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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:21 am 
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So yesterday I decided to try my hand at detailing my car. I've polished cars before and experimented with wax but id never really say that i've really tried to "detail" a car before, was more of just keeping it clean and trying things out without reading up about it.
I had been scowering the internet for days prior to making my decision on what wax/polish/shampoo's to use and watching videos and reading forums on techniques and tips and finally made my decision based on friends reccomendations, google and the various forums.

I will also add that i was using a Meguiars DA that a friend had lent me and for anyone that has never used a DA before (like myself) they are really friendly to use and the few small scuff marks that i had on my car are now pretty much none existant. I only used the Menzerna polish to remove scuffs as i wasnt 100% confident to start cutting too much to get the deeper scuff marks and didnt want to potentially damage the paintwork for something that unless i pointed it out i dont think people would ever see.

So yesterday i set about starting to detail the car. Against the clock as it had forecast rain all day and it seemed to be trying to rain aswell however luckily it held out for most of the day. I began with a wash using the 2 bucket method, then I clayed the whole car (this was actually really enjoyable as i could physically see the tar spots being removed) After this i set about with the DA and the Menzerna FF polish. Until the enevetable happened whilst i was waxing the car and it hammered it down! Luckily i only had the boot and one side left to wax so i went inside. waited for the rain to stop then went out to finish off after the rain passed. I plan on putting another layer of wax on today at some point :)

The products and order that i used them were as follows;

Meguiars Gold Class Shampoo
3M Blue Claybar
Meguiars Hot Wheels
Menzerna 3500 FF Polish
Autoglym HD Wax

These are the results...

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Any feedback is welcome. I'm fairly happy with the way it has turned out though! :D

Nige.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:29 am 
First up....Welcome along to the CYC Forum. :D

You did a cracking job there.

Vag paint is notorously hard, and polishing with a Final Finish polish using a DA must have been time consuming...but soooooo worth it :cool:


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:34 am 
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Well i started at around 9am and I was finishing off the polishing at around 4pm roughly. But that includes the wash and clay process also. I didn't stop for lunch or anything so make of that what you will haha i'm not sure if thats a long time or quite quick as it's my first go :?
I'm a little worried that i may have not worked all the polish in correctly, but i tried to keep going until the polish was almost none existant on the car whilst using the DA before buffing off. We will see when i get out there with a torch and check for swirl marks [-o<


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:18 pm 
Welcome along from me too.

Nice work =D>


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:11 pm 
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I'm a little worried that i may have not worked all the polish in correctly


I don't believe that this was the issue... more due to the abrasive level of the polish and the really hard paint. The polish you used was a final finishing polish and generally is used after the clearcoat has been 'smoothed' out by a heavier cut of polish. Think of your paintwork as a piece of semi-sanded hardwood.....polishing it with fine sandpaper will take forever and a day to smooth it out. Whereas, using a coarser paper will smooth out the grain and then switch to the finer abrasive to get the surface ultra-smooth.

A DA doesn't have the focused cutting ability of a Rotary, and so you may need to apply a little more pressure onto the pad, increase the firmness of the pad itself and increase the cutting abrasive level of the polish.

Scholl S17+ polish (starts off with a P1500 cut for about 30 seconds and then starts to gradually refine down to P5000) on a Scholl White Spider Sandwich pad, using the DA will make this intial polishing so much easier and then revert back to the menz final finish.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:02 pm 
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That's good to hear then, upon further inspection today the paint looks fine so maybee i was just being abit of a worrier! :roll:
Cheers for the comments guys. Just got to try and keep it clean now [-o<


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:06 pm 
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Looking good!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:36 pm 
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Scirocco's looking nice & :cool:

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