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Car Care

New postby Bill » Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:27 am

Held onto starting this thread idea for two+ days, so I figure it must be worth it.

Looking for ideas, products, referrals, etc. for car care.

Here's my first Q:

What can you do to make those annoying parking lot door scuffs "disappear"? Cuz, try as I may, I can't seem to stop 'em from happening.

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ha ha

New postby BOB » Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:17 pm

I don't know what you are talking about :wink:

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New postby Bud » Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:26 pm

Oo... good topic. I'm far from an expert on car care, but I do OK.

RE: Door Dings

Curt's the polish and buff expert (if he'll share his wisdom with us), but here's a few thoughts.

If it's an actual dent (door ding, not just a scuff), there are several paintless dent removal places that do a good job for something like $50-$80 per panel. If the paint is broken, that's another story.

I've used simple green to remove traffic cone scuffs (from autocrossing, not street driving). Works great on oil and tar too.

Once the foriegn material is removed a good wax will help with the little scratches. My favorites are Mother's Reflections and Mother's Carnuba. (Mother's is the best, IMO.)

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hee hee

New postby BOB » Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:09 pm

Car doors and shopping carts :twisted:

Now, thats why I have those massive heavy
plastic panels on the truck.

I would get a rhino guard too, but I ditched
the mother in law long ago :roll:

It also helps to keep a protective layer of
dust over everything :P

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New postby Curt » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:04 am

I will post more later today, but for dings, a paintless dent removal place will work if there is no scuff to it. If it is scuffed, you MAY be able to buff it out, but buffing can be tricky so there are a few things to watch out for.

1) Do NOT go buy just any buffer. You want to get a random orbital type such as the porter cable sold on on the meguiars site (don't buy from them, but will give you an idea what to look for).

2) Do NOT just do a single step polish. one of two things will happen. You will have tons of swirl marks because the polish was to aggressive to be a single step process, or you will 'bake' your clearcoat because the polish was not aggressive enough and you had to apply to much pressure to get the right 'cutting' which resulted in burned paint.

3) Pay attention to the pads you buy. Meguiars has a different type of pad for each step. Cough up the money for quality pads. My favorite currently are the mequiars foam.


Those are the ones that come to mind right now. If you want to do a top quality job, set aside the entire day for car care. Here is what I do when I go all out.

1) Wash Car

2) Claybar the car. this can be a painful process.

3) Wash car again and dry.

If I don't have any major scratches I need to buff out this is how I proceed

4) buff with swirl remover (I like Zaino, but mothers is also good). Let the machine do the work, you don't need to apply pressure. Doing so will greatly increase your chances of swirls even with a random orbital.

5) Buff with finish polisher (look at car from various angles to assure no swirls left).

6) Apply first coat of high quality wax. (I like Zaino, but last one I did was with mothers and it looked great and lasted a long time).

6a) With Zaino i need to wait 1 hour for the polish/wax to cure and I remove it. After I remove the first coat, I apply at least one more. Most I have ever done on a car of mine was four coats on my blue wagon. i won Second place best overall car, and first place best new age impreza.

7) Impress your neighbors with you dazzling shine.

That is all I have for now....time for bed.

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New postby Bud » Sun Mar 11, 2007 10:38 am

I've claybar'd the 'Vette twice so far. Works great at getting rid of the little bits of foreign matter that get embedded in the paint (like bug guts on the front facia).
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New postby Bill » Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:12 am

Wow! Nice entry, Curt! That's a ton of info that convinced me to take my car to the detail shop instead. <kidding>

Bud, love the new sig.

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New postby Bud » Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:45 pm

Bill wrote:Bud, love the new sig.


It's stolen from a Corvette board. :wink:
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New postby Jeff » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:00 am

I'm very impressed with the devotion
you gentlemen give to your modern
Steeds. A level of dedication that
would do any Nobleman proud.
Thank you for sharing yourselves
in this area.

I, of course, prefer to hire College Girls
in Bikini's to clean my vehicles, thus explaining
their current disreputable state.
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New postby Bud » Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:11 am

JeffHughes wrote:I, of course, prefer to hire College Girls
in Bikini's to clean my vehicles, thus explaining
their current disreputable state.


The college girls or your vehicles? :?
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New postby Jeff » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:41 pm

Bill,
I need Curt's new address and phone #.
I need brake work on the beast.
No, curt, not you, but out mechanic down here.
Thanks,
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New postby Curt » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:47 pm

Is it a Honda/Acura?

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New postby Bill » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:03 pm

Jeff wrote:I need brake work on the beast.


Curt wrote:Is it a Honda/Acura?


Curt, "beast" <> Honda/Acura. :roll:

"beast" = more like big ass 1980's brown Chevy Suburban Assault Vehicle

something a lil more like this...

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New postby Jeff » Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:20 pm

Yes, Bill is correct, but I would like to get a
Howitzer mounted on it.

Unfortunately, I need the new address and
phone # for the mechanic Bill has introduced
me to, especially in light of the mechanic's
most recent and unfortunate situation,
namely his old shop burning down.

So, Bill would you be so kind as to provide this
information for me?
Jeff
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New postby Bill » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:54 am

I'm happy to let everyone know. Good mechanic, I've had years of nothing but good experiences with this guy and his crew.

Curt's Auto Repair
602-588-2878
2222 W. Bell Rd. (across from Midway Nissan, next to Lee Myles)

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