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Old 03-17-2008, 10:50 PM   #41 (permalink)
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On my old car I used Bounce fabric sheets to clean bugs off my front end. I never noticed any problems with it and it worked amazingly well. I have yet to do it with my FA5 since its my first brand new car.

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Well I've heard of other people using this method before but I think there are far more effective and safer ways to remove bugs. It just seems like it could scratch the finish, those sheets aren't exactly soft...

A few good tips in this thread...
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:14 PM   #42 (permalink)
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good stuff. +1. one last thing, what tape do you use on the rubber molding, emblems etc when polishing/waxing?
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:16 PM   #43 (permalink)
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good stuff. +1. one last thing, what tape do you use on the rubber molding, emblems etc when polishing/waxing?
LOL, sorry I forgot to answer that one. The blue painters tape is the best as it's very easy to remove and does not leave any residue.
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LOL, sorry I forgot to answer that one. The blue painters tape is the best as it's very easy to remove and does not leave any residue.
thanks i know what im gonna end up doing spring break
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I'm not too familiar with any of these products and pad colors vary between manufactures. What type of polisher are you using them with and where did you get your stuff from? I will have to look and see how aggressive each pad and product is first.
I have Sonus SFX pads.. I was mistaken, blue is for a final finish, yellow is the most aggressive and white is step 2.
so.. yellow > white > blue

I'm using them with the PC 7424. I got my stuff from eshine.ca.
What polish would you recommend that you are familiar with?
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I use nothing but microfiber and it seems to be putting swirls in the paint...What can I do. I want to polish my car, then wash it right so no swirls re appear
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I have Sonus SFX pads.. I was mistaken, blue is for a final finish, yellow is the most aggressive and white is step 2.
so.. yellow > white > blue

I'm using them with the PC 7424. I got my stuff from eshine.ca.
What polish would you recommend that you are familiar with?
Well I don't recommend using a cutting pad with the porter cable as it can leave hazing and micro marring...yellow sounds like a cutting pad.

I'd go with the white pad which sounds like a polishing pad. Meguiars M80 or M09 works great for light swirls. Always does a test spot first to see if one of those combinations gives you the results you’re looking for before you do the whole car. Have you used the PC before?
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Well I don't recommend using a cutting pad with the porter cable as it can leave hazing and micro marring...yellow sounds like a cutting pad.

I'd go with the white pad which sounds like a polishing pad. Meguiars M80 or M09 works great for light swirls. Always does a test spot first to see if one of those combinations gives you the results you’re looking for before you do the whole car. Have you used the PC before?
Yes, I've used the PC many times, and I've had pretty decent results with Meg's Swirl Remover and 3M polish.
My previous pads needed to be retired, so I bought these new ones.

This is what it says about the yellow pad:
"Use with paint cleaners and compounds designed to remove 1200 grit sanding marks. This pad is aggressive when used at speeds in excess of 700 RPM (rotary) or 3000 OPM (dual-action).

it SOUNDS to me that it is pretty heavy duty. My car isn't that bad, I just want to get rid of the swirls that have accumulated over the winter. Do you recommend sealant and then wax? or just right to the wax?
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what kind of wheel glaze do you recommend?
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Yes, I've used the PC many times, and I've had pretty decent results with Meg's Swirl Remover and 3M polish.
My previous pads needed to be retired, so I bought these new ones.

This is what it says about the yellow pad:
"Use with paint cleaners and compounds designed to remove 1200 grit sanding marks. This pad is aggressive when used at speeds in excess of 700 RPM (rotary) or 3000 OPM (dual-action).

it SOUNDS to me that it is pretty heavy duty. My car isn't that bad, I just want to get rid of the swirls that have accumulated over the winter. Do you recommend sealant and then wax? or just right to the wax?
Sealants tend to last longer and the natural waxes tend to give better gloss and depth. It's all user preference. On darker colors I prefer carnauba but I have also been very happy with NXT 2.0
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I use nothing but microfiber and it seems to be putting swirls in the paint...What can I do. I want to polish my car, then wash it right so no swirls re appear

Where are you getting your MF towels from? The cheaper MF towels can leave fine scratches in the finish. I buy all mine from Autogeek.net now. Cobra MF towes have been the best I've used so far....I'm sure their are other sites with good ones too though. The Meguiars ones are not bad either and they can be found in stores.

What is your process for washing?
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what kind of wheel glaze do you recommend?
Depends on the wheel and how it's finished. (chrome, polished alum, painted...)
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so, i have a TW FA5, and i just washed it, and it always seems i can never get EVERY speck of dirt off...sometimes, there are small little black dots that only come off with my fingernail, and there are other dots, almost rust in color that SOMETIMES come off with my nail...whats the easiest way to get every last speck of dirt/tar off the car?
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so, i have a TW FA5, and i just washed it, and it always seems i can never get EVERY speck of dirt off...sometimes, there are small little black dots that only come off with my fingernail, and there are other dots, almost rust in color that SOMETIMES come off with my nail...whats the easiest way to get every last speck of dirt/tar off the car?
Clay bar. I would hit the tar with dedicated a tar remover first though.
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Depends on the wheel and how it's finished. (chrome, polished alum, painted...)
stock wheels to be specific.
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What criteria should I look for in a local detailer?
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Where are you getting your MF towels from? The cheaper MF towels can leave fine scratches in the finish. I buy all mine from Autogeek.net now. Cobra MF towes have been the best I've used so far....I'm sure their are other sites with good ones too though. The Meguiars ones are not bad either and they can be found in stores.

What is your process for washing?

I use 25 pack of towels at all mart for windows and stuff but I use a sheepskin mitt waffle style cloth to dry and basic foam applicator pads I got from this website I cant remember....

But for washing I rinse off the car first. Then I put soap in the bucket and use the sheepskin mit to rub it on the car...I wash the top first then the bottom...After that i rinse then let it sit for a few min...Then break out the waffle towel to dry it. I use meguires wax I have used the applicator that came with it but I mainly use a microfiber I got from the site.
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I use 25 pack of towels at all mart for windows and stuff but I use a sheepskin mitt waffle style cloth to dry and basic foam applicator pads I got from this website I cant remember....

But for washing I rinse off the car first. Then I put soap in the bucket and use the sheepskin mit to rub it on the car...I wash the top first then the bottom...After that i rinse then let it sit for a few min...Then break out the waffle towel to dry it. I use meguires wax I have used the applicator that came with it but I mainly use a microfiber I got from the site.
Be sure to rinse off the car thoroughly, switch to a microfiber mitt or silicone-free sponge or natural sea sponge, use the two bucket method, and start drying immediately rather than waiting a few minutes.

I used to like the cheap yellow MF towels that can be found at Costco, but stopped using them for two reasons: 1) I found light scratches in the clearcoat (don't know if the towels are to blame but I wouldn't be surprised since they're cheapy and I use them to buff off wax or QD after every wash, and 2) very fine lint tends to stick to the paint when I use it with detail spray. I switched to Cobra microfibers, I suggest you do the same.

Also be sure to wash your waffle weave drying towel every once in a while. That's all I can think of. Hope it helps.
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Be sure to rinse off the car thoroughly, switch to a microfiber mitt or silicone-free sponge or natural sea sponge, use the two bucket method, and start drying immediately rather than waiting a few minutes.

I used to like the cheap yellow MF towels that can be found at Costco, but stopped using them for two reasons: 1) I found light scratches in the clearcoat (don't know if the towels are to blame but I wouldn't be surprised since they're cheapy and I use them to buff off wax or QD after every wash, and 2) very fine lint tends to stick to the paint when I use it with detail spray. I switched to Cobra microfibers, I suggest you do the same.

Also be sure to wash your waffle weave drying towel every once in a while. That's all I can think of. Hope it helps.
aww man i was gonna pick up a pick of those mf towels. 30 towels for 15 dollars? you can't lose
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You should be fine using the same stuff you use on the car itself since they are both painted and cleared.
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