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Hi guys,

Been reading this forum for a while and the talent that you all have in making any car look better then brand new is amazing.

I have always liked a clean car. I clean mine every week (Weather permitting), vacuum and dash trim and polish around 4 times per year.

Last time I was polishing (September 2010) I noticed a few lumps and bumps on the paint work. I guess now is the time to use a clay bar !!!

I am ok using the bar but would appreciate your advice on what products to use next. I have read this forum and it mentions, polishes, sealers, wax's etc.

What do you suggest for a novice like me? I dont want to **** it up !!!

Thanks in anticipation
 

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What do you want to do to the car? Definitely seal and wax the car. I'm assuming you don't have a buffer...you really can't do much bad with hand products. Are there swirls, which are nearly impossible to remove by hand? You can get deep isolated scratches and oxidization out by hand though, just lmk I'll try to check back on this thread.
 

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Thanks for the responses guys.
The paint work isnt that bad (I think) We have had a pretty harsh winter over here and I want to make sure I get the paintwork back to an
acceptable standard after all the salt and road grime.
What I want to do is to remove small surface imperfections, road tar, etc. I then want to ensure the paintwork is protected.
I will read the guides and If I have any more wuestions I will add to this post.

Thanks again !!!
 

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Detailing can seem challenging but with just a little bit of knowledge and the right products can go a long way. Usually I recommend a full detail at least 1 - 2 times per year and then just wash and protect it as desired in between as desired. A full detail to me consists of a wash, dry, clay bar, polish, sealant and/or wax. This process will deep clean the paint and make it really shine again while protecting it for months to come.

Wash/Dry - most swirls come from this process so quality products and techniques are critical. Check out our (http://www.detailedimage.com/Auto-Detailing-Guide/) for this step and other steps to maximize your efforts. Here are two awesome kits if interested.
http://www.detailedimage.com/303-M2/Washing-and-Drying-Basic-Kit-P349/
http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Packages-M29/Washing-and-Drying-Starter-Package-P148
Stoner Tarminator - You may also want to get this product to help remove the tar more easily.

Clay Bar - This step deep cleans the paint so it's free from stubborn build ups not removed by the washing process. This may seem complicated or different but it's pretty simple and basic. In short spray some clay lube on the paint and glide the bar side to side and picks up micro contaminants in the paint. Here is an excellent value on a clay bar and lube - http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Packages-M29/DI-Gentle-Fine-Grade-Clay-Bar-100g-and-Clay-Lube-P503/.

Polish - This is the step where you really restore the paint to like new again. You can permanently remove swirls, oxidation, etc. not just temporarily hide them. I was not sure if you were considering getting a buffer or if you were just saying you won't be using one. I highly recommend you consider getting a Porter Cable (PC) as they are so easy to use, vastly improve your results while saving you time and energy. We have some affordable kits that give you the PC, backing plate, pads and polishes you would need here:
http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Pac...ars-Polishes-and-Hydro-Pads-Starter-Kit-P482/
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http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Packages-M29/PC-7424XP-M105-M205-pads-P438/
Both kits give you the M105 and M205 polishes with the PC that are going to help you really restore the paint to like new. Best of all the PC is easy to use and completely safe even for a first time user. Again check out our detailing guide for step by step instructions and other helpful hints.

Protection
After polishing protect and enhance the shine with a sealant or wax. Waxes last about 2 - 6 weeks so we generally recommend a sealant which lasts 3 - 6 months. The Blackfire Wet Diamond is my favorite sealant ( http://www.detailedimage.com/Blackfire-M32/Wet-Diamond-P205/16-oz-S1/ ). It provides a remarkable shine with durable protection while easy to apply. You can apply it by hand or use a blue pad and your buffer. If you really want to you can apply a wax on top of the sealant for added protection and shine. The Poorboy's World Liquid Natty's Blue (http://www.detailedimage.com/Poorboys-World-M1/Liquid-Nattys-Blue-Wax-P490/16oz-S1/) is a great option for a quality liquid wax that works on all colors. If you want a bit more gloss from a paste wax try the Chemical Guys 50/50 Concourse Paste Wax (http://www.detailedimage.com/Chemic...ted-Series-Concourse-Paste-Wax-P185/16-oz-S1/) or any of the Dodo Juice Waxes (http://www.detailedimage.com/Dodo-Juice-M35/). These options are applied by hand only but the exceptional gloss makes it well worth it.

I hand remove all of the excess product with a clean http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Microfiber-M13/All-Purpose-Towel-P103/16-x-16-S1/. These towels are paint safe and help quickly remove the left over clay lube, polish, sealant, etc. I'd suggest getting about 5x - 10x of them.

Now step back and admire how awesome your vehicle looks. If you have any other questions please let me know! Save 10% off with the coupon code 10offe46, but it does not apply to DI Packages, tools and sale items. Take care!

Greg @ DI
 

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Greg,
Superb response. Thanks very much for your help. Much appreciated.
Plan to tackle this when the weather gets warmer over here. Will post some pics so you guys can mark my work !!!!
 

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Good god Greg, you're crazy helpful, but you don't type up that whole thing for everyone do you?
Haha....glad to help. That is one of the few responses I was able to re-use a large part of from another post but the majority of what I write is custom. That set of products is somewhat universal so a lot of people get that recommendation or something very similar.

Greg @ DI
 
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