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      01-22-2008, 11:52 PM   #243
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thanks a lot joyriide. If i was in Miami i would definitely just have you do it, your work is sick man.

You got any friends in the Los Angeles area that wont charge me an arm and a leg for a good detail. Pros are pros for a reason.
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      01-22-2008, 11:55 PM   #244
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No, I don't. check out autopia.org and make a thread looking for a detailer in your area (post it in the correct regional sub-forum). You'll definately get a few responses. After that, just search for the member's threads and posts and check out their work.

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      01-23-2008, 12:17 AM   #245
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Hey man, thanks a lot! received the Klasse kit today from Fedex.

I couldn't wait so just dusted my relatively clean car and "washed" it with a bucket of warm water and a cap of AIO. That thing is so easy! Then just AIO and later the Sealant high gloss. It works pretty good, I'm happy with the results. The only problem is that I don't wanna drive it anymore cuz it will get dirty

Tell me about it... I just got my car detailed yesterday and it rained about an hour later and all day today
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      01-24-2008, 02:10 PM   #246
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Hey, I can't get rid of very fine scratches with the Klasse SG(I might have inflicted them by improper polishing{?}). I thought the one thing it did was getting rid of small scratches.

Anyhow, the Klasse SG makes the car shine like crazy but if fine scratches remain it's not so good...
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      01-25-2008, 04:27 PM   #247
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Having it polished with something other than Zaino is fine. Just to a wipedownw ith a mix of alcohal and water 1:1 before you begin any of your zaino steps.

One thing I would highly suggest is making sure your friends dad knows what he is doing. JOY
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      02-10-2008, 09:32 PM   #248
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I want to ask a question. I don't have a polishing machine and I don't plan to buy one anytime soon. So if I want to do a detail for my car, do I just do a wash > clay > seal thing? I don't have many swirl marks at all on my car as I followed the proper steps to washing the car before to avoid many swirl marks.
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I would also like to know if it's possible to buy Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze @ Canadian tire?

Also since I'm not polishing the car, I heard I should buy a water spot remover? I heard of the CG Water Spot Remover from forum members, but I want to buy it locally instead. Any recommendation that I can buy at Canadian tire?
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I would also like to know if it's possible to buy Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze @ Canadian tire?

Also since I'm not polishing the car, I heard I should buy a water spot remover? I heard of the CG Water Spot Remover from forum members, but I want to buy it locally instead. Any recommendation that I can buy at Canadian tire?
Since you are in British Columbia, you can pick up high end products from a store called carcaresmart.com. They sell Klasse and other products. Unfortunately Canadian Tire does not sell Klasse or any water spot removers.

In terms of not machine polishing, sure, that sounds good. Wash, clay, and seal will work fine if that's all you're after.
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      02-12-2008, 03:57 PM   #251
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Hey, I can't get rid of very fine scratches with the Klasse SG(I might have inflicted them by improper polishing{?}). I thought the one thing it did was getting rid of small scratches.

Anyhow, the Klasse SG makes the car shine like crazy but if fine scratches remain it's not so good...
Klasse SG is a sealant only. You will need to use a polish and machine to remove scratches and swirl marks. It is possible you inflicted the scratches yourself when you were applying and removing the Klasse. Always make sure you are using quality MF towels and that the paint is completely clean before applying anything.
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      03-06-2008, 05:01 PM   #252
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I wasn't able to find any recommendations for cleaning the interior of the car, i.e., the dashboard, aluminum brush trim, etc. Any suggestions?
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I wasn't able to find any recommendations for cleaning the interior of the car, i.e., the dashboard, aluminum brush trim, etc. Any suggestions?
I always use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe away dust from the interior plastics and trim.
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Hi David, fantastic thread! A lot to digest but I think I'm ready to take the plunge and try it out this spring.

I just took delivery of an '06 325i, Sparkling Graphite. Now, I know the dealer said they did some cleaning/ detail work on it and I'm in the process of finding out exaclty what was done as I wouldn't want to over-polish the car. The car has been in service for 2.5 years and there are the usual minor scratches around door handles and trunk lid. Also, I noticed swirl marks for the first time last night under the moonlight and street lamps.

I am definitely leaning toward the Zaino products as I only want to do this one/ twice a year and durability is key. Given the imperfections I noticed and mild swirl marks, I assume I'll need the orbital, cutting pad (orange or yellow?) and a heavier polish? Just wanted to find out what's the best action to take in this case and of course if anything else should be done to address the minor scratches.

Thanks for your time and help!

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Hi David, fantastic thread! A lot to digest but I think I'm ready to take the plunge and try it out this spring.

I just took delivery of an '06 325i, Sparkling Graphite. Now, I know the dealer said they did some cleaning/ detail work on it and I'm in the process of finding out exaclty what was done as I wouldn't want to over-polish the car. The car has been in service for 2.5 years and there are the usual minor scratches around door handles and trunk lid. Also, I noticed swirl marks for the first time last night under the moonlight and street lamps.

I am definitely leaning toward the Zaino products as I only want to do this one/ twice a year and durability is key. Given the imperfections I noticed and mild swirl marks, I assume I'll need the orbital, cutting pad (orange or yellow?) and a heavier polish? Just wanted to find out what's the best action to take in this case and of course if anything else should be done to address the minor scratches.

Thanks for your time and help!

Cheers,
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Congrats on your new ride. I have no extra info to offer, to be honest. Just try to follow the guide. Start with the least aggressive pad and polish and see if it removes the swirls/scratches. If not, step up to something more aggressive. The Porter Cable 7424, Menzerna polishes, and Lake Country pads available from eShine.ca (Ontario based) will do the job. Zaino is a good choice for sealing the finish.
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Congrats on your new ride. I have no extra info to offer, to be honest. Just try to follow the guide. Start with the least aggressive pad and polish and see if it removes the swirls/scratches. If not, step up to something more aggressive. The Porter Cable 7424, Menzerna polishes, and Lake Country pads available from eShine.ca (Ontario based) will do the job. Zaino is a good choice for sealing the finish.
Great, thanks for the info David! When stepping up to something more agressive, is it the yellow or orange Lake Country Pad?

Cheers,
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      03-30-2008, 07:05 PM   #257
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David,

I have a few quick questions for you. I've been studying your detailing tips hard. A few of my friends are using Wolfgangs Concours on their cars, with great results. I have a Space gray metallic car on the way. I was planning on washing, claying, and using their Polish Enhancer followed by their Sealant. Since it is new - I was going to apply both by hand with MF applicators. I was also planning on putting on 2-3 layers of sealant.

Am I on the right track here?
Do you have any experience or opinions with Wolfgangs products? Thanks
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Since you are in British Columbia, you can pick up high end products from a store called carcaresmart.com. They sell Klasse and other products. Unfortunately Canadian Tire does not sell Klasse or any water spot removers.

In terms of not machine polishing, sure, that sounds good. Wash, clay, and seal will work fine if that's all you're after.
What about Calgary Alberta ? Any local places here you would recommend?

Thanks!
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      04-09-2008, 01:25 PM   #259
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Hi David, I've been using the whole lines of Zaino products on my black BMW 3 series for over a year now and love the result of it. Recently, I have purchased a new Mercedes C class and have been told that the new Mercedes use NANO paint which is like a coat of ceramic protection on the car. My question is, is it safe to use Zaino on this kind of NANO paint? Would the result will be the same as the regular paint? Thank you.
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Great, thanks for the info David! When stepping up to something more agressive, is it the yellow or orange Lake Country Pad?

Cheers,
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In order of aggressiveness from least to most it would go white, orange, yellow. Hope this helps.
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David,

I have a few quick questions for you. I've been studying your detailing tips hard. A few of my friends are using Wolfgangs Concours on their cars, with great results. I have a Space gray metallic car on the way. I was planning on washing, claying, and using their Polish Enhancer followed by their Sealant. Since it is new - I was going to apply both by hand with MF applicators. I was also planning on putting on 2-3 layers of sealant.

Am I on the right track here?
Do you have any experience or opinions with Wolfgangs products? Thanks
You are on the track. Wolfgang products are fine for use. They are not as durable as Zaino (only 2 months compared to Zaino's 9), but they are user friendly and look nice.
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What about Calgary Alberta ? Any local places here you would recommend?

Thanks!
No local places I know of in Calgary. You will have to order online from eshine or carcaresmart or a US site.
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Hi David, I've been using the whole lines of Zaino products on my black BMW 3 series for over a year now and love the result of it. Recently, I have purchased a new Mercedes C class and have been told that the new Mercedes use NANO paint which is like a coat of ceramic protection on the car. My question is, is it safe to use Zaino on this kind of NANO paint? Would the result will be the same as the regular paint? Thank you.
Zaino is fine for Nano paint. It will work the same as on regular paint.
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      05-06-2008, 03:57 AM   #264
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I just bought a bunch of zaino stuff, planning to do

ZAIO -> Z2 -> ZCS

but i forgot to buy Z6. Instead my kit comes with Z8. I know there were a few posts dampening the pad with Z6 makes applying ZAIO/Z2 much easier.

So my question is, can I use Z8 to dampen the pads, or do I need to get Z6? Are there any alternatives to Z6 (meguiar's QD?) in this usage? Thanks for your help.
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