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#1 Old 04-10-2008, 12:25 AM
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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.







in this photo, you can see all the damage my front end has endured.



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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

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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.

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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.
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.
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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.
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.

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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
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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
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you can get this product i've seen them on car before. How To Install the Doordefender magnetic car door guards & truck door guards

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

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you can get this product i've seen them on car before. How To Install the Doordefender magnetic car door guards & truck door guards
omg, awesome

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you can get this product i've seen them on car before. How To Install the Doordefender magnetic car door guards & truck door guards
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.

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i have way to much free time since i got laid off work. lol
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This stuff is great for your wheels American Racing Wheel Wax

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

http://www.blackmagicshine.com/docs/...SKUs-April.pdf

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