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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 10:25

Thanks Rob. Think I'm going to go for the clay, then the AG polish you suggested, then a wax of some sort!

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 10:35

Does this kit include the wax??!!

Meguiars Smooth Surface Clay Kit from Halfords Price £24.99

I'm guessing not as this is the wax!!

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_199281_langId_-1_categoryId_165527

or this!

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_200371_langId_-1_categoryId_165527

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 11:22

Megs 3 step system.

http://www.theultimatefinish.co.uk/meguiars/deep-crystal-3-step-system.aspx

Megs Clay kit.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_253057_langId_-1_categoryId_165527

I think the clay kit will be a good entry starter for deep cleaning the car bodywork! (remember Claying it wont get rid of scratches or swirls) Although there doesn't seem to be much wax in this kit! The NXT wax is supposed to be excellent so you could substitute the Megs Crystal shine for this!
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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 11:32

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Megs 3 step system.

http://www.theultimatefinish.co.uk/meguiars/deep-crystal-3-step-system.aspx

Megs Clay kit.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_253057_langId_-1_categoryId_165527

I think the clay kit will be a good entry starter for deep cleaning the car bodywork! (remember Claying it wont get rid of scratches or swirls) Although there doesn't seem to be much wax in this kit! The NXT wax is supposed to be excellent so you could substitute the Megs Crystal shine for this!

Yeah, think that's what I'll do rob! Get the Megs kit, then polish with the step 2 (or the AG polish, this should help with marks shouldn't it?) then the NXT wax! Very Happy

Thank you for all your help, at least I have a plan now! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 11:56

Yep the megs polish is only mild but is cheap enought o try it for efficiency!
If your scartches and swirls are a little stubborn then you need something like this-

http://www.chemicalguysuk.com/scratch_and_swirl_remover_p/scrcth.htm

This can be used with or without machine! TBH if your scratches are quite deep then you might find that hand polishing will only go so far and you will need to step up to a to a machine polisher! If you are brave enough! I would get as much info as poss off of places like detailing world beforehand though! A good rule of thumb is, if you rub the edge of your thumbnail across the scratch and can feel it then it will need a little more than a polish possibly!
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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 12:05

Thank you Rob, I owe you one! I'll deffo stick with the megs polish for now. Hope it brings it all up ok. Think I may have fudged up a patch on my bonnet using the more abrasive ag polish last weekend! Sad I tried it on a small patch on a door first and that's fine, but I seem to have a dull area on the bonnet. It's only outside my house I can see it, and there's nothing there to the touch. In all other light it's not there! So hoping by removing everything, then re-applying it will being it all up nicely! Very Happy

So I'm sticking to what I know and I know I can get a good finish with the megs, so will just add a wax to it after! Maybe the step 3, maybe the NXT!

Am worried I'm going to make everything worse, but I'm sure it'll be fine! Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 12:11

I think you will be ok with that AG patch you made! Sounds like it took all the protection off you may have applied over the years! It should be ok when you eventually get the bodywork corrected and waxed!
Sorry to add even more options:shock:
But that Chemical Guys link I gave you looks good for paint correcting and other stuff! Not bad prices either !
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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 12:23

Thanks Rob. Does look good, could do the trick! But as you've said before doing it by hand may only get me so far! So we'll see how tomorrow goes. If things aren't improved (I know marks may still be there but the paint should be smooth!) then I'm going to have to enlist some help! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 13:05

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 13:47

Could well be Rob! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 14:51

James I really wanted to get out today! But now I am looking for detailing tips and whatnots!! Mad lol!
http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=59823
But here is a link might help sometime in the future! It's a list of detailers all around. You could probably find some costs involved for touching up certain areas of your car rather than doing the whole car (just me guessing)
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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 15:02

Thanks again Rob, it's addictive isn't it! Razz

One last tiny thing (ok maybe 2 things). Do I have to rinse the car with water after the clay, before the polish?

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Do I have to do each process over the whole car, or can I do a panel at a time. So I'll wash the whole car. Then clay a door, then polish it, then wax it, then go on to another panel? (this may be a really stupid question!Razz)

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   2nd October 2009, 15:57

No not a stupid question at all James!

STAGES

1) Debug and tar bodywork. Using your preferred component.
2) Wash and rinse car.
3) Claying. Use your clay with lubricant on car still wet or you can dry car first! Some swear leaving wet! Others don't! Your choice!
IMO drying the car extends the overall cleaning process time! Go over a panel at a time using your lubricant and clay as directed (claying video I posted earlier)
4) You really need to wash and rinse any residue off the car that may have been left from the claying stage! (I know! I know! but you only clay a car once or twice a year!)
5) Paint Cleaner (optional). If you are using one this is the time to use it! Otherwise go to the polishing stage!
6) Polishing stage. Use your preferred polish make sure you get all haze off! (you should be using a seperate applicator or towel to apply products from the one you wiped off with. This goes for all applications of cleaners polishes and waxes!)
7) Waxing. Applying a good wax at this stage ensures your previous hard work stays around for some time!
8) Sealant (optional). This is the time to apply a sealant to help keep the wax on and improve the shine further. (make sure your wax has been left some time to cure before applying a sealant, otherwise it may strip your wax! Times vary from product to product of course!)
9) De-stressing. This has to be considered the most important and vital stage of all! Grab yourself some of your favourite very chilled alcohol preference, and apply to throat (not the car)!

Good Luck! and make sure you take plenty of before and after pics!

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   3rd October 2009, 22:35

Was brilliant, a big thank you to you all for your help, and especially Rob! Very Happy You were very patient with my constant, probably very samey questions! Razz Will get pics up asap! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Help with Polishing!!   3rd October 2009, 22:49

Hey your welcome James! Can't wait for the pics! Wink
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