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Finally! A sunny day....detail time. #4447026
07/01/17 08:13 PM
07/01/17 08:13 PM
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Posts: 5,905
FL, USA
gregk24 Offline OP
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FL, USA
Hello all! I hope you are all having an enjoyable weekend. For the past couple of weeks here in the "Sunshine State", we have had rain almost every day making it hard to find a good time to clean the cars. Today is the first day in a while that it has been sunny out so I figured it would be a good time to do so. The paint on my Accord is single stage Taffeta White so it does get dingy over time even when keeping it washed and waxed on a regular basis. I try not to polish often since this paint is already thin from the factory so I figured I would clay bar it to see if that would remove some of the darker patchy areas that form. These areas I assume are mainly from dirty rain water that ends up sitting on the paint after a rain storm, the dirt ends up staining the paint since there is no dedicated clear coat on top. They clay did not remove any of the dark spots but it did get rid of all of the black / brown specs on my rear bumper and trunk that were imbedded. The bumper alone must have taken 35+ minutes, it was very time consuming.

I figured since I had already clayed it that I would go ahead and polish it as well. I was going to get the Meguiars polish out of the shed then saw some old NuFinish, I figured I would try that instead since it is less abrasive and I wouldn't have to wax or apply a sealant after for protection. I was already 3 or 4 hours into the detail so I was ready to be finished. Turns out, NuFinish works great! It got rid of oxidation and the staining without being as abrasive as polish or compound and leaves good protection behind.

So the routine went as follows: wash, clay (used water, quick detailer, or car shampoo for lube), dried, washed, then "polished" with NuFinish and my Harbor Freight dual action polisher. Here are the results!

Here you can see the discolored areas...



After polishing one half with NuFinish





That shine!



Bonus pic! Detailed the Jetta too...


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447031
07/01/17 08:23 PM
07/01/17 08:23 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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nice job. I really have got to do this for the mazda. Its looking bad


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Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447034
07/01/17 08:30 PM
07/01/17 08:30 PM
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OUCH! That shine is painful to the eyes, very nice work! I am too lazy to do my accord just yet, maybe next weekend. Nice job!


2017 Toyota Sienna (Hers)
2017 Toyota Sienna (His)
Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447067
07/01/17 09:52 PM
07/01/17 09:52 PM
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
How do you find the time? I barely can wash the cars anymore...

Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: JHZR2] #4447078
07/01/17 10:07 PM
07/01/17 10:07 PM
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FL, USA
gregk24 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
How do you find the time? I barely can wash the cars anymore...


Your too busy then!


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447085
07/01/17 10:22 PM
07/01/17 10:22 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Looks great. I'm gonna wash the Avalon tomorrow after a 5,000 mile road trip to Washington and then to Montana and back. A lot of bugs.

It's too hot to do much more than a wash though.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 89k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447099
07/01/17 11:05 PM
07/01/17 11:05 PM
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Gulf Coast, MS
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Very nice!

I actually had time to do one of our vehicle's which I was happy to do. I swear the thing is so much easier to clean with a fresh layer of wax. Everything just washes off.

I'm one of those who hates exterior maintenance until I start. Always leave feeling satisfied but my results can't compare to that level of fetal lol.

Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447123
07/02/17 12:50 AM
07/02/17 12:50 AM
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MTL, CANADA
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Must ask you, what pads are you using on the HF and are you using the backing plate that came with it or another one? Thanks in advance, cars look great!


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447132
07/02/17 02:04 AM
07/02/17 02:04 AM
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North Carolina
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I'm finally on my way back home again, and I'm looking forward to getting my wife's black Volvo back to a mirror shine.

I'm also hoping to finally add a 911 to the garage... So that'll need a full detail too. wink

Nice work, as always!


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447151
07/02/17 03:35 AM
07/02/17 03:35 AM
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NY
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Nice work again!


God Bless Our Troops

Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: Rolla07] #4447157
07/02/17 03:53 AM
07/02/17 03:53 AM
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FL, USA
gregk24 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Rolla07
Must ask you, what pads are you using on the HF and are you using the backing plate that came with it or another one? Thanks in advance, cars look great!


Good question, I should have mentioned this. I actually used the black Harbor Freight pad (most mild pad, used for wax application). I was glad to see that oxidation and staining were removed with the wax applicator pad and NuFinish. The Harbor Freight backing plate was also used.


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447169
07/02/17 05:19 AM
07/02/17 05:19 AM
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South Central PA
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South Central PA
Excellent work Greg! I need to do some serious cleaning on the Camry, and the GTI needs paint correction. Actually being black the Jeep is in dire need. But working out of town all week the projects at the house add up and the cars get neglected...


'17 VW GTI 2.0T - 6MT - 11K - PPE 5w40
'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 21K - PP 0w20
'99 S10 - 2.2 5MT - 157K - PP 10w30
Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: JHZR2] #4447188
07/02/17 06:13 AM
07/02/17 06:13 AM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline
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Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
How do you find the time? I barely can wash the cars anymore...


+1 grass, boat, wife, dog, kids, grandkids, work come before waxing


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: Donald] #4447190
07/02/17 06:15 AM
07/02/17 06:15 AM
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Oneida County, NY
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Oneida County, NY
Originally Posted By: Donald
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
How do you find the time? I barely can wash the cars anymore...


+1 grass, boat, wife, dog, kids, grandkids, work come before waxing


Same here. Other than grandkids. And with this rain. Good lord.
My new Porter Cable just sits in the box. Washed the truck and Car in the rain yesterday.


2013 F150 SCrew Lariat 4X4 5.0 3.55
2012 Altima SL that still vibrates.
2018 Polaris Sportsman 850 SP. Polaris fluids and filter.
Re: Finally! A sunny day....detail time. [Re: gregk24] #4447328
07/02/17 09:39 AM
07/02/17 09:39 AM
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Idaho
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Idaho
If you lived closer I would invite you over to do my vehicles.


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
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