Thank you for the compliment. I use mostly Meguiar's products:DUUUUDE! you did a damn good job! i wish i could get my car looking that good! any product reccomendations?
ill definitely pick me up some of that gold class and ill try out that clay kit, ill have to look up some videos as ive never used a clay kit before. i cant imagine its too hard to use and meguiars price point is good, ive been using this local store that we have and wow theyre expensive lol i was looking for a change!Thank you for the compliment. I use mostly Meguiar's products:
- Meguiar's Gold Class car wash (hand-washed with wash mitts at a self-serve carwash, using the two-bucket method, low-pressure rinse throughout - both for soak and for rinse, no carwash brush or detergent). This really gets the car clean, the windshield goes almost invisible LOL!
- Chemical Brothers microfiber cloths. These are incredible for soaking water during drying and for polishing after waxing.
- Meguiar's smooth surface clay kit. I use the included quick detail spray with the clay bar. The quick detail spray can also act as a waterless carwash between regular washes.
- Meguiar's ultimate liquid wax. This brings out the gloss and shine, particularly in metallic paints. Also renders the surface buttery-smooth.
Hope that helps, happy to share any information that you need. I can also post Amazon/Target links to the products I use if you like, just let me know.
So this is only the second time I'm clay barring a car, and the first time I'm clay barring my car. Way easier than I thought it would be. The process from wash to the end of waxing took around 3-4 hours. The actual clay barring process is super easy, just takes some time:ill definitely pick me up some of that gold class and ill try out that clay kit, ill have to look up some videos as ive never used a clay kit before. i cant imagine its too hard to use and meguiars price point is good, ive been using this local store that we have and wow theyre expensive lol i was looking for a change!
Thank you for your kind words!That is DAMN nice work, gat dayum!
Nothing looks better than a black or dark grey color fully loved and cleaned and waxed!
Do you ever use a foam gun, or just completely hand washed with 2-bucket method?
I got into detailing my car just a little over a year ago, last year dropped about a few hundred with Chemical Guys on buckets, cloths, soaps, all that. It's such a great feeling to do it all yourself and spend a few hours getting to know every inch of your road-companion. I haven't done a clay bar yet, it is going to be a literal all day thing when I do. I have never clay bar'd, but have kept her clean as much as possible, will have to do this for the summer now, sorta dreading it, mostly looking forward to getting these kind of pics after though.
What kind of camera do you use too? Anything special, or is it software adjusted? Those are some REALLLLY good shots, like on the mirror caps. What a treat this morning to see!
Thank you! Sorry to hear about the paint on your car The sad part is that dark colors like black and gray show dirt and defects so easily. But, as @Kyio said, these colors also look amazing when shown some TLC.Beautiful job on a great color. We saw a MM ST when we were visiting Austin last March and my wife commented on how nice it looked.
As for my Shadow Black ST, it was a Budget rental its first year of life and thus the paint came to me pre-swirled and pre-scratched.
100% feel that we wear the damage and dirt the most. It's a good trade-off for the feeling of driving it fully clean though!Thank you for your kind words!
Yes, black and gray do look amazing when cleaned and waxed. We also have to deal with dirt showing up the easiest LOL!
I never use the foam gun at the car wash. Just completely hand-washed with the two-bucket method. I use wash mitts I got off of Amazon. They work great. These are the ones with the cleaning noodle structures. I call them the Muppet Show
I was intimidated the first time I did a clay bar, and it wasn't even my car. But it only took me an hour or to to clay bar the whole car. I use a step stool to work on the roof. The whole process from wash to finish (waxing) took around 3-4 hours. My 14-year old daughter is a car enthusiast, and likes to help me wash and wax. Makes the process quicker and easier LOL!
Thanks for the comments on the pics as well. For this shoot, I used a Nikon D700. The garage shots were taken with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens mounted to the camera; I used that lens and a Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D lens for the outdoor shots. Outdated tech by today's standards, but an incredible digital camera and lens set that is still capable of amazing results. I do post-process my pics. My camera is set to the blandest settings so as to capture the maximum range of tones and colors at the time of image capture, so out-of-camera pics usually look meh. I work on the pics (e.g., contrast and color adjustments) to bring the pop and color out. I've been a serious photography hobbyist for over 30 years now, happy to help anyone who'd like any info in this area, whether taking better pics or getting new/used photo equipment.