Detailed the car during vacation

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Originally Posted by gregk24
You made that paint pop, looks great! Have you had any issues with your a/c?
No issues with the a/c. Haven't gone through the peak of a Florida summer with it yet though. Has been blowing cold so far.
 
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Thanks everyone! Here's what I did : - 2 bucket wash with Meguiar's Hyperwash - foam cannon with Chemical Guys Honeydew wash - clayed with Mother's Speed clay - iron decon with Meguiar's D2002 (would probably just get the Ultimate All Wheel cleaner in the future) - polished (usually this would be the correction step but there wasn't any visible swirling) with Meguiar's Ultimate Compound to smooth out the paint, remove old coating, and enhance gloss - finishing polish with Meguiar's M205 to further enhance gloss - ceramic coating with Optimum Gloss Coat - topped with Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray Coating for a sacrificial barrier until the coating fully cures
NICE Thanks for the details. 2 Questions -- 1) Tell me about the speed clay - Is it the little plastic mouse-looking thing with pad ? I have one I just bought and curvy surfaces are less then ideal. Seems to work well on flat bigger areas though. Your thoughts? 2) What did you use as the surface lubricant ? T Y
 

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Originally Posted by asiancivicmaniac
Thanks everyone! Here's what I did : - 2 bucket wash with Meguiar's Hyperwash - foam cannon with Chemical Guys Honeydew wash - clayed with Mother's Speed clay - iron decon with Meguiar's D2002 (would probably just get the Ultimate All Wheel cleaner in the future) - polished (usually this would be the correction step but there wasn't any visible swirling) with Meguiar's Ultimate Compound to smooth out the paint, remove old coating, and enhance gloss - finishing polish with Meguiar's M205 to further enhance gloss - ceramic coating with Optimum Gloss Coat - topped with Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray Coating for a sacrificial barrier until the coating fully cures
NICE Thanks for the details. 2 Questions -- 1) Tell me about the speed clay - Is it the little plastic mouse-looking thing with pad ? I have one I just bought and curvy surfaces are less then ideal. Seems to work well on flat bigger areas though. Your thoughts? 2) What did you use as the surface lubricant ? T Y
Speed Clay is definitely not as flexible as traditional clay, but I didn't have any problems with it. I do have to grip it pretty well. As for lube, I find it easier to do the claying after the rinse and use a more concentrated wash solution in a spray bottle. I find it provides more lubricity than a quick detailer and it's inexpensive so you can use as much as you want. Then rinse the soap off when you are done claying and dry the car.
 
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Thanks for the answers. I'm doing both our cars with speed clay then some touching up with compound in areas, polish and wax. I've got some spray detailer and a turtle wax lubricant I forgot about. I see many use fresh soapy car wash water too so I guess the obvious is lubricant does just that and is't an item that softens bonded fallout before the clay. I'm a bit into it now so the Iron decon will be for another time.
 
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