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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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got a new cleaning tool...

Well, after many many years of doing a car by hand,
I finally broke down and bought a machine to help with the task. ( I bought the
kit a couple of weeks ago from the vendor website when they were having
a 'black friday sale' in April. I just happened to stumble across the site after watching detailing videos... )

My first attempt was performed on a white car, not a Solstice. It may
not have been the greatest idea, but I wanted to try out and get used to the machine.

My next attempt is going to have to wait until all of the NJ pollen has dropped. Even in the garage pollen dust can be found...

( Even just doing the hood for maybe 20 minutes, my back hurt... )
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 09:27 AM
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Excellent, I just bought the same pads and did my hood, and yes my back was sore for a few days after, wish I had a lift!!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 09:59 AM
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Bought a PC polisher the year we bought the Solstice and use it frequently. Solstice is polished and detailed each March/April. Pickup is done during the summer months, SUV in the fall before the snow flies.

You'll find once you get the paint in good shape, future polishing is much less work. The Solstice this spring probably took about an hour total.
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To get swirls (car wash scratches) you're going to need something stronger then what you have there as far as polish goes. I found a new product last's a wax stripper. First I wash my car. Then I use this new wax stripper. Wax stripper gets rid of all of the wax and makes it easier to polish the car. Then I wet sand (if needed, which my Solstice hasn't been done in years). Then polish. And now I ceramic coat rather then wax. It's sooooo much easier to take care of over a waxed car. Then when it needs it, a bit of paint protection to give it the wet look throughout the year... But the paint protection only lasts 2 or 3 washes because of the ceramic coating.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 09:57 PM
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Have a look at the Nanoskin pad for the DA as a much-faster substitute for clay bar.
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