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post #121 of 341
I detailed my cars a few weeks ago. I used Meguiars three step process consisting of 1) cleaning, 2) polishing, and 3) waxing. I applied two coats of wax. I used microfiber towels in steps 1 and 2, and used a buffer for wax removal in step 3. The cars turned out well.
post #122 of 341
Are micro fiber sponges ok to use? Whats best?I am just trying to not start any bad habits.
post #123 of 341
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Are micro fiber sponges ok to use? Whats best?I am just trying to not start any bad habits.
Sure, they work really well. I've become a big fan of microfiber.
post #124 of 341
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Are micro fiber sponges ok to use? Whats best?I am just trying to not start any bad habits.

No, they tend to micro-marr the finish. I like sheepskin mitts the best and chenille mitts work well.
post #125 of 341
I like microfiber on clean surfaces. I use them to remove wax or I keep them in the car for wiping down my windows.

For washing sheepskin seems to be the way to go. Sheepskin is very soft and fluffy and will tend to pull dirt away from the car. Any sponge wether natural, microfiber or whatever keeps the dirt on the surface and rubs it into the paint.

Just to prove it to you take a sponge and wipe it across a dirty car, you can clearly see almost all the dirt sitting there in the surface of the sponge. Do the same with a sheep skin and it's as if it pulls it into the and away from the car.

Obviously you need to keep your sheepskin very clean so a extra bucket of water to rinse it often is something you also want to do.
post #126 of 341
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Obviously you need to keep your sheepskin very clean so a extra bucket of water to rinse it often is something you also want to do.

That helps. Also recommended is a wash bucket with a "grit guard" on the bottom of the pale which traps dirt.
post #127 of 341
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That helps. Also recommended is a wash bucket with a "grit guard" on the bottom of the pale which traps dirt.

Well yeah thats what I meant. Not sure how much the grit gaurd really does though. I get lazy and don't always use them.
post #128 of 341
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I like microfiber on clean surfaces. I use them to remove wax or I keep them in the car for wiping down my windows.

For washing sheepskin seems to be the way to go. Sheepskin is very soft and fluffy and will tend to pull dirt away from the car. Any sponge wether natural, microfiber or whatever keeps the dirt on the surface and rubs it into the paint.

Just to prove it to you take a sponge and wipe it across a dirty car, you can clearly see almost all the dirt sitting there in the surface of the sponge. Do the same with a sheep skin and it's as if it pulls it into the and away from the car.

Obviously you need to keep your sheepskin very clean so a extra bucket of water to rinse it often is something you also want to do.
This is good to know, thanks. I now may change my method.
post #129 of 341
a friend who is into detailing showed me this video the other day on paul dalton...pretty cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNAmZPgcBzU
post #130 of 341
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I got the starter kit from Detailers Paradise. It seems to do a good job from what I can tell. I've been lazy about my car lately and it desperately needs another wash.

What is the best way to clean the waffle and microfiber towels?
post #131 of 341
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I got the starter kit from Detailers Paradise. It seems to do a good job from what I can tell. I've been lazy about my car lately and it desperately needs another wash.

What is the best way to clean the waffle and microfiber towels?

I buy Micro Restore in gallon sizes from www.properautocare.com

The Prima line from DP is pretty good.
post #132 of 341
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Originally Posted by tiecollector View Post
I got the starter kit from Detailers Paradise. It seems to do a good job from what I can tell. I've been lazy about my car lately and it desperately needs another wash.

What is the best way to clean the waffle and microfiber towels?

Wash microfiber all by itself with nothing other than mf in the wash with liquid detergent and no fabric softener. When they lose their absorbancy every few washes add a half cup of distilled white vinegar which will restore their softness as well. Dry on low heat and don't dry thoroughly you don't want to felt the fiber.
post #133 of 341
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In my experience, you only want to apply wax by hand. A rotary is too powerful for this by a long shot and I find a PC (orbital) is overkill. A quality wax will be easy to apply and easy to remove after hazing.

Here are my favorite carnaubas:

1. Pinnacle Souveran (the best I have ever used and a relative bargain among pricey waxes)
2. P21S (especially great on silver cars like mine)
3. Poorboy's Natty's (fine wax)

Avoid Collinite, Meguiars, Mothers (not horrible but average). They look okay but for the same money you can do better. Zymol waxes are okay but far pricey relative to the actual quality. I have all the estate glazes even the stuff that sells for $1K+. Souveran kicks their butt.

Now, what about sealants? This is a good option if you don't want to wax every 3 months (few carnaubas last past 1.5-2 months).

Sealants I like are:

1. Zaino (the best their is and what I use on my car and my wife's car.
2. 1Z, a great line from Germany
3. Klasse AIO (acrylic sealant with nice gloss...get the old formula and don't use the SG topper which sucks, use a carnauba)

Hope this helps.

Where do you find all this stuff? I hate to admit it, but I am pretty lazy when it comes to my car. Three quarters of the time, I bring it to a hand wash place (not sure if you are familiar with Snobb County, but used to go to the Avril place on Johnson Ferry Road near Dunkin Donuts), and the other 1/4 of the time I use Ice car wash and Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax.
post #134 of 341
Most of this stuff is mail order - see the links I posted above. The chemicals found in the stores are not state of the art, the Turtle Wax products are especially bad. The Megs waxes are terrible. Avril does an okay job but nothing near the quality of a professional detailer. Gnatty, let me know if you want some samples of the Zaino products to try. What kind of car paint (car model, color, metallic or not, etc.) do you have? I could create some recommendations, even help you polish the finish if you want.
post #135 of 341
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Originally Posted by jet View Post
Wash microfiber all by itself with nothing other than mf in the wash with liquid detergent and no fabric softener. When they lose their absorbancy every few washes add a half cup of distilled white vinegar which will restore their softness as well. Dry on low heat and don't dry thoroughly you don't want to felt the fiber.

I don't find the vinegar wash trick to work very well. You spend just as little on MicroRestore and I find it cleans better. YMMV.
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