Another jam packed day in Meguiar's Garage! We had a class full of highly enthusiastic detailing fanatics, and quite the challenge with our demo car this time around.
Not only was the paint on this Toyota Rav4 full of swirls, but the owner's father had gone over spots with a scouring pad and left some really deep scratches.
This angle really shows the scouring pad scratches - these are much deeper than the typical swirls and as such present much more of a challenge for removal.
The paint was also just plain dirty, so we cleaned the hood first with Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere.
Claying was definitely needed on this car.
See what we mean?
On to our typical test spots - one area by hand, one with the G110v2 buffer. Here we're applying Ultimate Compound by hand.
Follow with Ultimate Polish and finish with Ultimate Wax.
On the G110v2 buffer test spot we start again with Ultimate Compound, here on a W8207 foam polishing pad.
Close inspection shows that the typical swirl marks are gone, but those nasty scouring pad scratches are still there. While diminished in appearance when viewed with natural light, they were still visible and really detraced from the look of the car. Multiple passes with Ultimate Compound couldn't quite do the job - every product has limitations, after all. Had it not been for these scouring pad scratches we could have done it all with UC, but in this case we had to step up to achieve full correction.
In this case, stepping up meant going with the DA Microfiber Correction System. Here we start by priming the DMC5 cutting disc with D300 Correction Compound.
With the disc on the paint we finish the priming step, then blow the disc out with compressed air.
Once blown out, the disc is fully primed and ready to start with the heavy correction needed to remove those scouring pad scratches.
3 pea sized drops of D300 is all that's needed for our first section.
Speed setting 4 (4800 opm) on the G110v2, heavy pressure, and slow passes.
Now that's more like it!
Out in the sun you can see the results of the hand application test spot (left side) and machine applied test spot (right side). Even the hand applied section is a huge improvement of the untouched area. It looks blacker and richer, and judging by all the swirls still evident in the tape line strip down the center, we did a really good job removing the typical defects by hand. The deeper marks you see in the hand applied spot are mostly the scouring pad scratches. But the machine applied side looks almost brand spanking new!
Closer up you can see the results even more clearly. That's the hand applied section in the bottom of the picture, machine applied at the top. In the middle, where the tape line was, you can clearly see not just the swirls but the scouring pad scratches, too.
So now that we have a process lined up, it's time to put the G110v2 into the hands of our students and let them get a feel for it. As always, we offer hands on (literally) training to ensure that their technique is spot on. Of course we had to let the car owner go first!
Hands on - keep the pressure constant, keep the pad flat, keep the buffer moving.
Thanks to everyone for coming out and spending a big chunk of a beautiful Saturday with us, and to Ann for letting us use her car for our demo, and to Greg for being our photographer during the demo.