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Shine for beginners

I see there's no sticky at the top explaining how to do this, so I'll just post. Over Christmas break, I'd like to run to XYZ auto store and polish the bejebus out of my Concorde Ltd.

I found this just now - there was a thread on another forum about, "What dream could you afford? If you can afford it, why aren't you driving it already?" Well, I'm already driving my dream car that I can afford, I just need a beater so I can put Bessie in storage and driver her on Sundays. Anyway, finding this shine inspired me to post the pic (below).

How many coats of wax should I put on? And what are your favorite products to achieve this kind of stuff? Want to do it all by hand.



(DonzWI's Concorde Ltd. from the Cardomain forum)

So friggin' gorgeous, whoa momma.

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That is a sharp looking ride!
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That is a mirror! It doesn't look like there's a spec of anything on there! I wish my ride looked a 1/10th as good!
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I'm a professional detailer and the basic things that we do to every car is:
depending how much crap is on your paint we either laquer the whole thing first or clay it or both
Judging by your car you don't really need a buff, but I would suggest going with a wax specifically for dark colored vehicles. Its amazing how much just a really good wax will do. We use all malco stuff where I work, but Wizards and Meguiar's are ok too.
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A lot of time and patience. There are steps to get that kind of shine.

Wash and claybar
Wash and pre-cleaner wax
An intermediate polish
Then a few coats of finishing wax.

Even then you may not have it. This will take a few days not something achievable in a couple of hours.
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A lot of time and patience. There are steps to get that kind of shine.

Wash and claybar
Wash and pre-cleaner wax
An intermediate polish
Then a few coats of finishing wax.

Even then you may not have it. This will take a few days not something achievable in a couple of hours.
i just did a 93 marquis last week. overall pretty good, but in need of some tlc to come back. started with a good cleaning to remove all residue and grime. then hit it with some heavy cut polish using an orbital polisher. then to a finishing polish, then a glaze, which is great at hiding and bringing up that wet look shine, then a sealer. once the snow is back off next week after it warms, i'll grab a picture.
lots of imperfections obvious under the flourescents of the shop, but not so obvious in the outside light. i was actually impressed with the results from the glaze.
word of warning though. if you go with a glaze, use it VERY sparingly. i went around on the body at first as you would a wax, and it was tough to remove wothout streaking.
then i continued the next day on the hood, and used about a teaspoon(or less) total on a foam pad on my orbital again, and did the roof, hood, and trunk.
in all, took me about a day and1/2 to get it done, but that included removing some areas of sap after sitting parked under a tree all summer/fall.
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i just did a 93 marquis last week. overall pretty good, but in need of some tlc to come back. started with a good cleaning to remove all residue and grime. then hit it with some heavy cut polish using an orbital polisher. then to a finishing polish, then a glaze, which is great at hiding and bringing up that wet look shine, then a sealer. once the snow is back off next week after it warms, i'll grab a picture.
lots of imperfections obvious under the flourescents of the shop, but not so obvious in the outside light. i was actually impressed with the results from the glaze.
word of warning though. if you go with a glaze, use it VERY sparingly. i went around on the body at first as you would a wax, and it was tough to remove wothout streaking.
then i continued the next day on the hood, and used about a teaspoon(or less) total on a foam pad on my orbital again, and did the roof, hood, and trunk.
in all, took me about a day and1/2 to get it done, but that included removing some areas of sap after sitting parked under a tree all summer/fall.
How long does a shine like that last? You mention snow; the shine will stay through weather and the like?
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as long as it is sealed/waxed, the shine should last as standard for wax/sea;lants of about a year at a time. just had a -35C week, and it still looks the same.
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A quick wax is all it needs ....just for the satisfaction,not that it actually needs any.

Those are my favorite wheels.

A limited or 300 special will be my next car ...if i leave the van scene.
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as long as it is sealed/waxed, the shine should last as standard for wax/sea;lants of about a year at a time. just had a -35C week, and it still looks the same.
Can this be achieved by hand? Or is a buffer really needed?
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by hand can be done as well. just that i have arthritis in my right elbow, so excessive pressure for prolonged periods is painful. these are kinda large, but any smaller downsizing would lose too much detail. bad enough it's cloudy. had to take them now, as there is an offer on it, and it may not be here on monday.

you can especially see what glaze does on the rubber bump strips. these were getting faded and flat.



this came in with the standard life of no care and lookin like it went through too many brush machine washes.

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That looks great! Might have to spend a good day or so over the summer to spruce mine up. All by hand though as I don't have any of the required tools. I'm guilty of the brush washes though. Through the winter there's a nice place around here that gives you 'unlimited' (one per day) of their normally $10 ultimate wash for $16 a month. I usually go through every other day or so to get all the salt and snow off her.
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Back in the day, the drive thru washes where I lived (WI) used a solution containing something like ammonia in the (recycled) water to clean the cars, which stripped off your wax in short order. Not sure if this is still the practice. Might be worth checking into before you spend too much effort polishing and waxing. If you put all that effort into it, hand washing may be the only way to go...
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