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#1 OFFLINE   Terps

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:30 PM

Finally got around to doing the clay/polish/wax thing on this beast.  It sure is a whole lot more surface area than my old Mazda Protege was but it shines like crazy now.

I used all Meguiar's products this time around, starting with their clay kit, Ultimate Polish and finished with Ultimate Wax.  Even got adventurous and waxed the wheels and they look amazing as well!

 

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And now the unfortunate pictures of my taillight that has a leak on the top seam.

After the initial wash:

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And after a day of driving around in the heat:

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#2 OFFLINE   dalesky

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:59 PM

That's what I'm talking about!  Looks Fantastic!


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#3 OFFLINE   thavil

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:30 PM

Looks awesome! Waxed my new Ice Storm today also.

Mods/accessories:
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Posted 26 May 2013 - 11:08 PM

Looks great! Sorry to seal the tail light condensation. Have you brought this up to dealer yet?


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#5 OFFLINE   clummus

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:30 AM

Will a detail shop do the claying thing?. I would love to have it done when my hyti gets here.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 01:24 PM

Will a detail shop do the claying thing?. I would love to have it done when my hyti gets here.

I'm sure they would, maybe not a shop but someone who does detailing through their own company as themselves.  Just check around for references in your area, or do it yourself - took maybe 4 hours of my time and ~$60-80 to do everything and this was my first time claying a car.  I can definitely tell you that you want it clayed though, even though the paint looked good and felt smooth there was a huge difference before and after.

 

Looks great! Sorry to seal the tail light condensation. Have you brought this up to dealer yet?

Yeah I took it in Saturday to talk to them about the clicking noise TSB as well as to show them since I had just washed the car that morning and those pictures were the result.  Of course their service writer was not in on a Saturday so I have to bring it back in for "digital imaging" so they can get Ford to replace it under warranty.  I guess my pictures and the fact that the service manager was the one who looked at it Saturday are not enough  :headscratch: .

 

 

 

 

 


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#7 OFFLINE   clummus

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:47 PM

zaino, mothers, meguair's which one for clay, polish, wax

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:10 PM

zaino, mothers, meguair's which one for clay, polish, wax

 

I used Meguiar's products and am very happy with the performance. Many people swear by Zaino and depending on the color they have different polishes available that suit lite/dark colors better.  I know I have read reviews that the Mothers clay does not last very long, but other than that I didn't really look in to their products.  I know Zaino has a kit with pretty much everything you would need for around $80 + shipping I believe, I pieced together my Meguiar's stuff for around $60-80 shipped off of amazon as well so price is fairly comparable.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:54 PM

The clay bars from Zaino outlast the Mothers 3 to 1. , Difference is you can go to any auto store and get it.  I used the Meguiars Gold Class Cleaner Wax on my 10 today and it did a very nice job.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:06 PM

I just order a $100 full set of Zaino products today; hopefully I can get somewhat close to some of the result of others showcasing there cars here.
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:57 PM

I just order a $100 full set of Zaino products today; hopefully I can get somewhat close to some of the result of others showcasing there cars here.

 

I believe you will be just fine, with how much it seems that acdii drools over the stuff it has to be good.  I just went with the Meguiar's on Amazon because that is my first instinct for any internet purchases with our Prime membership and I have used their products before with no problems.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:13 PM

 
I believe you will be just fine, with how much it seems that acdii drools over the stuff it has to be good.  I just went with the Meguiar's on Amazon because that is my first instinct for any internet purchases with our Prime membership and I have used their products before with no problems.


I almost jump on the Meguiar's package on Amazon as well especially with the amount of very good reviews but I remembered the statement about the quality of the clay bars so I went with Zaino.

We shall see about the result; I think when the dealer applied the paint protection package they did a good job cleaning it before hand the Lady seems to be pretty smooth ;-)
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:49 AM

I dont drool over it, do I?   :drool:

 

Ask Neod how he likes the Z!  His car looks amazing in those pics.  BTW nothing wrong with Meguiars, I used their Gold Class cleaner wax on the 2010 yesterday since I am out of Z1 and ZFX and the Z5 doesn't work without it. Only drawback is that it wears off/deteriorates over time and has to be reapplied.  And that is why I like the Z.  :yahoo:


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:10 AM

I dont drool over it, do I?   :drool:

 

Ask Neod how he likes the Z!  His car looks amazing in those pics.  BTW nothing wrong with Meguiars, I used their Gold Class cleaner wax on the 2010 yesterday since I am out of Z1 and ZFX and the Z5 doesn't work without it. Only drawback is that it wears off/deteriorates over time and has to be reapplied.  And that is why I like the Z.  :yahoo:

He likes it, likes it a lot :) Too bad it rained this morning on the way to work and it got wet ... ! I do like how the water just beads no the paint now though :)


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- Deep Impact Blue

- 18" Polished Face with Flash Greay-Painted Pockets Wheels

- Moonroof with Universal Garage Door Opener

- Driver Assist Package

- Voice-Activated Navigation

- Active Park Assist with Forward Sensing System

- Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Ordered: 11/19/12 | VIN Assigned: 2/28/13 | Build Date: 3/21/13 | ETA: 4/6/13 | Delivery Date: April 5th, 2013 !!!

 

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:22 AM

Same here! Spent a few hours detailing the 10 so it looks nice when I drop it off, and it RAINED! :(  At least the Wax worked and the water just rolls right off.  But now my windows are dirty again. 


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Posted 02 June 2013 - 07:23 PM

I did try my new Zaino package on my wife's car today well let me tell you this stuff is holy cow. I didn't do the whole car yet just the rear panel and the RR passenger door but the result is very impressive smooth like a baby butt.
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Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:24 AM

OOH I need to order some AIO!  I have a car I need to use it on, let me rephrase that, I will have a car to use it on in the next day or so. 


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Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:06 PM

I bought a groupon 50% off for 

 

7 - Super Exterior Detail
 
Three different steps that your car needs that will make it look like brand new.
 
Clay bar ( A Detailers Secret): Designed to pull of contamination; break dust, over spray, rain dust, industrial fall out of the paint. It gives it that smooth as a glass feeling.
 
Compound: Designed to remove non-major scratches, acid rain, swirls, holograms, and other light to moderate defects on the factory paint. 
 
Wax: Prevent damage from sun. Best finishing touch that brings out an extra shine/ gloss.
 
As an extra free service, will include a Deluxe Inside: Complete interior & trunk vacuum, hand wash and dry with chamois, clean of windows outside and inside; including sun roof and back, cleaning of dash, door panels, door jams, console area, and dress tires with almoral. 
 
 
Normally $158. $79 with the groupon. it's a few blocks away from my house, so it's very convenient. And it's so hot out now, that it will be well worth the money, if they do a good job

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 03:42 PM

I used a Porter Cable DA 7424 XP from Chemical guys. Clay bar from Mothers and their 3 step process. Finished it off with Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax and their Deep Reflections finish.
Dorothy wished the Ruby Slippers looked this ruby red.
Chemical Guys V7 is great to use for touching up the car, as is the Showtime Detailer from the Mothers clay bar system.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:30 PM

I used my last vacation day to finish up the Lady's first Zaino job.

The result is very nice but you be the judge. My wife's Explorer got the same treatment and looks also amazing.

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