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Old 04-13-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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So I've been practicing and improving my wash & detail techniques. I'm waiting on some Pete's 53 & Black Light glaze so I figured I would test out some steps on my DD - a 2007 Lincoln MKX - before hitting the Camaro in a few weeks.

So the steps I took today were engine clean with CG's Citrus APC & Natural Shine - then the exterior with CG's Citrus Wash using the foam gun, Iron-X, Clay, another Citrus Wash, Mequiars 205 (didn't need 105) using PC, 2 coats CG's Jet 109, tires/trim with CG's Black on Black, and finish with Adam's Glass Cleaner (absolutely the best glass cleaner on the planet). Planned on waxing with Meguiars NXT but IIRC I should let the sealer cure for a day??

Excuse the pictures as they were taken right as the sun was going done. And of course since I started the chances of rain have gone up for tomorrow as my DD stays outside.

Can't wait to do this again on the Camaro in a few weeks. Over all I'm happy with my techinque progress that I've made since joining this forum. Thanks to all the active members that provide great advice!
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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Great job! It's ALOT easier after you tackle your first job
Can't wait to see how the Camaro turns out.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:28 AM   #3
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:42 AM   #4
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:08 AM   #5
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Great job and agreed, I love the Adams glass cleaner, so effort less, streak less.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:28 AM   #6
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Thanks - and the sun is out this morning so mabe I lucked out on the rain for a while. Work around the house will keep me from working on the Camaro for a few weeks. Might get the subwoofer installed today if I'm really lucky.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:32 PM   #7
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Nice, looks great
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:21 PM   #8
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What pad did you use the 205 with?

Looks great and probably wouldn't hurt to wait 12 hours in between the coats.
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What pad did you use the 205 with?

Looks great and probably wouldn't hurt to wait 12 hours in between the coats.
For this round I used a Lake Country 5.5" white polishing pad. Light cutting pad because overall the paint on the MKX is in excellent condition. I used 105 with the orange pad a month or so ago to spot detail where there were some light scratches. Have to say I am happy with how the paint has stood up for a 6 year old car with 51k miles.
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For this round I used a Lake Country 5.5" white polishing pad. Light cutting pad because overall the paint on the MKX is in excellent condition. I used 105 with the orange pad a month or so ago to spot detail where there were some light scratches. Have to say I am happy with how the paint has stood up for a 6 year old car with 51k miles.
Nice job.

So have you been using Iron X for a while and do you see a noticeable difference when using it?
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Nice job.

So have you been using Iron X for a while and do you see a noticeable difference when using it?
First time I've used it - on this car I had some areas turn purple, but not much. Mainly on the wheels. The smell is bad but it wasn't horrible. The thing I noticed is it takes a lot of the bottle for one car so I think I can only get 2-3 vehicles with a single bottle. Over all I didn't see that much improvement using it but I will try again with the Camaro.
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Nice job.

So have you been using Iron X for a while and do you see a noticeable difference when using it?
It's not something you're going to see a difference by doing. It's just a good idea to do. Certainly what I'd consider an optional step.

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It's not something you're going to see a difference by doing. It's just a good idea to do. Certainly what I'd consider an optional step.

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That's kind of what I see of it. Not a bad thing to do but not on the same level as claying and such. Time to slow down buying up this detailing stuff though
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looks great
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:48 PM   #15
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Looks great!! I noticed when i detail a bigger vehicle, it is ALOT harder to dry everything properly, and that the interior takes a lot longer too.
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Good work. And yes, the cost sure adds up when you need to go out and get all of these products at once.
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First time I've used it - on this car I had some areas turn purple, but not much. Mainly on the wheels. The smell is bad but it wasn't horrible. The thing I noticed is it takes a lot of the bottle for one car so I think I can only get 2-3 vehicles with a single bottle. Over all I didn't see that much improvement using it but I will try again with the Camaro.
Try to lighten up a little on the Iron-X spray and spread it around with your wash media (sponge,mitt or microfiber towel). Makes it go a lot further. I buy it by the 4 liter container and it makes cleaning customers wheels and panels sooo much easier. It works great on motocycle wheels and spokes also.
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