February 15th, 2015
A little while ago I wrote what has become one of my most read posts on the differences between a dual action polisher, rotary polishing machine and orbital buffers. Since then I have been asked on a number of occasions which is the best dual action polisher to buy.
There are of course many variables when looking to choose the best dual action polishing machine for your own needs. Some will buy on price, others performance, maybe even on weight or a combination of all these factors.
In this post I aim to give you an unbiased dual action polisher comparison of many of the popular machines and consumer brands including Meguiars and Porter Cable as well as some of the not so well-known names i.e. Kestrel/Deltalyo, Rupes & Flex.
Before getting into the detail of comparing each car polisher side by side, let’s first look at what makes a good dual action car polisher. (But if you want to get straight into the detail you can scroll down to the comparison chart) Read the rest of this entry »
January 24th, 2015
If you are following my detailing guide series on reading this article you will be at a stage where your paintwork is suitably prepped for you to now look at how to wax a car by hand.
If you have not signed up for the guide series don’t worry this article will still guide you through how to wax your car, but you may want to catch up on some of the preparation steps to ensure you are working on the smoothest possible finish you can get prior to applying your car wax.
Although the title of this article is How To Wax A Car By Hand, I will also include the use of sealants here as they are becoming just a popular, if not more so than waxes.
Indeed many concours enthusiasts will tend to apply a sealant first and then apply a layer or two of car wax over the sealant. Not only can this produce an extremely deep gloss shine, but also a longer lasting one. Read the rest of this entry »
January 11th, 2015
If you have been following my detailing guide series you will have now washed and dried your pride and joy in the safest possible, swirl avoiding ways and have completed the initial stage in your paintwork preparation. Your next step is the car paint cleaning…
The purpose of this stage is to remove the fine defects from your paintwork in a way that removes as little paint thickness as is humanly possible.
The paint cleaning process, including the previous claying stage is one of the most important steps in detailing, as this will set the level onto which you apply your polish and paint protection.
Car Paint Cleaning vs Polishing
Car paint cleaning is usually achieved with the use of a pre-wax cleaner. The main difference between pre-wax paint cleaners and claybars is that clay bars remove above the surface contaminants and paint cleaners are designed to rectify below surface defects.
Completing both stages leaves a silk smooth and deep clean finish. Read the rest of this entry »