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Old 07-13-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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I have wax and polish and clay bar. Do I clay then wax then Polish. Or Do I clay polish then wax?
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1. Wash
2. Clay bar with lubricant (quick detailer)
3.Wash again (optional)
4. Polish
5. Wax
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1. Wash
2. Clay bar with lubricant (quick detailer)
3.Wash again (optional)
4. Polish
5. Wax
i'd swap out the step 3 wash for a cutting compound like meguiars ultimate compound. it will get those swirls out of the clear before the new polish and wax
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i'd swap out the step 3 wash for a cutting compound like meguiars ultimate compound. it will get those swirls out of the clear before the new polish and wax
This is what I do:

1. Wash w/ soap
2. Clay bar
3. Rinse w/ water only
4. Compound
5. Polish
6. Liquid or Paste wax
7. Quick wax (spray)
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This is what I do:

1. Wash w/ soap
2. Clay bar
3. Rinse w/ water only
4. Compound
5. Polish
6. Liquid or Paste wax
7. Quick wax (spray)
What is compound exactly? I have meguiars ultimate compound and thought It was polish?
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Just my little opinion...but for Meg's fans....I encourage Meg's 105 or 205. When used properly these products solo or in tandem work great. I suggest using a white pad before stepping up to a more aggressive pad selection....in my experience when I used Meg's the most aggressive pad I used was orange and had great success.

An FYI....MEG'S 105 does have some dusting...so tape and cover first.
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What is compound exactly? I have meguiars ultimate compound and thought It was polish?
Compound is more of a correction product...while a true polish is more of a finishing product....not to be confused with a true sealant nor a true wax.
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Oh god. So what I'm doing is wash, dry with chamois, compound, polish, wax. What's the sealant?
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Oh god. So what I'm doing is wash, dry with chamois, compound, polish, wax. What's the sealant?
No worries about the sealant....but PLEASE do not use a chamois. Get some quality MicroFiber towels anytime you are touching the surface...a chamois is re instillng micro marring. For the record a sealant is like a topcoat over your clear....fills in and levels the surface....forget I even mentioned it.....but please get QUALITY MF towels.
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The microfiber towels I have are from walmart and Canadian tire, pretty sure they aren't ideal quality. I looked on the geek website (forgot the name) and there's a TON of microfiber towels. Which do you recommend for drying, polishing, buffing?
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The microfiber towels I have are from walmart and Canadian tire, pretty sure they aren't ideal quality. I looked on the geek website (forgot the name) and there's a TON of microfiber towels. Which do you recommend for drying, polishing, buffing?
The site is Autogeek.net. Tons of choices...I like 14x14 or 12x12 size....price point of about $3.00 per towel is good quality on AG.
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Yeah but what brand should I go for?
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Yeah but what brand should I go for?
AG....try the super soft pack in green or blue....I think you get six for about 18.00...not sure on shipping cost. I believe they are 16 x16. I have used them in the past and were good quality.
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AG....try the super soft pack in green or blue....I think you get six for about 18.00...not sure on shipping cost. I believe they are 16 x16. I have used them in the past and were good quality.
The mf towels I have aren't very absorbent though. I'll see if they are.
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The mf towels I have aren't very absorbent though. I'll see if they are.
Yes...a good MF towel takes at least two or three strong wrings by hand to release water....and still damp. Good luck and more than happy to help you in any way I can.
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Quick question.


Washed, clayed, washed, polished by hand and buffed with mf towels. The swirl marks and water marks (or as someone said heavy metals from the water) are still there. I still have to wax it but do any of you guys have suggestions on what more I can do?

Oh and I used compound too. Before the first wash (also washing beforehand).
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Quick question.

Washed, clayed, washed, polished by hand and buffed with mf towels. The swirl marks and water marks (or as someone said heavy metals from the water) are still there. I still have to wax it but do any of you guys have suggestions on what more I can do?

Oh and I used compound too. Before the first wash (also washing beforehand).
You may need a machine compound and polish....by hand will only remove very minor micro marring or swirls. If by hand you should step up to a compound...but any action by hand is going not be anywhere near a machine.
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You may need a machine compound and polish....by hand will only remove very minor micro marring or swirls. If by hand you should step up to a compound...but any action by hand is going not be anywhere near a machine.
Gotcha. Thanks man. Also I just got this

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It's unbelievable. But my battery died after only a door and a fender.
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Go to harbor freight and pick up a plug in there under 20$ you can even get a 20% coupon and save some more. Cordless drills will just keep dying the are good for some things but not polishing cars
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Ugh I'm really hating the big corporations that cheap out on products now...I'll go grab a corded one. There are no cords in my garage (I live in an apartment) but I do have a plug connector for the car. What do you guys think? Is it harmful to run use the cars battery like that?
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Gotcha. Thanks man. Also I just got this

It's unbelievable. But my battery died after only a door and a fender.
Sorry brother....but drills are not meant to be used to machine polish. If you want results you need to get a DA polisher.....visit Autogeek.net and prepare to spend at least $150. Or bring it to a detailer....but me I say DIY.
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Alright. I guess this'll do for these 6 months. After that I'll get a machine. A full detail once every 6 months right?
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Till I get a nice kit. I have this cool setup happening.

Emergency battery -> Inverter from accessory port -> conventional plug -> buffer/polisher lol.



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[QUOTE="Kustumb;1733991"]Ugh I'm really hating the big corporations that cheap out on products now...I'll go grab a corded one. There are no cords in my garage (I live in an apartment) but I do have a plug connector for the car. What do you guys think? Is it harmful to run use the cars battery like that?[/

I know what you mean i even work at harbor freight and don't buy tools from them even with my 20% off quality over quantity
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Alright. I guess this'll do for these 6 months. After that I'll get a machine. A full detail once every 6 months right?
For me...not a daily driver so once a year....all depends on what the surface is exposed to. To much of a good thing is not good. LOL.
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