Last post on Jun 02, 2012 at 5:37 AM
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#2230 of 2238 Re: Detailing [hondafriek]
Jun 01, 2012 (6:24 am)
Sounds cool, Pat.
Any advice for a water stain on the hood of my Miata? Not even sure how it got there, but the paint is dull in a one foot square area, shiny everywhere else.
Waxing only helps temporarily.
#2231 of 2238 Re: Detailing [hondafriek]
Jun 01, 2012 (8:46 am)
I kneel down before your greatness, Pat!
I picked up a clay bar last summer to try and deal with a problem spot on my '10 Forester, and after working on just that one area, I don't know how anyone could have the stamina to do a whole car with one of those things, let alone all the other work in that 4-step-process you detailed.
I feel like i am doing well if I can get a single wash/wax cycle in per year.
#2232 of 2238 Re: Detailing [xwesx]
Jun 01, 2012 (9:30 am)
My minivan gets rinsed every time it rains.
Actually, even less than that. It's under a car port.
It gets rinsed when it rains and I'm out driving.
#2233 of 2238 Re: Detailing [ateixeira]
Jun 01, 2012 (11:48 am)
juice, you could try Meguiars Ultimate Compound. Now I know in the bad old days compound and clear coat did not go together. But the Meguiars is clear coat safe. If it is only a small area you can do it by hand. Buff it out then wax. Hopefully that should take care of it. You do need a bit of elbow grease to buff it by hand.
#2234 of 2238 Re: Detailing [hondafriek]
Jun 01, 2012 (11:52 am)
I need to go get some.
Had luck with their other products in the past.
#2235 of 2238 Re: Detailing [xwesx]
Jun 01, 2012 (11:57 am)
Actually this is my way of unwinding, so I don't look on it as a chore. Different strokes for different folks.
Jun 01, 2012 (12:45 pm)
Actually clay bar is misunderstood, it will not remove imperfections. It will however remove dirt and contaminants in the paint like rail dust, and brake dust. It will also take care of over spray.
You don't have to lay into it hard either, this is another misconception, you don't rub until your arm falls off, you spray a lube like a quick detailer, and then rub the clay lightly over the paint.
If you are doing it right you can actually feel the clay grabbing the dirt particles. and you won't be worn out in the process.
You will actually like me, be amazed at how dirty the clay gets even after starting with a freshly washed car.
As a test do one side of a hood and then feel the difference by rubbing your hand over it, the clayed half it should feel much slicker than the untreated half.
#2237 of 2238 Re: Clay bar [hondafriek]
Jun 01, 2012 (3:11 pm)
I was trying to use it to remove some sort of resin-like substance from the surface of the paint. I don't know where it came from, but it was spattered on one portion of the rear quarter, just above the driver side rear wheel. I never noticed it until I washed it, then it was dull and sticky to the touch. After a few days, the stickiness was gone due to dust and whatnot adhering to it, making it look dirty. Once the rest of the car caught up (in dirtiness), you wouldn't know it was even there until the next washing.
I scrubbed until my elbow was noodly, but, whatever it is, it is impervious to cleaning attempts. The clay bar had no effect either, though it did, as you noted, make the surrounding area smooth as a baby's rear.
I actually didn't wax the car last summer due to that spot, but I really would like to get it done this year.
#2238 of 2238 Re: Clay bar [xwesx]
Jun 02, 2012 (5:37 am)
When I get crap like that, I usually wash the area with a strong solution of dawn dishwasher liquid or some other brand if that is not available, then just use a little laquer thinners on a rag. Since the clear coat is a urathane formula, laquer thinners won't harm it as long as you don't go nuts with it.
After you clean be sure to wax.