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Old 26th November 2010, 12:52 PM   #21
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very interesting!

a random question

when applying top coats of wax for layering as you mentioned to me before

its harder to apply coats in cold weather like now - but does the cold weather allow you to apply thicker coats of top wax rather then when weather is warm and wax is softer...

not sure if i explained that well
In a word no, thick coats of wax purely waste product. You ideally want as thin a layer as possible, I apply wax using only my hands, i work the wax in my palms then apply it to the car. To get as thin a coat as possible use a foam applicator pad but mist (not soak) it with a little quick detailer before dipping it into the wax, this makes achieving a thin even layer much easier. IMO MO your flogging a dead horse trying to wax in this weather, a heated garage is needed, i would go for a sealant, its also much quicker and easier to top up during winter as and when its needed

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Excellent write up Bruno. What's your opinion on wheel brightener by meguiars?
It's not bad, some megs products are very good, others, imo only sell because of the branding and marketing, i personally use bilberry, it requires a little more work with the brushes than others but is perfectly safe and non corrosive. I'd rather not talk about products in this thread, lets do it via pm, dont want it escalating into product wars. Each detailer has products they favour
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Old 26th November 2010, 12:55 PM   #22
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ah so

no detailing going on here !
i was just purely curious about microns and such and weather and temps...
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Old 27th November 2010, 09:38 AM   #23
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Dry

Another high risk stage as far as scratching the paint is concerned. First off, I find that using a waffle weave drying towel is far safer and more effective than using a chamois leather. I personally prefer to use a leaf blower to have as little contact with the paintwork as possible.

If using a drying towel it is advisable to pat the car dry rather than drag/pull the towel across the paint
Very helpful write-up, thanks for taking the time

I have a small compressor (2HP) that I use in my woodwork shop, I've been using that to blow the water off after washing. If the wax is still beading well, the water just flies off
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Old 27th November 2010, 06:50 PM   #24
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I would tend to wash again after claying to ensure no residue remains, other than that good right up....
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Old 27th November 2010, 07:05 PM   #25
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Absolutely right, how could I miss something so obvious, thanks
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Old 28th November 2010, 04:20 PM   #26
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Bruno,

Great write up, exactly what i was looking for.

Easy step by step guide

cheers

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Old 28th November 2010, 05:39 PM   #27
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Nice one Bruno !! Can you teach me?
Hope you're well mate.
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Old 28th November 2010, 06:06 PM   #28
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Shut it Shaun you do it for a living and helped me write it lol
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Old 28th November 2010, 06:09 PM   #29
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Shut it Shaun you do it for a living and helped me write it lol

Sorry big fella! You ok mate?
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Old 28th November 2010, 09:06 PM   #30
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All good mate ta. Bloody frozen been working on cars all weekend as gave you I'm sure
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Old 28th November 2010, 09:11 PM   #31
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Fantastic write up Bruno well done and thanks for sharing your knowledge!
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Old 28th November 2010, 09:14 PM   #32
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Cracking write up!!! Have some REP!!
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Old 29th November 2010, 09:47 PM   #33
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that is a great write up mate will defo help some of the detailing noobs out.

wish i had as much time as i used to i hardly ever get too spend as much time cleaning my car like i used too.
your welcome to come do mine for me mate
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Old 30th November 2010, 12:11 AM   #34
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Great write up and given my propensity for OCD might well be out all day
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Old 2nd December 2010, 11:21 AM   #35
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Brilliant write up!! Very very helpful to a novice like myself!
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Old 22nd December 2010, 09:33 AM   #36
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Your more than welcome guys, over the upcoming months i will add more info about detailing to give some of you an insight to what is a minefield
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Brilliant write-up, thanks for sharing with us
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Gonna Bush Up On This Over The Next Few Weeks Thanks For Posting All Info!!!
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fantastic bedtime reading...
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Well done Daz, was gonna post this to you!
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