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      10-02-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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My first detail (exterior only)

After about 2 weeks of reading threads on the forum and others as well I decided to finally make a few purchases and do my first detail. I had hoped that I would like the outcome and as a result be happy with the decision to do it myself vs pay someone. I only did the exterior. I am military and had recently come back from deployment so my car had been with the family for 1 year. It had many many swirl marks. .

I had taken a few more before pictures but throughout the lengthy process forgot to take pictures updating my progression . Overall I was very happy with the outcome and look forward to the next time hopefully get it even better. A few times I ran into the problem that the compound seemed to be drying rather quickly than from what I expected. I am not sure if it was due to weather

Well here are the few pics I did remember. Thanks for reading and all comments are welcomed

d/s rear before


d/s rear after meguires 105


d/s rear after meguires 205


trunk before (pic1)


trunk before (pic2)


trunk after (meguires 105)


trunk after (meguires 105)


I forgot to get some of the trunk after the meguires 205 as well as after the sealant.
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      10-03-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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What products did you go with?
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What products did you go with?
I used:

meguires clay kit
flex 3401
meguires 105 w/orange pad
meguires 205 w/white pad
blackfire wet diamond sealant w/blue pad
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awesome, do meguires have anythign for the interior trim? my trim has got alot of swirls, its burr walnut trim.

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Nice, 205 & 105 for Meg have great results next time try the finishing polish with a green pad!! Green pads have pores small enough to hold the polish & as put pressure on the buffer you compress the pad, squish the polish out and the polishing compounds are pushed out of the pores & they make contact. The more pressure the more cut, less pressure will enhance the gloss & wetness of the paint *tu*
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awesome, do meguires have anythign for the interior trim? my trim has got alot of swirls, its burr walnut trim.

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You can use any type of polish for the wood, if your picky tho you can check the Swissvax wood care
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awesome, do meguires have anythign for the interior trim? my trim has got alot of swirls, its burr walnut trim.

honestly not sure about the interior trim

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Nice, 205 & 105 for Meg have great results next time try the finishing polish with a green pad!! Green pads have pores small enough to hold the polish & as put pressure on the buffer you compress the pad, squish the polish out and the polishing compounds are pushed out of the pores & they make contact. The more pressure the more cut, less pressure will enhance the gloss & wetness of the paint *tu*

thanks for the info, I will try that.
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do you guys know if I could use the same meguires on the aluminum window trimming on my e92? seems to have oxidation
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You can use any type of polish for the wood, if your picky tho you can check the Swissvax wood care
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Anyone know if you can get as close results doing hand buffering than using a porter cable?
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Anyone know if you can get as close results doing hand buffering than using a porter cable?
from the things I've read nope
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Really nice job!
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looks really nice
good job there.
should post some full car picture.
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