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Vew 04-10-2008 12:25 AM

Spring Detailing
 
I figure this will serve as a good time to reminder to take care of your car seeing Spring is here. After all, April is car care month. I do a full two day detail about twice a year which takes me anywhere from 7 to 12 hours of work depending on how I've kept the car. What is the difference between washing/cleaning the car and detailing one? Exactly as the name suggests - attention to detail. Here I've listed what I do and what I use, but there are many methods and products out there. autopia.org is a good resource if you find yourself interested in the art of detailing.

This is what I've done in this order.
Clean the tires - I use Westley's Bleach White. This stuff is pretty harsh, so follow the directions and warning on the bottle.
Clean the rims with car wash soap - I use Meguires Gold Class
Wash the car - Dawns Dish Soap (this is to strip the wax), normally I'd use a car wash soap
Dry the car - careful on what towels you use, many and especially a dirty towel will scratch the paint
Clay Bar - Meguires Quick Detailer with Sonus Fine Detailing clay, many retailer sells kits now
Mask all trim. I do this step to avoid hassle later after polishing.
PC dual action buffer with 1Z Paint Polish
Quick Detail to remove polish dust - Meguires Quick Detailer
Sealent - Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze, this stuff is pretty cool. It's basically an acrylic sealant that lasts several months and give the car a very high gloss shine
Wax - P21S, one of the best carnuba waxes for the price.
Remove masking tape.
Clean trim - everything unpainted plastic and flat black. I use Mr Clean Magic Eraser.
Light Quick detail again - usually the previous step causes a gross mess on the freshly waxed paint
Trim Dressing - Black WOW, you can substitute with Mothers Back to Black since it's a hard to find product
Windows - Invisible Glass
Clear plastic (headlights, tail lights, center caps- BBS) - Plexus Plastic Polish
Tire Dressing - Armor All Tire Gel

I didn't mention a few things since it's up to your disgression, but I did do other things like remove the molding around the rear quarter panel, clean off the mud in it, and soak it in 303 Aerospace Protectant. I also removed my hoodscoop and treated the very faded 'fangs' with Forever Black.

Here are some of the photos. I didn't take many. Here's about ten and a half hours of work. Keep in mind my car is daily driven in city and interstate, endures all of winter, and it's wonderful salt.

[img]http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g299/Vew82/CIMG1819.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g299/Vew82/CIMG1820.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g299/Vew82/CIMG1821.jpg[/img]

in this photo, you can see all the damage my front end has endured.
[img]http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g299/Vew82/CIMG1822.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g299/Vew82/CIMG1817.jpg[/img]

nagyhead 04-10-2008 09:14 AM

you must not have a women in your life!!, because you have alot of time to spend on your car. I.ve said it before, you have the cleanest car in the world

zmanoside 04-10-2008 09:52 AM

You missed a spot!

nagyhead 04-10-2008 02:19 PM

how do you not have any door dings? I sware I'll park 2 miles away from the grocery store, and i'll come back out and there will be a car 2 inches from my door, and a complmentry door ding.


BTW that yellow dot on the tire is supposed to line up with tha valve stem for optimal balancing.

02wrxnfx 04-10-2008 02:39 PM

[QUOTE=nagyhead;192296]how do you not have any door dings? I sware I'll park 2 miles away from the grocery store, and i'll come back out and there will be a car 2 inches from my door, and a complmentry door ding.


BTW that yellow dot on the tire is supposed to line up with tha valve stem for optimal balancing.[/QUOTE]

ive gotten so many dings and dents in the 2 years ive had my car. someone needs to invent some sort of forcefield that turns on when you tunr on your alarm.
its alway a old lady with a 1970 something buick with 50 pound door that wants to park by me.

Vew 04-10-2008 04:57 PM

[QUOTE=nagyhead;192296]how do you not have any door dings? I sware I'll park 2 miles away from the grocery store, and i'll come back out and there will be a car 2 inches from my door, and a complmentry door ding.


BTW that yellow dot on the tire is supposed to line up with tha valve stem for optimal balancing.[/QUOTE]

Learn something new everyday. I do have door dings. I just didn't show them. A large one in the crease of my door rear passenger side, large but not deep one on my front passenger fender, and a small one on my front passenger door - lower. One small dent, acorn sized passenger by my scoop, and a dent from a rock on my front hood. Also have very very very very small subtle dents that only I can notice through out, less than a handful.

I'm very careful where I park, and I know every dent, scratch, nick, and scrape in her. Not bad for a car 4 years old, daily driven I suppose.

02wrxnfx 04-11-2008 05:57 AM

why is it that we all know where each and every blemish is on our car?
i geuss is a mild case of good ol fashioned ocd

Automatic 04-11-2008 06:46 AM

omg in the past week i have got 2 somewhat deep dings
this angers me alot
one on the frame behind the right door (idk how this happened unless a very high truck door hit it) and one on back left side on the trunk

im thinking about dishing the money out to get all my dings taken out
i have 8 now 5 pretty minor ones most people dont even see... but i do

nagyhead 04-11-2008 10:25 AM

you can get this product i've seen them on car before. [url=http://www.doordefender.com/howtoo.html]How To Install the Doordefender magnetic car door guards & truck door guards[/url]

sleepr 04-11-2008 02:01 PM

[QUOTE=02wrxnfx;192414]why is it that we all know where each and every blemish is on our car?
i geuss is a mild case of good ol fashioned ocd[/QUOTE]

because we have good taste and appreciate looking at things that are sexy :D

Vew 04-11-2008 04:59 PM

[QUOTE=nagyhead;192446]you can get this product i've seen them on car before. [url=http://www.doordefender.com/howtoo.html]How To Install the Doordefender magnetic car door guards & truck door guards[/url][/QUOTE]

omg, awesome

02wrxnfx 04-11-2008 06:04 PM

[QUOTE=nagyhead;192446]you can get this product i've seen them on car before. [url=http://www.doordefender.com/howtoo.html]How To Install the Doordefender magnetic car door guards & truck door guards[/url][/QUOTE]

i was thinking something more sci fi, you know, something that runs on nuclear energy thats produced in a small reactor mounted in the trunk. it can also be used as a tractor beam. oooh dont forget the built in proton laser in the foglight housing.

the ss subieprise

02wrxnfx 04-11-2008 06:06 PM

stardate 4.11.08
captains log,
i have way to much free time since i got laid off work. lol

jwtarbaj 04-12-2008 09:56 AM

This stuff is great for your wheels [url=http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/americanracing/wheel_wax.jsp]American Racing Wheel Wax[/url]

This stuff really works. I wax when I switch from winter to summer and vice versa. Keeps the dust from sticking and makes cleaning the wheels a simple wipe up job.

Other products for black trim: Black magic, Blackjack there are a lot of em out there.

Vew 04-10-2012 08:38 AM

Back from the dead. Free tire shine! Expires the 15th of this month. Let's see some clean subies!

[url]http://www.blackmagicshine.com/docs/MB0029_RBAT%20BM%20New%20SKUs-April.pdf[/url]


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