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Old 04-16-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Anyone into car detailing?


I've had my fair share of cars and have done a fair bit of detailing back in the day but in retrospect, most were new or 2-3 year old cars with finishes in fairly good condition.

In the process of restoring a 20+ year old car and have completed all the mechanical and suspension bits to good form and soon turn will focus on the exterior.

Does anyone use a DA polisher? Are there any highly recommended? I have used a Porter cable 7424 but cant say how it compares to any others.

I traditionally used a cutting pad with light compound, finer one for polishes then hand wax. Also does anyone use more than two pads as there are numerous kits available today with 4-5 pads included?

Ive used compound/polishes/waxes from Meguiars, mothers, P21s and sealants from Klasse. Anything better out there or should i be sticking with the tried and true?

Lastly, is it even necessary to clay the car if you are going to take a polisher to it?

The weather is warming up and im planning to get this detail thing going soon.

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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do a google search for oakes detailing. you should be able to find some write ups from him. he's a buddy of mine and an insane detailer http://www.oakesdetail.com https://www.facebook.com/OakesDetail
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:24 PM   #3
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Try asking here:

http://forums.thecarlounge.net/forumdisplay.php?24
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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Detailing car is another one of my side business haha. Anyways I can try and answer a few of these questions for you.

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I've had my fair share of cars and have done a fair bit of detailing back in the day but in retrospect, most were new or 2-3 year old cars with finishes in fairly good condition.

In the process of restoring a 20+ year old car and have completed all the mechanical and suspension bits to good form and soon turn will focus on the exterior.

Does anyone use a DA polisher? Are there any highly recommended? I have used a Porter cable 7424 but cant say how it compares to any others.

When I started I used a portercable 7424.
Then I started getting more clients I upgraded to a Flex. And it blows the PC out of the water. I can polish car faster and down to a nicer shinny then my PC could ever do. Now I use the PC with a 4" pad for all the small spots. So it all depends how detailed you want to go.


I traditionally used a cutting pad with light compound, finer one for polishes then hand wax. Also does anyone use more than two pads as there are numerous kits available today with 4-5 pads included?

Some people go crazy and use all 5.
I honestly use two also and then hand sealant then hand wax. Unless a client want a full polish. Different stages 1-5 = add more pad for a better shine more time more money! Lol


Ive used compound/polishes/waxes from Meguiars, mothers, P21s and sealants from Klasse. Anything better out there or should i be sticking with the tried and true?

There is always something better it all really depends on how much money you want to spend. You can have the best product this week and come next summer there's something even better.

Lastly, is it even necessary to clay the car if you are going to take a polisher to it?

yes it is definitely necessary to clay before polishing. If you don't, say your pad picks up a tiny piece of rock inbed in your paint and now you polisher is going leave horrible swirl marks and worst scratches before you started. And basically you're working backwards now try to remove them.

The weather is warming up and im planning to get this detail thing going soon.

Thanks in advance for your input.

Hope that helps!
I'm don't consider myself a Pro but I do have first hand experiences with many cars. haha.

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Here's a sight I used to frequent before changing obsessions to a planted tank.

http://www.autopia.org/forum/forum.php
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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do a google search for oakes detailing. you should be able to find some write ups from him. he's a buddy of mine and an insane detailer http://www.oakesdetail.com https://www.facebook.com/OakesDetail
Wow! It is nice to see that this guy is in West Chester. I may have to visit next time I am there!
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:50 PM   #7
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wow, thanks for the feedback all. more reading to do!

I used to spend an entire day detailing a car and now need to get a decent job done in less time...
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I have owned a detail/tint shop for the past 15 years and a good starting point would be to visit the forum that Jeff recommended. It has lots of helpful hints for reconditioning paint.

I'm assuming the car your working on has the original paint which is going to be a single stage paint that will require more work than today's base coat/clearcoat finishes. As h4n mentioned it is a good idea to clay bar the car before doing any buffing/polishing to remove any contaminants as to avoid making more work for yourself by rubbing these in with your buffer. Take you time and work a small area at a time as these older single stage finishes can be real easy to burn through.

Take some time and look through some of the posts on autotopia and you will find lots of helpful info. By the way what kind of car are you working on?
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+1 on the clay bar. Works great on my old cars.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:12 AM   #10
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I learned quite a bit following this guy's videos plus he's entertaining

http://www.youtube.com/user/Junkman2000
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