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*Official* Ask A Detailer Thread

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by mShu7, May 12, 2008.

  1. Nov 9, 2016 at 5:57 AM
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    imom

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    I hear and see this all the time. Try a 2 bucket system with a black car and see if you get scratches or not. I've tried 2 buckets and the only process I see that don't scratch paint is single pass wipes with spray lubricants or if you want to wash...soak soapy MF towels and they do single pass. Then spray lube to dry with MF towel again single pass. Far as buffing... if your pad is dry or it picked up something...or if you wash mitts are not new... trapped dirt will stay and then you start to scratch. So what good is 2 buckets....one bucket is soapy water. Other bucket is to rinse. Even with grit guard.... so when you put the wash mitt or sponge into the rinse bucket...do you do it slow enough so the water doesn't agitate the dirt to move around and then get back onto the mitt/sponge/cloth?

    All the white/silver car/truck owners won't see, but they have scratches...unless the vehicle came with extra hard paint. Another point is when you clay...is it old clay...did you turn over enough so the dirt picked up doesn't come back and scratch as you try to clay? You will eventually put small scratches when claying the vehicle...the point to clay is to remove contaminants and then do a color correction with a DA polisher. Don't want to spend $400 CAD... spend $50 US for harbor freight dual action polisher and get new pads and polishes and go to town. Good luck.

    I went from 1 bucket with grit guard... 2 buckets with grit guard. Foam lance... to now...waterless wash with single pass wipes. Make a towel into 8 sections and start doing single pass wipes with lubricant/wax sprayed down first to lift dirt and then wipe and then fold towel to next clean area. When I'm lazy or having washed the truck in a long time...I go to the coin place and spray down without touching the paint with any towels. Go home and then spray down lube and use one pass towel to dry. If washed weekly or every 2 weeks...just complete waterless wash will work well with no scratches.
     
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  2. Nov 9, 2016 at 6:05 AM
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    Has anyone here heard of a good product to protect the headlights from glazing? I read online a lot of people out a clear sealant over them. I had brand new lights installed and at $250 a pop I'd like to keep them new looking for as long as possible.
     
  3. Nov 9, 2016 at 9:38 AM
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    Here is what I use and it has seemed to work well...
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    Wolfgang Plastic Surface & Headlight Sealant 8 oz.
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    $19.99
     
  4. Nov 9, 2016 at 9:48 AM
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    Keep them clean and waxed/sealed. no one product is going to last very long on them. Thankfully mine look brand new still after 5 years.
     
  5. Nov 9, 2016 at 11:16 AM
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    Optimum makes a headlight coating that will last longer than a sealant.
     
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  6. Nov 9, 2016 at 5:06 PM
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    Precut paint protection film and then a coat of sealant to block UV and more resistant to dirt and water spots sticking. Spend all that time putting on a sealant from glazing, but what about the pebbles and debris that hits the headlights. PPF does great for that. Precut will run probably $50 or less for the pair and install it yourself. This is the best way from glazing and chips. Otherwise the debris and rocks will just hit it and remove the sealant and headlight material away.

    I wasn't too impressed with the windshield and glass product... I think they applied it to my BRZ headlights as well and didn't last long...maybe this is a new product. I save the money from Optimum and get PPF and a good sealant online...even if not "PRO" product like Optimum.
     
  7. Nov 9, 2016 at 5:59 PM
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    I usualy use optimum ONR mixed with water or ur car soap mixed with water works too
     
  8. Nov 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM
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    Hello everyone, last night I went out to my truck and found someone had poured paint all over my hood and windshield. Fortunately it was still wet so I was able to get most of it off. I do still have some that has dried on the black area around my wipers and the windshield. Does anyone have advice for removing the paint without fading the plastic or ruining the windshield?

    For the record this was a random act of vandalism.. probably a political maniac.
     
  9. Nov 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM
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    What kinda of paint is it? Oil based or water based?
     
  10. Nov 11, 2016 at 12:02 PM
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    I'm thinking it was oil based. I didn't come off very easily with water once it started drying.
     
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    then you probably screwed. only way is chemicals and I don't know how they will react with plastic, most likely not good. maybe its easier to get new plastic piece? or clean it with chemicals and then paint it?
     
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    Take it to a professional detailer. Be surprised at what a pro can do.
     
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  13. Nov 12, 2016 at 7:33 AM
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    We found the person that did it. We'll give them the option to pay for all of our vehicles to be professionally detailed or we are pressing charges :D
     
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    If you have proof, I don't know why you aren't pressing charges and still making them pay. Just asking them from paying won't stop them from doing it again. If they did pour paint all over your trucks, the color correction the detailer will do is still going to remove some clear coat away if they can get it perfect. I don't know the whole story behind this. If it's on the hood and windshield only...the hood will be the most difficult... glass should be easy to remove paint. Hood should cost couple hundred to correct...then if you decide to do the whole truck can run $600 to $1000 depending on the amount of time.

    So how did you find out it was the correct person...they had a can of paint in hand the next day in the field or caught vandalizing another vehicle?
     
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    It was a disgruntled next door neighbor that we've had multiple issues with. Found the paint spilled next to their garage which is enough of a reason for the police to search their garage. It's an 85 yr old woman who is on the verge of insanity. Fortunately I was able to wash the paint off the body while it was wet so that should be okay. Just have to get it off the windshield and the area around the wipers. We will be moving forward with pressing charges. She did it to 5 other cars on the street as well...
     
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    Hopefully the charges and conviction will put her in a safe place to protect her from herself.
     
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    No disrespect or trying to bicker... but spilled paint can and even if it's the same brand ... it's not enough proof. Filming her in the act or having a witness (multiple) would be the way to catch and help the mentality lady. Even if the paint belonged to her, attorney can argue that the garage was left open and someone else took the paint and poured it. Saying you found spilled paint is not enough evidence... or I don't know if that's enough probable cause for a warrant. But if you got her to admit and to pay...then the best result is to get compensated and hope she doesn't do it again. If you want to pursue the matter... need concrete evidence... unless AZ is a bit different than other states.
     
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    :stayontopic: Lol. Been looking for a reason to use that. :D
     
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    Spent 8 hours yesterday washing, claying and cleaning the undercarriage of the truck; with plans to polish and seal today. Last night the neighbors had a bonfire and there is soot all over the tacoma this morning... back to square one.
     
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