Started another job tonight - the 4 stage polish. I'm not a detailer, but I like my fun cars to be clean and I find that time invested up front in a decent wax job more than pays back because you never have to wash it.
I washed it one night last week. Came up OK, but some of the paint (particularly the roof) was like sandpaper when I dried it with the chamois. I wondered how well it would come up.
So tonight I did the 4 stages, just on the roof, as follows:
- Clay bar - this removes bonded contaminants when lubricated with quick detailer. It made a huge difference on the roof - the bar got filthy and I could feel the roof get smoother.
- Compound - skimmed the paint and left a smooth finish
- Resin Polish - a further fine skim, leaving a glass like finish
- Wax - I used Meguairs tech was as it lasts well and is fast to apply.
I wont win any awards, other than perhaps for the innuendos in this thread, but the difference is night and day. And a few hours of my time in the evening sun is much cheaper than a respray. I figure the rest of it will take 6-7 more 2 hour sessions.
Photos to follow, on the off chance anyone is interested.
Wife and kids are important, and it might tak me a rather long time to find the time for those two hour sessions......but I am very lucky to have such an understanding wife.
Anyways, did the bonnet tonight and took some pics. The first two are of the car after washing but before the polish. And the others show the results of polishing - although not very well because its an old camera and I was losing the light. I also included a shot of the clay bar - if you have the means to zoom in you will see the bottom left is clean, and the top right is dirty. Interesting that much dirt came off a car that had just been washed ! I wish I had taken it after doing the roof - when there was twice as much - which was incredible. Roof and bonnet as smooth as glass now. But wont get any more time for the next few days.
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