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    Detailing your car

    I plan on claybaring my cars this weekend and detailing them. What step do you guys take in doing this. I plan on waxing them also. And what products do you use. I would also like to detail the engine bay. The two cars are daily drivers and have been neglected for about 2 years.
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    There are many different approaches, alot depend on your skill, tools and products.

    If you contact a specialty place, they can help you answer what to do in those three steps. Even youtube can be helpful if you know what to search for.

    I wouldn't bother with buying much detailing stuff from the chain autoparts stores, unless your in a pinch. I've found several other (3 to exact) places I order my products from. Prices are alittle higher with shipping, but the products ARE better and are tailored for specific things.

    I'd contact a place like Zaino Bros (site sponsor), they are professionals who make their products, and they offer a wide range of products for every detailer's need. I have a few of their products and love the results. Great customer service.

    I've found Adam's polishes have alot of videos, thumb through their site to learn some different ideas. They're very popular in the Corvette community.

    Another one I discovered was chemical guys. Probably the widest range of products out there. Very competitive on pricing and also have very good customer service.


    Also, invest in some new microfiber towels, I keep a specific set for each detailing step. I never use a microfiber towel I used on the outside of the car for the inside. I actually have different color towels for this purpose.
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    Thank you for the response. I am gonna look at you tube. And I will take a look at those website. I have a porter cable 7424xp da poliser and the different polishing pads. I was gonna wash with dawn dish soap, dry it real good, use the clay bar and then polish and then wax to seal. I was gonna use mequires products. I have 2 silver cars I was going to do this weekend.

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    Meguiar's is what I started out with, one of the best you can get from the chain stores IMO.

    Let us see how they turn out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooley17 View Post
    Thank you for the response. I am gonna look at you tube. And I will take a look at those website. I have a porter cable 7424xp da poliser and the different polishing pads. I was gonna wash with dawn dish soap, dry it real good, use the clay bar and then polish and then wax to seal. I was gonna use mequires products. I have 2 silver cars I was going to do this weekend.
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    I will put up pictures. I think I am gonna do my gto and my dads vette this weekend. It was crappy here all weekend didnt get to do the dds. Its car show time so they get bumped ahead of the dds

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooley17 View Post
    It was crappy here all weekend

    LOL, it's still crappy here.

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    Ive been happy with the Mequiars clay bar kit.

    Don't clay bar a dry car.

    Don't claybar a dirty car.

    Dont use a dirty clay.

    Those three tips will go a long way.

    But yeah, a good Dawn wash and a good drying will provide a perfect base for clay baring, but after that, your car is totally naked, so youll need to make sure and get a few coats of wax on right away

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    When I do my car I usually wash clay and wash again then with my portercable I.use a orange pad first with m101 followed by a white pad with m201 or whatever its called than I seal it with blackfire wet diamond followed by there wax and I get nothing but compliments
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    Look up auto geek.net on YouTube they have a full line of how to vids on how to do all of it. And you get what you pay for with car care stuff but try a few things to see what you like I use a non site sponsor but the zaino sutff is a good way to go

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    Well dad and I clay barred the cars and used meguires polish and wax with the porter cable da today. They came out good. A little more practice and a little more time I think we can bring out the shine a little better.
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    Looks great dude .. all the goat needs is a wet sanding

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