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Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:20 am 
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These tips are awesome... any tips on drying little edges? like where water seaps out, and then leaves water marks? like side mirrors, and fuel door, and doors themselves...?

The only annoying thing I find about cleaning my car, is that I get it all nice and clean and it either rains, or my washer jets release a bit of water by themselves (it leaks out), leaving water marks... annoying.


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Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:10 pm 
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:O Didn't think there'd be so much to cleaning a car l0l

 

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Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:34 pm 
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Liam~EF 95 wrote:
:O Didn't think there'd be so much to cleaning a car l0l

You've obviously never tried to get your car to look perfect..

Id also like to find a way to get the small amounts of water out of those places you cant see them, the only way ive got so far is to open/close each door 2or3 times, open bonnet for min or 2, open boot for a min also, open fuel door or run a absorbant clth in the gap untill dry..

I feel your pain when you put the effort in only to see the car looking all water marked 5min later! :cry:

 

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Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:47 pm 
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Didn't think there'd be so much to cleaning a car l0l


Yeah i personally think keeping your car clean and shiney as possible is the best thing you can do. Shows what kind of car owner you really are!

 

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Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 12:58 am 
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Guys - do you have an air compressor or blower vac handy

Open fuel doors, etc and blast the high pressure air into the area and then wipe up any left over marks
Know what you mean with water jets, I never use mine as I don't need to and lots of cars have high mineral content water in the reservoir which when used, leaves water spots and if not removed in time, can etch the clearcoat requiring machine buffing to remove

These tips are just the start, thousands more I will list in time
Anyone's car can be a DREAM MACHINE, it just takes dedication
You can refinish your car quickly by spending heaps of time every weekend or take as long as you want to.

If you drive your sweet ride every day, make it good policy to carry a bottle of quick detail spray, a couple microfibre cloths and protectant in the boot or glove box
This way you can fix any bugs, bird droppings, water marks etc

 

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Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 6:35 pm 
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i get a little confused with the best way to finish off the paint job. how would i undertake waxing and finishing the car, buffing etc, to get that mirror finish :)
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Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:48 pm 
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Have you ever used an orbital or rotary buffer - that's what you may need to get that mirror finish

By hand I recommend washing, claying (during wash for faster result), using either a paint cleanser, swirl mark remover or polish and then enhance the paint (especially dark colours) with a paint glaze (clearkote vanilla moose, farecla black top or 3M Imperial hand glaze) and then sealing with a polymer, super polymer or acrylic sealant and for that really wet look. finish off with a pure paste wax such as meguiars, mothers etc
It's my belief that there are better alternatives but those two are the best off the shelf brands

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2005 11:56 pm 
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thanks for that dude....i think im gunna have to get my grandfathers old buffer out and give it a whirl....se what i can come up with. Ur a legend
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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:04 am 
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Thanks mate, appreciate the kind words

Check the buffer and see what the starting speed is and get back to me
Don't use wool pads on modern cars.

If you need any products to refinish the car, especially the acrylic sealant, PM me

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 7:43 pm 
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what pads should you ask for as every whear i go they only have two types, one is an applicator and the other is a pure wool buffing pad.
any help

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:03 am 
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Edge classic and 2000 foam buffing pads are the best I have come across
There is black yellow,green, blue and white pads and that's the order that you can use them
Black is heavy cut, yellow is medium cut and from green onwards they are all polishing & final finishing pads

3M waffle pads in black and white, white is cutting) are also good pads along with Lake Country and Sonus SFX

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:23 am 
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Daniel wrote:
Liam~EF 95 wrote:
:O Didn't think there'd be so much to cleaning a car l0l

You've obviously never tried to get your car to look perfect..


oh nah I wanna keep my car in as good condition as possible. I just got my car today and I've just been learning from the forums before I got it :)

Btw thanks for the great tips :wink:

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:29 am 
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Well you have come to the right place
Another place that will help you is bettercarcare.com

Lots of helpful articles there
I'll add another tip tonight or tomorrow, been real busy this week

 

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Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 8:44 pm 
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Here's some more tips for you

http://www.fordforums.com.au/vbportal/m ... me=Content

Any probs or queries, PM me anytime and even speak to me via either of my two phone numbers

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Putting an end to the belief that car detailing is really hard work.

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:03 pm 
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what's this clay that you described? I went to that bettercarcare.com site and they talked about it too, but I can't find any places that stock it.

Do you know retailers that stock it, and if so what brands do I look for?

btw, great thread with awesome tips
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