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07-20-2002, 01:53 AM
Last weekend I did a major detail job with my new Porter Cable buffer on my Z3. Here's the results.

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Baden Smith
'98 Z3 2.8L Arctic Silver

07-20-2002, 04:00 AM
Baden, this is an excellent, well-produced resource for those, like me, contemplating a PC polisher. Not because we want to blaze through a detailing session, but because we genuinely enjoy the process of taking care of our cars (especially if we have more than one). I appreciate your effort in putting all this great information together.

I chuckled as I stepped through your pages. Your thought processes and methods (e.g., testing/practicing on the Topaz first) is so typical to how I would have approached this. In fact, I practiced on my trusty '84 Toyota Supra with some Meguairs products last weekend. I've got an '86 RX-7 I'll be practicing the Porter Cable on. I need to get good at this because I've got a 330i due to arrive next month and want to start out right -- no mistakes!

It's nice to clearly see, step-by-step, a first-timer carefully claying and polishing a beautiful Z3. I feel like I've experienced it once now and am more confident about really doing it myself.

From what I've learned from Melissa, Steve, and othes -- whose professional contributions in this forum have been generous -- it sounds like after insisting on no delivery prep from my dealer, I'll want to bring my new 330i home and do a full detail job (like yours). I'll definitely be referring to your pages again.

Great stuff! Bookmarked!


07-20-2002, 02:29 PM
Nice work, Baden. The Z3 looks great, and I'm sure it's even more stunning in person. One suggestion - you talked about the Meguiar's clay "smudging" when you stopped it on the surface.

This is a problem with Meguiar's clay - it always has been (I've been trying their clay's off-and-on for about 10 years). I'd suggest that you try some ClayMagic Blue Clay, or Mother's Clay - you'll be pleasantly surprised with the non-smearing.

I prefer the ClayMagic because it's a larger "brick" and the clay is more sticky & pliable, thus eliminating the tendency for me to drop it.

Again, great job & thanks for the very valuable contribution to this detailing community.


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07-20-2002, 02:50 PM
Great post Baden. Thanks.

I used the P&C tool today for the first time. I used Girot's Machine Polish 3 and then removed it by hand. I then used Girot's Best in Show Wax on the entire car. I then went over it again using very little wax for the second application. I used Girot's Microfiber wax removal bonnets. This was a REALLY hard step. The wax just did not want to come off. I don't know if this is normal or if it was because I used a second application. (which it says to do in their catalog)

The car came out fantastic! Really brought out the Imola Red color. The paint looks great, with nearly all of the small blemishes buffed out. I was not able to get out two small scratches on the trunk lid or a small blotch where a bird dropping was left far too long on the hood. I was very conservative with the polish, having never used it before and not wanting to remove too much paint. Next time, I'll be more agressive with it.

I have to say that I've NEVER done this good a job by hand before. I've used everything from Zymol to Maguires Gold Class, but this finish is the best. I don't think the product is that special, but the Porter & Cable is. What a wonderful tool!<br>Bob ///Margolis
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07-20-2002, 03:45 PM
Hi Bob,

I've *always* had a ton of trouble removing Griot's BOS wax - it seems to "weld" itself to the vehicle...just the nature of the product, unfortunately.

Re: the bird dropping & minor scratches...Try a product like Meguiar's Dual Action Cleaner Polish with a more agressive pad (yellow Lake Country Pad). No worries - the PC will not damage the paint as long as you're not putting all of your weight on a hard edge of the vehicle. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the Meguiar's DACP...those stains should disappear. :-)

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07-20-2002, 04:21 PM
<br>Bob ///Margolis
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Ian 87 325ic
07-22-2002, 11:23 AM
Great write-up Baden! I have a question for you and anyone else who uses a sheepskin carwash mit. I bought a pair of these at Costco and found that they were good when in use. I always use a single bucket but hose the mit thoroughly before dipping it back into the bucket. The sheepskin cleans well this way. My question is how to maintain the mit. As the inside is leather, I don't want to leave it wet. I tried turning it inside out to dry properly but this is quite difficult.

Any ideas or tips? I have gone back to a machine washable mit because of this problem.


Nick T.
07-22-2002, 06:01 PM

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