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RFD Official Detailing Thread - Post all Detailing/Paint Related Questions here!

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Initial spring clean completed.
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Sonduren wrote: Some testing of my recently applied Cquartz UK 3.0 Ceramic Coating. I am most impressed by how easily it sheets water on vertical surfaces more than others I have tested in the past.
Got this on one car before lunch.

You can guess my afternoon plans
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Wonder what is the concensus for this sun faded black paint?
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I would agree with Sun fading and no washing/protecting from owner. My dads van was very similar to this. I was able to polish it and make it look much better but it was never perfect.
cristianosham wrote: Wonder what is the concensus for this sun faded black paint?
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Its amazing that this thread is still going strong 14 years later! Its been so long since I did any detailing work and I have a ton to catch up on now.

I just recently started rebuilding my detailing toolset. I picked up a Dewalt DA 5" polisher (it chews through batteries but not having to lug around a cord is great) and intend to tackle a few deep scratches my wife put on her car after rubbing it on the side of the garage door. Will post some pics when I'm done!
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cristianosham wrote: Wonder what is the concensus for this sun faded black paint?
Yellow foam cutting or wool pad with compound on a D/A polisher. Start video at 12:05

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I have some sort of sticky substance that is stuck to rear quarter panel. I've tried to get it off with a pressure washer and a brush, but there is still some residue. Would sandpaper with a high grit number be a bad idea?

Also, what is a good product to give the tires a nice wet/black shiny look?
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thisblowsgoatsbigtime wrote: I have some sort of sticky substance that is stuck to rear quarter panel. I've tried to get it off with a pressure washer and a brush, but there is still some residue. Would sandpaper with a high grit number be a bad idea?

Also, what is a good product to give the tires a nice wet/black shiny look?
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thisblowsgoatsbigtime wrote: I have some sort of sticky substance that is stuck to rear quarter panel. I've tried to get it off with a pressure washer and a brush, but there is still some residue. Would sandpaper with a high grit number be a bad idea?

Also, what is a good product to give the tires a nice wet/black shiny look?
My go to for removing old adhesives is a mix of isopropyl and water. I would use a test area first to make sure if doesn't damage anything. Sanding it down sounds excessive, but I would try other solutions/cleaners first.
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try this

GTechniq W7 Tar and Glue Remover
https://carzilla.ca/collections/brand-g ... over-500ml

Yes that would be my last resort, if you use sandpaper then you have to follow up with multiple steps of polishing to get it back to normal. you always start with the least aggressive options and slowly go up you are taking it too far.

Tires,
CarPro PERL
https://carzilla.ca/collections/brand-c ... ting-500ml
thisblowsgoatsbigtime wrote: I have some sort of sticky substance that is stuck to rear quarter panel. I've tried to get it off with a pressure washer and a brush, but there is still some residue. Would sandpaper with a high grit number be a bad idea?

Also, what is a good product to give the tires a nice wet/black shiny look?
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thisblowsgoatsbigtime wrote: I have some sort of sticky substance that is stuck to rear quarter panel. I've tried to get it off with a pressure washer and a brush, but there is still some residue. Would sandpaper with a high grit number be a bad idea?

Also, what is a good product to give the tires a nice wet/black shiny look?
For the sticky residue, I would suggest an APC product, that has worked well for me in the past. I personally use 3D orange, which is cheap and effective.

For tires, I've used CarPro Perl but this is not the shiniest but it performs excellent and last quite a long time. I find that some high shine products can 'sling' a little bit so it might leave marks on your paint. I'd suggest looking at some detailing forums for other opinions out higher shine products.

I think you can use a higher concentration of the Perl to get some more shine but I haven't tried this myself.

Keep us posted on your findings!
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cristianosham wrote: Any quick tips to remove the scuffs?
If you can feel any of it you'll be repainting, not buffing...
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My wallet is never safe when I go to Carzilla's website I really need to resist lol. Anyways got some new car wash stuff to take it to the next level................

Kwazar Pro+ Super Foamer Pump 2L - professional grade foamer one of the better hand pump foamers out there. Going to use this as my primary foamer for car washes.

Detail Guardz Dirt Lock - a bling bling grit guard lol. When you spend as much time and effort detailing your car as I do this is a cheap investment. It is suppose to do a better job keeping grit on the bottom of the bucket versus regular grit guards when swirling the bucket.

Carpro DabDab Mitt - this is not actually a mitt but a pad. I'm a mitt user but read excellent reviews on this product so want to give it a try.

CarPro Glass Mitt - waffle weave on one side for wiping and microfiber on the other for drying. Now I can get in to the hard to clean corners and edges.

Carpro Wheels Mitt - soft pile on one side and microfiber on the other for scrubbing. The pile is soft enough I'm sure you can wash your car with it never mind wheels. I'll actually be using this mitt for washing underbody, wheel wells and bumper trim as I already have a dedicated wheel mitt and wheel brush.

Some extra Lake Country pads as you can never have enough pads for the job.

Overall quality of the stuff is good. Foamer made in Poland, all Carpro mitts made in Korea, grit guard made in Canada, Lake Country pads made in US.
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Okay guys so all it takes is one bad wash to screw up your paint. Last week I ordered a Detail Guardz grit guard from Carzilla, I was really impressed with the quality of the product and how it fit nice and snug on the bottom of my wash bucket.

Fast forward this week I ended up ordering a second grit guard, paired with a Dirt Lock Scrub and Pump attachment and paired with a Dirt Lock 360 degrees Scrub Wall attachment.

The Scrub and Pump snaps into the middle of the grit guard and the idea is when you push down on it it pushes up clean water to clean and release dirt from your mitt and pull the dirt back down towards the grit guard.

The Scrub Wall is just that use it to scrub your dirty mitt. The scrub wall is designed so that dirt is trapped inside the wall.

Both work well and worth the investment but if I had to choose one I'd say the scrub wall is more useful. Also scrub wall can be purchased with 180 degrees (half bucket) or 360 degrees (full bucket) attachment. So yeah guys the ultimate rinse bucket for those who care about their car and their paint.
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Can you use the Grit Guard in any bucket? My friend is looking for bucket & grit guard + some detailing products which he was planning to buy CG bucket bundle from CT Astonished Face I told him to check out this post on RFD!!!I

How is the CarPro mitts compared to Microfiber Madness? I just stocked up some MM towels/mitts/pads few months ago during Auto Obsessed anniversary sale, I don't like the feeling of some microfiber towels on my hand (lol)
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Yes they should fit in most 5GAL buckets. Tell him if hes serious to look at other brands other then Chemical Guys, their products are not that good compared to the name brand stuff.
FrostyBytes wrote: Can you use the Grit Guard in any bucket? My friend is looking for bucket & grit guard + some detailing products which he was planning to buy CG bucket bundle from CT Astonished Face I told him to check out this post on RFD!!!I

How is the CarPro mitts compared to Microfiber Madness? I just stocked up some MM towels/mitts/pads few months ago during Auto Obsessed anniversary sale, I don't like the feeling of some microfiber towels on my hand (lol)
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I'm looking to polish my car after claying, friend gave me some *Pros & Cons* using a polisher vs manually (I've never used a machine)... Someone suggested Griots Garage or Meguiar's Pro series M110 - 210.

My car is parked outside on driveway, instead of claying the whole car - polish - wax, can i do the detail process on parts of car? Ex. Roof & Hood on Day 1, Day 2 doors & bumper Disappointed Face. Sorry I know it's a stupid question!!
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Very dumb question maybe, but how soon after you get a new car should you give it a good bath, and DIY ceramic? I use chemical guys, 2 buckets, etc, and have used the Turtle Wax Hybrid Solution on our CX-5 and like the way it applied, and holding up so far for the price. I have read go nuts right away, have also read wait 2 weeks...

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