, do any type of job aggressive enough to remove clear coat.

Mike Pennington
May 20th, 2008, 07:21 AM
in what reading range is it safe for you to buff or wet sand, do any type of job aggressive enough to remove clear coat.

There is not really a range of what is safe and what is not safe. The bottom line is always use the least aggressive method possible to do the job :)

The gauges read the entire film build as you know. These gauges are best used to determine how much you are removing in a process. For example, take a reading before you begin, then take a reading during or after the repair and with simple subtraction, you know how much top coat you have removed.

Before - 6.5 mils
After - 6.2 mils
________________

Total removed .3 mils

This is important to know, because the more top coat you remove, the less protection you have on the overall coating.

All the car Mfg's we have worked with (many) don't recommend more than .5 mils removed on a factory finish. Beyond that, you don't leave much clear for UV protection. On a refinish job, there are questions to ask...How much clear was sprayed on etc...keep in mind, most body shops do not spray extra clear for sanding and buffing purposes....

Mike

Justin Murphy
May 20th, 2008, 12:48 PM
I recently saw a write up from a "high end" detailer and member here (TH0001) on "A"nother detailing forum. He discovered that the PC aka DA removed more clear than wet sanding or rotary.

Maybe he could chime in here.

Mike Phillips
May 20th, 2008, 01:53 PM
Maybe he could chime in here.


Or start a dedicated thread so as to keep this one focused on the class, not whether or not a PC can remove more paint faster than an RB. (Though Todd did post his thread on this forum too?)

Thank you.

p.s.

More pictures to come... soon as we catch other duties up... ;)

J. A. Michaels
May 20th, 2008, 02:17 PM
Hey, it looks like another great class. You people live on the wrong coast to be teaching classes like that. lol.

yalerd
May 20th, 2008, 03:36 PM
Thanks Mike for the clarification:)

LacViet
May 21st, 2008, 07:35 PM
I have learn lots of new thing in this class. Before attend this class, I were afraid of rotary machine. Thanks to both Mike(s) for showing proper technique of using rotary and wet sand, I'm now comfortable using it without any fear, and even if I make any mistake, I have enough knowledge to correct the issue or at least understand why and will not make the same mistake ever again. Thank you Meguiar's for provide us this type of class. Hope this program will continue in the future and more class for other members to learn.

Mike Phillips
May 22nd, 2008, 09:49 AM
Time to turn everyone loose so they can try their hand at,

Hand sanding
Machine sanding
Compounding using a rotary buffer
Polishing using a rotary buffer

Some times it' helps to tape off things like windshield squirters so you don't harm the squirter or load up the water opening with compound by accident.
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If you look to the right of the tape you cans see the straight-line scratches in the paint caused by the car wash used by the rental company to wash the cars.
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3 members try hand sanding the front clip...
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Feedback from an Instructor helps you to perfect your technique that day. Without the feedback you could possibly spend years using the wrong technique, that's the power of our hands-on classes.
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Measuring thickness
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Eric aka EKL does some hand sanding
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Lac Viet does some hand sanding and keeps the surface flushed using a clean water source (Spray bottle of water with a little soap).
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Ben aka Piku does some machine sanding using a DA Sander - This is where the idea for DA Polishing originally came from.
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John's removing sanding marks using a wool pad, M105 and a rotary buffer
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Stacy gets some feedback on how to improve her technique
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And she's off and buffing!
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Mike Phillips
May 22nd, 2008, 12:33 PM
More pictures of our forum members testing out their newly acquired knowledge...

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Mike Phillips
May 22nd, 2008, 01:38 PM
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Sanded Before
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Richard aka rbottis working his magic
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Beautiful!
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Mike Phillips
May 22nd, 2008, 02:44 PM
Busy, busy, busy... when you know the right techniques to use with the right products and pads, it takes half of the work out of the process...

It also makes getting professional results faster, easier and most important... consistent for every car you work on...

Some people look for the lowest price, some people look for the fastest product, but if you're in this for the long run then their's no replacement for professional quality results that you can achieve consistently no matter what kind of paint system you're working on. Now that's valuable.

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Last shot, parting shot, best shot...

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Thank you to everyone that attended this class.

:doublethumbsup2

Kevin Brown
May 22nd, 2008, 06:28 PM
What an absolutely WONDERFUL class...

Followed up with a TOP-NOTCH write-up!

Good times here at MOL... Great work, Mikes! :bigups

54chris
May 23rd, 2008, 08:21 PM
Man that looked like an awesome class I wish I could have made it! Nice write up! I think I will be tackling that same job my car has the same orange peel look to it and you guys totally made the car look 1000 times better!(Of coarse after attending this class :D )

Sydster
May 24th, 2008, 02:29 AM
W5000 Dual Sided Wool Pad with Adapter to attach to the Rotary Buffer (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?p=193585)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/668/W5000Adaptor001.jpg



Just one question about this adapter, got one from ADS recently and it did not fit in my makita rotary it does not screw all the way not even half way. Will I need a different adapter for the makita? Sorry to post this here, just thought it would be better since it was being talked about here.

Mike Phillips
May 24th, 2008, 07:18 AM
Just one question about this adapter, got one from ADS recently and it did not fit in my Makita rotary it does not screw all the way not even half way. Will I need a different adapter for the Makita? Sorry to post this here, just thought it would be better since it was being talked about here.

If the adapter you bought looks like the one in the above picture, and your Makita is a normal Makita with a 5/8" course thread spindle, like this,

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/668/W5000Adaptor002.jpg

then it's possible the adapter you have has messed up threads. Look at them and you can even try to see if they'll thread onto a 5/8 course thread bolt as a way of trouble shooting.

Contact Rick, I'm sure he'll send you another one to try.

:)

Sydster
May 24th, 2008, 04:02 PM
Thanks a lot Mike!

Slick
May 28th, 2008, 08:29 AM
Last shot, parting shot, best shot...

:doublethumbsup2

Mike... I fixed it for you... much better now.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/dartboard1.jpg

Maserati Mario
May 28th, 2008, 02:12 PM
Look what what I found on ebay;
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/3075/mirm105kitmj1.jpg
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MEGUIARS-Meguiars-M105-COMPOUND-KIT-Polish-Auto-Detail_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a635Q7c39Q3a1Q7c65Q3a12QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem200226219768QQitemZ200226219768