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Old 02-15-2014, 08:10 PM   #1
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Detailing Black Cars

I have a 2014 Black 5.0. It has a good bit of swirls and hairline scratches when I look at it in the direct sunlight. Washing it makes it look worse. Im a newb to waxing and polishing. Can anyone help me out on maybe what to do to get it looking new again?
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I'm in the same boat. Got a new 2013 black mustang and barely know how to wash a car right. I need tips for washing and detailing it tooClick image for larger version

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Old 02-18-2014, 10:49 AM   #3
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For any cleaning or detailing info, check out the youtube channel - /DRIVE Clean or AMMO NYC. The guy that does both is awesome. He shows all the tips, tricks, tools and chemicals to use.

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i have the swirls as well, black cars look classy but are a PITA to maintain
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Definitely check out the Ammo guy. He knows his stuff.

The basics for washing a black car include one general rule. Touch the car as LITTLE as possible. If you have access to a good quality leaf blower or air dryer, use it. Towels will scratch the bajesus out of black paint. Using a polish for fine swirls and microscratches, a glaze to top that, and a good quality wax, that alone will bring back a deep shine and hide most of the microscatches and swirls.

Black cars require a ton of upkeep compared to other colors, if you want the paint looking fresh. I can type for days on end telling you different things for paint correction, but the truth is... Youtube is your friend. As ish said before, the Ammo guy is a detailing Guru. He'll tell you all you need to know.
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I can agree with watching the AMMO videos.... Larry really knows his stuff, and the videos aren't like you are a person he is teaching through a video, he shows all the tips and tricks from a personal level.
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I can also type for days ab car detailing. Check this video out, it's a complete wash+dry how-to video featuring a jet black BMW. It's by Chemical Guys and I recommend their products (I've got ab $100-$150 into them already). When you get ab 15 minutes of free time, give it a shot.

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I can also type for days ab car detailing. Check this video out, it's a complete wash+dry how-to video featuring a jet black BMW. It's by Chemical Guys and I recommend their products (I've got ab $100-$150 into them already). When you get ab 15 minutes of free time, give it a shot.


I have to stop watching chemical guy videos. Now i want that foam gun.

Very good video as well.
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I have to stop watching chemical guy videos. Now i want that foam gun.

Very good video as well.
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Watch the Adams videos, just as good as ammo if not better. Plus his products are all American made.

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Watch the Adams videos, just as good as ammo if not better. Plus his products are all American made.

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Adams is good, but you can tell that they are a company trying to sell you something. Larry from AMMO truly does care about the people who watch the videos, and doesn't go out of his way to try to sell you stuff.
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Check out auto geek.net Lots of good info and good products on there. Here is what I would do as I have owned a black 'stand (2012) and this combo works. Its best to have a polisher when doing this.

2 bucket wash
clay the car
Wolfgang swirl remover 2.0
Meguiar's M205
Finish with Blackfire Wet Diamond or Wax/sealant of choice.
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Try the quick detailer spray by turtle wax it will say for black cars. I use to use it on my black 2012 it does a amazing job at hiding the swirls
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This hasn't really been mentioned in this thread yet but for a black car since you are more likely to see small swirl marks and imperfections I would recommend a good sealant over a wax or glaze. The sealant is designed to last a LOT longer than any wax or glaze. Something that eliminates friction and static charge on the paint, so dust is repelled from it rather than sticks to it. This will cut down how many times you have to do the whole wash, clay, polish wax ect....
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This hasn't really been mentioned in this thread yet but for a black car since you are more likely to see small swirl marks and imperfections I would recommend a good sealant over a wax or glaze. The sealant is designed to last a LOT longer than any wax or glaze. Something that eliminates friction and static charge on the paint, so dust is repelled from it rather than sticks to it. This will cut down how many times you have to do the whole wash, clay, polish wax ect....
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Most sealants last around six months. Wax can be put on top for additional protection and increased aesthetic satisfaction.

Then there's ceramic clear coats... The "permanent" and superior solution to car care on the market right now.
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The swirls can be removed with swirl remover. By hand or high speed buffer. After u use that rinse the car off with just water to get any of the dryied up swirl remover. If u do it by hand dont put a lot of pressure on the pad. Also do it while car is cool. After rinse dry car with a shammy. Then buy some quick detailer spray wax and spray a section at a time snd wipe with a micro-fider rag. Hope this helps..
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The swirls can be removed with swirl remover. By hand or high speed buffer. After u use that rinse the car off with just water to get any of the dryied up swirl remover. If u do it by hand dont put a lot of pressure on the pad. Also do it while car is cool. After rinse dry car with a shammy. Then buy some quick detailer spray wax and spray a section at a time snd wipe with a micro-fider rag. Hope this helps..
I just ordered this kit. I swear the Kona blue color is just as bad as black or close to it when it comes to showing swirl marks and light scratches.



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