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Adam's polishes (13/23)
 4/6/09 5:59pm
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OH one more thing, A lot of these so called detailing classes are just opportunities for these people to sell inferior products, SOOOOOOOOOOOO be-careful.
Adam's polishes (14/23)
 4/9/09 12:39pm
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Went out last night with the extreme cut and an applicator pad to my truck with some bad marks on it. Used the system by hand and about 60% of the marks came out. I can't wait until next weekend to use the buffer with the system to see if i can remove more. If that works the vette is next. Will keep you posted and try to learn how to post picturesEmbarrassed
Adam's polishes (15/23)
 9/16/09 5:12am
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I own Corvette Detail Center in San Antonio, TX.  I have been detailing Corvettes for 10 years now.  I find buffing swirl marks extremely difficult to remove.  I use a De Walt buffer with wool bonnets to remove the swirls.  After determining the degree of abrasive necessary, assuming the most aggressive I use is warranted, I use a white wool bonnet with 3M compound with the DeWalt at about 2000 RPM covering a 2ft sq area at a time.  Next comes the De Walt buffer with a yellow wool pad and 3M FinesseII set at about 2000 RPM, doing the same 2ft sq.  Next comes 3M Glaze using a foam glazing pad on the De Walt at 2000 rpm on the same 2ft sq.  Then comes Ligui Tech  synthetic polymer using a Porter Cable with a foam polishing pad at about 1800 RPM on the same 2 ft sq.

I never use anything containing wax.  The synthetic polymer shines does not wear off, melt off, cloud or lose shine.  Repeated applications only require the Porter Cable treatment and the additional coats increase the depth of shine and add additional protection as the synthetic polymer bonds with the original clear coat finish.  The initial process does take anywhere from 8 - 10 hours!


Anyway, the important thing about the shine on your car is the initial preparation, that is where the shine comes from, the paint itself.  A dull paint job can not be made to shine with wax or anything else.  All you will have is a nice looking dull Corvette.  Take the time and make the preparation count!
Adam's polishes (16/23)
 9/16/09 9:06pm
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ClapHey Dude (I think thats a Texas word), Sorry it I hurt your feelingsCry about using machines on VETTE's but you are so wrong, yes you could take the lazy way and and buff, grind ,shake, rotate, sand, and make funny noises BUT why would you? Everything sounds about right if I didn't know better and went to a shop that Pablo and Pedro were running. But why?
 
1). If in fact you needed to do all the above mentioned,(I know you know Winkdeep down the Vette would need a paint job) I for one would tell my customer to sell the Vette and by a YUGOLOL, if they neglected the vehicle that much, oh that right you said you own a shopClown,  
 
2).I love this one about using (polysmear) Rolling On The Floor Laughing and that it last foreverRolling On The Floor LaughingRolling On The Floor Laughing . Is that a line you tell to the old ladiesExclamation because if you believe that (I got some land in Florida you'd be interested inWink) EVERYTHING wears off in time (oops didn't mean to be honest.... shop ownerStern Smile)
You really should do some homework on the products you are (GRINDING into paint jobs).
Just don't let anyone look at the vehicle at night on an angle under lightsCensored
 
3). WAX, no type of wax (everyone has got to love this oneClap). Well I guess this is what keeps so called (DETAIL) shop's in business, confuse the consumer and tell them they can't do it themselves.
 
4). I do detail on the side (approx 8 years) mostly high end car's.
Most of my customers come to me because I don't use machines.
I've seen the results of so called professional detailer with buffers.
GREAT IN THE SUN, A NIGHTMARE AT NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS.Shocked
 
5). I guess what they say is true, New JerseyThumbs Up is on the RIGHT coast....... California is the Left coast..... and Texas...well thats by MEXICOLamp
 
Hey no hard feelings, good luck detailing. (But remember anyone can do it them self by hand BETTER)...with the right products...Star
Adam's polishes (17/23)
 9/16/09 11:10pm
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ErmmNo offense taken; too each their own.  There is nothing wrong with doing detail work by hand,  In fact, I buff out the vehicle by hand my self. 

BUT, Clapanyone who thinks that Corvettes have a special corner on the paint market is living in a dream world.  Corvette paint is not the best in the world but far from the worst.  And anyone who thinks that current model buffers are a detriment to Corvette paint is smoking, well...not tobacco! LOL
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In my 10 professional years of detailing all makes of vehicles, from 4X4 Fords to Escalades to Lexus to Mercedes, I have never had a single customer complain about the finished product.phew  And I am working at capacity without utilizing any mass advertising whatsoever, all customers being referrals of some sort.

Cars I finish are swirl free in any light, day or night, sun or artificial!Smile

I agree that everything will wear off eventually, even the clear coat and paint itself...given enough time and no attention!  However, in Texas with 100+ degree heat and even higher road temperatures, using wax and you are lucky to have any left when you reach home.  And, if you do, believe me, it will be gone by the following weekend and you are out there doing it all over again.  On the other hand, polysmear as you call it (reflecting your lack of understanding the basics of the new technology), will not only get you home, it will be there for you for months and months (forever, as far as the basic paint and clear coat is concerned).  Believe me, I know, as I apply additional coats for a deeper shine and greater protection on about 75% of my customers and I know what kind of shine they have, day and night!  The other 25% must live in New Jersey!

Anyway, thanks for the input and your opinion.  But as I said earlier, to each their own.
Adam's polishes (18/23)
 9/17/09 8:13am
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Interesting discussion, but....let's keep it friendly, folks.

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Adam's polishes (19/23)
 9/17/09 10:26am
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Sorry,  Adam; did not mean to offend or distress.  Agree 100%!

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Adam's polishes (20/23)
 9/17/09 1:37pm
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Interesting opinions, but I still submit that using the Porter Cable ( or another QUALITY buffer) has given my car's a much better appearance than I ever achieved by hand.   Using any buffer the right way, at the right speed, with the correct pads is the key, regardless of what brand product you use, wax or polymer,  IMHO .  I received some great instructions from Adam (of Adam Polishes) at Carlisle,  and the car looks even better now.  To each their own, but I'm firmly in the machine camp,  I personally can't match the quality finish I'm getting mechanically doing it by hand.   
 
BTW, the last time my hand got to 3000 rpm, I was a teenager doing something that supposedly would  make me go blind. Rolling On The Floor Laughing  
Adam's polishes (21/23)
 12/25/09 6:42am
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You can get great results using the porter cable buffer with the adams products. I saw the previous owner of my vette at a car show and he said You HAD THAT CAR PAINTED. No just used good products.Big smile
Adam's polishes (22/23)
 12/25/09 7:25pm
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I use Adams on my black 1995 Vette and on my Blk Harley I loved it but on my Polo green 1991 vert it clouds up on the sides and around the Luggage rack. Its great stuff.

Chris
Re: Adam's polishes (23/23)
 9/29/11 8:48am
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Several guys in my club use Adam's products and really like them.  I've used Zaino in the past with good results, but this year tried a product that I got in a kit last year as a gift and I am totally impressed with it... Don't laugh but it is Turtle Wax Ice, a synthetic product.  I used it once on my wifes black Chrysler, was so impressed I used it on the vette and wow it has never looked better... I bought the companion spray detalier also and it works great. 
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