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How to Get That "Heavy Duty" Shine!

I saw that Adam's Polishes is a supporting vendor here and had to share my personal experience with their products.

Just because you have a heavy duty rig and use it for heavy duty work, doesn't mean that you can't sport that heavy duty shine. Thanks to Adam's products, I sport that shine on my not so heavy duty ride. Although I don't roll like you big boys do over here, I think we all can agree that we want our rides looking good. Check out what you can do with a little elbow grease and the right products.

My latest victim is my 2001 Corvette Coupe.

Day 1

So I've been working on my ride and haven't had a chance to drive it since Christmas. It has just been sitting and collecting dust because I can't keep it covered and work on it at the same time. Just look at that dust!



I broke out my Adam's Polishes supplies and went at it. The first thing I needed to do is get the garage at a nice working temperature. I settled on the low 60's.



Next, I broke out my fire nozzle and rinsed all that dust off the car.



Then came the foam gun and the Adam's Car Wash.



Using a 4.1 ratio (4 parts water, 1 part Adam's Car Wash), I was able to get a nice soapy bath for my baby. So I soaked her down to get rid of any caked on dirt...



Got my Adam's Grit Guard wash bucket nice and full along with a another Grit Guard rinse bucket...



...and went at it. I cleaned her inside and out. One area that was really annoying me to death was the area under my fuel rail covers. It was dusty, dirty filthy and I couldn't take it anymore. So out came the Adam's All Purpose spray. I sprayed the area thoroughly and let it soak in. Then I rinsed it gently with water and blew it dry with my leaf blower. I must say, it came out rather well and for the first time, my belt didn't squeak one time after washing the engine!



So I dried her off and put her blanket on. Tomorrow I plan on going on a swirl hunt and putting some wax on her. Right now she's bare, but she still looks good.





Day 2

I told you all that I was going swirl hunting. Well I didn't have to search hard because I made the mistake of wiping the car down after a very light drizzle that I got caught in. The problem with doing so is the fact that dirt and grime had settled on the car from the drive and when I wiped the microfiber towel across the paint, I basically took some very light sandpaper to it. This is why I'm not big fan of the waterless wash products because if the car is not clean, you take a chance of doing exactly what I did.

Check out my before pictures:







IS THAT HIDEOUS OR WHAT?

So, I broke out my Flex and some Adam's Swirl & Haze Remover, some Adam's Detail Spray, my Adam's orange and white second generation pads, and a couple of microfiber towels. Here's a short video of the damage, as if the pictures are not enough.



This next video actually shows me doing one pass at the damage.


Here are a few things to note. I used a orange pad but could have used a white pad instead. Since my paint was in very good shape (thus easily damaged), I didn't necessarily need to get as aggressive as the orange pad. The white pad probably would have gotten rid of the damage just as effectively. As a rule, you want to go at a problem with the lightest, most effective method possible. Remember, you are shaving off the clearcoat so the less shaving you do is better for the paint.

If your paint is full of swirls and you have never done any paint correction, you will definitely need the orange pad. You will also need to clay the entire vehicle in order to rid your paint of contaminants.

Now for the results. Here's what the paint looks like now after my paint correction. As you can see, this is turning into quite a successful date!







Anything that you see that resemble a scratch is nothing more than a reflection off the pipes on the ceiling or something in the garage. This fender is now swirl free.

Once I get all the paint correction completed, I will hit the whole car with some Adam's Revive Polish. After that, I will come behind it with some Adam's Buttery Wax. I'll then wipe the whole thing down with some detail spray and cover her up and put here to bed. I probably won't get to drive here again for weeks so I'll just come down to the garage and peak under the sheets just to make sure she's okay.


Day 3

Okay, here's the final tally. I finally laid on the wax and pulled her out for some pictures just as it was getting dark. I'd say I'm happy with it! :bigthumb:



















...and on the next day, I got some shots in the sun.




I really like how you can see the pearl in this picture. That's some clean paint!










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DAMM...65 bucks for a wash bucket & another 100 bucks for a foaming hose nozzle !

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DAMM...65 bucks for a wash bucket & another 100 bucks for a foaming hose nozzle !
Well, you have to understand how the wash bucket works. This is not for the casual car care person, this is for the person who wants their ride to shine like glass. This thread explains it somewhat. I thought the same thing you posted back when my car was full of swirl marks. Now I know better!
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Well, you have to understand how the wash bucket works. This is not for the casual car care person, this is for the person who wants their ride to shine like glass. This thread explains it somewhat. I thought the same thing you posted back when my car was full of swirl marks. Now I know better!
I get it, theres a guard at the bottom that lets the dirt fall to the bottom,
where a sponge or mit cant pick it up.

Im a sucker for QUALITY TOOLS...and their stuff is neat...but damm its
a 5 gallon bucket w/ some casters & a grid in the bottom...if theres more
than 10 dollars in material there i would be shocked.

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AJ. Thanks for posting your pix and video's. You are a detailing mad man.

The bucket is not the key here folks. Any 5 gallon bucket will work. However, don't decide to use the one that was leftover from sealing your driveway. At least get a new one that is clean to start with. The grit guard will fit in the bottom and the caddy (if you decide to purchase it, will work on the generic bucket. The gun is worth every penny.

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I get it, theres a guard at the bottom that lets the dirt fall to the bottom,
where a sponge or mit cant pick it up.

Im a sucker for QUALITY TOOLS...and their stuff is neat...but damm its
a 5 gallon bucket w/ some casters & a grid in the bottom...if theres more
than 10 dollars in material there i would be shocked.
I AGREE with you Don, hey finally we agree on something, but the guard by itself would be something i would consider.


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The gun is worth every penny.
It might be worth every penny, but would be pointless for big trucks like mine. There is no way that i would be able to soap my entire truck down and get the entire thing washed before the soap either fell off or dried up. I have to do a section at a time and rinse. Then move the ladder and repeat. Now if i had a bad azz vette, it would be pretty sweet to have.


This thread reminds me, i need to order that little grit guard thingy. I've been meaning to for awhile now and it's starting to get that time of year where i can keep the truck clean.

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I get it, theres a guard at the bottom that lets the dirt fall to the bottom,
where a sponge or mit cant pick it up.

Im a sucker for QUALITY TOOLS...and their stuff is neat...but damm its
a 5 gallon bucket w/ some casters & a grid in the bottom...if theres more
than 10 dollars in material there i would be shocked.
I understand Ron, I'm a sucker for quality tools too!

You can get just the inserts for $10 right here. I've seen big wash buckets at Wal-Mart and you don't have to get the caddy. I'm just lazy and get tired of picking up the buckets (I use two, a wash and a rinse bucket), and moving them around the car. Yea, I'm lazy.

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Hello AJ, Welcome. I spread myself pretty thin these days. TDG, DB, DC and AF take up the majority of my online time. I've got two others that I moderate and one forum I admin. I get around a bit. See you on AF.

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Hey AJ what pads are you using with your flex?
Those are the Adam's second generation pads.

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