Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com
 
Vector Motorsports
Go Back   Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com > Technical Camaro Topics > Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection

Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection Anything related to keeping your Camaro clean and in good cosmetic condition.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-14-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
iLLcoolZ
NSM
 
iLLcoolZ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 AGM 2SS/RS
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 213
The paint has been messed up.

Hey guys,

I have a pretty big problem. Our neighbours were doing some painting to their house, and I'm guessing with the wind, the paint mixed with dust (Kuwait is a dusty place), and that mixture settled all over our cars!! Now, the entire car is rough, including the windows. My friends told me to polish the car, and that should get it fixed. But what about the windows? The color of the car is the same, but it's just not smooth anymore :(. What do I do? I really need your help guys, I'm incredibly pissed and disappointed.
__________________
Stay hungry, stay foolish.

iLLcoolZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
CamaroDreams07
Black Belt Shinemaster
 
CamaroDreams07's Avatar
 
Drives: Shinier than yours
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Lansing, MI
Posts: 9,208
Quote:
Originally Posted by iLLcoolZ View Post
Hey guys,

I have a pretty big problem. Our neighbours were doing some painting to their house, and I'm guessing with the wind, the paint mixed with dust (Kuwait is a dusty place), and that mixture settled all over our cars!! Now, the entire car is rough, including the windows. My friends told me to polish the car, and that should get it fixed. But what about the windows? The color of the car is the same, but it's just not smooth anymore :(. What do I do? I really need your help guys, I'm incredibly pissed and disappointed.

Don't worry, it's easily fixable. A clay bar will take care of that problem easily. Wash the car well, then clay it. It'll take some time and elbow grease, but it'll come out better than new.

*In life, there are no nandroids*
__________________
Find my reviews helpful? Consider making a donation to the supply/beer fund
CamaroDreams07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 03:08 PM   #3
iLLcoolZ
NSM
 
iLLcoolZ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 AGM 2SS/RS
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 213
Quote:
Originally Posted by CamaroDreams07 View Post
Don't worry, it's easily fixable. A clay bar will take care of that problem easily. Wash the car well, then clay it. It'll take some time and elbow grease, but it'll come out better than new.

*In life, there are no nandroids*
You know what the problem is, I personally don't know how to use that stuff, so I'm taking to a car wash that does everything related to getting a car clean and detailing, they told me they'll fix it by using that huge spinning brush with polish in order to smoothen it all out. Should that be able to get the job done?
__________________
Stay hungry, stay foolish.

iLLcoolZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 03:17 PM   #4
CamaroDreams07
Black Belt Shinemaster
 
CamaroDreams07's Avatar
 
Drives: Shinier than yours
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Lansing, MI
Posts: 9,208
Quote:
Originally Posted by iLLcoolZ View Post
You know what the problem is, I personally don't know how to use that stuff, so I'm taking to a car wash that does everything related to getting a car clean and detailing, they told me they'll fix it by using that huge spinning brush with polish in order to smoothen it all out. Should that be able to get the job done?
That'll probably do more harm than good. Definitely wouldn't recommend that. It's like using a chainsaw to trim your fingernails.

*In life, there are no nandroids*
__________________
Find my reviews helpful? Consider making a donation to the supply/beer fund
CamaroDreams07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 03:31 PM   #5
Ryanbabz71


 
Ryanbabz71's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 Camaro 2SS Convertible
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Avon, Indiana
Posts: 2,804
Quote:
Originally Posted by iLLcoolZ View Post
You know what the problem is, I personally don't know how to use that stuff, so I'm taking to a car wash that does everything related to getting a car clean and detailing, they told me they'll fix it by using that huge spinning brush with polish in order to smoothen it all out. Should that be able to get the job done?
Oh my god

Don't do that!

Claybar it


Ryan
__________________
Ryan
* 2012 2SS Camaro Convertible Ashen Gray
Car Photos http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=257256
Ryanbabz71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 03:31 PM   #6
iLLcoolZ
NSM
 
iLLcoolZ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 AGM 2SS/RS
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 213
Quote:
Originally Posted by CamaroDreams07 View Post
That'll probably do more harm than good. Definitely wouldn't recommend that. It's like using a chainsaw to trim your fingernails.

*In life, there are no nandroids*
What I meant, is that he'll use a buffer. I'll see what my options are tomorrow, thank you for your help.
__________________
Stay hungry, stay foolish.

iLLcoolZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 03:32 PM   #7
Angelo@Autopia
 
Angelo@Autopia's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 Ford Focus ST
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Tampa Bay
Posts: 939
Quote:
Originally Posted by iLLcoolZ View Post
You know what the problem is, I personally don't know how to use that stuff, so I'm taking to a car wash that does everything related to getting a car clean and detailing, they told me they'll fix it by using that huge spinning brush with polish in order to smoothen it all out. Should that be able to get the job done?
Now that's something I would stay away from, you need to use clay and then follow up with polishing to bring it back. Ask them if they know anything about claying a car.
Angelo@Autopia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 03:32 PM   #8
iLLcoolZ
NSM
 
iLLcoolZ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 AGM 2SS/RS
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 213
Quote:
Originally Posted by Angelo@Autopia View Post
Now that's something I would stay away from, you need to use clay and then follow up with polishing to bring it back. Ask them if they know anything about claying a car.
I will, I'm gonna pass by another place that's been around for a really long time, they should know what to do. Thank you
__________________
Stay hungry, stay foolish.

iLLcoolZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 04:53 PM   #9
ihaveacamaro
I like teeth.
 
ihaveacamaro's Avatar
 
Drives: #198
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Posts: 4,598
If anyone is going to put your car through a machine that flaps at it like a retarded fish or everything is timed by the machine with no human involvement, just walk away. You WILL do more harm than good.

Clay bar is the way to go. It's insanely easy to use. Just spray some clay lube on your car and on your clay bar. Slide it gently on the paint side to side, until you feel the paint go smooth. Repeat and continue. When you see that the clay bar has all these tiny specks in it of contamination, smoosh it all up in your hands a few times until the clay looks clean again (this process is called kneading). When you have finished an area, wipe the clay residue off with a microfiber cloth. It's that simple.

Clay kits (easy to find all over the internet) and probably available in kuwait as well, generally include the clay and clay lube and possibly other things.
__________________
Please check out my youtube detailing channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/roshan517

"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful."
ihaveacamaro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 06:33 PM   #10
Angelo@Autopia
 
Angelo@Autopia's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 Ford Focus ST
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Tampa Bay
Posts: 939
Let us know what happens and I been to Kuwait and yes, it's a dirty dusty place that's hard to keep one's car clean there.
Angelo@Autopia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 06:38 PM   #11
Mr. iNCREDIBLE


 
Mr. iNCREDIBLE's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 2SS/RS Convertible
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: SoCal Baby...
Posts: 2,334
Quote:
Originally Posted by iLLcoolZ View Post
You know what the problem is, I personally don't know how to use that stuff, so I'm taking to a car wash that does everything related to getting a car clean and detailing, they told me they'll fix it by using that huge spinning brush with polish in order to smoothen it all out. Should that be able to get the job done?

that is basically the same as sand blasting your car, you have sand grains in the paint, taking a buffer to it will only serve to grind that sand into your paint.
__________________
"A world 100% full of Prius drivers is still 100% addicted to oil. " ~ E. Musk
Mr. iNCREDIBLE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 06:42 PM   #12
Rhyder


 
Drives: 2012 45 Anniversary Vert
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: atlanta
Posts: 2,502
if you dont want to use the clay bar, theres a thread on here that was pining the awsomness of some liquid cleaner that supposedly worked as well as the clay bar....thread was something like no more clay bars.......should be able to search "clay bar" and find it....might be an option for you
Rhyder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 08:04 PM   #13
CamaroDreams07
Black Belt Shinemaster
 
CamaroDreams07's Avatar
 
Drives: Shinier than yours
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Lansing, MI
Posts: 9,208
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rhyder View Post
if you dont want to use the clay bar, theres a thread on here that was pining the awsomness of some liquid cleaner that supposedly worked as well as the clay bar....thread was something like no more clay bars.......should be able to search "clay bar" and find it....might be an option for you
Really? I don't remember that. I'll have to look it up. I don't know how a liquid could accomplish what clay does, but then, there's a lot of things I don't know.

*In life, there are no nandroids*
__________________
Find my reviews helpful? Consider making a donation to the supply/beer fund
CamaroDreams07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 08:43 PM   #14
Rhyder


 
Drives: 2012 45 Anniversary Vert
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: atlanta
Posts: 2,502
Quote:
Originally Posted by CamaroDreams07 View Post
Really? I don't remember that. I'll have to look it up. I don't know how a liquid could accomplish what clay does, but then, there's a lot of things I don't know.

*In life, there are no nandroids*

you did the thread

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...highlight=clay
Rhyder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2012, 09:39 PM   #15
CamaroDreams07
Black Belt Shinemaster
 
CamaroDreams07's Avatar
 
Drives: Shinier than yours
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Lansing, MI
Posts: 9,208
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rhyder View Post
Lol its not a liquid, it's a towel... The liquid is just regular old clay lube.

*In life, there are no nandroids*
__________________
Find my reviews helpful? Consider making a donation to the supply/beer fund
CamaroDreams07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 06:51 AM   #16
iLLcoolZ
NSM
 
iLLcoolZ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 AGM 2SS/RS
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 213
Hey guys,

So I took my car to a place called AlFalah Car Wash and Detailing, it's known to be the best place in Kuwait to wash your car, and fix any imperfections that it has. They really are amazing. I talked to them, and the manager explained to me that first they're gonna wash the car thoroughly, then clay the entire car, following by polishing the car. They're also gonna take care of the windows, and it should look brand new. It's gonna be done today at around 7:30 pm Kuwait time, which is 5 hours from now. I'll be sure to post pictures as soon as I pick it up. Again, thank you so much guys for all your help and your replies, I really appreciate it. If I sounded dumb when I didn't know anything about the clay, I apologize for that ;p. I never really worked with any of that equipment. So again, thank you.
__________________
Stay hungry, stay foolish.

iLLcoolZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 11:47 AM   #17
hrpiii
AKA "Beefcake"
 
hrpiii's Avatar
 
Drives: CGM w/Black stripes
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Indy
Posts: 4,175
Very very very wise decision.
__________________
Pfadt Suspension, Supercharged, Showstopper 'bling', Pedderized by Bruce and Tuned by Mike Norris Motorsports
hrpiii is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #18
heRS


 
heRS's Avatar
 
Drives: IBM 2010 2LT RS M6
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 6,048
Sounds like you found the right place. What are they charging you to do all that (if you don't mind my asking)?
__________________
Tori
click the sig pic to view my build thread


heRS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 01:10 PM   #19
DangerZL1

 
Drives: Accord
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Memphis, TN Area
Posts: 1,910
iLLCoolZ, hopefully you won't need the claying for a while, but it really is easier than polishing or waxing the paint. The first time I used it was to remove overspray from a body shop on my car. It really is an amazing detal tool. I'm sure there's a lot of nice cars in Kuwait, and it sounds like your car is in good hands. I don't think your first option would have turned out well.
DangerZL1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 01:53 PM   #20
iLLcoolZ
NSM
 
iLLcoolZ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 AGM 2SS/RS
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 213
Quote:
Originally Posted by heRS View Post
Sounds like you found the right place. What are they charging you to do all that (if you don't mind my asking)?
Washing the car all around, doing the claying and polishing, all cost about 90$, which I think is really really good. What do you guys think?

Quote:
Originally Posted by DangerZL1 View Post
iLLCoolZ, hopefully you won't need the claying for a while, but it really is easier than polishing or waxing the paint. The first time I used it was to remove overspray from a body shop on my car. It really is an amazing detal tool. I'm sure there's a lot of nice cars in Kuwait, and it sounds like your car is in good hands. I don't think your first option would have turned out well.
Hey Danger, I finally completed the car, and it looks great. The place I took my car to takes care of exotic cars and super cars, it's known for how well they take care of the really expensive cars.

I have posted pictures of the end result, and it looks awesome. I'm really happy with the end result. I honestly did not expect it to look as good it turned out, and I'm really grateful for that. I have posted a few pictures below. Please excuse the quality, as I took them with my iPhone 4, and the camera isn't very good, and it's grainy. Also, the room that the car was in is small, so I didn't have enough space to take good pictures. But this should give you and idea.

Thank you all so much for the help!
Attached Images
   
__________________
Stay hungry, stay foolish.


Last edited by iLLcoolZ; 10-15-2012 at 02:59 PM.
iLLcoolZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 02:36 PM   #21
CamaroDreams07
Black Belt Shinemaster
 
CamaroDreams07's Avatar
 
Drives: Shinier than yours
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Lansing, MI
Posts: 9,208
$90? Holy crap, I'm moving there. In the U.S. you'd pay at the very least double that, probably more like triple if they did a decent job polishing.
__________________
Find my reviews helpful? Consider making a donation to the supply/beer fund
CamaroDreams07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 02:55 PM   #22
iLLcoolZ
NSM
 
iLLcoolZ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 AGM 2SS/RS
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 213
Quote:
Originally Posted by CamaroDreams07 View Post
$90? Holy crap, I'm moving there. In the U.S. you'd pay at the very least double that, probably more like triple if they did a decent job polishing.
The thing is, Kuwait is a small country, and the competition is really high! So throughout the years, the prices kept going down as much more shops started to open. It's great if you ask me.
__________________
Stay hungry, stay foolish.

iLLcoolZ is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.