Next up is my friend Glen's Custom 1954 Ford F-100 Fat Fendered Truck with a Tilt-Frontend... 1954 Ford F-100 - Extreme Makeover - Process and products used
When Glen arrived I had him drive his truck into the studio so we could give it a quick wipe-down. While the paint looks great in the below picture,
I moved the truck outside and used bright, overhead sunlight to show the true condition of the finish. True Condition The roof is the same way as are the vertical panels...
Now I've moved the Ford F-100 back into the studio with the mats down to protect the floor from polish and wax splatter while we perform the extreme makeover.
It's a little trickier to capture light or shallow swirls and scratches on light colored paints but here's what I could get in the studio... Big Picture
The big picture is that while this truck looks incredible, that is shiny and beautiful, a Pro Detailer doesn't see it as it is... they see what it can be...
While in the picture it can look like the scratches are isolated to a section of the picture that's actually not the case, the scratches you see are throughout 100% of the surface it's just hard to capture on camera... Restoring smoothness by claying the paint
Here's Glen the owner of the truck claying just in front of the windshield for the very first time..
This truck was re-painted approximately one year ago but just from exposure to the outdoors has made the paint vulnerable to air-borne contaminants... This shot was taken with my trusty, dusty Canon Rebel with the flash on after claying the roof...
Without the flash on here's what the clay looks like and this is what it looked like in person... The roof and the other horizontal panels pretty much felt like sandpaper before we started. Ewww.... Onto Machine Polishing but first one comment on the rotary buffer swirls...
This truck was painted by a custom painter and we don't blame him for the swirls. The fact is, it's not how GREAT the painter is... it's the guy that does the wetsanding, cutting and buffing that makes or breaks the end-results.
It looks like the guy that did the sanding and buffing used a rotary buffer and likely a wool finishing pad for his last machine step.
This is the norm for the kind of work done at the majority of body shops across the world. Most people getting their car painted have no idea as to what to ask for and just take what they get when they pick up their freshly painted car.
Most body shops only use a rotary buffer for all their buffing work and don't charge enough money to cover the cost for extra steps whether they be doing a final rotary buffing step using a foam finishing pad and an ultra fine cut polish or using a DA Polisher to ensure the swirls are all removed. The the swirls I documented in this custom paint job or the norm for this industry. That's okay as it give Pro detailers plenty of work undoing the damage.
For our Test Spot we're hoping to use Optimum's brand new Microfiber Finishing Pads with the Optimum Hyper-Polish on DA Polisher. This is keeping with the philosophy of,
Use the least aggressive product to get the job done which is also covered in my e-book on page 84 of both the e-book and the paperback version of The Art of Detailing and how to do a Test Spot starts on page 94 Doing a Test Spot
Here's Robert spraying Hyper-Polish onto a brand new, clean Optimum Microfiber Pad on a Porter Cable 7424XP
Note that Robert is using some painter's tape to make a tape-line on a horizontal panel and then only buffing on one side of the tape line. By doing this he will make it real easy to inspect the results on other side he's buffing on and compare it to the "control" side to gage the effectiveness of this combination of pad, product, tool and of course his expert technique.
After performing the Test Spot we inspect the results and the combination of Optimum Hyper-Polish with the new Optimum Microfiber Finishing Pads on the Porter Cable on the 6.0 speed setting removed 99.9% off all the swirls and scratches and left the paint simply AMAZING
looking with no micro-marring even after chemically stripping the paint with IPA.
Since our Test Spot confirmed our process everyone joined in using the same combination of pads and product with various DA Polishers including the Porter Cable 7424XP, Meguiar's G110v2 and the Griot's Garage DA Polisher.
These are are the same "type" of tool in that they all use a Free Floating Spindle Assembly for a drive mechanism but they each have different power configurations. Not that it's a HUGE deal but here are the speed settings we used for the different tools with the microfiber pads....
Porter Cable 7424XP = 6.0
Meguiar's G110v2 = 5.0
Griot's Garage = 5.0Robert from Impression's Detailing
Here's Robert with the PC tackling the rest of the hood... Robert is booked all the time doing show car work and his shop in in Palm City, Florida called Impression's Detailing. I often get asked by locals for a true professional to both detail their car and to also maintain it and I know I can always trust Robert to completely take care of all his customer's needs. Jeff
Here's Jeff using the Porter Cable 7424XP to tackle the rear passenger fender, Jeff works in our Tech Support division and is a true car guy owning 2 Mustangs and a classic 1978 El Camino Glen
Here's Glen using a Meguiar's G110v2 to remove the swirls out of the tailgate. This is the first time Glen has ever used a machine to polish paint and he did a superb job! Me using the Griot's Garage 6" Random Orbital Polisher Rene tackling the running boards, door and rear fender... Griot's 3" Mini Polisher
This is me tackling the iconic front grill using the Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher using an Optimum 3.25" Microfiber Pad with Hyper-Polish.
I now the question everyone wants to ask and here is the answer...
YES the 3" Mini Polisher was able to maintain pad rotation. I started with the upper potions and worked downward and wiped the residue off as I worked... look how shiny and glossy the paint is after using the 3" Mini Polisher. The 3" Mini Polisher also makes a great Dampsander
for spot repair. After Machine Polishing...
Next up we machine wax the paint using Pinnacle Signature Series II
For this we're going to use Lake Country Red Low Profile Ultrasoft Wax or Sealant Pads
on our DA Polishers on the 3-4 Speed Setting
With the Pinnacle Signature Series II Paste Wax you can gently knock the wax out of the jar and then wearing a Microfiber Glove make a few swipes across the face of the pad and you're ready to start machine waxing using a paste wax.
Machine waxing with a DA Polisher is a lot more effective than applying wax by hand and in my opinion safer to the paint and faster...
With Pinnacle Signature Series II Paste Wax you don't have to let the wax dry before removing it, so as Robert and Glen apply the wax, Adam and Rene follow them and carefully wipe the wax off. Beauty Shots... For this project, Janna came by to inspect our work... More to come...