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  1. shane@detailedreflections

    Single stage detailing questions

    I would lubricante with detail spray instead of more polish. More polish mixing with the paint will simply clog your pads quicker. Detail spray just provides the lube. And really, once the pad is saturated, you’re good to go.
  2. shane@detailedreflections

    Single stage detailing questions

    Single stages will clog a bit more since you’re actually taking paint off. But also as a general rule you want more pads than you think you’ll need. Some cars surprise you and chew through pads like crazy. Nothing worse than trying to stretch the life of a pad or not having enough. Same rules apply to towels.
  3. shane@detailedreflections

    Single stage detailing questions

    Lots of pads. Lots of towels. Buy as many as you can. And way more than you think you’ll need! Good luck and take pics!
  4. shane@detailedreflections

    New truck paint correction,then what?

    You sound like a candidate for a coating. Right up until you said building up the gloss with a wax. If you coat your truck, you’re helping to negate the need for a wax. You could do it, but other than therapeutic value it’s not needed. Wash. Dry. Boost occasionally. Ceramics will offer durability, gloss and ease of maintenance. But prep is everything. Do it right. Don’t cut corners.
  5. shane@detailedreflections

    New truck paint correction,then what?

    I agree with @pirahnah3. It sounds like you need to define some goals more in order for us to best guide you. Our new car prep is usually a complete decontamination of the vehicle followed by a light finishing polish. The last step products depends on the client’s goals and budget. Define some parameters and we can offer more insight.
  6. shane@detailedreflections

    Ceramic coating screw up

    Photos would help. But it sounds like high spots from the coating not being leveled correctly. Some finishing polish to bring it down and reapply the coating.
  7. shane@detailedreflections

    Tiny dents

    Call a paintless dent company and ask them. The true professionals are masters of their craft and will be able to tell you what can and can’t be done.
  8. shane@detailedreflections

    All of our latest work

    For sure. He can turn around an interior like nobody else. But he was ready to relax a bit on one! And four coats on that thing chewed enough time. Especially in the heat.
  9. shane@detailedreflections

    All of our latest work

    Thanks! As for the multiple coatings, that coating is designed to work in that manner. It’s two layers of two different products. Two coats of a particularly hard base layer and then two coats of a top layer for enhanced gloss and hydrophobic effect. It’s a great coating. Time consuming to install with four layers but it looks great.
  10. shane@detailedreflections

    All of our latest work

    And here's another installment of some work from recent weeks (part of why I haven't been able to be as active here as I'd like to be). A BMW 335 with about 150,000 miles on it that my client wanted easier maintenance. So some polishing and then putting it all together with Adam's Polishes 9H Ceramic. A referral from a vehicle we did last year that came in for a warrantied five year coating...Beautiful GMC 1500 Denali with just 420 miles on it when it came to us. Protected with Premium Shield PPF on the hood and bumper and finished in four layers of ceramic coating! And last a Mercedes AMG E63 that came in for two steps of polishing along with some sealant, glaze and wax. From where this car started out, to where it ended was an awesome journey and the client was more than happy. We should have some more work coming up shortly. We have a Honda Goldwing motorcycle coming for polishing, PPF and ceramic coating along with a Mitsubishi EVO coming up for a coating and a ten year old BMW for some polishing and seal, glaze and wax! So no shortage going on here!
  11. shane@detailedreflections

    Advice on my process

    If you’re going to do a detail, take the time to wash the car again. Make sure it’s fresh. Just because it’s not seen doesn’t mean it’s not there. Shortcuts in the work will give shortcuts in the results. Waterless has its place as a maintenance cleanup. But it’s generally not where we would start for a full detail. Clean or not.
  12. shane@detailedreflections

    Ceramic Coatings ... what's the difference

    Adams offers what’s referred to as a “consumer grade” coating. Meaning it can be purchased and installed by anyone. They’re usually more forgiving and may not have quite such a refined appearance. Adams is also a single layer coating. GTechniq’s five year coating is called Crystal Serum Light - Black which is a coat of a base layer and two coats of a top layer. This would be a “pro-sumer” coating. By this it’s closer to a pro coating. This coating will provide a great finish and it’s one we have experience with. Gtechniq’s nine year coating is Crystal Serum Ultra - Black. That’s a harder base layer and two layers of a top coat. The bond is quite strong and can require wet sanding to remove the coating if needed. The pro grade coatings tend to be strong and more durable, and also harder to remove. This can mean they’re less forgiving to work with. All of that being said, prep is everything with a coating. Consumer to professional. Poor prep will give you a poor finish. Great prep can make most any coating look great. Different detailers all have our favorite coatings and products to work with. I know we have ours.
  13. shane@detailedreflections

    Advice on my process

    Thanks for the kind words @pirahnah3!!! Much appreciated.
  14. shane@detailedreflections

    Advice on my process

    The full work flow would look like this: -Wheels -Wash -Iron remover -Clay -Correcting Polish (if needed) -Finishing Polish -Sealant -Glaze -Wax All applied by machine with the exception of the wax. That’s a hand process. Sealant and glaze go on at low speed. You’re simply applying, not performing a mechanical process like with polishing. I think you’ll have a better, longer lasting finish then your initial process. Your mileage may vary based on the goals for appearance and durability that you and your client have.
  15. shane@detailedreflections

    The "Road" to Ceramic Coating

    There’s a reason there aren’t many chemical manufacturers marketing a “strip wash.” It’s a product looking for a solution. If done properly, a full detail will remove it all. Not to mention that if you really want to help with stripping, you can add a few ounces of APC to your wash. Strip wash as a stand alone product is just another product to purchase and manage.