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Old 04-11-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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A while back, I posted this thread looking for hand polish and clay bar product suggestions... I received a lot of good suggestions (thanks to all who contributed, especially Ken aka 911fanatic who is perhaps the ultimate detailing guru).

Anyway, this past weekend I finally found the time to put my new products to use detailing my daily driver (a 2002 BMW 330ci). I'm a detailing n00b so the results of my detail job aren't anywhere near perfect, especially since I'm working by hand on an 8-year-old car with 160,000km under its belt!

Products used:
  • Dawn dish soap (just 1 or 2 drops in the wash bucket)
  • Meguiar's Gold Class shampoo
  • Simoniz Clay Bar kit (it was the cheapest, haha)
  • Meguiar's Scratch X (for a few major scuffs)
  • Meguiar's Ultimate Compound (just hand polished two small areas where there were obvious swirls)
  • Chemical Guys Wet Mirror Finish (hand applied)
  • Victoria Wax Mayhem (only 1 coat for now - will apply another coat after the next wash)
  • Aerospace 303 protectant (for rubber/plastic trim and tires)




Before

I went skiing last Thursday, so my car was absolutely filthy. Mud, dirt, sand, salt, and a lot of insect guts (they tend to stick quite well at 160km/hr)....











After

Apologies for the awful photos - didn't finish working on the car until the wee hours of the morning so I just took a few snaps after I had finished. Might try to get a few more pics in the daylight tomorrow if it doesn't rain.














I'm very pleased with the results, given that I haven't done any real polishing or paint correction in over a year. I absolutely love the Victoria Wax Mayhem -- applying by hand (literally) gives excellent control and makes it easy to spread a thin, even coat. Will likely be recommending this stuff to anyone with a dark-coloured car!

Anyway, thanks again to all who helped provide advice and product suggestions.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:45 PM   #2
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hand applying wax is win
great job nonetheless
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:20 AM   #3
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Looks like it went well. Congrats!
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