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    1970 Superbird Detailing Class - The art of polishing paint - Competition Ready Detailing Classes at Autogeek

    1970 Superbird Detailing Class - The art of polishing paint - Competition Ready Detailing Classes at Autogeek



    If you want to learn the art of polishing paint so you can offer your customers true show car detailing services, then you need to go to a class that specializes in teaching the art of polishing paint and brings in real show cars for the class to learn and train on. With more classes fully documented with before, during and after pictures, the class you want to attend is,

    Mike Phillips Competition Ready 3-Day Detailing Classes


    Class schedule for 2017

    • February 17th, 18th & 19th with IDA SV testing on Monday February 20th
    • May 6th, 7th & 8th with IDA SV testing on Monday May 9th
    • September 23rd, 24th & 25th with IDA SV testing on Monday, September 26th


    Click this link to sign up online or call 1-800-869-3011 x244 and Andre can help you to sign-up over the phone.


    These classes are the real deal. Here's another example of why these are the most hands-on training classes on the planet earth.


    Before pictures - full documentation of the true condition

    First - here's the car a 1970 Plymouth Superbird with high resolution pictures fully documenting the condition of the car when it arrived on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 for the September 2016 Competition Ready 3-Day Detailing Class.

    These pictures were taken with the Superbird parked right outside Autogeek's Show Car Garage with the sun directly overhead.





















    Next... I took these pictures of the car on August 8th, 2016 while the car was at the Tuesday Night Lew's Crew Cruise-in. Even though the sun was low in the sky as the Tuesday night cruise-in starts at 6:00pm, you can still easily see the hologram scratches caused by the misuse of a rotary buffer in the paint.


    1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird 440 Sixpack Limelight Green - This is going to hurt your eyes!





    Here I've zoomed in to focus on the holograms.





    Here's the paint just behind the driver's side hideaway headlight...




    Ouch!

    Why oh why do some guys still think this is how you buff out a car?







    Here's the trunk lid...




    In this shot you can clearly see both round circular scratches that surround the point of light created by the sun reflecting off the paint and you can also see these wispy lines of swirls. It is these 3D-like, holographic lines that shimmer and appear to move when you move your head while inspecting the paint that are the tale-tale signs of holograms.

    The lines in the paint mimic the direction the rotary buffer was moved over the paint. The the single rotating direction the pad is spinning together with the product used imparts a scratch pattern called holograms.











    You can clearly see where the person that machine polished this car moved the rotary buffer vertically, up and down the door....











    NO!!!!!

    Say it isn't so.... don't tell me they swirled out the wing with holograms?




    Yep... at least they were thorough....





    As you can see, as cool as this muscle car is the entire finish is filled with holograms, swirls and scratches and thus makes a perfect training car for learning the art of polishing paint.




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    Re: 1970 Superbird Detailing Class - The art of polishing paint - Competition Ready Detailing Classes at Autogeek

    Topics covered at our Competition Ready Detailing Classes

    At our classes, you learn everything including,

    • Show Car Detailing - Using every popular tool in the detailing industry
    • Production Detailing - Using every popular tool in the detailing industry
    • Interior Detailing - Leather, vinyl, alcantara, carpet, upholstery, plastics, glass, etc.
    • Proper washing and both chemical and mechanical decontamination techniques
    • Glass polishing to remove bot scratches in the glass and water spots on the glass
    • Engine detailing both traditional (wet), and cosmetic (dry)
    • Interior detailing
    • Convertible top detailing - both canvas and vinyl
    • Hot water extractors
    • Steam cleaning machine
    • Wet sanding by hand
    • Wet sanding by machine
    • How to use rotary buffer to remove sanding marks
    • Rock chip touch up paint

    And lots of other topics related to the major topics listed above.


    Speaking from experience, the most popular portions of our class are alwasy the show car detailing classes where we go over all the most popular polishers in the industry and how to use them to create a true show car finish. For each tools set we bring in two cool cars so there's plenty of real-estate for everyone to get lots of real-world, hands-on training.


    For the FLEX 3401 aka The Beast and for the FLEX XFE7-15 aka The Finisher, we had a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird and a 1967 Plymouth Satellite Convertible. This write-up is for the Superbird. You'll see the 1967 Plymouth Satellite Convertible in the background and there will be a separate write-up with full picture documentation for this training car.


    Waterless Washing & Mechanical Decontamination
    Before doing any work on this car the exterior was cleaned using a waterless wash and the paint was decontaminated using a combination of detailing clay and Nanoskin towels. (students choice).


    Using McKee's 37 Waterless Wash on the Go to wipe down body panels...




    Using a Nanoskin towel to remove contaminants....





    Carefully taping off matte graphics using 3M Blue Vinyl Tape before machine polishing....





    Taping off sensitive areas using 3M Painter's Tape before machine buffing...








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    Re: 1970 Superbird Detailing Class - The art of polishing paint - Competition Ready Detailing Classes at Autogeek

    Continued....

    Test Spot & Proper Technique Demonstration

    After the car is cleaned, decontaminated and taped-off it's time to do a Test Spot and demonstrate the correct way to use the FLEX 3401 to remove holograms, swirls and scratches.

    The most important thing for anyone to do before buffing out a car is to first do what I call a Test Spot. I coined this term for the detailing industry back in 2004 in a discussion on Autopia.org - here's the link to the first documented use of the term online.


    What is a Test Spot and why it's important to do one?


    What is a Test Spot
    A test spot is where you test out the product, the pad the tool and your technique to a small section of paint, usually on a horizontal surface like the hood or trunk lid.


    Why it's important to do a Test Spot
    The reason to do a test spot is to test the product, pad, tool and technique you're thinking of using over the entire car to one small area and then inspect the results and make sure you're getting the results you're hoping for and expecting. If the results looks great then you know your process works and this give you the confidence and assurance that if you repeat this process over the rest of the car you'll get the same results over the rest of the car as you produced in the test spot. The only exception would be if the vehicle in question has been in an accident and some body panels have been repainted using a different paint system than the paint on the area you did the test.

    If the results from your testing don't look great then first, you'll be glad you didn't proceed to buff out the entire car and second, you can then re-test substituting a different product and/or different product, pad or tool and then dial in a process that does work to your hopes and expectations.


    Use the least aggressive product to get the job done
    Doing a test spot is also part of testing out less aggressive products to see exactly what it will take to remove the defects you want to remove. Variables like the depth of the defects, the hardness or softness of the paint, the type of tool, pads and products you're using and even your technique can all affect the rate of speed and effectiveness a process is for removing defects to your satisfaction. The goal or idea of testing different products is to try to remove defects in the paint using the least aggressive products so that you remove the defects but also leave the most paint on the car. Remember... paint is thin. This is especially true for OEM factory paint which the clear layer of paint averages around 2 mils thin, that's thinner than a post-it note. So doing a test spot is not only important to first dial-in and prove your system but to also determine how non-aggressive you need to get in order to achieve your expectations for the level of quality you're looking for in the end results.


    Techniques for the FLEX 3401
    The FLEX 3401 at the time I'm typing this is the only quality gear-driven orbital polisher on the market today. What makes the FLEX 3401 unique and the reason I coined the nickname the BEAST is because it's gear-driven, there's no way to stop the pad from rotating or oscillating. This is not the case with free spinning orbital polishers. While both styles of tools, gear-driven orbitals and free spinning orbitals have their own unique characteristics and benefits, it is the gear-driven feature of the FLEX 3401 that enables you to do as I say,

    Power through a detail job


    And that's because no matter the shape of the panel, whether it be flat, concave or convex curved, you simply cannot stop the pad on a FLEX 3401 from rotating or oscillating and for this reason in my opinion you can remove defects and finish out faster using the FLEX 3401 than any other orbital polisher.

    The techniques for using the FLEX 3401 are things I teach via hands-on training in my classes. The basic technique is to hold the tool in a way that the pad is flat to the surface when buffing. There are times when knowing techniques for going up on edge will enable you to buff out thin panels without buffing on edges. Besides learning all the techniques for using this beast of a tool in my classes you can also read about some of them in my FLEX how-to book.




    Adding SONAX EX-O6-O4 to the face of a Lake Country 6.5" white foam polishing pad on a FLEX 3401







    Sharing how large of a section you should do for a test spot and also how large of an area you can buff out at one time when actually buffing out a panel.




    Demonstrating proper technique









    Time to inspect the before and after results from the testing using a FLEX Swirl Finder Light









    Results from the test spot?

    After inspecting the results everyone agrees the SONAX EX-06-04 with a white foam polishing pad is effectively removing the holograms, swirls and scratches and it's time to get to work!





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    Continued...

    Three step process

    Normally show car detailing is where you break the paint polishing process up into it's individual step including a dedicated correction step a dedicated polishing step and then a dedicated sealing step. The sealing step is where the paint is protected and the shine and gloss are maximized using either a car wax, synthetic paint sealant or a paint coating. For this project car we chose to use the SONAX Polymer Net Shield which is a synthetic paint sealant.


    The correction step using SONAX EX 04-06 with white Lake Country 6.5" Hybrid foam polishing pads and the FLEX 3401


































    The polishing step using SONAX Nano Polish with black Lake Country 6.5" Hybrid foam finishing pads and the FLEX 3401

















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    Continued....


    The paint sealing step
    When it comes to sealing the paint, there are multiple options available. Historically when a person would wash and wax their car they would seal the paint using a traditional car wax, like a Carnauba car wax and today there are some great traditional carnauba car waxes on the market including a carnauba paste wax from SONAX. Other options including using a synthetic paint sealant or a high tech quartz or ceramic based paint coating.

    For this beautiful Plymouth Superbird with the paint polished to perfection, I chose to show the class how to use a product that is incredibly popular in the car detailing industry and also a product we use for show cars on our TV show, Competition Ready.



    First mist a little product onto the SONAX applicator pad....




    Then spray a mist or two over a body panel....





    Then using the applicator pad gently spread the Polymer Net Shield over the paint...





    SONAX Polymer Net Shield not only creates a deep wet shine and high gloss finish it also creates a hydrophobic surface that repels water and dirt.





    After application, wait about one minute and then carefully give each panel a soft wipe to remove any excess.





    303 Aerospace Protectant

    To give the vinyl top a fresh look while restoring the protection and waterproofing we went over the correct techniques for applying and removing 303 Aerospace Protectant. There are two techniques that are key to getting maximum performance out of this unique vinyl protectant and we go over both these techniques in all our classes.













    Finished results
    The results from 303 Aerospace Protectant are a deep dark rich sheen without a greasy, sticky residue like some vinyl protectants.







    Adrienne "AJ" Janic spraying SONAX Polymer Net Shield onto Derick Samson's 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S Streetrod - Ridler Great 8 car for 2016









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    Re: 1970 Superbird Detailing Class - The art of polishing paint - Competition Ready Detailing Classes at Autogeek

    Continued....

    Here's the beauty shots!



























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    Re: 1970 Superbird Detailing Class - The art of polishing paint - Competition Ready Detailing Classes at Autogeek

    Continued....


    Here's the products we used......

    From left to right

    Correction step = SONAX Profiline EX 04-06
    Polishing step = SONAX Nano Polish
    Sealing step = SONAX Polymer Net Shield










    Here's the tool we used.....


    The BEAST!










    On Autogeek.com


    SONAX EX 04-06 250 ml

    SONAX EX 04-06 1000 ml

    Sonax Profiline Nano Polish 1000 ml

    SONAX Polymer Net Shield

    SONAX Applicator Pads

    Flex XC 3401 VRG Dual Action Orbital Polisher

    Gold Plush Jr. Microfiber Towels 12 Pack

    Super Soft Deluxe Green Microfiber Towels with Rolled Edges - 6 Pack



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    Continued...


    And here's the class that took a diamond in the rough and turned it into a glistening gemstone!








    Great job everyone!

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    Parting shots...

























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    Beautiful car, looks great. I don't know anyone who doesn't like the Superbird/Daytona cars. I would also like more information on the 67 Belvedere II Convertible in the background.

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