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Discussion in 'North & South Carolina' started by Juan-Manuel Fantango, Dec 18, 2015.
C63 AMG left the garage happy last week!
Had the amazing opportunity to do an SL65 AMG Black Series this past week. What a cool car.
Would you care to share any secrets of how you get in and around all the emblems? I joined the DB forum, as pretty much out of nowhere, detailing has become a new interest.
You definitely do some pretty awesome work if you've got customers bringing their cars all the way from California!
It all depends on the emblem location, how much room I have to work around it, etc. Sometimes I can do a little by hand. But most of the time I can slightly tilt my polisher to where it will still safely spin a rotation (thus making “correction” possible) and be able to work it out. Hard to describe without showing lol.
I hear ya. i had an old air powered rotary, and picked up a little one (3") not long ago. The little one (3") has proved invaluable in tight places, I'll likely keep the little one, but the big one is dead.
With the wife getting a Q60, and me with the 348 and the GTX (which still has some hazy areas from it's final wet sand), it's time to step up to a DA and some proper pads and polishes. All the pros seem to be all over the Rupes. I don't know if i'm that serious about my polishing. I was eyeballing a griots, the torx (chemical guys), and the old porter cable that is apparently old news. any recommendations? sorry if i'm hijacking.
Not at all. I should have mentioned I also have a few machines including a smaller 3” Griot’s.
Before I bought my Rupes I used a Griot’s 6” DA for several years. I got good results from it and was overall happy with the quality and service I got from it and you cannot beat the price! I still keep it as a back up of course.
Actually, the best thing about the Griot’s machine is the lifetime warranty. I had an issue at one point in time and they sent me a brand new unit after receiving my broken one.
I’m actually at the SEMA show in Vegas as we speak and can’t wait to hit the North Hall tomorrow and geek out over all the different detailing company booths. Going to try and get an idea of what I want to experiment with next.
I'm so jealous! I went many times in the mid 2000's when I was designing for LUND truck accessories. so much walking...
This past week’s project. Thoroughly enjoyed this one! I love these cars!!! And quite a dramatic turnaround.
wow. fantastic job!
I'm presuming 6" pad for the big areas and 3" for the tight sections?
it's finally warmed up here. i'm going to practice on the dailys before I tackle the GTX and the 348. the 348 isn't nearly as bad as that 355, just a few light spiderwebs...the tops of the doors are the worst part of it.
You are correct! What color is your 348?
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Rosso, nero interior. paint is single stage, 6mil everywhere except the right rear where it's 8. (old skool spring style paint gauge) 8mil is due to some body work done by owner 1. I've already done some work to the rear bumper where I 2500 wet sanded out some deep scuffs, and polished it out with 3M light cut and then swirl remover with a 3" air powered chicago pneumatic. It came out nice.
I've got some menzerna 3500 that should do the trick on most of the body, just go really easy on it. Follow that up with powerlock or possibly hydrosilex. With a portercable, would that just be slower speed or lighter pressure? or both? (or likely just some practice on one of the other things i've got kicking around)
I'm super impressed with the wash/coat with the hydrosilex. It was super easy to do the wet applications on my daily.
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6mil is plenty to work with! That’s awesome. Aside from ceramic coating jobs, I used to put sealant on by machine on a softer pad with slower speed but I started putting it on by hand again with an applicator pad. I feel like I’ve got more control over where the sealant goes and the pad on the machine would get loaded up so quickly.
I couldn't believe that the hydrosilex worked like DD and Hydro's website said it did. Car was wet, and the first spray...the water just dispersed...I was like WTF!!! It's got a gloss and feel like a wax, but you get the sense it's harder than a wax. i did a double coat on the two daily drivers (which also sit outside). there was bird poo on the infiniti, and with a little detail spray, just wiped off. you could even see how it tried to bead and not stick. Incredible!
HEY ANDY, I JUST BOUGHT MY FIRST FERRARI, A 2013 CALI 30. I LIVE IN GREENVILLE AND WANT TO KNOW HOW TOO GET IN TOUCH. PLEASE PM ME. BUD STONER
Bud, I sent you a message. Congratulations on your purchase!
It's been a busy summer of detailing but I decided to document this one at least:
Lamborghini Huracan paint correction and ceramic coating...
Another pretty dramatic transformation on this E90 M3!
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Did the owner's head explode??
Been quiet lately! I've still been doing a ton of work but haven't taken the time to do too many picture threads. Here are two of the most recent jobs I did.
Dodge Charger Scat Pack in black, two step correction and ceramic coating
Porsche 996TT in Lapis blue, two step correction and ceramic coating