Tip of the Day...

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willington

Tip of the Day...

Post by willington » Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:31 pm

I was watching a Detailing video a couple of weeks ago and came across a superb tip that I want to pass on....

When machine polishing, never machine over the masking tape. Why? Because the polish and friction can cause the tape to churn up and you will get paper and adhesive onto your pad and spread it all over your freshly polished paint!

So polish close up to the masking tape, but never over it.


Anyone else have some tips to share?

Torque

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by Torque » Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:26 pm

Yes but I'm not sharing [-(
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Dampen your applicator before waxing to help give a thin, even coat of wax. Then give it a second or even third coat of wax 'cos, as my mum always told me as a kid 2 or 3 thin layers is much better than 1 thick one.

willington

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by willington » Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:02 pm

When polishing either by hand or by machine..... when a compound is a little too agressive and a finishing polish just doesn't do the job, just try mixing a couple of blobs of each polish together.

Torque

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by Torque » Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:14 pm

Cut any labels off cloths to avoid chances of marring.

willington

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by willington » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:25 pm

Bird poo/bird droppings...remove them as soon as possible, as they etch into paint and stains fabric roofs.

Carry a bottle of sparkling/soda water in the car and pour some onto the effected area to soften it up. Then with a wet microfibre, gently aggitate to loosen it and rinse it off.

Torque

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by Torque » Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:36 pm

Got wax on your plastic trim?

Use a pencil eraser to bring it off, for places you can't get to with a pencil eraser use smooth peanut butter.

willington

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by willington » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:36 am

Squeaky windows? Small water leaks running down the inside of windows? Frozen windows?

Apply some rubber feed to the seals and it will renew their pliability.

To replace a cracked window seal can set you back £50+, but a product like Gummi Pfledge (rubber polish) costs less than £10!

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Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by Ash » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:43 pm

Add some white vinegar to the final rinse when washing microfiber towels. Helps then fluff up like new :cool:

Don't drink more than fifteen pints....Sorry wrong forum :lol:
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willington

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by willington » Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:25 pm

NEVER buy a full sized detailing product until you have asked about it here on the Forum first.

-Not all manufacturer's claims have proven to be fully correct.
-Not all products are suitable for your needs.
-There may be alternatives which are better.

willington

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by willington » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:56 pm

This may sound obvious, but organise yourself ready for the task at hand:

Dirty washmitts...bucket ready to put them in.
Dirty microfibre drying towels and cloths....plastic carrier bag before you take them to the washing machine.
Carrier bag to put used polishing pads into.

Organise products into catagories (preferably into seperate plastic boxes):

Washing and decontamination
Polishes
Pads
Cloths
Waxes, sealants and Quick Detailing sprays
Inside cabin
Wheels and external trim

The time saved looking for exactly what you need adds up, and you can also see what you need to replace.

willington

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by willington » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:58 am

For me, the most invaluable Detailing product you can ever invest in, is an All Purpose Cleaner (APC) which can be heavily diluted.

The range of tasks it can perform, at various dilutions, make this a 'must have' product.

Cleaning wheel arches.
Cleaning engine bays.
Removing old protective waxes and sealants
Cleaning carpets/seats/roof linings.
Adding a little into a shampoo to remove heavy soiling.

willington

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by willington » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:56 pm

When machine polishing and you take a break, the pads can easily dry out. When you start machine polishing again, you could inflict a lot of damage to your paintwork with the dry pad.

So, if you do stop, then wrap the pad in a plastic sandwich bag and place the pad face downwards onto the plastic. Gravity will keep the pad face nice and moist...but always check it first.

Torque

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by Torque » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:48 pm

I've been slacking, apologies:

When machine polishing invest in a spurring brush to remove any exess polish from the pad to prevent marring.

willington

Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by willington » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:40 pm

It's the small, often inconsequential, items that can take your detailing up to a whole new level.

Detailing foam buds....for polishing around badges and hard to reach areas.
Spritzer bottle... for spraying de-ionized water onto pads.
Lid boxes for keeping dust from the microfibre cloths.
'Miracle' sponges...... not the type that have cleaning fluids in them, but sponges which have micro-abrasives impregnated. Use these to renovate scuffed door sills and heavily marked plastics.
Detailers brushes.....internal for vents and rebated areas. Externally for grills, around badges, indicators, wiper arms and wheels.
Lint free cotton make-up pads....for applying some sealants, applying thin layers of paint to scuffs or wrapping around cocktail stick/old credit card for cleaning rebated areas on dashboards.(all kinds of gunk get trapped in these)

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Re: Tip of the Day...

Post by Ash » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:40 pm

Watch videos by Mike Phillips at AutoGeek https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5x3E5 ... CWVICtNIeQ . Top tips by one of the best :cool:
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