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Question for all you detailers... wax or clear coat?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by MadeInMaine, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Apr 10, 2011 at 9:06 AM
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    MadeInMaine

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    Hey Fellas,

    So I just waxed my truck the other day, and she looks great.
    But when I run my hand over the hood, (mainly the hood, but all over the body), but it feels smooth with pits all over it.
    I figure it is just because the previous owner probably never waxed it, but it is just the clear coat gone, and small pits all over.

    What do you say?
    Im just looking for some advice from people who know detailing, or paint.

    Shall I just wax the truck 2x a month until it goes away?
    Or should I look into a paint shop to get a few clear coats put on?

    Any advice?

    Cheers
     
  2. Apr 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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    OffroadToy

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    have you tried the clay bar?
     
  3. Apr 10, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    MadeInMaine

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    I have not...

    what will that do?
    I know it is good for getting stuff off the truck, but will it fill those pits?
     
  4. Apr 10, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    PhillyTacoma

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    Look into clay bars for removing smaller imperfections in the paint. It will leave it feeling smooth and glossy. I believe there's threads on here explaining in greater detail. Hope this helps.
     
  5. Apr 10, 2011 at 9:18 AM
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    dang....

    2 minutes in, and 2 responses for clay bar.

    thanks fellas,

    appreciated
     
  6. Apr 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    ^^^ What they said.

    Using a clay bar is very easy, not too time consuming, and it'll leave the paint smooth as a baby's bottom. :D
     
  7. Apr 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    I just spent 4 1/2 hours clay baring and waxing. Worked in panels...

    1. Sponged the panel w/ clean water then dried
    2. Clay bar then wipe with micro-fiber
    3. A VERY thorough pass of Meguiars Ultimate Compound applied with Mothers Power ball on my 18v Rigid
    4. Spot application of M:UC or Scratch X 2.0 on problem areas w/more pressure and/or speed with the Powerball
    5. Thorough wipe with micro-fiber (used only for the M:UC removal)
    6. Used another Powerball to apply a coat of Rejex (aircraft grade sythetic wax)
    7. Removed with micro-fiber (used only for Rejex removal)
    8. Repeat #6 & #7
    9. Finish beer and look at your hard work :D

    This is what you end up with...
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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    Dang

    Thanks so much fellas
     
  9. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:51 PM
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    After the clay bar treatment, then a polishing would be in order as well. Sounds like it needs a machine polishing, so instead of buying the equipment and going through the learning curve, I would find a good detailing shop and have them polish it. Note, I did not say a detailing shop, but a GOOD detailing shop (one that knows what they are doing).
     
  11. Apr 10, 2011 at 9:52 PM
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  12. Apr 11, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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    it's not rocket science, but that video gives a pretty good explanation of why you want to clay and how to do it
     
  13. Apr 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM
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    You can clay bar it, but I'd recommend polishing it. Nothing is going to remove surface contaminants better than polishing. Clar bar is a good step to take BEFORE polishing. That's what the pro's do. I know, I am one.

    The pits in your clear are likely a combination of chips (low spots) and fallout (high spots). Clay bar / polish will remove the fallout (high spots). Unfortunately, the chips in your clear are there inevitably. Unless you want to get into serious polishing, in which case, hire a pro.

    Get rid of the fallout, clay first, or polish. Then wax. THEN you'll see/feel the difference.

    After I'm done with a customers' car, I'll throw a microfibre cloth on the hood... They're always shocked when it just slides right off.
     
  14. Apr 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM
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