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Don't mind a bit of polishing. .

If you want results like this: (from a car with heavy scratches on it, especially the door handles)



Steps~ Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
]1.Take it to a self car wash, pressure wash thouroughly, doing the underbody and engine here couldn't hurt.

2.hand wash, then clay bar with water, wash with a bucket and soapy water. Rinse and chamois dry.

3. Buy some painters masking tape. Tape ALL the corners and trim pieces.

4. Use a cutting polish, hand polish is fine, but at this step a buffer comes into it's own.

5. Use a carnauba wax polish. Re do the whole car again with the softer polish.

6. Remove masking tape, hand polish all the corners carefully. Indicators and lights can get some love too.

7. Rub down the whole car with a soft cloth. To remove excess polish in all the grooves and leave a clean surface. You can then do a spray wax coat or another protective wax coat of your choice.

8. Clean your windows, then grab a cloth. Apply tire shine to all your black plastic trims, then your tires.

Voila! Your 4k turd looks a million dollars. bigstar[1].gif

Edited by Thrift Vader - 8/18/16 at 3:22am
post #24302 of 26345
While it still looks like the Transformers model, it's got a new chassis and is more sport/less meathead. I gotta say...me likey.

http://www.caranddriver.com/photo-gallery/2016-chevrolet-camaro-ss-manual-first-drive-review

"For a mainstream car, the level of chassis poise and sports-car-shaming capability is astounding."

I was also watching Head2Head on Netflix last night (great show btw), and in one ep they put this against the M4. Loved it. Hated the M4.
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M4 is slowwwwwww. .
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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post

Just go on the detailing forums. There are different levels of OCD.

For now, though, why not stop worrying about performance or looks and just enjoy the car?

Not worried about the performance at all right now! I just want to make the car look a bit nicer and clean it up a bit.
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In b4 ramuwrath
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

In b4 ramuwrath

Damnit, well done on using the eastern time zone to my pacific
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In after ramupacifism
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

In after ramupacifism

I've converted to zen car-bhudism.
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Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

Don't mind a bit of polishing. .

If you want results like this: (from a car with heavy scratches on it, especially the door handles)



Steps~ Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
]1.Take it to a self car wash, pressure wash thouroughly, doing the underbody and engine here couldn't hurt.

2.hand wash, then clay bar with water, wash with a bucket and soapy water. Rinse and chamois dry.

3. Buy some painters masking tape. Tape ALL the corners and trim pieces.

4. Use a cutting polish, hand polish is fine, but at this step a buffer comes into it's own.

5. Use a carnauba wax polish. Re do the whole car again with the softer polish.

6. Remove masking tape, hand polish all the corners carefully. Indicators and lights can get some love too.

7. Rub down the whole car with a soft cloth. To remove excess polish in all the grooves and leave a clean surface. You can then do a spray wax coat or another protective wax coat of your choice.

8. Clean your windows, then grab a cloth. Apply tire shine to all your black plastic trims, then your tires.

Voila! Your 4k turd looks a million dollars. bigstar[1].gif

All ready for this weekend: http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/events/pebble-beach-concours-elegance.html
Edited by ramuman - 8/18/16 at 7:34am
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http://arstechnica.com/cars/2016/08/tesla-model-s-france-battery-fire/
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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post


I've converted to zen car-bhudism.

Or this thread has put you into a catatonic state.

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For RTC:
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His voice is driving me crazy.

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I think I might have missed it, but is he trying to get his car SUPER CLEAN?

post #24315 of 26345
Some things I'd do differently from that guy in the vid :

  • Power washer is unnecessary as is the foam cannon. Just two bucket using a quality no BS car shampoo (or ONR since I recommend it throughout) with several microfiber sponges, straight line wiping it and rinsing often.
  • Use Optimum No Rinse (ONR) in a diluted solution in a spray bottle as the clay bar interface. It's also a great quick detailer spray.
  • Don't bother with sandpaper, will be too risky and can cause localized areas to look way different from the rest. Get a random orbit buffer, a backing plate, and correction pads (I like the microfiber cutting and polish pads). Use some correction cutting interface like Meguiars Ultimate (easy to use for beginners, won't dust up too bad, etc) and do the whole car. Tape off the corners, plastic and rubber buts, lights, etc.
  • Use an isopropyl alcohol solution to clean after steps rather than soapy water. Dries way faster and cuts away the oils and leftovers.
  • Use an all in one polish and sealant. Those auto detailing sites and forums have lots of quality options. This will polish out the fine scratches and leftovers from the cutting phase while also hardening into a sealant.
  • Final optional step is to wax with something long lasting like Collinite 845. Just a thin layer will last a month at least, mine did for 2.5 months and looked/performed great with a low cost.

After you go through all that, maintaining the finish should be done with Optimum No Rinse and the 2 bucket method. It will be way less harsh on your sealant and wax than other cleaning methods. If you do it semi-regularly you won't need to clean a lot of crud off and start over (at least the polish and sealant/wax steps, if not the cutting/correction step) again.

You can go way further down the rabbit hole here, I'm giving you something in between super OCD with top shelf products and spending hours and hours correcting and maintaining paint vs what that guys video explained.

Good luck and enjoy.
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