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Old 01-05-2014, 05:03 PM   #11
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I sent you a pm with some info but basically for over the counter meguiars is some of the best you can buy.
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First, clay is the way. Just drag your finger across the dry surface of the car. Does it feel like your finger is sliding across glass? No? Then the surface is dirty, and a clay job is needed. Neither cleaners, polishes nor waxes will remove pollution and acid rain. Clay will and it do NOT damage the surface. Like others on here, I like Maguire's clay bar kit. About $17-20.00. Contains 2 bars and detailing spray. One bar will easily do the Focus.
TIP FROM ANOTHER FOCUS MEMBER: cut the bar in half, before you start

2. Suggest you check out "Griotsgarage.com". (I have NO financial interest in the company) Short of working one on one with an auto detailer, this site will walk you through each step of detailing with on line videos and tutorials. You will learn when to do what, as well as the difference between waxes, polishes, sealants, glazes, etc.

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Thanks for all the great advice guys think I'll clay bar first for sure. I have to do some more research but I'll probably seal then wax. Now all I need to do is wait for a heat wave. :)
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The single most important thing you can invest in and learn to do properly is a two-bucket wash, and make sure you have grit guards. Even though it sounds basic, if you don't do this one thing correctly then you will waste your time by doing any paint correction as you will just re-scratch your paint afterwards.

It's winter, so I would just drive the car normally and use touchless car washes while you do your research and gather your supplies. Figure out your level of commitment and go from there. Flawless paint is a commitment-both financially and in regards to your time. Don't waste your money on products that you won't use.

The only Meguiars I use is their M105/205 compounds. I'm not saying anything else is bad, but if you use those two correctly after a clay bar then your shine will be optimal regardless of what you put on afterwards.

Watch some of the Junkman's YouTube videos. Clay, cut, polish, seal, wax. Then wash correctly-each and every time-and reseal/wax as required.

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