Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 29

Thread: Detailing Guide

  1. #11
    Senior Member Charlie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    FL
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    245
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked 56 Times in 37 Posts
    @Maverick -

    Yea, claying is prep for the wax job because the contaminants we pick up with the clay will promote better bonding between the car surface and wax. After claying, you can polish the car for example with Meguiar's 'Ultimate Polish', but if you feel your paintjob is not dull and tons of microscratches, you can just skip to wax..at least that's how I see it.

    -Charlie-



  2. #12
    Carmageddon m4v3r1ck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    The Hague
    Country
    Netherlands
    Posts
    1,347
    Thanks
    74
    Thanked 94 Times in 75 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    @Maverick -

    Yea, claying is prep for the wax job because the contaminants we pick up with the clay will promote better bonding between the car surface and wax. After claying, you can polish the car for example with Meguiar's 'Ultimate Polish', but if you feel your paintjob is not dull and tons of microscratches, you can just skip to wax..at least that's how I see it.

    -Charlie-
    When your paint gets dull and full of microscratches, it's time to use Ultimate Compound to restore ;-)

        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2013 Mirage 1.0 manual: 47.5 mpg (US) ... 20.2 km/L ... 5.0 L/100 km ... 57.0 mpg (Imp)


  3. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Up north with dog-sleds and igloos
    Country
    Canada
    Posts
    104
    Garage empty: add car
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 13 Times in 12 Posts
    You can only restore paint so many times with a buffing compound, eventually the clear will grow thin and you will need to repaint. At bodyshops they have a tool that tells them the depth between the paint and the metal so they don't burn through, I bet they cost a ton of money though.

  4. #14
    Carmageddon m4v3r1ck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    The Hague
    Country
    Netherlands
    Posts
    1,347
    Thanks
    74
    Thanked 94 Times in 75 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Messy Mitsu View Post
    You can only restore paint so many times with a buffing compound, eventually the clear will grow thin and you will need to repaint. At bodyshops they have a tool that tells them the depth between the paint and the metal so they don't burn through, I bet they cost a ton of money though.
    Good to know, thank you for the information. Compound is indeed a last resort. Using it maybe once in 5 years, so in 15 years max. 3 times.

        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2013 Mirage 1.0 manual: 47.5 mpg (US) ... 20.2 km/L ... 5.0 L/100 km ... 57.0 mpg (Imp)


  5. #15
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    Minnesota
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    26
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    I would say your detailing regimen is nice and thorough, but you are claying the car too much. You should only need to clay a few times a year. Claying every week doesn't necessarily cause any issues, but clay can cause micro marring in the paint.

    I also agree that you should switch over to some sort of sealant. The sealant will last much longer than a standard carnuba wax. Always apply a sealant before a wax and let it cure for 12-24 hours (curing occurs after the products hazes and is wiped off). But you definitely don't need to use an overpriced dealer sealant. Chemical guys jetseal, wolfgang deep gloss paint sealant, meguires 21, klasse paint sealant. These are all excellent options that will give long term protection to your mirage. No need to reapply every week, more like every few months.

  6. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    kingsport, tn
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    66
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 13 Times in 8 Posts
    uhh i hate cleaning cars! i use a soft bristle brush and turtle wax zip wash in the bucket. i use purple power on the wheels in a spray bottle before washing and hose them down to get most of the dirt and grim off. wash with brush , wipe down with a basic micro fiber , nufinish liquid wax when i notice water spots are numerios. i just do an easy wipe down with armorall on a rag on the interior to remove dust. rubbing alcohol on windows to clean and i keep rainx in my wiperfluid year round.

  7. #17
    Senior Member laceygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Canberra Australia
    Country
    Australia
    Posts
    645
    Thanks
    378
    Thanked 116 Times in 100 Posts
    Another vote for all things Meguiars here.... They're just amazing products....Best in Australia...... Here is my plan for my brand new baby girl...

    I washed it with Meguiars yellow as soon as I brought it home, then I felt the bumps all over my sparkling clean car, so I jumped online and ordered a Meguiars Clay Bar kit....

    When it gets here, I'm going to wash it, then Clay Bar it, then hit it with Meguiars 21, then one of Meguiars great waxes....
    I use Meguiars interior wipes, I've also protected the dash with a dash mat....

    For the tyres, I use, you guessed it, Meguiars tyre shine...

    Should I swap the wax and the sealant around?

    Many thanks...
    Laceygirl... :-)

        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage LS 1.2 manual: 38.0 mpg (US) ... 16.2 km/L ... 6.2 L/100 km ... 45.7 mpg (Imp)


  8. #18
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    kingsport, tn
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    66
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 13 Times in 8 Posts
    just to toss this out , i used the turtle wax color match liquid wax on my black car yesterday. it looks freaking great. i am very very happy with how simple it was to use and how it helps with the minor flaws from daily driving.

  9. #19
    Administrator MetroMPG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    1000 Islands, Ontario
    Country
    Canada
    Posts
    5,764
    Thanks
    1,683
    Thanked 1,447 Times in 894 Posts
    tlstreak: I'm with you on that. I always use the colour match wax on my black Firefly (Metro). I think it's a must for dark paint or you end up with white dried wax showing up in the chips/scratches a few days later, which just draws more attention to them. Not that you should have too many chips/scratches on a new Mirage.

        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


  10. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    583
    Garage empty: add car
    Thanks
    88
    Thanked 214 Times in 159 Posts
    On a brand new car, that is garaged, like mine, I just wash, with Dawn and hand wax, buff with an old cotton towel. I can tell when it needs a rewax by the "drag" on a towel after a wash.

    Never clay barred a car in my life. Waxed my Mirage, which sat since it was built July 14. It took a while to get the crud out of the window wipers on the doors. Now it is cleaner than it has been in a long time.

    The real work when cleaning an old car for the first time usually requires some 2000 grit paper. I could block the "orange peel" out of my paint, but I don't want to abuse the condition of the current finish.

    regards
    mech


        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage de 1.2 manual: 55.7 mpg (US) ... 23.7 km/L ... 4.2 L/100 km ... 66.9 mpg (Imp)


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •