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Calibra Modifications & Calibra Maintenance => Calibra FAQs & Guides => Spraying & Bodywork => Topic started by: Trigger on April 12, 2007, 21:04:08 PM

Title: Guide to Detailing
Post by: Trigger on April 12, 2007, 21:04:08 PM
For those of us that that need a really clean Calibra, here goes.
There has been a vast amount of research into what goes into the perfect finish. Frustratingly, the honest answer is colour. Dark paint colours will always outshine lighter colours. You can get Black to shine so bright you cant even see what colour it is due to the reflections. Red can look so deep you could almost dive in. Light cars, espesically light metalics like silver and gold will still get an amazing finish, but you just wont see it looking straight into the paint.


A simple way to achieve the perfect finish is a process with 4 key stages:

1) Ensuring the paint surface is contaminate free 2) Remove Paint Defects 3) Creating the Gloss 4) The final Wax.

1) Ensuring the Paint surface is contaminate free -

a) Wash your car with a good quality gloss car shampoo. Any good quality shampoo will do, such as those from Meguiars or Autoglym. Do use a new sponge and the 2 bucket method, (1 bucket for your shampoo water and an other bucket to rinse the sponge after each time you have placed it on the vehicle, this stops grit being dragged on the surface of the vehicle creating swirl marks. This should be your standard way of cleaning the car. Becoming more popular and definetly worth the investment (around
Title: Re: Guide to Detailing
Post by: lazee_guy on April 12, 2007, 21:12:21 PM
You should also not polish the car more than a couple of times a year.  Every time you polish it removes a bit of paint, the more you polish the more paintwork gets removed.  If you use a proper wax then, when you come to wash the car next time, you are actually washing the dirt off the wax and not the paintwork.
Title: Re: Guide to Detailing
Post by: matty0785 on April 12, 2007, 21:18:05 PM
wow what hapened to the bucket washin up soap and a hose
Title: Re: Guide to Detailing
Post by: lazee_guy on April 12, 2007, 21:33:16 PM
wow what hapened to the bucket washin up soap and a hose

That method has been reserved for Ford drivers
Title: Re: Guide to Detailing
Post by: matty0785 on April 12, 2007, 21:38:54 PM
fords hah drive them through a deep puddle thatl do for a wash lol

u only get 1 garentee with a ford that is it will decompose on ur drive in a few years
Title: Re: Guide to Detailing
Post by: foxxy on April 12, 2007, 21:40:43 PM
Washing up liquid should not be used to wash a car, it contains a lot of salt and is also pretty good at taking off any wax that is on the paintwork. Worse still is using washing powder (I've known people who have) which will shift everything including paint eventually.
Cars that regularly go through car washes eventually look like their paintwork has been flatted with fine grade wet&dry.
Title: Re: Guide to Detailing
Post by: lazee_guy on April 12, 2007, 21:45:19 PM
Mine was hand flatted with P2000 wet and dry.
Title: Re: Guide to Detailing
Post by: reg on April 12, 2007, 21:50:54 PM
Great guide!! sounds ace.
Title: Re: Guide to Detailing
Post by: sP3nC3r on April 12, 2007, 21:52:10 PM
I used to sell Meguiars products about ten years ago, they are used by the GRP trade (Glass Rienforced Plastics,, commonly know as fibreglass) I am on my last tin of MGH16 but I also use Liquid Class,, good stuff