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Nov 21st, 2004, 03:11 PM
Hi i have a 97t-bird laser red paint. I was looking for some peoples opinions on what to get as a process for the car. So far i have got some suggestions they were 83,82,nxt and since i like to wax frequently i would do 81 followed by nxt probably monthly. But my question is would 82 be a good follow up to 83 becuase i think that they are both abrasive. Wouldn't it work just as good to follow up with 81 then wax? Ok one more I am worried about removing to much clear coat. I am going to be taking your guys word for this if you say that it would be a good idea to do a complete detail for the first time using this process or could you suggest another i am still a little worried about the 83 and the 83 followed by another abrasive 82.
1. Wash (gold class)
2. Clay (quik clay or professional mild?)
3. dacp 83
5. polish 81
I will be using the g-100
Thanks in advance Greg.
Nov 21st, 2004, 03:40 PM
It would be helpful if we could see some pictures of your paint's current condition. It will be helpful to see how swirls you have and how many Random Isolated Deeper Scratches you have.
Nov 21st, 2004, 03:45 PM
the spot are only on the spoiler only i really dont have any scratches that i can grab my nail on they are for the most part extremely shallow or light.
Nov 21st, 2004, 04:09 PM
Here is a quote from Mike Pennington about #83 removing clear coat:
You can use DACP over and over and over with a PC with no problems of removing too much material and causing any type of paint failure.
I hope this clears things up :D
So based on that I would not worry about removing too much clear coat. I would use a PC and a polishing pad just to be safe though. Meguiar's does not reccommend using the cutting pad with the G-100.
As for which products to use, Meguiar's philosophy is:
"Always use the least aggressive product to get the job done"
That being said, you may want to try #82 first and do a test spot to see if #82 removes the swirls. If swirls still remain then you can step up to #83.
If you have any further questions feel free to ask.
Nov 21st, 2004, 04:14 PM
would 83 then 82 be a little over kill? Either way would 81 be a good non abrasive to follow up that with? And use monthly with wax?
Nov 21st, 2004, 04:20 PM
If you decide that #83 is needed, do the car then inspect your results. I find that sometimes I able to go from #83 directly to wax. On other cars I need to use a less aggressive cleaner/polish like #82 to remove some of the "haziness" left from #83. It really is a judgement call.
You can then use #81 if you want to. It is a pure polish with no abrasives.
When you wax monthly whether you use a pure polish or not is up to you. The best way to decide on anything is to do a test spot and compare the results and see if the improvement is worth it.
Nov 21st, 2004, 04:25 PM
thank you Chris you have cleared up a lot of confusion that I have. I think that I am going to go and get the 83 and 82. Greg.
Nov 21st, 2004, 04:34 PM
Glad I could help!
Make sure you post before and after pictures when you detail your car!
Nov 25th, 2004, 06:47 PM
Just to add....
You must be careful! If the scratches to be removed are on the bumper area, you must first consider what is below the paint! Often, a bumper like yours is made of a composite material. Moreover, since it is flexible, a flex agent would have been added to the paint. Therefore, you must treat it differently than the rest of the car. Ie. Do not work the area as long.
Nov 26th, 2004, 05:05 PM
thanks for the info will take it in. Greg.