Shined and protected with Gtechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal.
Q:What would bring out a great shine on a Japan red car that has scratched from rags (previous owners fault)?
Scratches in the paint can be removed by machine polishing. Often times applying a glaze before your wax or sealant can temporarily hide/fill small scratches, but the problem won’t go away until the paint has been corrected. You can have a detailing shop take a look at the paint or get your hands on a dual action polisher and learn to fix it yourself. Check out my polisher and polishing guides for more info.
Q:Hey man, what's the best way to clean tyres before applying a product? Cheers.
Use a tire/wheel cleaner or an all purpose cleaner. Spray liberally onto the sidewall and agitate with a wheel brush or tire brush until the cleaner suds up and turns brown. Rinse away and repeat cleaning until the suds stop turning brown. Dry the sidewall and apply multiple coats of your dressing with a dressing/coating applicator. I recommend using a dressing that is water based like Ultima Tire & Trim Guard.
Customer’s Berlina Black S2000 getting shined to perfection.
Q:What pressure washer do you use for the foam gun
Foam guns actually only require a water hose. A foam cannon on the other hand requires a pressure washer.
I use a Sun Joe SPX3000 pressure washer with my MTM foam cannon.
Q:How did you do the thing from your post about fixing paint chips with a detailing brush??
Customer brought me some Tacoma headlights to restore. Not a fun task when they’re off of the car.
Q:What all do I need if I'd like to start restoring headlights as a side job?
Here is what I use for headlight restorations:
- Dual action polisher (Griot’s Garage, Porter Cable, etc)
- 3 inch backing plate (Griot’s garage sells a ready to use 3” polisher)
- 3 inch microfiber cutting discs or foam cutting pads
- Sand paper (I keep 320, 500, 800, 1000, 1500, 3000 grit on me)
- Compound/polish (I use Menzerna FG400)
- Plastic sealant or coating (I use Optimum Opti-Lens)
- Isopropyl alcohol (for cleaning before polishing and before coating)
- Water (for wet sanding)
- Microfiber towels
- Automotive masking tape
I also keep 3 inch sanding discs on me to make for wet sanding with a DA polisher. You must use a foam interface pad with discs that have no padding.
Q:my car is dirty again what do i do
Q:I recently polished car's bonnet, I did a swipe test and it appeared to be fine. I applied Finish Kare 2180. From what I read, 2180 takes bout 48-72 hours to cure. I waited 72 hours before applying collinite 845. Before applying 845, I just washed the bonnet with clean water (Big Mistake). After application, I noticed few tar marks. Should I leave them as it is or re-work some areas?
You can clean tar marks off by using a product like CarPro Tar X or any paint cleaning clay/decon product. If you’re still having trouble removing the imperfections then you can go back and polish just the isolated trouble areas. You must reapply your sealant immediately after decontamination or polishing.
Q:I used Menzerna SF 4000 on sliver color car, after one swipe or two, it was transparent. It could be because SF 4000 is grey and on sliver paint it might have looked that way. But how to tell if the SF has broken down correctly.
Since SF4000 is a DAT abraisive polish (diminishing abrasive technology), it needs to be worked for quite a while before being wiped away. The general consensus when polishing by machine is to make 4-6 overlapping passes and wipe once the product begins clearing up.
If you’re working by hand, I recommend using a SMAT abrasive polish like M205 since you can wipe it away at any time without having to worry if it has broken down enough.
Spent some time taking care of my daily driver this week. Initial correction was done with Meguiar’s microfiber cutting discs and Wolfgang Uber Compound 3.0. Final polishing was done with a white Lake Country foam pad and Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0. Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 permanent paint coating was applied at the end for the final gloss and long term protection.
Q:Are you being payed for this site?
No I am not. I made this blog to help people and to share pictures of the various detailing projects that I work on.
I added a guide to the home page with info on cleaning foam and microfiber polishing pads, wash mitts, and towels. You can check it out here: