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Old 05-26-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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Detailed: '04 screaming yellow EAP SVT zx3

So, this is what I've been waiting for... just me, the car and a large slew of detailing products! I just find a sense of zen and calmness when I get a chance to detail a car for the very first time, and for myself it's always a joyous and pleasurable learning experience.

I started "detailing" about 6 years back with my first car; an '02 Red Monte Carlo LS.I had been attending local car shows and was asking questions about what products to use and Nu Finish was used by someone I had chatted with. I used Nu Finish scratch doctor, some Nu Finish Polish and a cheap orbital we had lying around the garage. The results were quite astonishing for me at the time. I really enjoyed this new found "hobby" and it was always interesting the comments and compliments I would get on the car... I mean come on, it's just a base Monte Carlo!!!



Then in 2008, after working diligently for a couple years, I picked up a Ford Mustang GT Premium. I figured if I could get the Monte Carlo to look good, just imagine what a tricked out Grabber Orange Mustang would do!!!?







Over time, with each car I purchased, I would join another forum and with each forum, would come more knowledge and information on detailing and what products worked best. Granted the cars I purchased would be in quite astounding condition, or brand new, only needing very minor, minor work completed to get them looking even more phenomenal. It was around 2009 that I would really step up from the 20 dollar Black & Decker orbital I was using and pick up Griot's 3" and 6" random orbitals. What difference! At this time, I had moved up to using Megiuar's 105 and 205 combination in conjunction with S100 motorcycle wax and some glazes and wet waxes from "Wet Obsession".

I had traded in my lame-duck Monte Carlo LS for a supercharged version as a DD while my Mustang was in storage for the winters, and this is how it came out...




My 8k mile Honda Civic Si that I picked up on Aug. 22, 2010:


Just last summer, June the 6th to be exact, I purchased a Lancer Evolution IX. While browsing a local Evo forum I came across a gentleman who turned me on to Chemical Guys products. Now up until this point, I had still been using Meguriar's 105 & 205 on my daily driver's and using Zaino Bros. wax and polish on my Mustang. After use of the Chemical guys products just last year, I couldn't believe what a transformation it did.





So, just last month I returned to the Focus world after selling my '02 sonic blue SVTF last June.



My newly acquired screaming yellow '04 EAP SVTF is, as usual with the cars I choose, in pretty good condition. But with EVERY car I own, I couldn't wait to get my bag of tools and arsenal of tricks and really "get to work!"


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Old 05-26-2013, 03:44 PM   #2
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With my trusty tools in hand, I think I was ready to start the weekend! I had cleaned the car with some Eco-wash, a waterless wash product that has both a clay and a small amount of wax combined. I then clay barred various "rough parts" of the car using a clay bar and some "luber" lubricant. I then prepped the car with a pre-wax cleanser from Griot's. I could tell this car was taken care of, there were very minor swirl marks in it for being a 9yr old car. I decided I would use orange Lake Country pads and the FULL Chemical Guys V-series of polishes. I used only the most aggressive Extreme compound, V32 and a yellow pad, on the front bumper as this was the most "damaged" area. The rest of the car went through the rest of the series; Hybrid compound- V34, Cutting polish- V36, and then optical grade final polish V38 with a blue pad. The whole process was quite time consuming, taking about a day and a half... or 12 hours... give or take.










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I used the 6" orbital on the larger portions of the car and the 3" on the smaller portions, like the front & rear bumpers and the A-pillars. When I was done compounding and polishing with the V-series products, I hit the car with 2 layers of JetSeal 109 to prevent any fading. I used this on the paint, the trim and the headlights and taillights. I then went with alternating layers of Zaino's Z-5 "world's best car polish" and Z-2 "show car polish". I also used Zaino's window polish on all the windows... I don't have a glass polishing pad as of yet, so I just put it on by hand. The TPO plastic front lip, front grille and rear grille got 1Z Einzett deep plastic cleaner. The wheels got cleaned with Sonax wheel cleaner and fine brush. The tires got a dousing of G6 Hyper Coat for that matte black look. After all that I was finally ready to inspect it!


















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For the inside I again used 1Z Einzett's deep plastic cleaner on all the plastic pieces of the interior then switched over to 1Z Einzett's cockpit premium to give the interior that OEM matte look. I then finished it all off with some Chemical Guys InnerClean and some Fabric Guard for the carpets, floor mats and headliner.











The leather seats, brake handle, steering wheel and door card inserts I used Chemical Guy's leather cleaner fantastic results.








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Amazing results! I use Chemical Guys products on my SVT also. I do have a question though, why did you use the Zaino's polish after the JetSeal? Polishing over a sealant wouldn't do anything unless it removed the sealant, right? And you already polished used the V-polishes before.
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Normally I would use my Lava wax after the JetSeal109... but I like the protection of the Zaino... The Zaino Z2 and Z5 may be "polishes" but they don't have any abrasions in them and are more or less just another wax or sealant, giving me yet more protection, which is what I want because the car will spend a great deal outside this summer.
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how much would it cost me to send my car to you for a weekend? you are pretty close, lol. cars look fantastic, makes me want to try my hand at it, or just start throwing my money at you. like I said, cars look great man
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Wow! Its looks amazing! You have an awesome hobby!

I have always wanted to get into detailing but clueless where to start.

Any chance you have time to itemize(checklist) the materials you used?
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also, do you ever use meguiars products at all? they seem to have kits online with everything thrown together that a guy like me is all over, but i'd love to know what your recommend more, unless meguiars is a decent product for a guy who isn't as hardcore about it
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I would be interested in trying it out as a side business, but it's difficult where I am to get people to pay me for both my time and the products I use... It's not a 50 dollar wash & wax.

The best place to start is hit the AutoGeek and Detailer's Domain forums. I've been hitting every detailing section of the car forums I can... I own a Mitsubishi, Ford, Honda, VW and owned GM in the past. It takes a GREAT deal of both patience and time. It's a true trial & error system. But like all of us who really enjoy cars, passion is the #1 key. You have to really respect your car and be able to see its potential... and then find the means to exploit that potential.

If I can get some more time, I'd love to do a bigger thread on the "how-to's" that I do... but it's different every time. Every car has a different process and is in a different state when I get to it. And of course, when you're doing different makes and models of cars, that comes in to play as well. I'm FAR from calling myself a "detailer"... I'm learning more and more every time I detail a car and every time I log onto the forums... because it's the internet, there's a LOT out there.
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