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Old 06-20-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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2008 Lincoln MKX Detail

Today's job was to clean up and do a full polish on a 2008 Lincoln MKX.

Products Used:
Optimum Car Wash
Adam's All Purpose Cleaner
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
Various Brushes
Iron X
Lake Country Foam Sponge
Mother's Clay Bar
ONR diluted for Clay Lube
Werkstat Satin Prot
Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus
Adam's In N Out Spray
Optimum Hyper Polish
Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad
Blackfire Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection
Lake Country Hydro Tech Crimson Finishing Pad
Blackfire Midnight Sun Ivory Carnauba Wax


Before: Car was relatively clean when dropped off

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First step was a strip wash. Wash solution was a mixture of Adam's APC and Optimum Car Wash.

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Next, Iron X was used to pull out contaminants. I suspected I would find a lot, and I was right.

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After a good rinse to get all of that putrid stuff off the paint, it was time to clay. My favorite clay is just plain old Mother's, with an ONR solution as lube. The paint was still trashed after the wash and IronX. The picture shown is after only one front fender...

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I then washed the wheels, wells, and tires using Adam's All Purpose Cleaner and Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner, coupled with various brushes. The (plastic) wheels were badly stained and etched, so I just shined them up the best I could. Why a $45,000 luxury SUV comes with cheap plastic hubs is beyond me...

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Next was another quick wash to get all residue off the paint, and dried with a Cobra Supreme Guzzler.

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I like to then attack the interior while I let the drips run out and make sure everything is completely dry. The interior was vacuumed and cleaned. This plush leather and beautiful interior deserved the best, so it was dressed with Werkstat Satin Prot, which leaves a beautiful satin finish and no residue.

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This particular customer did not want the engine bay washed with water, so I cleaned it up the best I could with my ONR solution of Waterless Wash. It was then dressed with Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus and Adam's In N Out Spray for the tricky areas.

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After everything was clean, and I was satisfied that I wouldn't have any drips interrupting me, I moved on to polish. The paint needed very minimal correction. There were hardly any swirls, and any defects that were present were too deep/large to be fixed by polishing.

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First things first, you have to have some good tunes.

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Since I didn't need to really correct much, I chose to forgo any compounds and just use Optimum Hyper Polish to shine things up. This was coupled with an Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad.

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Fast forward a few hours and the one-step polishing is done.

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All that was left then was to choose my weapon from my vast shelf of sealants. I'd normally go with Werkstat Acrylic Jett for a silver like this, but I was feeling a little generous and decided to go with Blackfire's two-step Wet Ice Over Fire combo. A layer of Blackfire Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection sealant was put down with a PC and a Crimson Finishing pad. This was followed by a layer of Blackfire Midnight Sun Carnauba Wax. The results were jaw-dropping, albeit a little hard to capture on camera.

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After the paint was nice and protected, the tires were finally completely dry and ready to be addressed. I chose to apply a tire sealant called Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus. This was also applied to all plastic and rubber trim. Here are some 50/50 shots with the Ultima applied to the right hand side.

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Finally, some after shots of the whole car.

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I will be posting some in-depth reviews of some of the products used, so keep an eye out. There are some real gems you won't want to miss, and some you might want to..
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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Great work and attention to detail. Great to see so many products use on this job.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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Nice job! Great work on the engine bay!!
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:52 PM   #4
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How much time on that detail,you deserve a cold one
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:56 PM   #5
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How much time on that detail,you deserve a cold one
Was only a one step polish, so that one was about 8 hours. And yes, there was no lag between handing off keys to cracking one open



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Old 06-20-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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I"corrected"my wifes car on fathers day,this was my way of having fun trying out all the new stuff and it took a good 7-8 hrs.Afterwards I stuffed myself at the garden followed by d-zert and a few drinks to relax,good times
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:55 PM   #7
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That towel, it's massive, like wtf. Is it a rug? Blanket? I can't get over how big it is haha

Great job on the detail, looks great!

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Old 06-21-2012, 09:07 AM   #8
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That towel, it's massive, like wtf. Is it a rug? Blanket? I can't get over how big it is haha

Great job on the detail, looks great!

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Hahaha, my thoughts exactly

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Old 06-21-2012, 09:25 AM   #9
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Nice work.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:41 PM   #10
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You do nice work
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:57 PM   #11
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I'm going to buy one of these towels now, I am fascinated by its size!

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Old 06-28-2012, 03:04 PM   #12
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I'm going to buy one of these towels now, I am fascinated by its size!
That's what she said!

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Old 06-28-2012, 04:23 PM   #13
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