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November 08, 2015, 09:27 PM #0

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Share your before and after pictures of any detailing related task (exterior wash/carpets/leather/swirl or scratch removal/engine bays/headlights/metal polishing/brake dust removal/clay/etc) you did and let us know what products/process used. Maybe this will help educated some weekend warriors or enthusiasts who just wants to keep their ride clean.

I'll start with the worst interior cleaning I did:

Process: Using gloves, I picked up huge chunks of food/dirt/leaves and throw into the garbage. Then a quick vacuum to suck the tiny bits/dust. Then using a scrub brush, agitate the carpet to "stand" the fibers which loosens/lifts the dirt on the bottom of the carpet. Vacuum again. For stains, sprayed an APC (Diluted Simple Green, LAs Totally Awesome or specific carpet stain removal product) around the stain, let it sit for a minute, then agitate with scrub brush, then wipe with microfiber towel to pickup the lift up stain/soil, then finally slowly vacuum it to suck most liquid/moisture (must be damp but not saturated). Let it air dry.




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    November 13, 2015, 04:45 PM #1

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    Just some of my work.





    Various brushes, CG Citrus Engine degreaser, light use of water, steam cleaner, CG Tire and Trim Gel



    50/50 Oxidization removal on 99 STI. Clay bar, yellow rupes pad on a Rupes15, M105/M205 polish


    Swirl removal 2013 F150 Tuxedo Black. Yellow Rupes pad on Rupes15, M205 (Left polished, right original)


    Pinnacle leather clean, leather brush to agitate, and plush microfibres to wipe up. Lexol leather conditioner used to replenish healthy oils








    Heavy brake dust removal on a 2012 Jeep. Sonax Full Effect and various brushes as well as 0000 steel wool in some places because it was so bad. Those places were polished back with M105


    Engine clean 06 Honda Civic. Same method as previous engine clean.




    HEAVY oxidization removal and polishing on a 98 STI. The paint was like chalk before.


    50/50 scratch and swirl removal on a brand new 2012 Mustang GT. These were from the dealer :'(


    Swirl removal on a 1996 SLP Z28 Camaro
    1999 Army Green GF8   2012 Grabber Blue Mustang GT

      November 13, 2015, 11:41 PM #2

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      Rupes 15 on MF Cutting Pad + Sonax Cut Max

        November 15, 2015, 09:32 PM #3

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        Not so much detailing. But taking care of some dust in a hood. Took it down with 1200 grit.

        Photo taken with some residue left on.

        Last Edit: November 15, 2015, 09:34 PM by cluelessk
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          November 15, 2015, 10:09 PM #4

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          This is old but one of the most challenging part of vehicle to detail:

          Process: Used steam to loosen dirt, dab with microfiber towel. I am avoiding wiping motion as the soil will just spread instead. Also avoid steaming on one spot, keep it moving as headliners/visors are fragile.

          Last Edit: November 15, 2015, 10:27 PM by kin.fxt

            November 15, 2015, 10:20 PM #5

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            Originally posted by kin.fxt
            This is old but one of the most challenging part of vehicle to detail:

            Process: Used steam to loosen dirt, dab with microfiber towel. I am avoiding wiping motion as the soil will just spread instead. Also avoid steaming on one spot, keep it moving as headliners/visors are fragile.

            https://www.instagram.com/p/9zz-aCp142/

            Have stains around my passenger side sun visor. GF checks the mirror with make up on her hands.

            Scared of making it worse by attempting to clean it.
            [Mar 23 12:14:28] Anne Gus:nah clueless is right

              November 15, 2015, 10:22 PM #6

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              If it's powdered makeup, try compressed air? @cluelessk I don't know if tornador would work. I'm guessing if used steam, it will liquify the makeup :D BTW, how'd you embed ig posts? I'm too lazy to reupload

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                Originally posted by kin.fxt
                BTW, how'd you embed ig posts? I'm too lazy to reupload

                I tried to embed it, Think it's just the link I copied and pasted.
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                  November 15, 2015, 10:27 PM #8

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                  I figured it out. Removed the "www." @cluelessk

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                    Finished one-step correction on this silverado.

                    Process: Used Rupes 15 w/ MF Cutting Pad + Sonax Cut Max w/ speed 3.5, slow paced, medium pressure, one pass.


                    Last Edit: November 16, 2015, 08:37 PM by kin.fxt

                      December 08, 2015, 09:28 AM #10

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                      Finished one-step correction on this gmc sierra.

                      Process: Used Rupes 15 w/ Wool Cutting Pad + Sonax Cut Max w/ speed 6, medium paced, medium pressure, 2 pass.


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                        you guys polish for a living? damn good work!

                          May 13, 2016, 07:28 AM #12

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                          From my old '98 Si, about 8 years ago.  Still went over it another time after that...

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                            @Electro what did you used on sti to polish
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                              Originally posted by omaid
                              @Electro what did you used on sti to polish
                              I believe I used Carpro Fixer polish on a green Rupes pad, using a Rupes 15
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                                Before when I purchased the car:

                                Now:


                                Also did a Mothers 3 stage wax/polish on the car this weekend while at work.




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                                  Originally posted by 4U2Envy
                                  Before when I purchased the car:

                                  Now:


                                  Also did a Mothers 3 stage wax/polish on the car this weekend while at work.





                                  beautiful as always! props
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                                    Originally posted by Colby
                                    beautiful as always! props
                                    Thanks Colby! Spotted you the other day heading east on Concordia, tried catching you but you were a couple cars ahead of me. We still need to get some other legacys and go for a cruise and photo shoot!
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                                      Testing out my new polisher I just picked up a week ago.

                                      Took a red scotch brite pad to the paint and see what I could do on one of my vehicles. 

                                      Before:


                                      After:


                                      Before:


                                      After:


                                      Scotch pad before:


                                      Scotch pad after:

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                                        Ugh. I'd really recommend against purposely damaging your paint to see how well you can correct it.

                                        Red Scotch-Brite pad is the equivalent to 500-600 grit sand paper if not a little more coarse. Way more aggressive than any compound you'd ever use to correct paint. If it's OEM clear you might of taken a huge chuck of it off while correcting it and seriously reduced the amount of UV protection you had.

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                                          Originally posted by cluelessk
                                          Ugh. I'd really recommend against purposely damaging your paint to see how well you can correct it.

                                          Red Scotch-Brite pad is the equivalent to 500-600 grit sand paper if not a little more coarse. Way more aggressive than any compound you'd ever use to correct paint. If it's OEM clear you might of taken a huge chuck of it off while correcting it and seriously reduced the amount of UV protection you had.


                                          I don't know if you noticed, but it looks like there is a good chunk of rust on that there truck....
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                                            Oh I know lmao!

                                            That vehicle was my rusty old blazer haha not to worried about that at all. Just my beater with 360,000kms.  ;)

                                            Originally posted by cluelessk
                                            Ugh. I'd really recommend against purposely damaging your paint to see how well you can correct it.

                                            Red Scotch-Brite pad is the equivalent to 500-600 grit sand paper if not a little more coarse. Way more aggressive than any compound you'd ever use to correct paint. If it's OEM clear you might of taken a huge chuck of it off while correcting it and seriously reduced the amount of UV protection you had.




                                            Hey thats the good side too! LOL. The other side has a hole right through hahah.  :P

                                            Originally posted by dano
                                            I don't know if you noticed, but it looks like there is a good chunk of rust on that there truck....
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                                              Reviving the thread for a bit:

                                              Had a chance to try out my new polisher, Meguiars MT300. What a world of difference a dual action with foam pads makes to a random orbital with microfibre bonnets. Since i'll be using Wolfgang Sealant on the Forester (takes 12 hours to cure), I decided to test/learn proper polishing on the raggedy paint of the legacy. We can only assume it was 22 years of neglect for this car, when I was young and reckless the carwash scrubbing brush was regularily used too :( Im definitely paying the price in correction time. I went slow and took my time, theres still more that could be done im sure but it's a huge step comparitvely to what the paint was. Here are some photos I took along the way -

                                              We start off with Mothers Clay kit to prep and clean the surface. Here you can see alot of the swirls and cobwebs. The entire car is like this. At least its only noticeable under harsh conditions




                                              Started with a Lake Country Orange Pad and Meguiars Ultimate Compound. I dont have any "professional" detailing products yet. Most is OTS stuff.



                                              There is still a few swirls in the paint after the first passes. I upped the speed and pressure, go again.




                                              Once satisfied with the cutting, I moved onto a polish with a LC White and Meguiars Ultimate Polish followed with a LC Gray/Black and Meguairs Ultimate Paste Wax. I thought the ~$100 Simoniz was good to work with... if anyone is interested in ever doing their own detailing. Dont cheap out. Get a good solid machine.





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                                                Nice results on the Legacy. Where did you pick up that DA polisher? Been thinking of an upgrade to a DA myself. Also, do you store your Legacy over winter, I used to see it a lot on the street but haven't spotted you in a while.

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                                                  Originally posted by Samo
                                                  Nice results on the Legacy. Where did you pick up that DA polisher? Been thinking of an upgrade to a DA myself. Also, do you store your Legacy over winter, I used to see it a lot on the street but haven't spotted you in a while.
                                                  Thanks, I'm pretty satisfied with it.

                                                  I got it off of Autogeek.net. They have tons of polishers, products, bundles and everything. Lots of sales too. I got this bundle - http://www.autogeek.net/ultimate-detailing-machine-pro-kit.html, best bang for buck with everything you will need IMO. I wish that I had upgraded sooner.

                                                  I havent stored the legacy previously, but this year I am parking it for the season. I primarily drive my forester as the legacy needs some maintenance Ive been putting off, timing belt, clutch, etc. Also, i've moved into the country so i'm not around Winnipeg as much
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