Cadillac Detailing and Bodywork - Interior and Exterior including Body and Wheels Discussion, Exterior detailing in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; ...
- 11-02-05 09:38 PM #1Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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Exterior Detailing> do it like a pro
I guess I take for granted the things I do in my shop, so I thought I would share my procedures with you. Detailing should not be complicate. There are these simple steps involved. Washing/claying/deep cleaning (polishing optional) and seal coating.
Proper washing is key, as this and the drying cycle is when most surface scratches are introduced to a finish. Pre soaking is also important. I like to use those garden sprayers like you would use for weed control. Put some all purpose cleaner in one (remember that all purpose cleaner is used only when you are doing ALL the steps involved in detailing; never use it for just the washing cycle.) Work in the shade when ever possible. Spray the whole car with the pre soak. Tires, wheels the works. Using a power washer is good but if you don’t have one a hose will suffice. (Footnote on power washers. Anything stronger than 1500psi do this. Spray the wand away from the car. Where ever the fan of the water separates go in 4-5 inches, that is where the “safe” zone is for using it on your car) Now use a large bucket of water and car wash soap. You can buy whatever is on sale; most soaps vary in terms of price because of concentration only. Wash mitts of choice are Terri/ chenille/lambs wools/ and micro fiber. Stay away form any type of sponge these are all available at any auto parts store. I suggest doing the wheels first. You should have a wheel brush as well. Sometimes the wheels need more than all purpose cleaner, for that you should use my wheel cleaner, it will work away stubborn grease and dirt from your tires and wheels. Spray on and allow it to sit a few minutes, and then wash with the brush and rinse. You will be amazed how the dirt will melt away. Yes, it is a non acid based. Use your brush to clean the wheel wells also, as this can add to the enhancement of your car. Now change the bucket of soap and do the finish. Working from the top down wash as you normally do, taking notes of stubborn contaminants that won’t come off in the wash. Change the water bucket often as necessary. Now rinse the car. The next step is extremely important. Clay the car before you dry. (Read my instructions on claying on another post) after you clay, wash the car again to remove any clay residue. Now for drying. I use an electric leaf blower (don’t use a gas one) it will get water from behind emblems, door latches, molding and other areas water hides. For the final drying use a Waffle Weave Micro Fiber towel (found on my web site) Old school chamois can harm your finish due to the fact they don’t have recessed areas to hide dirt, so it can act like sandpaper. Now we are ready to inspect the car. This is where I meticulously go around the car looking for paint defects or imperfections. Clay removes surface contaminants; deep cleaners remove blemishes IN the finish. For example, if you have hard water on your car, when it is just introduced, it can be removed with clay. (Because it is still ON the finish.)If it is allowed to sit, it will “etch” into the finish. For this you need deep cleaners. (I have one on my web site) Mine also has a dual purpose, cleaner and polish. So not only will it clean the surface but it will bring back shine /luster to the finish. Sometimes the finish will have major defect that requires more aggressive products/procedures. I might use the high speed buffer on a section that needs it. Seldom if ever does the entire finish need the high speed unless the car was not maintained for over 10 years. Once I clean up the areas I need to with machines, I use my paint cleaner.
To use it simply put some on an applicator pad and work into the finish using a side to side motion. Work small sections at a time; remove excess with a micro fiber towel. No not all MF are created equal. Check my web site for what I found to be the best quality around. After the paint cleaner your finish should be prepped so it would be ready for the final application. The debate on wax and sealants is on going. My opinion is backed by the experts. A synthetic sealant will out last any wax up to six times as long. Most people don’t know that the best wax on the market will last 30 days on a driver car. So it makes sense to use a synthetic. The sealant I sell is the same one I use on ALL the high end sports, exotic and everyday cars I get in my shop. Since people trailer cars in from out of state to my shop, I must be doing something right. All you do to use my sealant is apply a thin layer with a foam pad, allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. Proceed to remove with a Micro fiber towel. You won’t believe how east it comes off. Put a layer of the sealant on your wheels for added protection. Gary KOuba. www.perfectautofinish.com
- 11-03-05 11:24 AM #2
Re: Exterior detailing
Good looking site you have there. Many of the members as am I are having problems with bird droppings. I remove them when I get home or sometimes when I see them during my work day. The big problem is the etching it leaves in the clear coat. Ive clayed, orbital buffed, and used 3M clear coat safe compoud(gently I might add) and I still have the marks. I have the dark blue color and you notice these more readily then you would on a light color. Do you have a product or procedure for this. I would gladly post my results with before and afters to the forum. Bird Droppings
- 11-03-05 10:06 PM #3
Re: Exterior detailing
One of the things I talk about in my detailing clinics is this subject. The acid in Bird droppings will start to "etch" your clear coat only if it is not removed right away. The only way to remove this etched spot is to wet sand and buff (something I would not recommend anyone doing witrhout experience.)any contaminant that falls on your car initially is "ON" the fnish. When removed in a timely manner it can be removed without a problem. When that same contaminent is NOT removed right away it becomes a problem "IN" the finish. My paint cleaner will remove minor surface scratches that are not too deep or serious. I won't tell you it is a cure all to all situations. In my shop, each car and finish requires special treatment, which I evaluate at the time. YOu happen to pick the worst case with bird droppings. Keep a bottle of detail spray in your truck with a towel. when you see the BB, remove it asap. Gary