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02-11-2013 07:18 AM
HCAutoDetail Nicely done Dave! It's good to meet another "true" detailer in Virginia. It would have driven me nuts to do all that work and have to take photo's of that car with black rims. Argh! What a shame. Paint looks awesome though. I'm impressed with your camera skills too.
02-05-2013 05:31 PM
Twenty
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Originally Posted by Dave@TLC View Post
Thanks! Dealership "detailers" can really wreak havoc on paint, and make it necessary to buff even brand new cars.
Careful now.
Quite often we have to deal with damage done in transit.

I do enjoy the look of flawless fresh paint. Mmm.
02-05-2013 05:14 PM
thejordan
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Originally Posted by Dave@TLC View Post
Thanks! Looks like you did a great job on yours as well! I haven't tried 22PLE since I've been so happy with Opti-Guard and Cquartz Finest, but I've heard great things!
From what I can tell, side-by-side comparisons yield a glossier "wet" finish on darker cars with 22PLE compared to the opti-coat. I'm sure it's negligible on lighter/brighter paints.

I believe optiguard is coming out with a wheel coating too?
02-05-2013 04:37 PM
Dave@TLC
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Originally Posted by old1030 View Post
Nice work, the before and after photos are a huge difference.

I have a question when using an orbital buffer, how much pressure do you apply? Also do you recommend applying the polish to the pad or onto the vehicle?
Thanks! I used a dual action buffer, with light pressure. It's a RupesLHF21 which is very powerful due to it's longer stroke, so it doesn't require a lot of pressure like traditional DA buffers. As for the polish, with a DA buffer I always apply it to the pad, and when I use a rotary buffer I apply it to the paint and "pick it up" with the pad.
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Hey Dave, nice job!

I just did a 1 stage polish and used 22PLE glass coating on mine. So shiny!

These coatings definitely live up to their potential, I can attest.

After some rain, I went to wash the car and most of the dirt had already slid off, not to mention the car basically dried itself.

The 22PLE takes 5 days to cure, so a week later I added some Chemical Guys Black wax.

Car had 200 miles on the odo at the time:
Thanks! Looks like you did a great job on yours as well! I haven't tried 22PLE since I've been so happy with Opti-Guard and Cquartz Finest, but I've heard great things!

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Originally Posted by gsxrboy View Post
Awesome write up, thanks for posting.
Thank you! Happy to share!
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I've seen so much holograming from dealerships it isn't even funny. And they say it is how it's supposed to be Fixed a friends car and we drove to the dealership to show them how it's actually supposed to be and he got his money back for the "detail". The guy was pissed that someone who is self taught and just starting out did a better job then he did. Apparently he was actually a detailer they have come in. Not a tech who knows a thing or two about detailing like most dealerships.
Yep, same here. The problem is some people's egos don't allow them to continue to learn their craft. I learn something new just about every day in regards to detailing and I have no problem admitting that. Glad you guys were able to get your friends call looking right!
02-05-2013 02:29 PM
xxMichaelAnthony
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Originally Posted by Dave@TLC View Post
Thanks! Dealership "detailers" can really wreak havoc on paint, and make it necessary to buff even brand new cars.
I've seen so much holograming from dealerships it isn't even funny. And they say it is how it's supposed to be Fixed a friends car and we drove to the dealership to show them how it's actually supposed to be and he got his money back for the "detail". The guy was pissed that someone who is self taught and just starting out did a better job then he did. Apparently he was actually a detailer they have come in. Not a tech who knows a thing or two about detailing like most dealerships.
02-05-2013 01:25 PM
gsxrboy Awesome write up, thanks for posting.
02-05-2013 01:03 PM
thejordan Hey Dave, nice job!

I just did a 1 stage polish and used 22PLE glass coating on mine. So shiny!

These coatings definitely live up to their potential, I can attest.

After some rain, I went to wash the car and most of the dirt had already slid off, not to mention the car basically dried itself.

The 22PLE takes 5 days to cure, so a week later I added some Chemical Guys Black wax.

Car had 200 miles on the odo at the time:
02-05-2013 11:01 AM
Black00ZX3 Nice work, the before and after photos are a huge difference.

I have a question when using an orbital buffer, how much pressure do you apply? Also do you recommend applying the polish to the pad or onto the vehicle?
02-05-2013 07:32 AM
Dave@TLC
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Originally Posted by sam fisher View Post
Looks great , nice write up!
Thank you!
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Originally Posted by calebstubstad View Post
what's the routine you used to get the swirls out? they cover my entire car, and it's a project I want to tackle this summer. atleast the hood, where it's awful
On this vehicle we use a Rupes Dual Action buffer along with Menzerna 106fa polish. There are ton's of polishes, buffers, and pads on the market. If you plan to try it by hand I would recommend heading to your local auto parts store and grabbing Meguiars Ultimate Compound, and Meguiars Ultimate polish. Add a couple applicators and quality towels you you can get pretty good results if you spend a good bit of time working on it. You could also get a beginners dual action buffer kit for about $200 with everything you would need.
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So i just googled opti-guard, since I have not heard of it before. Does it really work as claimed?...lifetime paint protection? Its a bit pricey. If installed over paint with swirl marks, are the swirl marks there forever?
Opti-Guard does live up to all of it's claims. I've been testing it on my wife's car for 6 years now and it works just like the day I applied it. The key it to have someone apply it who has lots of experience with it since it can be a little tricky to apply properly. It can be removed by buffing it off, so if you apply it over swirls you would have to buff the Opti-Guard off before you could correct the swirls.

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Originally Posted by xxMichaelAnthony View Post
Even new cars need a little work! Looks damn good. I would love to go over this colour.
Thanks! Dealership "detailers" can really wreak havoc on paint, and make it necessary to buff even brand new cars.
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Originally Posted by gerryyy View Post
You are in VA and it looks like you've got snow tires on your ST. Really?
The customer who owned this car decided to since we do get a little bit of snow and the car came equipped with summer only tires.
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Originally Posted by gonefhsn View Post
The tires that come on the ST are Summer only. So it is better safe then sorry.
02-05-2013 07:06 AM
gonefhsn The tires that come on the ST are Summer only. So it is better safe then sorry.
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