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    How to detail complete car?

    I watched some vids on youtube on how to detail your car. Its the video with Matt Farah with his red c5 vette.

    Anyway I have a white diamond 98 eldo. I'm getting carnunba paste wax ( don't know correct spelling) a couple bars of clay bar. And polishing paste to do by hand. I know how to do clay bar pretty well. But everything else I'm a noob. Also my interior isn't that great PO didn't give any attention to interior. The headliner has some spots. Carpet isn't clean. Leathers not that great also. So If anybody has any good ideas to detail outside and inside please let me know! And techniques on how to wax and polish would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: How to detail complete car?

    Watch these videos from this guy hes one of the best out there. Also Matt Farah does not know how to detail a car properly so don't do what ever he says.

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    Re: How to detail complete car?

    Matt Farrah does one thing , review cars, and he sucks at that so... Anyone taking advice on detailing from
    Him deserves their fate.

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    That's a pretty complicated question. Without writing a book, I'd say first figure out what you need to do (polish, wax, shampoo, stain removal, clean leather, shine vinyl, etc....), buy a product intended for that purpose, and read the directions.

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    Re: How to detail complete car?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    That's a pretty complicated question. Without writing a book, I'd say first figure out what you need to do (polish, wax, shampoo, stain removal, clean leather, shine vinyl, etc....), buy a product intended for that purpose, and read the directions.
    Directions take you about 25% the way into knowing how to use detailing product. The rest means the difference between slathering it on and achieving some kind of result, and knowing how to apply, how much to apply, and under which circumstances you should apply to achieve the result win which you step back and say 'wow'.

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    Re: How to detail complete car?

    Get into www.autogeek.net and surf around - if the spirit moves you, get their detailing DVD - very informative. In the site home page left column there are car care video downloads.

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    Thanks for the info. I watched the leather cleaning video. Very informative. I'm also going to get leather treatment for the front seats and top of dash. Ill let you guys know after my "detail".

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    Re: How to detail complete car?

    use amazon10 at the checkout if buying anything from autogeek
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    So I finally got some supplies. Will let you know how it looks! I also got a scratch repair pen.

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    What products produce the best protection and shine? I live in Texas and the car is outside 99% of the time. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondnrh View Post
    What products produce the best protection and shine? I live in Texas and the car is outside 99% of the time. Thank you
    I suggest a good carnuba paste wax. And a clay bar. I just finished doing my moms black infiniti, clay bar is honestly the best thing you can get! It makes the paint feel like glass!!! I cannot emphasize how impressed I was when I used it!!.
    For the wax use a paste wax. You can pick whatever brand you want.
    My .02¢ is turtle carnuna paste wax. For about 5$ its really good! You don't really need to polish everytime you wax it.

    Basically wash it. Dry it. Clay bar next (make sure you use a lubriant) I used soap and water in a spray bottle. The dry it. The apply the wax. Let it sit for 5 mins then remove the wax. Walah!! Your squeeky clean car is perfect!
    Hope my insight might help.

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    Also I live in California

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    Re: How to detail complete car?

    Carnauba is wonderful - but it is an organic wax (highly refined palm leaf wax from Brazil) so it lasts only a month or two - less in the direct sun. REAL Carnauba wax is nowhere near inexpensive - the stuff is essentially hand-harvested and initially processed into varying grades - of course, the best costs the most. (Ever seen a 5 ounce pot of carnauba car wax for $160 ?? That's what you wax your Ferrari with ............) The $5, $10 and $15 "carnauba" waxes on store shelves are the bottom of the barrel, quality-wise, but the decent shine they give is some indication of what the GOOD stuff is capable of.

    Best bet is to thoroughly buff the car with fine swirl remover, lay on 2 coats of a top-of-the-line synthetic paint sealant followed by a hand-rubbed coat of GOOD carnauba - and that wax alone costs about $95 for an 8 ounce cup. Pinnacle Souveran carnauba or maybe a Wolfgang product.

    Take a look at the pictures in the close-by thread "DA polisher".

    Open this and watch the YouTube - Autogeek is full of video info ........ http://www.autogeek.net/pinsouvwax.html

    Back to www.autogeek.net.

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    Re: How to detail complete car?

    ............. and here's what the time, money and effort gives you -
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    Re: How to detail complete car?

    After the car has all previous waxes removed and is dust free, use a quality paint sealant before applying anything else. Then go with polishers within that system. I've been using Zaino's stuff for the last 13 years on my BMWs/ATS, and I'm completely happy as far as durability (get great beading up to 8-9 months) and shine go. Waxes are nice, but as explained earlier, they are volatile and just don't last more than a week or two...especially in warm weather

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