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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by daniel3507 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:38 pm

craigdt wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:26 pm
oooh, I love getting to show my mini fridge of waxes:

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I see someone stocked up on Megs #16. I have three cans of it and have been happy with it on white paint.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by craigdt » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:32 pm

daniel3507 wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:38 pm
craigdt wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:26 pm
oooh, I love getting to show my mini fridge of waxes:

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I see someone stocked up on Megs #16. I have three cans of it and have been happy with it on white paint.
Detailing was my hobby back when I was in college-i loved laying down a fresh coat of wax on my precious 2001 Malibu with white paint.

Don't have much time for it anymore, but my wife gets me a new wax for Christmas most years.

The #16 is great to play with.

I melted some down and poured it in an empty deodorant stick.

It was great for applying wax by machine.
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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by TroyScherer » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:45 am


Auto detailing is my 1st OCD thing that I really dove into and have really gone down the rabbit hole. I am fairly regular and active on Autopia and a few other forums and Facebook groups. All under my same user name.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by daniel3507 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:44 pm

craigdt wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:32 pm
daniel3507 wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:38 pm
craigdt wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:26 pm
oooh, I love getting to show my mini fridge of waxes:

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I see someone stocked up on Megs #16. I have three cans of it and have been happy with it on white paint.
Detailing was my hobby back when I was in college-i loved laying down a fresh coat of wax on my precious 2001 Malibu with white paint.

Don't have much time for it anymore, but my wife gets me a new wax for Christmas most years.

The #16 is great to play with.

I melted some down and poured it in an empty deodorant stick.

It was great for applying wax by machine.
The deodorant stick sounds like a good trick. I prefer to wax by hand but might have to try that out.

Also, the Natty's Red is probably my favorite smelling wax of all time.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by Cavan806 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:13 pm

My neighbors kid decided to do a little custom design on my door a few weeks ago. The scratches were pretty superficial. It was the perfect excuse to do a 2 step correction on my entire Tahoe. I've been using Chemical Guys products for a long time now.
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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by FATC1TY » Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:34 pm

I just got into the foam cannon stuff and chemical guys start kit... haven’t a clue what’s worth a damn. Not real big into cleaning and detailing but want to take care of my new truck. Ended up having to get all this stuff to wash it. It’s too big to go through car washes, so not much choice!

Any long handled devices that can help wash the tops of trucks/suvs without scratching ?
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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by daniel3507 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:39 pm

FATC1TY wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:34 pm
I just got into the foam cannon stuff and chemical guys start kit... haven’t a clue what’s worth a damn. Not real big into cleaning and detailing but want to take care of my new truck. Ended up having to get all this stuff to wash it. It’s too big to go through car washes, so not much choice!

Any long handled devices that can help wash the tops of trucks/suvs without scratching ?
I don't know about long handled devices but I ended up getting a small work platform and 100% recommend it. I use it to wash the top of my truck and do oil changes. Makes it much easier to reach and see what you are doing.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by 95mmrenegade » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:17 am

Started a new process at the end of last year, traditionally I wash the vehicles at least once every week or 2. On your 6-8th wash, foam cannon is a must, wash the car/truck as normal. After you have rinsed all of the soap from the 1st cleaning with the foam cannon off, re-foam the entire vehicle and clay bar the vehicle almost like wet sanding using the foam as a lubricant. Usually you can do a vehicle in 5-8 minutes. This process is usually done every other month. Once the car is completely done, spray off the vehicle with the pressure washer. Blow it 95% dry with some type of leaf blower(I use a 56v ego) or air drying tool and follow behind it with the quick wax spray of your choice. I have migrated over to a bulk Maguire's product and the paint is always silky smooth week to week. Extremely happy with the weekly product.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by cglarsen » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:20 pm

95mmrenegade wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:17 am
Started a new process at the end of last year, traditionally I wash the vehicles at least once every week or 2. On your 6-8th wash, foam cannon is a must, wash the car/truck as normal. After you have rinsed all of the soap from the 1st cleaning with the foam cannon off, re-foam the entire vehicle and clay bar the vehicle almost like wet sanding using the foam as a lubricant. Usually you can do a vehicle in 5-8 minutes. This process is usually done every other month. Once the car is completely done, spray off the vehicle with the pressure washer. Blow it 95% dry with some type of leaf blower(I use a 56v ego) or air drying tool and follow behind it with the quick wax spray of your choice. I have migrated over to a bulk Maguire's product and the paint is always silky smooth week to week. Extremely happy with the weekly product.
Sounds like a great system. I’m starting to slack on claying and waxes so this may be a good solution. How often do you apply a sealant?

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by 95mmrenegade » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:06 am

I hated claying a car due to the time it took. Changing the process to using the foam cannon as a lubricant, you can speed around the car, one hand feeling for imperfections, one hand claying. I believe the product I use is Meguiars D156. I apply it weekly after your normal car wash and blow 95% dry. Your paint will be silky smooth guaranteed. I was originally using Ultimate quick wax and have switched to the D156. Initally I did half the hood with UQW and the other half with D156 and watching the water beading action over the course of 2 weeks, the D156 seemed to last longer. I have done this exact process on my Corvette, 911, Explorer, F-150, Audi and they all react the same way. Extremely pleased with the results.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by Green » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:13 pm

Ok, this is going to sound weird, but here goes...

A while back I was really sick with a Norovirus, and had uncontrollable barfing of entire stomach contents about 20 times in 12 hours when it hit. I don't know how I drove home from work without vomiting. Anyway, when I got home, I threw up in the car into a bag, but some of it landed down in between one of the front seats (fabric) and the console. What's the best way to totally clean up dried barf that's in a hard to reach spot like that?
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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by 95mmrenegade » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:23 pm

Pull the seat out. There should be 4 plastic covers on each corner followed by 4 13-16mm nuts that keep the seat attached to the car.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by Green » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:10 pm

95mmrenegade wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:23 pm
Pull the seat out. There should be 4 plastic covers on each corner followed by 4 13-16mm nuts that keep the seat attached to the car.
Sorry, I should have been more clear. I was wondering what type of cleaner to use on the fabric, or if I should make my own.
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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by cglarsen » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:07 am

95mmrenegade wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:06 am
I hated claying a car due to the time it took. Changing the process to using the foam cannon as a lubricant, you can speed around the car, one hand feeling for imperfections, one hand claying. I believe the product I use is Meguiars D156. I apply it weekly after your normal car wash and blow 95% dry. Your paint will be silky smooth guaranteed. I was originally using Ultimate quick wax and have switched to the D156. Initally I did half the hood with UQW and the other half with D156 and watching the water beading action over the course of 2 weeks, the D156 seemed to last longer. I have done this exact process on my Corvette, 911, Explorer, F-150, Audi and they all react the same way. Extremely pleased with the results.
Man, now you've got me looking into pressure washers and the Ego system. What kind of size/power do you run on the pressure washer with foam cannon?

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by tomartom » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:17 am

I agree with aclot of respondants
Meguires is my preferred product.
Wash, Chamois, clay bar, cutting compound, pre polish compound, polish (carnuba wax). This is my sewuence
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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by 95mmrenegade » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:08 pm

cglarsen wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:07 am
95mmrenegade wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:06 am
I hated claying a car due to the time it took. Changing the process to using the foam cannon as a lubricant, you can speed around the car, one hand feeling for imperfections, one hand claying. I believe the product I use is Meguiars D156. I apply it weekly after your normal car wash and blow 95% dry. Your paint will be silky smooth guaranteed. I was originally using Ultimate quick wax and have switched to the D156. Initally I did half the hood with UQW and the other half with D156 and watching the water beading action over the course of 2 weeks, the D156 seemed to last longer. I have done this exact process on my Corvette, 911, Explorer, F-150, Audi and they all react the same way. Extremely pleased with the results.
Man, now you've got me looking into pressure washers and the Ego system. What kind of size/power do you run on the pressure washer with foam cannon?
I use an electric start ryobi from Home depot with a Subaru engine 3100psi. I can probably get by with less but it makes getting caked on mud off the truck with ease. My neighbor has an electric one, I will see which one he has. He likes his.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by jimbeckel » Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:52 pm

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by daniel3507 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:04 pm

Any reason for rotary over dual action? Im always worried about holograms with rotary.

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