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    Re: My first DIY paint correction / detail thanks to auto geek

    Yeah. I guess I'd just try to rinse it down as often as possible with warm/hot water.

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    Re: My first DIY paint correction / detail thanks to auto geek

    Quote Originally Posted by WesH8398 View Post
    Wow, I didn't get any notifications so I missed a whole bunch of posts! Thanks for all the compliments.
    One problem I'm left with is winter washing. I bought a rinseless wash, but it's still going to freeze when I wash in my garage. What do you guys do to keep her clean in the winter? I hear that the detergents used in most commercial washes (touch free) are too harsh...
    I used to use a hot bucket of water and just rinse with my hose. That is before I did the ultimate winter wash mod.....move south!

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    Re: My first DIY paint correction / detail thanks to auto geek

    brace yourself.







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    Quote Originally Posted by EdmundGTP View Post
    Yeah. I guess I'd just try to rinse it down as often as possible with warm/hot water.
    I bought some rinse-less wash when I got my other stuff, so I'll use that with warm water. No hose necessary. Problem will be that even hot/warm water, it will quickly freeze when it's really cold here, making drying a challenge. I suppose in that case I'll just do the coin-op touchless wash.

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    brace yourself




    Wow... That hurts my heart. lol

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    Re: My first DIY paint correction / detail thanks to auto geek

    Cadzilla....where did you park for all that dust....next to a construction site?!

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    Haha, nah...Just under my carport... For 5 months .

    I drove it for 2 days, now it's back in the air getting suspension bits put on.. I like the stock feel but just can't live with the stinkbug stance.

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    Re: My first DIY paint correction / detail thanks to auto geek

    Figured i'd post up my results after last weekend's marathon.... total time was about 10 hrs actual effort from wash to sealant removal.... i also swept out the inside and wiped everything down but that was only 30 min or so.... Steps included the following:
    Day 1:
    - Wash entire car and dry with GG microfiber towel
    - Clay with Mothers cali clay kit and quik detailer using Poorboys DMT MF towels
    - Wash MF towels and get some sleep
    Day 2:
    - Orange Pad with Wolfgang TSR on speed 6 (porter cable 7472xp) going very slow... i found i needed 6 and slow arm speed to really remove the swirls. This was really a matter of just how perfect you wanted it, cause on troublesome areas, i'd just make another pass and it would continue to get better and better each time, but i wasn't looking for 100% perfection.... only 95% this was easily the most time consuming process but certainly eye opening as the results were astounding (see 50/50 and additional shots below)... ended up making 2-3 passes on top facing surfaces and 1-2 on doors and other side facing surfaces
    - White Pad with Wolfgang Finishing Glaze on speed 5 - 5.5 again going pretty slow
    - My hands were spent after this so i called it a night
    Day 3:
    - Dusted everything off and made sure i was happy with all panels
    - Red Pad with Wofgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant on speed 4.5... this stuff is awesome, goes on super easy as i did the entire car in 20 minutes and then let it sit for an hour
    - After taking off the DGPS i was amazed as the depth and wetness actually improved slightly... i didn't expect it to get any better but so far this stuff seems pretty awesome
    - Swept out interior and trunk and wiped everything down and i was done....

    All in all a fool proof process that just takes time but the results you get are nothing short of astounding... it seriously looks like i got a brand new paint job on my entire car... my bro, dad, and I were super impressed as we've hand clayed/polished/waxed cars before plenty of times but never got results like this... see photos below and let me know if you have questions

    Nate

    Hood after Clay:


    Trunk after Clay:


    50/50 of the trunk after only one pass with the TSR:


    Trunk after 2 passes of TSR on the entire lid:


    I went around the rest of the car with the TSR and orange pad, being sure to clean the pad on the fly after every 1-2 panels... then i went around with the finishing glaze per notes above.... the results below are before applying sealant but after all polishing was complete:

    Hood after all polishing:


    Drivers side after all polishing:


    Hood photo outside in direct sun.... so sweet


    And one last hood photo pulled inside before sealant...

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    Re: My first DIY paint correction / detail thanks to auto geek

    Quote Originally Posted by Natedog View Post
    Figured i'd post up my results after last weekend's marathon.... total time was about 10 hrs actual effort from wash to sealant removal.... i also swept out the inside and wiped everything down but that was only 30 min or so.... Steps included the following:
    Day 1:
    - Wash entire car and dry with GG microfiber towel
    - Clay with Mothers cali clay kit and quik detailer using Poorboys DMT MF towels
    - Wash MF towels and get some sleep
    Day 2:
    - Orange Pad with Wolfgang TSR on speed 6 (porter cable 7472xp) going very slow... i found i needed 6 and slow arm speed to really remove the swirls. This was really a matter of just how perfect you wanted it, cause on troublesome areas, i'd just make another pass and it would continue to get better and better each time, but i wasn't looking for 100% perfection.... only 95% this was easily the most time consuming process but certainly eye opening as the results were astounding (see 50/50 and additional shots below)... ended up making 2-3 passes on top facing surfaces and 1-2 on doors and other side facing surfaces
    - White Pad with Wolfgang Finishing Glaze on speed 5 - 5.5 again going pretty slow
    - My hands were spent after this so i called it a night
    Day 3:
    - Dusted everything off and made sure i was happy with all panels
    - Red Pad with Wofgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant on speed 4.5... this stuff is awesome, goes on super easy as i did the entire car in 20 minutes and then let it sit for an hour
    - After taking off the DGPS i was amazed as the depth and wetness actually improved slightly... i didn't expect it to get any better but so far this stuff seems pretty awesome
    - Swept out interior and trunk and wiped everything down and i was done....

    All in all a fool proof process that just takes time but the results you get are nothing short of astounding... it seriously looks like i got a brand new paint job on my entire car... my bro, dad, and I were super impressed as we've hand clayed/polished/waxed cars before plenty of times but never got results like this... see photos below and let me know if you have questions

    Nate
    Looks great man!

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    Re: My first DIY paint correction / detail thanks to auto geek

    Looks good.

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    Re: My first DIY paint correction / detail thanks to auto geek

    Fist to the OP, wow. Looks like miracles were performed in the garage.

    Watch out washing your car in winter, hence freezing as stated above. I herd that water will find it's way in places and freeze/thaw occurs which can cause metal to rattle over time. It's something I've done and can say has worked. Try to wash your car when the day is warmer (above 32) if possible. Best is in the morning on a day you'll be driving around to help it dry off.

    I give my car a wash/clay/polish/wax in the fall and after the winter. Always with GG stuff. Now that I can take my time and do it slowly I want to try their idea of applying three coats of wax over three days.

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