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Old 09-22-2012, 11:49 PM   #29
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sorry, they're not actually dents.. they are valleys in the clear coat because I sanded too much in one specific area
any photos you can share, if you sanded too much you may need to respray the area.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:16 PM   #30
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Phil,
is there any pro to using a layer of wax on top of a paint sealant?
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:26 PM   #31
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some believe using a carnauba paste wax will bring out more gloss in the paint.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #32
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I've got a quick one. The rubber trim around my windows is starting to fade as well as the plastic trim under the doors and the exhaust valence. I've got 303 protectant which seems to do okay I guess but it doesn't seem to last too long and doesn't really darken the plastics. I've been reading about Adam's VRT would that do better?
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:42 PM   #33
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I've got a quick one. The rubber trim around my windows is starting to fade as well as the plastic trim under the doors and the exhaust valence. I've got 303 protectant which seems to do okay I guess but it doesn't seem to last too long and doesn't really darken the plastics. I've been reading about Adam's VRT would that do better?
can you take a photo of it, as well have you cleaned the rubber trim prior to applying the 303?

as well have you cleaned the rear plastic valence prior to dressing?
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:46 PM   #34
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can you take a photo of it, as well have you cleaned the rubber trim prior to applying the 303?

as well have you cleaned the rear plastic valence prior to dressing?
I'll take a picture tomorrow when its light out. And before I apply it I've always just washed it with my normal Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash. Should I clean it with something more than that?
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:22 PM   #35
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I have a brand new candy white GTI that needs its first round of paint care. What do you recommend right off the bat?

The car is garaged now but spent about a year in a dealer lot that is located in a warm/hot area of California. So I believe it did get plenty of sun and possibly some bad dealer car washes. Paint looks pretty clean to me and I don't see any swirls yet. Paint isn't slick ( lack of wax? ) and very slight bumpiness from what I can tell. So I'm guessing a good wash, clay, and the some kind of product to finish it?

I prefer to do it all by hand. Actually have some Zaino product left over from a previous car that I might use too but I'm also fine with buying new products if something better has come along since then.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:23 PM   #36
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I'll take a picture tomorrow when its light out. And before I apply it I've always just washed it with my normal Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash. Should I clean it with something more than that?
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:24 PM   #37
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I have a brand new candy white GTI that needs its first round of paint care. What do you recommend right off the bat?

The car is garaged now but spent about a year in a dealer lot that is located in a warm/hot area of California. So I believe it did get plenty of sun and possibly some bad dealer car washes. Paint looks pretty clean to me and I don't see any swirls yet. Paint isn't slick ( lack of wax? ) and very slight bumpiness from what I can tell. So I'm guessing a good wash, clay, and the some kind of product to finish it?

I prefer to do it all by hand. Actually have some Zaino product left over from a previous car that I might use too but I'm also fine with buying new products if something better has come along since then.
this would be a great kit to start out with .

Adam's Essentials Kit.

There are videos please take a look.

The slick feel will be back after you clay the car.

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Old 11-05-2012, 03:01 PM   #38
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Hey Phil. Quick question with some preamble:

I have completed my first exterior detail of my pretty new car. I have applied two coats of Tough Coat, with 12hrs in between to dry. The combination of clay bar + Auto Finesse Tough Coat make the surface feel like glass! Thanks for your product advice and quick shipping.

My question: now that I've detailed the car, what would you recommend as general washes in between detailings? Specifically, after I wash/dry the car would you leave it at that, or would you give it a quick hit with something like detail spray (or another product) to keep the shine on? With detail spray after a wash make any difference to the appearance of the paint?

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:33 PM   #39
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Phil what is your take on oil spraying for corrosion protection? A friend of mine who is a car collector swears by it, but I am not sure if it makes sense or may cause other issues. I want to keep the gti long term.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #40
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Hey Phil. Quick question with some preamble:

I have completed my first exterior detail of my pretty new car. I have applied two coats of Tough Coat, with 12hrs in between to dry. The combination of clay bar + Auto Finesse Tough Coat make the surface feel like glass! Thanks for your product advice and quick shipping.

My question: now that I've detailed the car, what would you recommend as general washes in between detailings? Specifically, after I wash/dry the car would you leave it at that, or would you give it a quick hit with something like detail spray (or another product) to keep the shine on? With detail spray after a wash make any difference to the appearance of the paint?

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awesome post some photos I just did our 2 cars with Tough Coat and it looks amazing!

You can wash the car and dry it and maybe spritz a detail spray on it to keep it nice and shiny.

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Old 11-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #41
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Phil what is your take on oil spraying for corrosion protection? A friend of mine who is a car collector swears by it, but I am not sure if it makes sense or may cause other issues. I want to keep the gti long term.
I'm not familiar with it.
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He mentioned that isn't very common in the states.
http://www.oilgard.com/
There is a video series that shows the process.
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