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Old 04-23-2012, 10:55 AM   #1
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Dripping wet Menzerna polish on my Black Camaro with a PC7424

Just spent all weekend (well, 13 hours!) polishing my 2011 RS. Even after careful waterless washing this winter, I still acquired some swirls that I want to get rid of for the summer. Here's what I did...

Washed with Chemical Guys Citrus Wash And Gloss--used my standard 2 bucket/2 sponge method, along with presoaking with my Foammaster gun. I used a very concentrated wash to strip off the old wax and sealant.

Then clayed the whole car using Meguair's Clay kit ($5.00 at a Kmart store that was closing!)

Menzerna SIP (PO83) and a PC7424---polished the whole car, using a total of 3 orange Lake County pads. This polish was aggressive enough to get rid of about 95% of my swirls.

Menzerna Nano SF4000--I could have stopped with one polish, but this really amped up the gloss. I used white LC pads.

Another CG Citrus wash, to get rid of all the leftover oils from the polish--high concentration again.

Then a coat of Chemical Guys EZ Creme Glaze on a blue pad--1st time I've used a PC7424 to apply...this stuff is amazing!

And finally a coat of Black Fire Wet Diamond sealant to lock everything in. I applied this by hand.

I used all these products after reading online reviews, and I couldn't be happier. All were easy on, easy off.

I really like the first picture...the mirror finish is soooo good that I got a double reflection of out basketball hoop!!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:57 AM   #2
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That looks OUTSTANDING!!!!

I'm glad to see your product choice, its obvious you hang out on detailing forums and enjoy the good stuff. Great looking Camaro!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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That looks OUTSTANDING!!!!

I'm glad to see your product choice, its obvious you hang out on detailing forums and enjoy the good stuff. Great looking Camaro!

Thanks. It's pretty amazing a complete amateur like me can get these results. I now have enough product and tools to do a dozen cars, at the cost of taking it to a professional detailer. After seeing my car, I've had offers to do others now, so I may come out ahead!!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #4
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Thanks. It's pretty amazing a complete amateur like me can get these results. I now have enough product and tools to do a dozen cars, at the cost of taking it to a professional detailer. After seeing my car, I've had offers to do others now, so I may come out ahead!!
car looks great!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:45 PM   #5
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Does look awesome! I know the feeling, I spent two days on my GXP.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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I just got my 7424XP in the mail today along with a couple of velcro pads...but, alas, no velcro backing pad...gotta get one.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:25 AM   #7
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Thanks. It's pretty amazing a complete amateur like me can get these results. I now have enough product and tools to do a dozen cars, at the cost of taking it to a professional detailer. After seeing my car, I've had offers to do others now, so I may come out ahead!!
Menzerna Polishes and BLACKFIRE's sealants not only make it easy for an "amateur like you" (you words) to create that level of shine, but these are the same products that are used by world-famous detailers who prepare cars for the most exclusive car shows in the world, where every drop of shine counts. Great job again!
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:49 AM   #8
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Your car looks amazing. Love your process and product choices. You're a man who's chasing the perfect shine. Can't wait til I get to give my own a little TLC. The cobblers children go barefoot.

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Old 04-24-2012, 04:20 PM   #9
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so...I'm up to three people wanting me to polish their cars...I dare not post any pics on any other social media!! I like my weekends too much!
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:59 PM   #10
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so...I'm up to three people wanting me to polish their cars...I dare not post any pics on any other social media!! I like my weekends too much!
Haha wait til you see the money...

I started as a hobbyist, learned everything I could and now that's my primary source of income. I found I can make in a day what I made in a week at my old job.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:24 PM   #11
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Haha wait til you see the money...

I started as a hobbyist, learned everything I could and now that's my primary source of income. I found I can make in a day what I made in a week at my old job.
2nd that! Your going to love it! Great work using great products for the OCD in you!

Keep us posted on your detailing other rides.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:42 AM   #12
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I was asked about tire dressing...I used Bondo Restore Black. I love the deep black matte color it leaves, and it lasts for months. A little pricey, but well worth it.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:35 PM   #13
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Car looks great. Hey Todd, how does the Blackfire compare to Wolfgangs? I'm currently using Wolfgangs Finish glaze followed by sealant 3.0 and am getting good results. However I am always willing to try new stuff.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:34 PM   #14
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Looks great, Black is hard to deal with but you done good. You have a crack going up you right fender..lol J/K
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