View Full Version : Meguiar's 3-step Detail (pics, 56k warning)

03-17-2005, 01:45 AM
Well before my crash, I managed to do a full detail on my car. While reading, keep in mind that my car's paint is 14 years old, and there are hundreds of chips in it.

First, wash the car.

Looks clean, right? No. Using a clay bar is always useful. This was taken after running the bar over just a 1 sq. ft area.

Here's how the bar loooked like after claying the whole car. Ignore the stuff on the car. It's residue from the lubricant. It turns out sticky-tac is a suitable alternative to buying a real clay bar. Someone on the Autopia forums compared the MSDS sheets of a clay bar and sticky-tac, and deduced that the two were the same. Since I dropped my clay bar a while ago, I decided to try the stick-tac since I didn't want to pay $18 for a whole new kit (I couldn't find individual bars in a retail shop). Admittedly, the bar didn't get all the particles from my car, but for $1, it did a great job.

Yeah, it looks the same, but you'll be able to feel the difference.

Step 1, paint cleaner. This step removes oxidation from your paint. In my opinion, this was the most effective of the steps. Left is pre-cleaner, right is post-cleaner. Be careful with this stuff, it is abrasive, meaning that it will take some of your old paint off.

A better picture depicting the difference.

I'm getting close to that mirror effect.

Step 2, polish. B this time, it was late and I couldn't get very good pictures of the car before and after the polish. It may have been the lighting, but the effects of the polish weren't as dramatic as the paint cleaner.

Step 3, wax. Meguiar's has a certain wax for their third step, but you can use any wax you want. I used S100 which is known for its ease of application and removal. It also won't stain your rubber and plastic mouldings. Here's what it will look like.

03-17-2005, 05:01 AM
looked good. man your car was so nice and clean.

03-17-2005, 05:34 AM
why is it in a junk yard? all i see is a broken rear glass

03-17-2005, 06:04 AM
Sorry man about your car :( :( :(

03-17-2005, 12:19 PM
if only you could see the other side sgtmayhem4 you would know why....lol

03-17-2005, 02:23 PM
:laugh: Yeah, the only good picture of my car after the detailing was one that was taken after the accident.


03-17-2005, 04:21 PM
Your car is looking pretty sweet after the detail. Sorry to hear about the accident glad your ok. How did the process effect the paint chips??

03-17-2005, 04:56 PM
It didn't do anything to the paint chips. The only way to get rid of the chips would be to paint them in, wetsand it down, and buff out the scratches from the sanding.

03-17-2005, 06:27 PM
good job, but :(

03-19-2005, 01:45 AM
dude, i got some old carnuba wax that stained my trim and rubber. I heard that peanut butter (yes the stuff you put in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich) when spread on the trim and rubber, has an oil that will remove the stains from your trim and rubber, after you wash it off. Has anyone tried this?

03-19-2005, 02:48 AM
Here's what it will look like.
If it's gonna do that to my car you can forget it!! J/k couldn't help it

03-19-2005, 04:42 AM
Hehe. Yeah, I was expecting that :laugh:

03-29-2005, 06:01 AM
im glad i bought that 3 part system the othe day. looked good