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#15 of 24 No problem - glad it was easy for you.
Sep 03, 2003 (9:55 am)
Simple Green is great - I use it for everything from engine degreasing (straight) to carpet shampooing (4-1).
#16 of 24 THIS IS FOR SEQUOIASOON AND MAXHONDA99
Sep 07, 2003 (10:38 am)
I am a female with a 2000, Black Honda Accord that I love and try to keep in immaculate condition. So when I noticed overspray on both of my side mirrors, I went beserk. I decided to look on my favorite car website, Edmunds.com and there were suggestions for my problem staring right back in my face. I used both of your suggestions, the clay bar, and it worked perfectly. So, thanks for your help.
Sep 07, 2003 (11:07 pm)
Glad it worked for you but what is the overspray from? If it was on the mirrors it's also possibly on the rest of the vehicle. If you have never used Clay on the whole car before, DO IT! It makes a BIG difference in how the car looks and feels and as "prep" work for your next waxing.
Next step in keeping your Black Accord immaculate is to read posts in the Zaino boards and/or store bought waxes and polishes. Scroll through and you will see pictures also. Dawn dishwashing detergent is very effective at removing old wax build up, follow with the clay on the whole vehicle, wash it again, follow with some 3M swirl mark remover (preferably applied with random orbit buffer) then multiple coats of Zaino (my first choice) or Klasse All in One (second) or whichever Carnauba based wax you choose from experience (third). I find the Zaino REAL EASY to apply, the shine and depth on a dark vehicle amazing and it protects for months not weeks! In those boards you will find some detailing fanatics that have some great advice and ideas. Good luck and keep clean!!!
Sep 12, 2003 (2:03 pm)
As sequioasoon said above, if your mirrors have overspray, chances are the rest of the car has it also. Even if the rest of the car doesn't have it, Claying the paint will improve the shine of the paint job by removing other contaminants stuck to the paint.
#19 of 24 THIS IS FOR SEQUOIASOON AND MAXHONDA99
Sep 12, 2003 (7:24 pm)
I am assuming that the overspray resulted from the time I had my car at a body shop to have bumper work done. My feelings are that while painting was being done to another car, the overspray flew to my car....if that makes sense. Other than that, I have no idea where the overspray came from. I have looked thoroughly and I haven't seen any more overspray. Currently, I use Pinnacle products. Their Carnauba based wax works absolutely wonderful on my black car. It doesn't leave swirl marks or white residue in the cracks. I never thought of using the CLAY bar on the entire car before. Prior to the side mirrors, I had only used the bar on the trunk to remove sap. Although I enjoy keeping my car in immaculate condition, wouldn't using the CLAY bar be extremely time consuming?
Sep 12, 2003 (9:28 pm)
I did my Toyota Sequoia in about an hour (roof was the hardest part)had to use ladder. If each fender or door takes more than 5 minutes your probably trying to hard. A couple a quick sprays on the panel, rub lightly 1x1 or 2x2 area, if the clay is sticking you need a little more lube. You also only need to do this a couple times a year not every wash. Your "theory" is probably dead on. The paint dust gets everywhere. Any issues with the windows? You can try the clay also or a little glass cleaner and 0000 steel wool rubbed lightly. It takes a lot of junk and grime off the windows with out scratching (but not for the paint!!!!)
#21 of 24 THANKS, SEQUOIA
Sep 13, 2003 (3:18 pm)
Thanks for the advice. Might give it a try.
Sep 16, 2003 (7:12 am)
A accord could probably be clayed in about 30 minutes. That's how long it took to do my whole car from top to bottom.
0000 steel wool? What's that? where do I get it? I have overspray on my windows also, but haven't figured out how to get it off yet. Do I spray window cleaner and rub the wool lightly?
Sep 17, 2003 (8:56 pm)
It's the ultrafine steel wool, got mine at Home Depot but any hardware/paint store should carry it. They rate steelwool like sand paper 0-course 00-medium etc. Yup, spray your normal cleaner and rub lightly.