Detailing Guide

Discussion in 'Mustang Sound & Shine All' started by NastyStang113, Jan 16, 2009.


  1. Mikes433

    Mikes433 New Member

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  2. I candy

    I candy Founding Member

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    any sugestions of buffing pads and kits? i'm looking into the ones i seen on tv. but don't know who makes them they have the different color pads that go with different polishes and waxes.
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    Spend some time reading through the detailing forums on Autopia, Autogeek, and Meguiars Online. Autogeek has some nice starter kits that come with a DA polisher (dual action) such as the PC 7424, Flex, or G110, a handful of polishing pads, and some compounds, polishes, and LSP (last step product).

    I have the PC7424 DA and also the Chicago Electric rotary, a handful of lake country pads (at least one of each: blue fine finishing, black finishing, white polishing, orange compounding, and yellow compounding), and a couple of wool bonnets. I've tried a few different compounds and polishes and I really like Menzerna products and the Meguiars M105 and M205 line. I tried the Pinnacle XMT stuff and wasn't very impressed. It seems to breakdown way too quickly and IMO doesn't finish off very well.

    Here's a couple pics of my old Grand Prix GTP I detailed. I started with a wool bonnet and Menzerna power-gloss on the rotary, and finished it off with Pinnacle XMT fine swirl remover on a white polishing pad, and topped it with NXT 2.0 wax.

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    I think its safe to say that each person finds his/her own methods to achieve the desirable results. FWIW, this Grand Prix was my first attempt at detailing and it was a great learning experience for me. My Mustang was in much better shape than that car and I was able to refine the finish to bring out the gloss and cut down on the relatively few swirls that were present. I've also detailed a few other cars since then and I feel more confident with my approach each time I do it. If you're serious about trying to do paint correction, my recommendation is to buy a nice starter kit from one of the sites I listed above, practice on a car you don't really care too much about, and do what you can to educate yourself by reading the online paint correction tutorials that are contained in the websites I listed above. Good luck and if you have more questions don't hesitate to ask.
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    Man, cant wait to get put and do my car. But do not some systems are different and require their own methos. Zaino is my go to and its similar but some things are different.
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    Great post! I do have a question about something that wasn't covered (hard to believe since this was so detailed :)) Do you have any recommendations about cleaning maintaining the cloth convertible tops? I use Mother's Showtime detail spray each evening when I put the car in the garage, but I am not sure the best way for keeping the convertible top clean between washings.
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    Great Post!!!
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