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Old May 29th, 2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Need advice on getting my shine back

So I've had my car for about a year and half now and it just turned 18k miles. Noticed it has some road rash behind the front tires on the side sills which I guess is normal, also there are real light scratches in the clear "can only see in the light" but I see it kinda thing. Just wondering what you guys have used for touch up paint "spray can" for viper red. Is it something I need to order because I cant find it anywhere or a close match as I'm only doing underneath the car "front side sills and under the front bumper cover". I was told to wash the car, clay bar it, polish and then wax to get those hairline scratches out and bring the deep shine back. Never went this in depth with the clay bar/polish detail. As usual any help or pointers would be great.
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Where in MN are you? Buy a Porter Cable random orbital buffer, a bottle of 3M finesse it II and some Pinnacle Souveran and your car can look like this:





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Don't bother with the Porter Cable anymore, way too slow and under powered. I still have mine but IMO its only good for final polishing or applying waxes/sealants (I have 4" pads for that). Buy the Flex, almost the power and correctability of a rotary without the rotary risk. Autogeek and others sell them, way way way better then a Porter Cable.

I'm a fan of Optimum Polishes, really any of the companies are pretty good in that regard now. Same for waxes, I've used Souveran, Poorboys Natty, Wolfgang Deepgloss Sealant...Duragloss rocks for the price, used Aquawax for years. Didn't care for Optimums poli seal, Klasse AIO is stillthe best cleaner, Opti seemed to leave an oily film even after working in and buffing.
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Where in MN are you? Buy a Porter Cable random orbital buffer, a bottle of 3M finesse it II and some Pinnacle Souveran and your car can look like this:





I'm in Hastings, 30 min south of the cities. Thanks for the info. Ill give it a go. Headed to the shop tonight to scrub the filth magnet down, supposed to be shitty weather here for a couple days so I have time to grind on it.
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or you could just have a professional detailer do it? mine did my whole car for 100 $
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if you dont know what youre doing, let the pros handle it IMO
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if you dont know what youre doing, let the pros handle it IMO
exactly, because if you dont know what ur doing with your orbital tool.. say goodbye to your clear.. you can actually ruin ur paint if your not sure what your doing. be careful bud, best of luck
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I've got the Makita BO6040 which is a forced dual action. In other words the rotation AND the jiggle are driven. Very difficult with a waffle pad and the right polish to burn the paint. Of the numerous speed settings I only use setting 2.

I have used Griot's sealant in the past. I know they are overpriced and overrated but what other products goes on and comes off just as easy and doesn't stain trim?
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The process is a multiple step process. You will need a DA Polisher. I have the Porter Cable and it's a workhorse. I've had it for years and use it to maintain all the cars. There are options, so choose your tool, but you will need a DA polisher.

Beyond that you need a set of polish pads. Look into Lake Country pads. They are foam pads with a pattern on them. They are colored based on the polish/product/action needed. I have a pair of each pad. White, Orange and Black. Orange is the compound pad (removes swirls and micro/spider scratches). The white is the polish pad (gloss) and the black applies the final sealer and wax.

I use McGuiar's products. I use the professional line. You can get it at some Pep Boys and Advance Auto parts. Go with 105 Ultra Cut Compound for the scratch and swirl correction. 205 Ultra Finish Polish for the gloss. Synthetic Sealant 2.0 to seal the paint. Once that is done, the final step is the wax. I go with a Carnauba Wax as a final step. This gives me the best gloss.

Your steps are:
Wash
Clay Bar
205 Compound
105 Polish
Sealant (dries overnight)
Wax

I've done this for years and keep paint looking new. By the way.... Once you go through the trouble of this.... Make sure you clean and dry the car properly, garage it, cover it, ect. The more care you take in the day to day, the less often you will need to polish.

Also, I can go into huge detail, but you can find that out by hitting YouTube. I do suggest, however, you mask off the black moldings, headlights, ect. Do it right and you'll be very satisfied with the results. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I have a Final Edition so I can relate to the red and how to make it look awesome.
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