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post #1 of 15 Old 04-27-2006, 3:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Car Buffing

Better off paying my auto body wizard friend to go over the new scoobie & S10 or learning how to do it myself? I've got the stock bumpers from the RS to learn on so I can practice and intentionally screw up to see what happens and what causes errors...etc. Problem is I aint got no garage so I'd have to work out in the driveway. No shade coverage to work in either which sucks.

Oh and any product reccommendations are welcome.
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Re: Car Buffing

For products: Meguiars and or Zaino. Paying a premium is worth it, and shopping from their websites will enable you to find their higher-end stuff that is not always available in local stores.

Nothing wrong with learning to DIY, but the best way to learn would be to have someone show you how. And you sure as hell don't even want to think about doing it outside without protection from the sun/heat. The surface needs absolutely needs to be cool, or you're in for serious trouble.
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Re: Car Buffing

I was definately going to order Zainos kit with all the stuff I need to get my S10 ready for the shows, just got a couple major mods to complete before I can start competing again.

Go figure I need a garage.

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Re: Car Buffing

Also, 3M's detailing products are top notch. If your friend is a bodyman, he's probably used their stuff. (3M detailing stuff is most easily found at auto paint suppliers)

If you decide you are going to get serious and use a high (adjustable) speed rotary buffer, get your friend to show you how to do it all correctly.

I hate doing it, but I do my own cars as it drives me crazy paying someone else for a job I'm never happy with. I did a little bit of detailing in college for extra money...

If you have no shade, you need to start real early in the morning.



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Re: Car Buffing

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it drives me crazy paying someone else for a job I'm never happy with.
Same here, but I FINALLY found an independent detailer near home who is absolutely top-notch with everything from basic hand washes to buffing, polishing, etc. I've actually been talking to him about opening another shop as a co-owner, but I'm not yet sure if there are enough car-care-anally-retentive people like myself out there to support another shop.
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Re: Car Buffing

The shop I did some work with was owned by a close friend, who is a motorhead like us.

If he got in a car for a full detail, he considered that customer to have paid for 8 hours work minimum. If the car was pretty clean, he'd get so anal. He'd remove seats, pull out AC vents to dust...

He got a pretty good rep going and as word spread he started getting some high end clientele. I helped him detail yachts a couple of times. That was a pretty fun experience, and good money!



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Re: Car Buffing

My once a year detail on the pitbike is totally out of hand. When you consider the stupid decals start peeling off from exposure to the sun (Imagine that, a motorhome sitting in the sun . . .). It takes 2 guys around 10 hours to do a full wax and buff on the exterior using various ladders, lifts and scaffolding.
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let me know what shows you're gonna be in, I wanna see this S10.

if you can't convince them, confuse them.
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let me know what shows you're gonna be in, I wanna see this S10.
I've posted pics
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I've posted pics
must have missed them. I'd still rather see it in person but pics will do for now. got any (or links)

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I refuse to wash my truck. It has not seen soap in about a year and a half. Drive it till it falls apart.

It's amazing how stupid some people can be.
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I refuse to wash my truck. It has not seen soap in about a year and a half. Drive it till it falls apart.
My boss does that exact thing. His cars get washed when it rains.



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Re: Car Buffing

I kind of do that with my car. I think I've washed it maybe 4 times in the 6.5 years I've owned it, if even that. I figure whats the point of cleaning it when there isn't much clear coat left and there's a bunch of rust.

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I have to admit though, I used to take real good care of it though. Wash, wax, detail 2 times a year, etc, etc..... It is now a 12 year old Ranger that has been through the mill with about 160K on the dial. It's time for daddy a new truck,as soon as mommie's is paid off.

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I wax mine so it hopefully stays together longer than the loan.



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