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    Mosca's mid-season detail class results!

    I love working on Miatas.

    First, they're small, so you can do lots of them; they're like eating wings. Second, they have very little trim and only two doors, so all you have to tape are the hood and trunk seams. Third, the paint is nice and soft, so even when you;re working on a badly swirled car you're going to get good quick results. And Fourth, the curves are so beautiful, when they shine they pick up all sorts of fantastic reflections!

    I had six friends show up for our mid-season detail day, all guys who had missed the big class we had this spring with Rod Kraft. We spent a lot of time learning clay/polish/wax with the G-100, W-8006 and M-80; I put a serious dent in my gallon jug of Speed Glaze!

    I have really come to love Speed Glaze. It does a great job of taking the finish from badly damaged to maximum potential with no switching of pads and products. And it is a product that someone who has never used a D/A polisher can get the hang of almost intuitively.

    Four of the guys had never seen a G-100 before, so the three of us who knew how to work with them gave the other guys some basic knowledge (don't turn it on until it's on the paint, move the tool slowly, push hard but not too hard, etc).... I think we made some converts!

    Here are some results photos. First, some before and afters of Dan and Angela's '94. This is two passes with M-80 and a W-8006 on speed 5, following the procedures in Mike's video, and finished up with Gold Class liquid wax. I know NXT and M-21 are Da Bomb, but GC is still a great wax for bringing out vivid colors on dark cars. This car had some nicks and scratches, a mixture of original single stage and clearcoat repaint, and bird damage that was beyond our tools' ability to correct. When you get that, the best course is to make the overall picture so vibrant that the details are not noticed. I think we achueved our goal.



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    And here are some results photos of some of the other cars.

    BobD's black '97: another daily driver with lots of nicks and acid rain damage. Again, we stay goal-oriented. We could probably get a lot of that stuff out, but the danger of making the paint too thin on a 10 year old car is too great. So we'll get the swirls out and polish it up so much no one notices the other stuff! This car is finished with #26, another great choice for dark colors:











    Next, Evan's '04 Mazdaspeed in Velocity Red. Another daily driver, with some minor pitting, some stone chips, and worst of all, it's parked under a tree! This car was rough, but it cleaned up nicely. Because of where it is parked, we used #21 to protect this baby. See what I mean about the cueves of the car throwing mad light everywhere!






    As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seemed that way.

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    awesome job mosca!

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    And here are DaveT's and Bill's cars; Dave has a couple years of G-100 experience and Bill's done a couple cars now.

    DaveT's '94 is Montego Blue; depending on where you stand, it's either light green or dark blue. It's a high miler, closer to 200K than 100K, and it gets hammered pretty badly from his 100 mile a day interstate commute. But if you use the tools, "maximum potential" can be a lot closer and a lot higher than you think. Dave's an NXThead...







    And Bill's '02, well, this car is nice, a low-mileage fun car, the only low miler in the bunch. This car we also finished with NXT:






    My message is this: your car doesn't have to be a low-mileage garage queen to stand tall! Simple tools with common sense procedures will produce maximum potential in many circumstances. In each case, I showed the new users the basics and then let them have at it themselves, and the happy faces at the end were a reflection of theis pride and sense of accomplishment!



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    Nice work Tom! Yes, the Miata does have soft paint - I treat my '99 Emerald Mica Miata the same way I do my '04 Graphite Metallic PT Cruiser (they sit side by side in the garage) and the Miata gets swirls in the finish soooo easily while the PT stays almost perfect. Really frustrating, but there it is.

    Almost time for another run with the DA I suppose......and a couple coats of #16. Emerald Mica looks great with #16!!
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    Originally posted by Mike-in-Orange
    Nice work Tom! Yes, the Miata does have soft paint - I treat my '99 Emerald Mica Miata the same way I do my '04 Graphite Metallic PT Cruiser (they sit side by side in the garage) and the Miata gets swirls in the finish soooo easily while the PT stays almost perfect. Really frustrating, but there it is.

    Almost time for another run with the DA I suppose......and a couple coats of #16. Emerald Mica looks great with #16!!

    The rewarding part of that soft paint is that first-timers get the kind of results that **** them right in! BobD did an awesome job on his black Miata, and was talking about applying what he learned to his other car at home. In each case, the car's owner took a couple minutes of explanation and then had at it on their own. The only problem I saw was a tendency to use too much product, but #80 is pretty forgiving in that way (not like #83, for example).

    One amazing transformation that isn't pictured is JimB's silver '99, he had to leave early. We could really see the car come alive panel by panel. It didn't look bad before we started, but once one panel was done it looked like the rest of the car was dingy! That car absolutely GLOWED when it was done.


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    Nice work Tom,

    Miatas are easy to work on cars, small, hardly any body lines, usually good quality paint that's very polishable. We've had 2, 3, maybe 4 clinics here at our Corporate office and the results from our before and after demonstrations tend to blow the owners away. Best of all is that Miata owners, like Mini Cooper owners and other sports cars groups, tend to be on the highly passionate side of the spectrum when it comes to detailing their cars.

    Thanks for taking the time to hold these events and coordinate the larger events with our very own Rod Kraft for the benefit of your club members as well as Meguiar's. We thank you!
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