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Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 09:34 AM
Today is Mini Cooper "NXT Day" at Meguiar's Garage!

The Mini Cooper owners are an incredibly enthusiastic crowd with at least two owners showing up as early as 7:30am!

And as soon as they arrived, people started taping off their trim in preparation for giving their finish the NXT treatment!

The weather's a little overcast, so the pictures are a little dark, but with any luck the sun will poke its head out and will see the finish on these Mini Coopers *Pop* later this afternoon!

Mike

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_minicooperday1.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 10:15 AM
Here's a picture of Todd taping off his Mini...

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

Todd remembered from the last how-to clinic here at Meguiar’s that before we machine polish the paint, it's a good idea to use Painters Tape to tape-off hard to detail areas, or areas prone to staining or splatter.

For example:

* Pebble textured plastic trim
* High points
* The gap and the felt, (or rubber), around the sun roof
* Cracks, crevices, and body seams that are hard to detail

He actually brought his own tape! We try to keep plenty of Painters Tape on hand should you attend a Meguiar’s How-To clinic.

DETLMAN
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:30 PM
This was absolutly an awesome event ! Mike and Mike did a great job !

I hope the people inside meguairs notice the hard work they put into these events !

I just want to say thanks Mike, Mike and Meguairs for having us today I think everyone had a very good time.

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:35 PM
Here's Bob, taping-off his Mini,
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_tapingoff5.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:36 PM
Here's Brian helping another member tape their car off,
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_tapingoff6.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:41 PM
Here's another shot of the parking lot outside the Training Garage at Meguair's. The day started out kind of overcast and cloudy, but by the time we finished the Tech Session inside and then came outside to start detailing Mini Coopers, the sun was peeking out and the clouds started rolling off to the horizon.


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_minicooperday2.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:46 PM
The car hobby provides plenty of wholesome and fun opportunities that families can share in and participate as demonstrated by this club member with his daughter,

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

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:14 PM
While these NXT Garage events are not Potlucks, Lonnie was thoughtful enough to share his catch-for-the-day!

Fresh Albacore Tune spread with crackers!

Thanks Lonnie, your a true car enthusiasts, Sports fisherman, and a gourmet chef to boot!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2LonniewithTuna.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:22 PM
While EVERYONE else is inside attending the Tech Session with Mike Pennington, at least one person thought it more important to remove the dust from their Mini Cooper.

For shame!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2skippingclass.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:32 PM
One of the members offered her car for use to demonstrate how to remove swirls and scratches.

Before starting the demonstration, we first removed the above surface bonded contaminants using Meguiar's Quik Clay System.

After removing the bonded contaminants, we then proceeded to buff one half of the hood using,

* #83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish
* The Meguiar's G-100 Dual Action Polisher
* A yellow W-8006 foam polishing pad

For removing swirls and scratches, we set the variable speed polisher to the 4.5 setting.

After buffing one half of the hood and removing the #83 residue, we then applied NXT Tech Wax, using a new, clean W-8006 foam polishing pad on the Meguiar's G-100 Dual-Action Polisher on about the 4.0 setting.

We allowed the NXT Tech Wax to dry for approximately 15 minutes and then wiped it off effortlessly and pulled it outside for everyone to inspect.

If you look closely at the hood, you can see where we taped off a section using painters tape, and then covered one half with a soft clean towel to prevent splatter from getting onto the before side.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2prepparingfordemo.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:48 PM
Before starting the demonstration, I quickly explained how Meguiar’s diminishing abrasives break down as you buff the finish with the dual action polisher.

It is important to remember to buff the product long enough to insure that these diminishing abrasives have completely broken down.

It is also important to apply medium pressure when using a cleaner/polish like the #83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish in order to generate enough polishing action to remove the scratches and swirls.

If you apply to little pressure, you will not remove the swirls and scratches. Knowing how hard, or light to push on the dual action polisher comes with experience. Of course, a good hands-on demonstration helps too, and that’s what these classes are all about.


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2lessononpcwith83.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:04 PM
After applying the #83 DACP, and then applying and removing one coat of NXT Tech Wax, we removed the tape down the middle of the hood and removed the towel.

Then, the owner pulled the car out and into outdoor light, so that everyone could inspect the results for themselves.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2inspectingthedifference.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:06 PM
After everyone else had their turn, the owner inspects the hood for herself to see the before and after.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2ownercloverinspecting.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:15 PM
After inspecting the results and having everyone agree, the difference between before and after was like night and day, we pulled the car back in and went over the entire car with #83 DACP followed by NXT Tech Wax.

4-5 people jumped in to help out and we quickly turned this car into a Glistening Gemstone

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2democarwith83.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:19 PM
If your careful, you can use the dual action polisher to get into tight areas, just take your time, and watch what your doing.

Here I'm applying NXT Tech Wax to the lip of the rear section of the roof, just under the Mini roof wing.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2mikeapplyingTechWax1.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:25 PM
No detail is complete without cleaning the wheels and dressing the tires. Here's Mike Pennington cleaning the light accumulated brake dust from these Mini Cooper wheels before dressing the tires with Endurance.

Notice the red Mini Cooper and the roll-around cart in the reflection just across from the NXT logo on Mike's shirt after polishing with #83 and applying Tech Wax.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Mikepcleaningwheels.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:31 PM
Here's some beauty shots after the NXT treatment,

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2blackminidone1.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:34 PM
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2cloverhappy.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:36 PM
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2cloverhappy1.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:39 PM
One more reflection shot before moving on to the next Mini Cooper...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2reflectionindemocar.jpg

Looking good!:D

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:01 PM
This is how you prevent hurting your back...

Sitting on the ground may not be stylish, but it helps reduce fatique to your arms, back and shoulders, as well as enabling you to see better, the panel your working on.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2bobshowshowtopreventbackinjury.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:03 PM
Don't look at the camera Bob! Pay attention to the task at hand!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2dontlookatthecamera.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:04 PM
Looking sharp Bob!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2finished1.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:07 PM
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2finished2.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:08 PM
One more shot...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2finished3.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:16 PM
That's all for now, I have to get on home!

I have many more photo's to post of all the Mini Coopers we buffed out today. Look for Part 2, on Monday.

Here's one more...

This red Mini Cooper was done entirely by hand... nice work!


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2redwetpaint1-med.jpg

GearHead_1
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:32 PM
Mike,
Looked like a great event. When are you planning a Ford Truck day in Utah? I'm sure I can line up 20 trucks. :D

westcoaster
Jan 24th, 2004, 08:12 PM
To both Mike's and the rest of the Meguiars folks, thank you so much for another great day of detailing experience. The NXT wax is awesome!

Mosca
Jan 24th, 2004, 08:38 PM
Y'know what's cool about Minis? They're small! You can wash & wax a properly prepared Mini in an hour and a half. The only thing that would make a Mini better (in that respect) would be if it didn't have a top.... ;)

Great cars, folks, beautiful shines!


Tom
'97 Miata

OctaneGuy
Jan 24th, 2004, 09:22 PM
Mike P #1 & Mike P #2, and everyone else that helped out today, I just want to say THANK YOU. I didn't detail my car since I wanted to give others a chance to have their cars detailed first. Today was so much fun. I learned an incredible amount. What was so great was even though I had attended the last Meguiars event where Mike Phillips did the presentation, I still had a lot to learn from Mike Penningtons presentation! Was still very informative, and poor Mike probably wasn't used to us clowns giving him such a hard time. So MIke Pen... are those molecular chains cross linked or long chained? LOL

So thanks again, and I look forward to participating in future events.

Richard Lin

cafemoc
Jan 24th, 2004, 09:33 PM
Big thanks to Meguiar's Mike & Mike and SCMM Richard aka OctaneGuy for organizing back to back great event :)
I really like NXT products especially WAX and Hot Shine Tire Spray.
Also many thanks to Brian & Amanda team for hands on help :D

OctaneGuy
Jan 24th, 2004, 10:12 PM
Thanks Cafemoc! But I don't deserve all the credit.

Lets not forget SqkyClean (Brian) cause he also made this event happen and if it weren't for him none of us would have been there!!!

:D

cruizer
Jan 24th, 2004, 10:42 PM
Thanks to the two Mikes at Meguiars. Lynsey and I had a great time although I was caught skipping class!:D
We can't wait to use our new Meguiars detailing machine....don't know what it's called but like what it does.
It was great to see old and new friends there.
Ours MINIs will be shiny and ready for Vegas.
Thanks again.
Nancy, Temecula

PNUT_JET
Jan 24th, 2004, 10:49 PM
Hey Richard, Mike Pennington, Mike Phillips, and Brian, a great big THANK YOU for setting this event up! Some of us had been at the last event and used the NXT wax on our cars; it only made us want to come back and do it again! This stuff ROCKS! I also learned a lot and got to feel a little more confident when using the orbital buffer.

Also a great big thanks to Lowell and George, and others who helped me get my car done quickly. This is a terrific group of people and I'm very glad to know all of you!

Thanks again - my car looks terrific and will for weeks!

Jenn and Peanut

MINIclo
Jan 25th, 2004, 01:09 AM
Hey, Mikey (Pennington) & Mike Phillips!!! Thanks SO much for the awesome Meguiar's Clinic for our MINIs! :D

It was "Wicked Wanda," my all-Jet Black MINI Cooper S, that Mike used for the demo today. Many thanks to Mike, Ray, Tod, Toshi and George for helping to make Wanda even more beautiful than she was when I took delivery of her April 4, 2003.

I just wanted to let y'all know that I encountered rain several times in my travels tonight after the clinic, and the sheeting action, made possible by the great Meguiar's products, left NO spots on Wanda! YAY!!!!

Can't wait to get the products I ordered! :p

rusty bumper
Jan 25th, 2004, 01:16 AM
Great pictures Mike!....I noticed that you taped off some empty spaces (Or at least it looks like it), on the MC's...Is that necessary when using a DA Polisher?

J SOLO
Jan 25th, 2004, 03:13 AM
man what a cool event.I wish something like this was going on in G.A. hint hint

jimskater
Jan 25th, 2004, 12:06 PM
Originally posted by Rusty Bumper
Great pictures Mike!....I noticed that you taped off some empty spaces (Or at least it looks like it), on the MC's...Is that necessary when using a DA Polisher?

RB,

Most of the taping that you saw was to protect pieces of plastic trim. There are air vents with a plastic grille just below the windshield wiper on the MINI. There are plastic covered windshield cleaner jets in the the hood. There's black plastic trim around the sunroof and the roof of the car. There is also a continuous black plastic trim that goes around the fender openings, along the sides and across the front and rear of the car. Whether using a DA, or applying by hand, you don't want to splatter wax on any of these parts. :)

I had a great time yesterday, and I learned a lot about the NXT products that will be hitting the retail market soon. Good stuff is coming folks. Thanks to both Mike P.'s, Brian & Richard for setting up this fun & informative event.

Jimskater

rusty bumper
Jan 25th, 2004, 01:15 PM
Thanks Jim....:)

miniladybug
Jan 25th, 2004, 03:17 PM
Thank you so very much to Both Mikes! Great event,thanks for teaching us even more than last time, and for feeding us too! :cool:

westcoaster
Jan 25th, 2004, 03:53 PM
I tried the NXT Car Wash today, and per Mike's instructions, followed the label directions being careful to use the correct amount of soap to water ratio.

First impression, great suds and they lasted the entire wash.

Then I rinsed the car using just a hose with no pressure and let the water sheet off. This made drying a breeze. The only bad thing about rinsing this way is that it uses a lot more water and requires a bit more work to capture the run off before it gets into the storm drain.

The car dried very easily without any streaking whatsoever. Even the glass looked great.

I've been using Mothers car wash for years, but not any longer.

Hey Mike, I just though of a product that I'd like to see made. How about a container of car wash that automatically measures out one-ounce portions when you squeeze the bottle?

George =)
-westcoaster

cafemoc
Jan 25th, 2004, 06:12 PM
I am using (older) Meguiar's Car Wash bottle, have 1/2 left, and wondering if I can still use it to wash, then apply NXT WAX? ;)

Tire Spray warks very well, I have drove penninsula drive for an hour, but don't seem to attract much dust at all. Tires look great with deep black color, and don't have sticky surface at all.
:cool:

-- Toshi

MINIclo
Jan 25th, 2004, 06:50 PM
Originally posted by westcoaster
Hey Mike, I just though of a product that I'd like to see made. How about a container of car wash that automatically measures out one-ounce portions when you squeeze the bottle?

George =)
-westcoaster



:D :D I think that's a great idea, George! Very cool! :cool:

rusty bumper
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by westcoaster
Then I rinsed the car using just a hose with no pressure and let the water sheet off. This made drying a breeze. The only bad thing about rinsing this way is that it uses a lot more water and requires a bit more work to capture the run off before it gets into the storm drain.

George =)
-westcoaster

Is it against the law in California to to let car wash runoff go into the storm drain?!

DETLMAN
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:35 PM
actually its a federal law that nothing but rain/storm water can run into the storm drain or into the street. Now its not enforced in a lot of places but more and more are starting to enforce it.

westcoaster
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:38 PM
Thanks Clover! I think that would be a great feature.

I was planning on putting NXT wax on the MINI today after I washed it, but as luck would have it, my neighbor came over with his 3-year-old son when they saw the MINI in the driveway. His son is absolutely crazy about the MINI, so instead of waxing we went for a ride. His carseat fits perfectly in the back seat.

It's almost impossible to wash the MINI without interuptions from neighbors.:)

rusty bumper
Jan 25th, 2004, 08:00 PM
Originally posted by SqkyKln
actually its a federal law that nothing but rain/storm water can run into the storm drain or into the street. Now its not enforced in a lot of places but more and more are starting to enforce it.

I can understand the problem with motor oil, etc. going into the drain, but car wash is a very mild product to begin with...I hope we never have to deal with the enforcement of the law here.

How do you stop the waste water from going into the storm drain in the 1st place?!

westcoaster
Jan 25th, 2004, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by Rusty Bumper
I can understand the problem with motor oil, etc. going into the drain, but car wash is a very mild product to begin with...I hope we never have to deal with the enforcement of the law here.

How do you stop the waste water from going into the storm drain in the 1st place?!

I normally re-direct the run-off to flow onto my lawn by laying a garden hose (charged) across the driveway to act as a dam. Gravity takes care of the rest. What little water that does get past the hose ends up evaporating before it makes it to the storm drain.

If I keep rinsing my car with an open hose I'll have to come up with a better dam. I think if I take a bicycle inner-tube and cut it, tie off one end and then fill it with water, I could lay a couple of those in the driveway and they would redirect the flow onto my lawn.

Bob W.
Jan 25th, 2004, 08:44 PM
Originally posted by Mike Phillips
This is how you prevent hurting your back...

Sitting on the ground may not be stylish, but it helps reduce fatique to your arms, back and shoulders, as well as enabling you to see better, the panel your working on.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2bobshowshowtopreventbackinjury.jpg

Mike,

I think my smile was related to seeing some results, and that the DA didn't get away from me! Many thanks to you, Mike P. and the other folks at Meguiar's, as well as all the Mini-nuts, for a great day. Your generosity and spirit are appreciated by all.

Mike Phillips
Jan 25th, 2004, 08:51 PM
Hi Bob,

You are so welcome, we’re glad you enjoyed the event as we did also. If you ever have any question please feel free to post them here to the forums.

Kind regards,

Mike Phillips

p.s.

I'll be adding more pictures of the event tonight and tomorrow.

Mike Phillips
Jan 25th, 2004, 10:56 PM
Here's a shot of Jenn quickly cleaning any light dust from her Mini Cooper's finish before applying NXT Tech Wax...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2jennpeanut1.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 25th, 2004, 10:59 PM
Here's a shot of Jenn applying the NXT Tech Wax using the G-100 Dual Action Polisher,
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2jennpeanut2.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 25th, 2004, 11:02 PM
Here are the results after applying NXT Tech Wax to Jenn's Mini Cooper!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2jennpeanut3.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 25th, 2004, 11:04 PM
Here's a beauty shot of the hood on Jenn's Mini Cooper...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2jennpeanut4.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 25th, 2004, 11:10 PM
She's out of here...



http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2jennpeanut5.jpg

Mike Pennington
Jan 26th, 2004, 08:32 AM
Just thought I would chime in to say, I also had a blast this past Sat. :D You really made teaching the class very fun…In addition, it was great to see everyone jumping in and getting busy! If there is anything I can do for you in the future, just let me know.

BTW...The avatar I chose is the truck I race, and that picture was taken at Irwindale Speedway last year...the engine was hurt pretty bad, but I walked away unhurt !!!

Thanks again for a great day!

Mike Pennington

StickKing1
Jan 26th, 2004, 12:32 PM
Very cool event and nice pictures as always, Mike. Who's this leaning on the car? Busted! ;)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2lessononpcwith83.jpg

DETLMAN
Jan 26th, 2004, 12:44 PM
AHHH busted that is me leaning! Notice I am leaning on the black trim that is taped..lol I would never lean on a body panel.

Brad Herman
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:00 PM
Hey guys I had a great time at the event. I should get my pads for the DA tomarow. The plan is to detail karin's car first on Weds night. You want some dramatic before and after pictures that will be them. Im thinking of doing the half hood thing just to show it off. Then on to my car :)

That's one good thing about Culver City, you can wash you car in your driveway as long as you have a hose with a spray head, no open nozzle allowed.

OctaneGuy
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:21 PM
Today I wiped down Lil'Octane with Quick Detailer, and used the NXT Spray Wax and boy does he SHINE!!!!! He smells great too! Its very easy to use. I also used the NXT Protectanct (don't recall the exact name) for all the interior plastics. It really helped hide my scuff marks and darken everything up without leaving any residue. I really wish that spray bottle had more of a spray pattern than a stream though. An adjustable nozzle like the Tire Spray would be awesome!

Don
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:34 PM
Originally posted by OctaneGuy
I really wish that spray bottle had more of a spray pattern than a stream though. An adjustable nozzle like the Tire Spray would be awesome!

The bottle of Quik Detailer I have has an excellent fine mist spray to it, try taking the nozzle off of one of these bottles and use it for the NXT (after you rinse it out first of course)

OctaneGuy
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:41 PM
Yep, that's a good idea. The Quick Detailer does have a very nice mist. Darn, I just tossed an empty bottle out last night and today was garbage day! LOL

:D


Originally posted by Don
The bottle of Quik Detailer I have has an excellent fine mist spray to it, try taking the nozzle off of one of these bottles and use it for the NXT (after you rinse it out first of course)

Teak
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:47 PM
Mike,
Why do you keep showing me pictures of the Mini and nice weather.


Nice work by the way.
Eric

cafemoc
Jan 26th, 2004, 04:00 PM
Would it be possible to mix with other non-NXT polishers? ;)

I am not sure about local regulations regarding carwash water, but I have large driveway, water don't run away to storm drain at all. However swimming pool water runs straight to storm drain, but that's how it was designed back in 80's.:rolleyes:

-- Toshi

PNUT_JET
Jan 27th, 2004, 08:48 PM
Hey Mike, thanks for posting the pics of me and Peanut! Too bad the beauty shots are in overcast weather.

Jenn

Mike Phillips
Jan 27th, 2004, 09:00 PM
Originally posted by PNUT_JET
Hey Mike, thanks for posting the pics of me and Peanut! Too bad the beauty shots are in overcast weather.

Jenn

Hi Jenn,

Your welcome....

I have over 300 pictures from this event and will be posting them over the course of this week.

Mike

Mike Phillips
Jan 28th, 2004, 08:43 AM
Here's Tracy's Mini getting the NXT treatment!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TracysMinigettingNXT0-med.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 28th, 2004, 08:48 AM
What's so great about these events is that everyone jumps in and works as a team to shine up their friends Mini Cooper!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TracysMinigettingNXT1-med.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 28th, 2004, 08:52 AM
Before applying the NXT Tech wax, friends went around the car and removed any light dust using Meguair's Quik Detailer and clean, 100% cotton towels.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TracysMinigettingNXT2-med.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 28th, 2004, 08:56 AM
Here's Tracy applying NXT Tech Wax to her Mini Cooper's finish using the G-100 Dual Action Polisher with a W-8006 foam polishing pad.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TracysMinigettingNXT4-med.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 28th, 2004, 09:00 AM
Here's a finished shot...

Clear and glossy with excellent shine!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TracysMiniFinished-med.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 28th, 2004, 09:04 AM
Tracy's Mini is unique in that it's been autographed by Mike Meyers on both the outside...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TracysMikeMeyersMini-med.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 28th, 2004, 09:06 AM
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TracysMini2-med.jpg

Mike Phillips
Jan 28th, 2004, 09:09 AM
and on the inside! Cool!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TracysMini3-med.jpg

Rockpick
Jan 28th, 2004, 09:17 AM
Great pictures Mike!!!

nx80v
Sep 11th, 2004, 01:28 PM
Originally posted by Mike Phillips
Here's Brian helping another member tape their car off,
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2600_tapingoff6.jpg

Hi guys,
I'd like to know what is the best way to tape off the trims before waxing. As seen in the photo, the taping is so perfect in the wheel arch and the top of windshield (both are in a curve). I can never do this perfect by myself. Since I'm doing it all by myself, I find it hard to straighten the tape in a curve without making a mess.
Anyone out there got some tips for tapping that can be share??
Thanks in advance
Stephen

DETLMAN
Sep 11th, 2004, 01:39 PM
best way is to stick the outside edge first, I hold the tape in one hand and stick with the other, on curves if you only stick the otside first the inside will kinda bunch up and let it make the turn. Make sure the tape you are using is not to wide or it will be to hard to make the curve. I think we were using 1" or 1/2" tape, either should be fine.

nx80v
Sep 11th, 2004, 04:26 PM
Thanks for the tip but I don't quite get the idea of the "outside"edge. Lets take the wheel arch as an example, which side is the 'outside' -- the side attached to the body panel or the other side?? By the way, I find the paint tape is not sticky enough to keep the tape on the trim. Whenever the pad touches it, it tends to peel off right away. Any specific brand is better? I know 3M has different adhersive levels but I'm not dare to use the highest one which is in blue.
Cheers
Stephen

DETLMAN
Sep 11th, 2004, 04:41 PM
I meant the edge against the paint. Keep in mind if you use a trim dressing on your trim the chances of the tape sticking are slim to none. We use 3m painters blue tape, works really well.

Your problem may be that you have dressing on the trim stopping it from sticking and your technique might be fine :D

nx80v
Sep 11th, 2004, 04:47 PM
You are absolutely right :xyxthumbs I used #40 on all the trims.
So shall I clean the trims before taping then?? I'll try some 3M blue tape tomorrow.
Cheers
Stephen

sugarbear
Sep 14th, 2004, 05:28 PM
Mike,
On the Mini's I see that you used #83 and then went straight to NXT wax. Is there a reason why you did this? Would you suggest this for a vehical with minor scratches?

Don
Sep 15th, 2004, 01:08 AM
Originally posted by sugarbear
Mike,
On the Mini's I see that you used #83 and then went straight to NXT wax. Is there a reason why you did this? Would you suggest this for a vehical with minor scratches?

Each car is different, I have been able to 'work' the DACP to where I haven't needed a milder polish before my LSP, and (for me) that happens quite often. But there will always be cases where you will have to follow up DACP with a milder polish to eliminate some remaining fine swirls.

It's up to you, what you have to ask yourself is: "Does the finish meet MY standards?"

Mike Phillips
Sep 15th, 2004, 05:42 AM
Hi sugarbear,

Don pretty much summed it up, some paint types polish up easier and with less steps than others, I would say primarily softer paint over harder paints. After the #83 step, we evaluated the results and the finish was clear and glossy, ready for wax. It would not have hurt to went over the car with a secondary polishing step, but at this point it was an option, so we chose to go right to the protection step.

Mike

sugarbear
Sep 15th, 2004, 03:13 PM
Thanks Don & Mike,
With the storms and all of the rain coming our way, any step I can skip and still produce the same results is very helpful. I have been reading MOL for several weeks and have learned so much. Thanks to all.

Erik Mejia
Dec 17th, 2008, 12:59 PM
It's kinda cool to see all the changes that Meguiar's Garage has undergone through the years. Keep up the good work!:woot2

Mike Phillips
Dec 17th, 2008, 01:05 PM
Somewhere there are some pretty good pictures of the old classroom before it was enlarged...

HUGE CHANGE & IMPROVEMENT :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs

Even harder to believe we fit 49 people into the Rolls Royce Class here which was the largest Saturday Class we've ever had so far.


Southern California Rolls Royce Club at Meguiar's - July 10th, 2004 (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1806)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RollsRoyceatMeguiars1.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RollsRoyceSurfaceEvaluation1.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RollsRoyceSurfaceEvaluation2.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RollsRoyceSurfaceEvaluation3.jpg

The question came up, "Should a black car be waxed?", apparently one Rolls Royce owner with a black Rolls Royce was told by a car salesman that black cars should not be waxes?

Meguiar's believes that any car exposed to the outdoors, and especially a daily driver, should have a protective coating of wax applied three to four times a year to maintain and preserve the finish. Not only does a quality car wax protect the finish, but it also adds richness, gloss and beauty, and in the case of a fine car like a Rolls Royce, a beautiful finish showcases the exquisite design of these landmark automobiles.

Below we are taking a temperature reading on the hood of a black Rolls Royce, at approximately 9:30am, the temperature on this car was in the 120 degree to 130 degree range. Around the temperature can rise as high 140 degrees and even higher.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RollsRoyceSurfaceEvaluation4.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RollsRoyceSurfaceEvaluation5.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RollsRoyceSurfaceEvaluation7.jpg


Couldn't find a picture of this club while they were in the classroom... it was a big class though...


:)

Erik Mejia
Jan 28th, 2012, 04:24 AM
I miss the Neon Sign which read "Meguiar's" in that Garage.

Mike Phillips
Dec 31st, 2012, 08:33 AM
I miss the Neon Sign which read "Meguiar's" in that Garage.


Yeah those neon signs were pretty cool but they were easily broken.


This is the first thread on this forum even though it's thread #5 (Look at the URL Address)


Threads #1, #2, #3, and #4 were deleted when we were bringing the forum up because they said,


Test Post


:)

Mike Phillips
Jan 13th, 2014, 09:07 AM
Pretty cool....


10 year Anniversary....


http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?60639-MOL-10th-Anniversary-Celebration



http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/2212/MOL_10th_b2.jpg



:doublethumbsup2