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Discussion in 'Detailing' started by T-Rex266, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Sep 20, 2022 at 5:49 PM
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    GSil

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    Yeah rabbit hole is right lol ive been watching youtube videos and reading threads on here all day
     
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  2. Sep 20, 2022 at 6:47 PM
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    Before you take the plunge, take it to a local detailer, or multiple detailers, and get some data on having the paint correction professionally done. Most guys have several packages available to fit different budgets. It is very satisfying doing it yourself, but truthfully, it's not for everyone. Maintenance of your vehicles finish, once corrected and protected, is a relatively simple process...and that may end up being the best route for you.

    Keep us posted as to your decision(s).....there are a lot of knowledgeable people on here, as well as other detailing forums, more than willing to help.
     
  3. Sep 20, 2022 at 6:48 PM
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    It's a good, educational one though! I'm not by far an expert. Some really good info on here, just search and read. Theres's detailing thread for interiors if ya haven't already found it. As far as exterior, if you get a DA and practice on an old hood or something it might help ya be more confident. Shit, I just got one and I've been doing minor correction here and there. I started with my own vehicles etc. Just keep in mind that there's a lot that goes into correction. In short, you need history on the paint, which on a newish car isn't as big of deal. On an older car that has been passed down owner after owner, it's a little more imperative because you can only take off so much clear before ya burn through/run out. A depth gauge helps with this but I don't believe they are the end all be all. Just gives you an educated guess as to wether or not you should even do a correction basically.
    Continue down the "hole" you'll find good info. I ya can't find exactly what youre looking for I'm pretty sure theres someone here that will try to help. Have fun!
     
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  4. Sep 21, 2022 at 6:01 PM
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    Been a bit absent from the thread lately...life got busy. Some good questions and info here. Question for the boat guys. We do boats and have generally used Meguiar's Flagship Wax. Several of those boats we have seen multiple times a year and I'm unimpressed by those that sat in the water with Meg's longevity. Anyone ever use Jescar Powerlock for fiberglass hulls? I've heard good things and we went ahead and used it on a boat a few weeks ago, but that was a boat being sold so unfortunately I'll never see it again as it was sold to someone a few states away. Got another coming up later in October and plan on using it. I know a few guys here take pride in their boats!
     
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  5. Sep 22, 2022 at 8:31 PM
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    Kind of a Random question but detail related....

    I do not have a garage or covered parking available to me. My Tundra needs a strip wash, clay barred, wash, sealant, & ceramic coated. I don't want to do this in the direct sunlight of my driveway. Does anyone have any creative solutions to find some covered parking to accomplish this?
     
  6. Sep 22, 2022 at 9:36 PM
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    ABC Canopy on Amazon. Use ours for detailing sometimes but moreso for the beach and at the moto track. Decent quality and a better price. Not very "creative" but we use it for a variety of things so it was worth it.
     
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  7. Sep 23, 2022 at 7:06 PM
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    Was just gonna suggest the same thing. Even though I do have a garage to use, I had to do a quad-cab long bed truck that did not fit all the way in. Having a canopy saved that day on that one.
     
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  8. Sep 23, 2022 at 7:07 PM
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    Thanks for the suggestion! need to make that investment
     
  9. Sep 23, 2022 at 7:09 PM
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    Make sure you come up with a solution to anchor the legs......I used 4 sand-filled buckets to do it
     
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  10. Sep 23, 2022 at 7:13 PM
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    haha thanks, I just imagine some poor guy putting the final coat of wax or ceramic on his truck when a gust of wind lifts the canopy off the ground and into his truck.
     
  11. Sep 24, 2022 at 8:17 AM
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    I'm doing a full paint correction on one of our cars today (clay, compound, polish and then griots 3-1 ceramic spray). I'd like to do 2 coats of the griots 3-1 for winter longevity. If I do the first coat this afternoon, what should I wipe it down with tomorrow before the second coat? Would griots speed shine work?
     
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    A good ceramic should only need one coat
     
  13. Sep 24, 2022 at 9:46 AM
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    The Griot's 3-n-1 isn't a ceramic. But I think I recall someone saying the Griot's didn't do well trying to layer 2 coats on each other. The 2nd coat became "grabby" when wiping off and didn't add any more longevity to it. I could be wrong tho. There a review thread in here for it
     
  14. Sep 24, 2022 at 4:33 PM
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    I carry a set of 35 and 40 dumbbells and a pack of zipties in the truck whenever I bring the canopy out for something. Over 100 lbs that thing isn't going anywhere lol. I also ended up picking up a set of velcro walls....doubles as a painting tent for projects.
     
  15. Sep 24, 2022 at 4:53 PM
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    I don't know if a second coat would do anything.ore than a good first coat. May be just like a wax and you're wasting product. Even with a ceramic spray like Mother's you still have to wait for it to cure and bond before a second coat even does anything. I'd either do something like Undrdog or just pick a good synthetic wax. Since you're probably done at this point what did we end up doing?
     
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    I got a canopy like this a while back and used it today. Quick and easy to setup. It has pockets integrated into the pieces that go down the legs to hold sand in. Came with rope too. I think mine is this one listed in pic. The top part edges flip out to provide and extra foot of overhang shade. Simple push up the middle piece to snap into place solo. Been happy with it so far
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    Thanks! The bottle says you can do 2 coats, but I get that it may not be that much more beneficial. I have done 2 in the past, but never did a wipe down before the second. Was just curious if the wipe down was necessary. I will probably just do 1 coat for now and then maybe another coat in a few months.
     
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    Does the bottle say how long to wait? Some can add second coating within a hour.
     
  19. Sep 26, 2022 at 2:41 AM
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    I just did this on the weekend and the bottle says wait 12-24 hours to apply second coat. As a side bar the second coat was not "grabby" for me.
     
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    I've added beadmaker the following day as a top coat to Griot's 3-1 in the past. Applies evenly, looks great. I usually add beadmaker after foam-cannon maintenance washes just to keep Griot's going strong (it does that anyway even without topping with beadmaker)
     
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