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#21 OFFLINE   LoganZ

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 02:55 PM

Just bought a 14 FFH (Dark Side)...I've had it for 5 days and after a recent road trip I have the usual bugs, dusting, etc.  This is the first new car I've owned, I've never had the money to afford professional detailing, and I don't want to start off by jeopardizing the new finish by subjecting it to my detailing/auto finish ignorance .  I've been researching the topic for some time and just need some quick tips on washing, wax, polish, clay bar... for the first wash and maintenance of the finish going into the winter months.  I do not have a garage so the car will be exposed to the elements on a regular basis.  Any input, advice, and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.









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#22 OFFLINE   DeeCee

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 07:42 PM

Peruse the Appearance topic; http://fordfusionhyb.../70-appearance/


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#23 OFFLINE   jeff_h

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Posted 14 March 2015 - 01:33 PM

Here's another good picture to illustrate "so you think you've cleaned your car?" - this is from my 2010 FFH, had never used clay bar on it (learned about the clay from the forum), and got hardly anything from the hood or roof.  However I got plenty from the side doors where all the road grime (currently 198K miles) builds up -- and this is right after washing the car to get all of the dirt off of the surface - or so I thought.

 

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#24 OFFLINE   acdii

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Posted 14 March 2015 - 09:24 PM

Pretty amazing isnt it. 


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Posted 15 March 2015 - 09:23 AM

I once had to bring my Mustang GT to a repair shop for a water leak into the main electronics module. They water tested it and left it outside to dry. The only way to remove the incredible amount of water drop damage was to clay bar the finish. It took a lot of time, but afterwards the car looked great. I remember being shocked at how hard the acid rain residue was to remove, but the clay worked.


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#26 OFFLINE   acdii

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 10:07 AM

Well, I got my car in my garage yesterday and started cleaning it. Started with the hood, trying to remove some scratches.  I had picked up a 4 pack sampler of polishes from Chemical Guys and tried it out. I need to go get me a couple more pads for my polisher now, this stuff is great. 

 

However, I started with the clay bar, and found my paint is NASTY!

 

Where the hell did the BLUE come from?  This was just from the middle of the hood, between the ridges!

 

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All I have done so far is the hood and that took over an hour to do with the polisher. I have a Dewalt variable speed polisher, and several foam pads, but need a couple more since I dont want to mix them up with the different grades of polish. 

 

So I run the clay bar over it with Meguiars Detailer spray, then apply the Hybrid polish(LOL Hybrid polish for my Hybrid), then apply the final polish, followed up with their VO7 sealer spray and that hood is slick as Teflon!

 

You can see the scratches in the Fender, but not in the hood anymore. Except the big ones I tried to get out, but they are too deep in the Clear to get out safely. 

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Just ignore the big ol lunk in the reflection

 

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Next, On to the roof. The trunk will be a royal PAIN with the spoiler on it. It needs it bad too, clay bar did not get it smooth. 


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#27 OFFLINE   Cobra348

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 10:38 AM

Local detailing shop is Meguairs certified, so I use them for the detailing on the cars.  I'm lucky enough AND old enough to be able to pay someone else for the trouble.  I learned of clay in the Fiesta forums about 4 years ago.

 

I used to work in one of the local nuclear power plants but to the west was another one with one of those huge cooling towers.  My car was usually parked right where the small solids in the plume could drop on it, so 2-3 times a year I'd go to the detailers and get a clay job done.  Boy did those cars shine!


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My additions:  WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked),

Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare

Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 07:10 PM

Like this?

 

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#29 OFFLINE   Cobra348

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 07:59 PM

Yup! <puts on the sunglasses>  One can get blinded quite easily.


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Big Red: 2017 FFH SE, Ruby Red, Med Light Stone leather

602A SE Luxury Package, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control w/stop & go

Driver Assist Pkg (lane keeping, BLIS, auto high beams, auto wipers, heated steering wheel)

My additions:  WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked),

Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare

Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread

Winter rims/tires - 17" OEM rims with Goodyear UltraGrip WRT Ice

 


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 09:12 PM

Like this?
 
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Like it! and I'm guessing you haven't started your new job yet right ;)
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Posted 16 March 2015 - 09:32 PM

Like this?

 

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Nice, real nice!


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#32 OFFLINE   acdii

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 09:34 PM

Starts Monday, so have this week to get prepped. Car is ready, have to get a drug test done, and get my clothes ready.  Took advantage of the nice warm weather today. The only thing on the car I didn't put time into was the front bumper. Took me damn near all day to get it done.  I have to get some bug remover, there are some baked on bugs on the front bumper that clay is not touching. I was also worn out with an aching back by then. 


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 10:11 PM

Starts Monday, so have this week to get prepped. Car is ready, have to get a drug test done, and get my clothes ready.  Took advantage of the nice warm weather today. The only thing on the car I didn't put time into was the front bumper. Took me damn near all day to get it done.  I have to get some bug remover, there are some baked on bugs on the front bumper that clay is not touching. I was also worn out with an aching back by then. 

I've used Turtle Wax Bug and Tar remover ... works decently enough.  Removes tree sap too!  Only thing is it is petroleum based and you do need to rinse off after working the area.


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Big Red: 2017 FFH SE, Ruby Red, Med Light Stone leather

602A SE Luxury Package, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control w/stop & go

Driver Assist Pkg (lane keeping, BLIS, auto high beams, auto wipers, heated steering wheel)

My additions:  WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked),

Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare

Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread

Winter rims/tires - 17" OEM rims with Goodyear UltraGrip WRT Ice

 


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:02 AM

I need to reorganize my garage, I have some.....somewhere.  Problem I have is there are 2 outdoor cats that sleep in the garage sometimes, and they get into all kinds of mischief, like knocking things off shelves, and pretty sure its behind the shelf now.  If any of them decided to take a nap on the hood, the will wind up on the floor looking very surprised as they will slide right off! LOL


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:57 PM

Starts Monday, so have this week to get prepped. Car is ready, have to get a drug test done, and get my clothes ready.  Took advantage of the nice warm weather today. The only thing on the car I didn't put time into was the front bumper. Took me damn near all day to get it done.  I have to get some bug remover, there are some baked on bugs on the front bumper that clay is not touching. I was also worn out with an aching back by then.

I learned many years ago that removing bugs was not for sissies. It was after trip to North Dakota that i tried a plastic scrubber and really scratched the clear coat! Now id I encounter the love bugs in Florida I very carefully use a rubbing compound to get the SOBs off.

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:31 PM

We have been using CGs and Megs for some time now. I like both and switch between them often, depending on the car.

Steps we use are

Polish -- Seal -- Wax (Carnuba) -- detail with V07

We always top with a high quality wax for protection.

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aacdi your FFH looks nice all cleaned up. :)


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 11:35 PM

I too just did my first Clay detailing job of ANY car I've ever owned...I was surprised at how effective this was, i started out using the clay as directed and rolled/kneaded it till I had it in a small oval and went to work...spraying...clay wiping in straight lines (not swirls) untill the sections i had worked on was to my liking and then dried/removed the remaining detail lube...  What can I say, I was getting compliments from neighbors as I was doing this, asking me what I was using to make the car shine...they already complimented the new car purchase but thought I was putting on some kinda clear coat polish from across the street.  Great stuff and cant wait to get the wax done...

 

This does bring me to a question....has anyone looked into the 3M Clear Bra's?  I was thinking of having this done maybe....wondering if anyone has had one installed and their thoughts...it appears the paint in the ford line's maybe easily chipped, or it's the nature of the vehicle's design lines, who knows, but i've already gotten 3 chips in the paint and only ONE did i recall taking the impactor to cause it...

 

I've posted some new pics for folks to check out...

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 10:34 AM

All the cars I have had chipped, has nothing to do with the paint, just whatever hits it.  There is a thread somewhere about the clear film here, not sure what its under though. 


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#39 OFFLINE   dalesky

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 03:04 PM

I think the thread is in window tinting. I seem to remember talking about having my windows tinted, and being offered the film on the sills, rear bumper, around handles, etc.


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#40 OFFLINE   Wayne MacLeod

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 05:53 PM

Nice to see so many people actually putting some pride into their cars. I know clay barring is tedious but well worth it. A couple polishes I've used for show bikes and my classic cars have worked well for me. The first is called Liquid Glass. You only need to apply it once a year. It runs about $35.00 a can, but well worth it. If you want something a lil cheaper but still excellent quality, I've had great results with Meguiar's #7 Show Car Glaze.

What polishes have you all had good results with?




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