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Old 09-23-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Junkman's, The Mother of All "How to Fix Your Paint for Novices" Thread!

(Because so many folks have requested to see my videos on paint correction from A-Z, I decided to make a totally new batch! Enjoy... )

That's right boys and girls, The Junkman has went and made paint correction so easy, a caveman could do it! In the following videos, I cover the entire process from start to finish. The first two videos are worth their weight in gold for the information alone. I don't even start working on the paint until the third video but the amount of information I cover in the first two videos is priceless. Do NOT skip through them!

If you have ever been apprehensive about using a machine to rid your paint of scratches and swirls, you will definitely not be worried after watching this video series. I break it down to a level where a 10 year old can watch these videos and start fixing paint. The supplies and equipment that I use are readily available in the USA and abroad (for the most part). If you have a serious desire to finally fix your paint and about 1 hour and 54 minutes, then this video series is totally for you. After you have watched this series, you will not believe how easy I have made this.

So sit back and get out some popcorn, kick up your feet and enjoy. The Junkman is about to burst onto your screen in a way that only the Junkman can!


Here are your before and after shots, which won't make a lot of sense until you have watched the videos, especially when you see how the number "2" ended up in the paint!


BEFORE...




AFTER!






Part 1 - Hey boys and girls! Finally, a video series that takes the process of paint correction from the beginning to the end (from claying to waxing). Although I do not apply any wax at the end, I cover everything else in detail. This series is 1 hour and 54 minutes long so that should give you an idea as to how much detail I go into.

In this first video, I talk in detail about exactly what paint correction is. I also go into detail about the polishing technique you should use as well as the best product on the market that you should buy. I cover other topics too so just sit back and kick up your feet. This video is 15 minutes and 7 seconds long.





Part 2 - In this video, I go into detail about exactly what I use to remove the paint damage within this video series. I name and visually show every piece of equipment as well as all of the products necessary to do paint correction. In some cases, I even offer up a location where you can find the products that I use. I talk about why I chose to use the products that I use as well as what I don't use. If you want a list of these items, WATCH THIS VIDEO.





Part 3 - Okay, in this video I identify the damage that we are going to repair. I even go as far to create some damage just to ensure that my paint will be more jacked up than your paint. I then go into detail about claying, and what it does for your finish. Last of all, I show how to assemble the PC-7424XP so that we can start the polishing process. The video following this video will be in high definition so that you can clearly see the damage and the effectiveness of my repair.





Part 4 - Because I wanted the viewers of this video to be able to see the results of the work that I did in high detail, I uploaded this video in high definition. That took 12 hours!

In this video, I actually go into the proper technique for polishing with the PC-7424XP, showing me using the machine properly. I show the polishes that I use, the pads that each polish is used on, how to work the polisher and how much polish should be used. I also talk about the importance of not using too much polish and clogging up the pores in the pads, which makes the whole process worthless. I go into the discussion of how long to work a polish and when to stop (after a polish flashes). I show which order the polishes are used and explain why you use them in that order.

One thing that I stress in this video is the importance of a solid technique. I talk about and show the technique that I use, as well as how to ensure that you are developing a solid technique. As I say often in this video series, "Technique trumps product 365, 24/7. No matter who's polishes you decide to use, none of them will work worth a darn if your technique sucks. Technique rules!





Conclusion - I recap my process and allow you into my mindset concerning paint correction and caring for your paint.




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Old 09-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #2
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Awesome post! Thanks for that.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:22 AM   #4
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You must be talking about my dancing?
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What great info, thanks! I have a question. I used a clay bar for the first time yesterday on one section to to make sure I was using it right. It's awesome, don't know why I waited so long to use it. Can you tell me how often one should clay bar? Didn't know if doing it too much would harm the paint. Oh, does polishing have to be applied after clay barring? Just wondered if that had to be done.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:47 AM   #8
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What great info, thanks! I have a question. I used a clay bar for the first time yesterday on one section to to make sure I was using it right. It's awesome, don't know why I waited so long to use it. Can you tell me how often one should clay bar? Didn't know if doing it too much would harm the paint. Oh, does polishing have to be applied after clay barring? Just wondered if that had to be done.
Clay can mar the paint, so make sure to use it with plenty of lube.

Polishing does not have to be used after claying, but polishing will result in a better shine.

General guideline is clay bar your car at least 2x a year so every 6 months, but to determine specifically go outside with a baggie, put your hand in it and run it over your car. If you feel hundreds of tiny bumps, it's time to clay. This is called the baggie test.
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... General guideline is clay bar your car at least 2x a year so every 6 months...
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...but to determine specifically go outside with a baggie, put your hand in it and run it over your car. If you feel hundreds of tiny bumps, it's time to clay. This is called the baggie test.
I agree 100%

Here's the deal RedHot. Everyone is not going to subject their car to the same exact elements so there is not "set" amount of time between claying. My car specifically has not been completely clayed in years, however, it lives in a garage and really doesn't see the road for 5 months out of the year. A guy who's car sits in a driveway year round will clay his paint 10 times as much as I. But just as I show in those videos, the baggie test is the ultimate measuring stick. The baggie test NEVER lies and if the bag says you need to clay, then you need to clay. That is the ONLY determining factor that I use or go by.
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I agree 100%

Here's the deal RedHot. Everyone is not going to subject their car to the same exact elements so there is not "set" amount of time between claying. My car specifically has not been completely clayed in years, however, it lives in a garage and really doesn't see the road for 5 months out of the year. A guy who's car sits in a driveway year round will clay his paint 10 times as much as I. But just as I show in those videos, the baggie test is the ultimate measuring stick. The baggie test NEVER lies and if the bag says you need to clay, then you need to clay. That is the ONLY determining factor that I use or go by.
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I just assumed that we are not talking about a garage queen, hence the "general guidelines"
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I just assumed that we are not talking about a garage queen, hence the "general guidelines"
I'm with ya'. But since I started the thread, I want to be as thorough as possible. Sometimes, two different people will read the same exact thing and come to 2 different conclusions.
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fair enough, better to be more thorough then less
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Awesome set of videos. I actually took notes like a good student would, as I have never even held a machine polisher...much less used one. I am going to acquire the items and products shown, and will try to get my car polished out by the winter time. Unfortunately, I have to daily drive it, but will avoid anything that will harm it at all costs! Thanks!
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Hey Junkman can I bring you my car Its a 2012 black Camaro and its has swirls all over It. :(
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Since I'm a subscriber I saw these pop up when you posted them and immediately started watching. As a veteran from watching your first series of videos multiple times, I'm still learning and am thankful you've taken the time to post these for us - much appreciated AJ.
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Awesome set of videos. I actually took notes like a good student would, as I have never even held a machine polisher...much less used one. I am going to acquire the items and products shown, and will try to get my car polished out by the winter time. Unfortunately, I have to daily drive it, but will avoid anything that will harm it at all costs! Thanks!
I wish more people would take notes! You would be surprised how much stuff you have missed when you watch any of my videos a second, third or forth time. There's a ton of information in them and there is no way for a novice to retain it all after only watching them 1 time.

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... or Halle Barry! Hell, I ain't picky. I'll accept any woman who's cute in the face, thin in the waist and has her own place.

Hey Gixxer, you can bring it but my prices might make you run back to Tennessee!

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Since I'm a subscriber I saw these pop up when you posted them and immediately started watching. As a veteran from watching your first series of videos multiple times, I'm still learning and am thankful you've taken the time to post these for us - much appreciated AJ.
Yep Chad, we go back a bit. Glad you are finding them useful.

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Is it really worth it to go through all of this on a daily driven car that gets driven through snow in the winter? I feel like unless its a garaged car, I'd be wasting my time as slowly the swirls will keep coming back. Please do correct me if I'm wrong!
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Is it really worth it to go through all of this on a daily driven car that gets driven through snow in the winter? I feel like unless its a garaged car, I'd be wasting my time as slowly the swirls will keep coming back. Please do correct me if I'm wrong!
That is strictly a call the owner has to make, as is a lot of things. Pride has everything to do with my choice and has pretty much been the major factor in all the major decisions in my life. I mean, I could have joined the Navy, the Air Force or the Army but I didn't. I went the hard azz route and joined the Marines. All because of them dress blues. Man, I love my dress blues.

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