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Old 07-21-2013, 08:48 AM   #51
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I know. The emoji was due to the continuous im high humidity here so my window if applying is very short.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:25 AM   #52
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Wow.

Just. Wow.

Thank you very much for putting this together. I really, really appreciate the time and effort you put into this. Thank you again.

I bought my first Camaro 3/28/13, and while I've always kept my vehicles cleaner than most people, this will be the first car that I'm going to go "full tilt" on, as far as clay bars, and polishing, etc, etc. (I have already picked up the PC7424XP, but haven't pulled the trigger on pads or polish yet). So, I'm a 50 year old "new guy".

The very first paragraph of your original post not only describes me and my car situation, but also my exact experience in doing my own detailing research. No offense meant to any of the existing resources, or their creators (there is tons of great stuff out there), but I found myself trying to file/keep track of 50+ different thread/websites/videos, and always thinking I was missing some important step/detail/process. Yeah, I'm an "overthinker", and yeah, most people consider me a bit of a nut as far as washing my car too often, or my "please don't touch that" attitude, but I just want my new Camaro to look right as much as reasonably possible, and to stay looking that way as long as possible.

I'll still be leaning on some other resources; videos for example (nothing better than actually being able to watch someone do something, it's a great compliment to reading step by step instructions), but this thread just became my detailing "home base".

Did I hear anyone say "sticky"
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:30 AM   #53
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Wow.

Just. Wow.

Thank you very much for putting this together. I really, really appreciate the time and effort you put into this. Thank you again.

I bought my first Camaro 3/28/13, and while I've always kept my vehicles cleaner than most people, this will be the first car that I'm going to go "full tilt" on, as far as clay bars, and polishing, etc, etc. (I have already picked up the PC7424XP, but haven't pulled the trigger on pads or polish yet). So, I'm a 50 year old "new guy".

The very first paragraph of your original post not only describes me and my car situation, but also my exact experience in doing my own detailing research. No offense meant to any of the existing resources, or their creators (there is tons of great stuff out there), but I found myself trying to file/keep track of 50+ different thread/websites/videos, and always thinking I was missing some important step/detail/process. Yeah, I'm an "overthinker", and yeah, most people consider me a bit of a nut as far as washing my car too often, or my "please don't touch that" attitude, but I just want my new Camaro to look right as much as reasonably possible, and to stay looking that way as long as possible.

I'll still be leaning on some other resources; videos for example (nothing better than actually being able to watch someone do something, it's a great compliment to reading step by step instructions), but this thread just became my detailing "home base".

Did I hear anyone say "sticky"

you say please
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #54
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you say please
Most of the time......I find it makes the slap upside the head easier for them to take....
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #55
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Wow.

Just. Wow.

Thank you very much for putting this together. I really, really appreciate the time and effort you put into this. Thank you again.

I bought my first Camaro 3/28/13, and while I've always kept my vehicles cleaner than most people, this will be the first car that I'm going to go "full tilt" on, as far as clay bars, and polishing, etc, etc. (I have already picked up the PC7424XP, but haven't pulled the trigger on pads or polish yet). So, I'm a 50 year old "new guy".

The very first paragraph of your original post not only describes me and my car situation, but also my exact experience in doing my own detailing research. No offense meant to any of the existing resources, or their creators (there is tons of great stuff out there), but I found myself trying to file/keep track of 50+ different thread/websites/videos, and always thinking I was missing some important step/detail/process. Yeah, I'm an "overthinker", and yeah, most people consider me a bit of a nut as far as washing my car too often, or my "please don't touch that" attitude, but I just want my new Camaro to look right as much as reasonably possible, and to stay looking that way as long as possible.

I'll still be leaning on some other resources; videos for example (nothing better than actually being able to watch someone do something, it's a great compliment to reading step by step instructions), but this thread just became my detailing "home base".

Did I hear anyone say "sticky"
Thanks a lot. I'm just glad I can share some of what I've learned.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:28 PM   #56
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A w e s o m e !

I never knew about the iron de-contamination. I thought clay took care of that.

As to polishing outside in the sun. I'm concerned that dust/dirt will fall on the car as I'm polishing. I take it I shouldn't polish outside unless there is no wind?
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:55 PM   #57
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A w e s o m e !

I never knew about the iron de-contamination. I thought clay took care of that.

As to polishing outside in the sun. I'm concerned that dust/dirt will fall on the car as I'm polishing. I take it I shouldn't polish outside unless there is no wind?
You should never polish outside.
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You should never polish outside.
Great! That's what made the most sense anyway.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:58 PM   #59
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Don't recommend polishing in the sun.
Even tho, poor boys brands states their stuff works even in the sun.
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:44 PM   #60
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lol, I exclusively polish outdoors. Wish I had a garage or cover

It's possible, but it is a pain in the butt. Or a "paint" in the butt ja ja ja. Stupidly corny, I know
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:59 PM   #61
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lol, I exclusively polish outdoors. Wish I had a garage or cover

It's possible, but it is a pain in the butt. Or a "paint" in the butt ja ja ja. Stupidly corny, I know
I've never tried polishing outdoors. What is the reason behind not doing it ?
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:47 PM   #62
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I've never tried polishing outdoors. What is the reason behind not doing it ?
It's a pain lol, hot panels don't like being rubbed and getting hotter.

You have to use more product.

You have to use more pads.

You have to be mindful of the panel temps and pad condition.

Oh and you want to be mindful of wind and dust too.

As I said, it's a pain.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #63
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It's a pain lol, hot panels don't like being rubbed and getting hotter.

You have to use more product.

You have to use more pads.

You have to be mindful of the panel temps and pad condition.

Oh and you want to be mindful of wind and dust too.

As I said, it's a pain.
Damn, sounds like it
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And bugs. Damn bugs like to get on the paint just as you're ready pass over the panel with your PC.
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Immigrants mowing lawns u must be very mindful of them when doing anything outdoors.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:36 PM   #66
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Immigrants mowing lawns u must be very mindful of them when doing anything outdoors.

We are a nation of "immigrants" Are you full blooded native american?

I hate to rant but I dislike the connotation.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:34 PM   #67
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:27 PM   #68
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To get us back on topic....

With my convertible I use my car dryer (AKA leaf blower) to blow dust off the top and paint before I even rinse. It works pretty well to get dust/pollen off the top and minimize having to get it wet. After I'm all done I use a lint roller on the canvas.

Your thoughts on this approach?
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:24 PM   #70
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I am glad to read this BUT scared at the same time that I am going to miss something and cause paint issues later! LOL. Once I do this process, I am sure I will get it. I dont use car washes. My car is 3 months old. I let the rain wash it. its garaged. I notice spots on my vinyl stripes, I will buy "turtle ice' or UV protectant for the stripes. I have 2 dents that I am getting removed (dang dings from cars parked too close) then, a touch up on a few paint scratches, then, I can focus on my waxing!
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