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Exterior, Auto Body, Paint, Coupe, Convertible, Hatchback, Truck, Sedan, Wagon, SUV, Van
#3914 of 3963 Re: Need Expert Opinion [tallman1]
Feb 20, 2008 (6:39 am)
"...More wax would give a better shine..."
Thanks. I went ahead and put an extra coat on the hood. I might also apply more to other high wear areas. The shine looks good so far but going over the whole car 3 times for this system is a lot of work. I think next time I might just try a clay bar and wax. I'm getting too old to be a detailing fanatic.
#3915 of 3963 Re: Waterspots [tallman1]
Feb 20, 2008 (8:53 am)
I didn't buy the truck, my wife's parents gave it to us as a gift. We got it last week and I washed with Meguiar's Gold Class Shampoo and waxed it with S100. Everything looks good except for a couple of spots on the hood that look like waterspots to me as I couldn't get them off with the shampoo. You can only see them when you are right on top of the paint within about a foot and in the right light. They are like grayish to black streaks in the paint and are very faint in the right light. Probably not a big deal and maybe that is part of the METALLIC in the Metallic Blue paint scheme.
Will try clay next time I get ready to wax.
#3916 of 3963 Re: Need Expert Opinion [oldfarmer50]
Feb 20, 2008 (8:58 am)
Is this a new vehicle?
I found that using a clay bar on my 9 month old still took a lot of rough stuff off the surface. It sounds like extra work, but it actually made applying the next layers of Mothers so easy, that I think it's worth it. The next coats don't require any rubbing as you apply them and take off the dried powders.
#3917 of 3963 Re: Need Expert Opinion [imidazol97]
Feb 20, 2008 (5:00 pm)
"...Is this a new vehicle..."
Yes, brand new. I didn't use the clay because step 1 is a cleaner. I figured that would do the job of the clay. Funny thing, if I run my hand across the hood I feel a little bit of roughness like tiny specks of dirt.
I didn't use the clay because I have never used it before (never even heard of it before coming here) and didn't want to screw it up on a new car. Live and learn I guess.
#3918 of 3963 Re: Need Expert Opinion [oldfarmer50]
Feb 20, 2008 (8:36 pm)
I had read on this discussion for years about using clay bars. I thought it was overkill for people who were neurotic about their cars. It was like those who debate over wax vs sealers and various brands etc. I was wrong. Old dogs can learn new tricks.
I did it with that 9 month old LeSabre and it was amazing. Just wash the car twice to really have the area clean and try it on one area and see how you can feel that roughness pull off with the clay bar and the lube which I think is just a simple polish liquid. Remember not to drop the clay bar and get dirt into it. And use part of the bar and fold it to keep the used area inside.
#3919 of 3963 Re: Need Expert Opinion [oldfarmer50]
Feb 21, 2008 (1:19 am)
You won't screw up a new car by using clay. I highly recommend it. Your "little bit of roughness" will be gone. I only wash my car once and then use the clay. Some folks like to wash the car again after the clay. Then you can apply the polish if you need it followed by the wax.
I can relate to getting old for all the work of applying wax every 3 months. I've found a great sealant that I use instead... once a year. I do apply a spray-on wax after I wash it though.
#3920 of 3963 Re: Need Expert Opinion [tallman1]
Feb 21, 2008 (2:45 am)
What sealant do you use once a year?
#3921 of 3963 Re: Need Expert Opinion [smokey75]
Feb 21, 2008 (10:08 am)
What sealant do you use once a year?
Here's a link. They have two versions. One has a small amount of polish and the other doesn't. They say it will last 9 months to a year. By using their Spray-On Wax after I wash it, a year works for me.
Griot's Garage Paint Sealant
#3922 of 3963 Trying to remove markings from glass and paint
Mar 11, 2008 (11:25 am)
At some point over the past year water has dripped onto my BMW X3. It
got on the front windshield, passenger side window, moon roof and on the
paint between the moon roof and windshield. I believe the water got onto
the car when it was parked in an underground garage. It may have come
from pipes that were above the car or from the concrete ceiling and then
to the pipes. I did not discover the dripping for several days and I
cleaned it with Windex within a week or so but it did not remove all the
markings. I have since tried several other cleaners without success. The
marks remain and look like dried water drops on the windows. It is also on the paint but much less visible. You really have to look for it.
I recently took the car to the dealer for oil service and asked them
about it. They took it to their detailer and they were unable to remove
the markings. They said that it may have etched into the glass. I'm not
sure what if anything I can do about it. I was wondering if it could be
lime and maybe a lime remover might work. Are there other things I could try or am I out of luck?
#3923 of 3963 Re: Trying to remove markings from glass and paint [stevenyc]
Mar 11, 2008 (5:03 pm)
I've used the regular glass polish from this company on my shower doors with good results but I've never tried anything on car windows. I'm assuming that the detail shop would have access to something like this as well, but you never know.