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Shitty car? Want it to look a little better?

Here's the deal... I recently bought a 1998 black car, the paint looked pretty awful so I decided to get a lot of professional detailing products to clean it up. Rather than getting an equally expensive detail. This stuff is extremely expensive, but i'm into cars and will make use of it all... And maybe down the road do some detailing work on the side. I spent about $500 for everything and would like to recoup some of that.

I'll polish your car for real cheap, enough to pay for the supplies used on your car plus $50, a typical sized car would be like $75 for what normally costs $200-300. Depending on size, how bad the paint is etc. I'm no pro, don't expect pro results, but i will definitely make your paint look better. Also if you're willing to let me risk your paint with some wetsanding i'd love the opportunity (not recommended unless your car sucks )

Here is some work i did on my trunk lid. You can see it was heavily scratched and had tons of swirls. I wetsanded out the deep scratches, then polished with a PC7424 yellow cutting pad and menzerna intensive polish, then grey pad with menzerna finishing polish, finally white pad and meguires #20 poly-sealant. It turned out great, all the scratches were removed and it has a nice mirror finish. Not bad for a 10 year old car that has never been detailed and looked like uber crap before.













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That is pretty impressive, too bad all my stuff is beyond repair.

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btw, i have no idea how my trunk got so bad lol. I think the previous owner set something on it and forgot, then drove off cause there were tons of long deep scratches going from front to back...
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I'm buying a car from my parents before they move out east, if you're up for it, I'll have a very scratched up black 2002 Taurus that I'd like you to clean up.

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I'm buying a car from my parents before they move out east, if you're up for it, I'll have a very scratched up black 2002 Taurus that I'd like you to clean up.
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How long did it take? I have a black car that is scratched to hell. I have all the stuff to do it, but not the time.
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How long did it take? I have a black car that is scratched to hell. I have all the stuff to do it, but not the time.
the trunk took about 2 hours, but it was extremely scratched. Normally it takes about 6-8 hours for a full car.
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btw, i have no idea how my trunk got so bad lol. I think the previous owner set something on it and forgot, then drove off cause there were tons of long deep scratches going from front to back...
I know how, he probably used an abrasive brush to wipe snow off of the car in the winter. I just realized this happened to me this season, so I stopped using the brush and use my hand or winter glove alone to remove snow off the car .

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I know how, he probably used an abrasive brush to wipe snow off of the car in the winter. I just realized this happened to me this season, so I stopped using the brush and use my hand or winter glove alone to remove snow off the car .
That's on top of my car. When the wife had it, the kids did the rest.
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Good work Jeremy. I bought a very similar setup a few years ago when I was doing car shows. 6-8 hours of work is no joke. I don't know how detail shops can only charge $125 for a decent detail job...they must not pay their guys much.


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Good work Jeremy. I bought a very similar setup a few years ago when I was doing car shows. 6-8 hours of work is no joke. I don't know how detail shops can only charge $125 for a decent detail job...they must not pay their guys much.
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Good work Jeremy. I bought a very similar setup a few years ago when I was doing car shows. 6-8 hours of work is no joke. I don't know how detail shops can only charge $125 for a decent detail job...they must not pay their guys much.
Sadly a good number of those detail shops just wash the car and use a wax with a lot of fillers that fill in the scratches instead of actually removing them. The car looks great when you get it, but it only lasts a couple weeks until the wax washes away and all the scratches and swirls come back. This is the only way they can make money charging $125 for a "detail" to do it right takes much much more time and obviously costs a lot more. The ONLY reason I'm offering to do some cars so cheap is because I need to make back some of the money I spent buying all these tools and supplies, I'm not looking to make any money off it.
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Hehe, I did the exact same thing for friends in the Scion club to help pay off the gear. It helps. The Porter Cable will last forever, pads can last a couple seasons if you wash them well and dont snag them, and those big bottles of polish last a surprisingly long time...even as much as I used it!

What brand is that final polish and intensive polish? I typically switch between some Italian polish (that looks kinda like what your using) and Meguires depending on the type of paint. Some cars just look better with the wet look from the Italian stuff, some look better with a simple mirror look from the Meguires.

For the wax I switch between Zymol Titanium carnuba wax:

http://www.autosupermart.com/store/s...taniumwax.html

And Meguiars NXT Wax, again depending on the car and if I want a wet look or a "deep" look.

http://www.meguiars.com/?liquid-car-...ation-Tech-Wax

I really enjoy detailing cars...I didn't have any time to do it last year because of my new job (and having a motorcycle didin't help). My Scion looked like this, pretty much 24/7:




Take lots of photos of your work, and I'll make sure to mention you when people ask if I still do detailing.

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nice work. if i owned anything that could use some of that i would let ya do it.. but yeah i drive a jeep. it looks better with mud on it.

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nice work. if i owned anything that could use some of that i would let ya do it.. but yeah i drive a jeep. it looks better with mud on it.
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What brand is that final polish and intensive polish?
Menzerna, they also have a super intensive polish and a nano polish. They're really nice polishes and came highly recommended from a few pros
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I use the professional products from Perfect Auto Finish which was Gary Kouba's business (he recently retired and sold it).

He's sort of a local auto-detailing guru: http://learntodetail.com. He's a really cool guy who is glad to share his knowledge and techniques.

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Menzerna, they also have a super intensive polish and a nano polish. They're really nice polishes and came highly recommended from a few pros
That's EXACTLY the stuff I use...I just couldn't think of the name. That explains why your polish has such a nice wet look to it!

You really went all out and picked some quality stuff my friend, props to you!

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Very nice work. I can see why you'd want to recoup some of the tool cost. That Porter Cable Orbital you haver there isn't cheap. I've got one in my garage I rarely use. Its an awesome piece of machinery for sure.

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How much for a 2006 Grand Cherokee? The paint was abused in its former life. Not terrible, but there are plenty of swirls and white residue from half-assed waxing attempts.

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I have a 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo, and there are quite a few sratches on the doors, and a few here and there, and it's black, lol. How much would you charge?
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Ok, everyone that's talked to me, we're still good to go, anybody else, sorry I'm going to have to end my offer, I've got a few people interested and it should be enough to use up the rest of my supplies. Thanks again CLSB, and thanks Ken for allowing this thread.
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^ x2! i've got 2 cars that need detailing, one a ML350 and the other a 540i. wanted to get them prepped before summer, if that'll ever come, anyway shoot me a PM if u ever end up changing ur mind in the near future
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Ditto on shooting me a PM. I do my own work but it's never looked like that (need to read up more on the using different kinds of pads).

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Ditto on shooting me a PM. I do my own work but it's never looked like that (need to read up more on the using different kinds of pads).
Once I get settled into whatever house we get, I can do a "detailing" day...though the driveway of the house we put an offer in on is rather short, so maybe if it could be held somewhere else.

Basically I could bring over all my gear, and anyone else that might have some good gear/products. Setup some tents to get the cars out of the sun and do a detailing class.

Maybe if one of the ladies sweet talks Ken, we can get him to give his expert insight as a painter. I'm sure he knows tons more then Jeremy and I could offer.

Just an idea that I thought I'd throw out. I used to do this for the Scion club and it went over really well.

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Ditto on shooting me a PM. I do my own work but it's never looked like that (need to read up more on the using different kinds of pads).
quick, start reading!! lol

i've always been amazed at professional detail jobs and wanted to get into detailing cars but i just don't have the patience for it. to those that do!
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Once I get settled into whatever house we get, I can do a "detailing" day...though the driveway of the house we put an offer in on is rather short, so maybe if it could be held somewhere else.

Basically I could bring over all my gear, and anyone else that might have some good gear/products. Setup some tents to get the cars out of the sun and do a detailing class.

Maybe if one of the ladies sweet talks Ken, we can get him to give his expert insight as a painter. I'm sure he knows tons more then Jeremy and I could offer.

Just an idea that I thought I'd throw out. I used to do this for the Scion club and it went over really well.
Awesome. I need to learn how to use different types of pads, badly.

Amg - I do my own work but it's half assed, due to lack of knowledge and inferior products. I have a lot of marring and light surface scratches, nothing deep. I've clayed my car and all that good stuff, but as most shops, it's only good for a few weeks.

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