On what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far here in SoCal we had a great group of Car Crazy enthusiasts eager to learn proper finish care. Triple digit temperatures didn't deter this group, no sir!
Allen graciously allowed us to use his Acura as our demo car for the day. Plenty of swirls to deal with here.
After removing all the loose contaminants from the surface we evaluated for the presence of bonded contaminants. The paint felt a bit rough to the touch, indicating that a quick clay process was called for.
Claying is pretty easy to begin with, but when you have a group of people handling the task it goes really fast!
From there it was on to the hand application and DA application demos. In both cases we used the same three products: Ultimate Compound, Ultimate Polish, and Ultimate Wax.
Here we are demonstrating how NOT to apply a product by hand. See how the fingertips are pressing into the pad? That will cause "cheetah spots" in the paint, marring the surface. Notice how the pressure of the fingers is spread across the pad in the image above - that's proper technique.
Once the hand applied demo was done we moved on to proper use of the G110v2 dual action polisher.
Once the major defect correction was done with Ultimate Compound we switched to a finishing pad and Ultimate Polish, finishing with a fresh finishing pad and Ultimate Wax.
The results of our initial test spot: this is the hand applied side. This image doesn't really show it, but there are a few deeper scratches still present in this test spot. To remove them by hand would require additional applications of UC.
This is the machine applied side. No more swirls, much more clarity to the paint, and the metallic is more apparent.
With the demos done it was time to put the buffer into the student's hands and give them a go. Of course we let Allen go first since it is his car!
No, we didn't select a blue car to match Maria's nail polish!
Thanks to everyone for braving the heat and spending the day with us!