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dkp2LT 04-13-2013 09:21 PM

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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!

Frid 04-13-2013 09:35 PM

Great job! It's ALOT easier after you tackle your first job :thumb:
Can't wait to see how the Camaro turns out.

charlietuna 04-13-2013 11:28 PM

:clap: nice.

otter 04-14-2013 12:42 AM

Great job.

Lil' Nasty 04-14-2013 01:08 AM

Great job and agreed, I love the Adams glass cleaner, so effort less, streak less. :)

dkp2LT 04-14-2013 09:28 AM

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.

ihaveacamaro 04-14-2013 03:32 PM

Nice, looks great :)

ec1990 04-14-2013 05:21 PM

What pad did you use the 205 with?

Looks great and probably wouldn't hurt to wait 12 hours in between the coats.

dkp2LT 04-14-2013 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by ec1990 (Post 6423443)
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.

ec1990 04-14-2013 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by dkp2LT (Post 6423477)
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?

dkp2LT 04-14-2013 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ec1990 (Post 6423757)
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.

CamaroDreams07 04-14-2013 07:21 PM

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Originally Posted by ec1990 (Post 6423757)
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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ec1990 04-14-2013 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by CamaroDreams07 (Post 6423834)
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 :lol:

Vengeance Graphix 04-14-2013 10:40 PM

looks great


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