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Thread: Stepping up my Detail game.

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    Stepping up my Detail game.

    I use to be a detailer at a colllision shop and a car lot. Nothing to extensive but learned the basics.


    Since then I've always use a two bucket system, have a pressure washer and foam gun and everything that comes with that level of detailing.

    I just got my Cosmos M3 about 5-6 months ago. it was baddly weathered and was stored under a tarp/car cover for a year.

    The whole car was repainted about 5-6 years ago but because of how it was stored its got minor scratches, rub marks and what not.
    I had the exterior fully detailed and it came out almost flawless. after a few weeks and a couple washes the ultra shine went away.
    Cleans up real nice but not on the same level. So I was hoping to learn how to do it and be able to polish and refresh it ever 3-4 months



    Just picked up my Griots 6 inch orbital polisher from a buddy for a good price, brand new he just never used it.

    I've been watching how to and what not for the last 2 months and this was the big purchase i needed to dive in even more.




    From here is products and pads. Looking to see if anyone can suggest another forum/group to read up and learn from.

    Looking to see what you buy and why and what you stay away from and why. As always looking for the best bang for the buck but know quality follows money.

    Hoping in the end to learn to cut and buff fully.

    Any tip tricks and money savers always welcome. Thanks guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cr2596 View Post
    Yup. A differnt time for the forum. The great threads get 12 replies. Shit threads get 12 pages.

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    I'd start simple and work up from there.
    You already have the Griots polisher. I'd start with the BOSS system: their Correcting cream with their correcting pads. Then their Perfecting cream with their Perfecting pads.
    The Boss system takes the mystery out of the equation for those new to polishing and the results mirror (ok, I'm smiling a bit at that clever pun) other compounds and polishes from the best providers.
    So, start there with a bit of reading,

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    You know about ceramic coat right? after you detail it, ceramic coat it, and you will only ever have to rinse off the car for about a year.

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    Awesome thanks guys, Wondering what chemicals you use? Adams? Chemical Guys? Griots?

    Any preferences or stay aways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cr2596 View Post
    Yup. A differnt time for the forum. The great threads get 12 replies. Shit threads get 12 pages.

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    I am a big fan of Meguiar's m105/m205 pairing for many jobs I do, but they have a new product by now called M110/M210. Meguiars has a great resource Meguiarsonline + many videos on youtube.

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