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12-09-2006, 01:03 PM
Entire Process for C6 Owners (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-articles/3107-entire-process-c6-owners-obviously-all-others-long-post.html), and obviously all others !! (Long Post)

I have to admit to an extent I am lazy , why ??? Because I have been PM'd or asked thru email at least 10 dozen times how I keep the Vette looking good, and whats my technique. I usually rattle off a couple of items, and we correspond back and forth numerous times. So ... with a little time, and effort on my part I have made some notes and pics to help you all.

First, swirls are indicitive of paint seeing something abrasive come across it. Dirt, washing, drying, rough towels, and numerous other items can induce swirls. To alleviate them entirely cannot be done , but hopefully some of these steps will help you see some ways in which to reduce them. Once we have them we will need to "hide" them thru filling, or "remove" them thru polishing. We will do it in the correct fashion below.


First, lets start with an area closest to the ground that should not touch paint. You will need a soft towel and wheel cleaner specific to your wheels. I am using P21S as is safe on all wheels, and my Iforged Wheels are not clearcoated and thus easily damaged. I spray on liberally, and then use a soft small microfiber to aggitate the dirt. I then soak the wheels liberally with water to remove soap, dirt, and any contaminents.
Before -- Dirty
After --- Notice Additional Shine

12-09-2006, 01:13 PM


My first line of attack is to study the paint, and how bad it is. Would a standard wash work, has the crispness ended ?? In this case the car is not extremely dirty but the reflections (see leaves, not very sharp) are not as well defined. Now this has a little to do with overcast day, but we certainly can "jewel" the paint a bit.

I get out my handy foam gun (soap, soft microfiber mitt, a bucket) and I proceed to mix my first batch (the presoak). I then spray the entire car with a good batch of it, before readding soap/water to foam gun, and filling my bucket with lots of clean water. (we change that after 1/2 car)


As you can see the car is quite foamy and the soap is doing some work by moving some contaminents away from the paint prior to me jumping in. Now my next technique involves spraying each panel right before washing it. I also wash in straight lines, never circles. After each panel the mitt is washed out in the clean bucket of water. Usually at 1/2 point I wash down the car with water, and refill bucket. Since it was cool and overcast, I moved on after just refilling bucket.

The car has now been washed, used a liberal amount of water to truly wash down the car, any remaining dirt and soap and have a clean palate to work on. I could also clay at this point, but paint feels great based upon baggie test, so we will skip it this time, and rehit at the 4 month detailing session.

12-09-2006, 01:21 PM
I love this stage most (not) as this is where many a swirl can be added, and where many fail leaving a car looking bad/worse then before the wash. I immediately plug in my leaf blower and turn it onto full power. Start with the tops and intentionally leave some water droplets on finish. Otherwise with hard water you will get spotting. Pay special attention to stay away from water on driveway and move downwards at every panel.
So now I have all water out of the cracks, I have all the water out of the tire ribbing, and I am now at a decision point. Do I polish and wax, or do I need to qd+. Since I am going to polish/protect then I only want a qd'er with some lubrication to help me remove any remaining spots and to lubricate the surface just enough to slide the Guzzler over the finish.
Now you can see next to the towel my first spritz. It is relatively fine, but covers the entire area, and is almost as wet as those remainging droplets. I wipe panel by panel in only one direction to finish drying the car. When done properly your Guzzler should remain only slightly damp and you might be able to use it on a second car.
Ok she's dried and looking pretty snazzy. You should note that I have dressed the wheelwells only, not the tires, as I dont want to allow my polish or protect towel to touch rubber dressing and smear onto car. The reason I dressed wheelwells now is overspray, any will be picked up by polish without issue.

12-09-2006, 01:29 PM

This stage is the hardest because you will need alot of practice to grab the correct polish and the correct pad. Since paint was not in too bad a condition, I went with a final polish and a medium pad for a little more bite.


This area is likely to big for a beginner, it is however a cool day and overcast and the polish I chose allows ample polishing time. What I want you to note is the overlapping. What you cannot see is speed. The PC is at full tilt from just after intial spread (3) to finish. Work your areas for 5 minutes on average and allow the polish to haze and talc as it diminishes the abrasives, stopping to soon, is like rubbing sand paper across the paint.

After each panel wipe off the area, and look for additional swirling and reflection. You should have easily removed any oxidation making paint look new, but swirls can take alot longer. Using an alcohol/water wipe is good idea as it will remove any fillers the polish might contain.

12-09-2006, 01:34 PM

Well the polishing really worked (we will see shortly), and we are ready to protect our work. So do we wax or do we seal ??

seal --- durability , reflection, crispness, gloss
wax --- wetness, depth, richness

Today I decided to seal, and thats because I have found several newer sealants (UPP, Duragloss, DP) that are less plastic looking, and really add to black. I also plan on waiting till February to redetail as possible.


Note two items in this picture. First, the sealant (as is all sealants) is added as thin as I can handle. The game in not to gunk it on in hopes that more is better. Also note, I am still trying to apply/remove in straight lines. Circles can equal swirls. I did two coats back to back with about 4 hours inbetween, in a perfect world it would have been a little longer, but time management was also a key point in wife allowing me to waste part of Saturday during the Holiday season.

12-09-2006, 01:40 PM
Final Check, Wipe Down, Dress Tires

Well this is where we pull her out and hope all went well. Garages are easily known for reflection as most light is refracted and darker to begin with. We really need the sun or natural light to guage our work.


I then like to rewipe certain area's with a qd'er+ type product to really add some umph to paint. This is a competitors spray but I have found it quite nice to work with in any sealant situation. Quikshine, Crystal Mist, Aquawax and more would also be acceptable and you can wait several hours as possible.

I would also now consider dressing the tires. No longer will you be moving any towels around the area where they could pickup and move onto paint. Remember to also dress any noticable trim, especially the dust guard under the front, and even the 5th tire on SUV's if you can see them underneath the bumper. I also use some Plexus on the headlamps and the tailamps to renew them. If you got any polish/sealant/wax on glass, this would also be a great time to remove.

12-09-2006, 01:43 PM
Noticable Difference in Detailing Properly
Before -- on what most would consider to be kept up !!


so was it worth the time needed to detail correctly ?? Maybe we should have just flown into a touchless wash, and been done. You decide !!

12-09-2006, 02:03 PM
Great write-up killr! I was just getting ready to pm you to ask your process:cool: jk But it is nice to know your process since you hear alot about how mard the Vette's Clear is. Your car looks awesome. Thanks

12-09-2006, 02:07 PM
Great write up :)

I hope you don't mind if I ask a question, however... I dressed my wheel wells for the first time today (looking great!) but I'm having some trouble as far as the areas that aren't directly near the tire (like further back in the well). What is the best way of getting there? I can't really get my towel I was using to wipe down the AA tire foam back there, and couldn't really fit the can in there to spray (I didn't want to spray from far away and risk getting a mess all over, including the tread of the tire).

My tC is stock height as well, so techincally I have a lot of space to work with (so not sure how I'm supposed to do it when I finally get it lowered heh)... how do you do it with your tight wells?

thanks, sorry for the verbose question :D

12-09-2006, 02:23 PM
NOW Thats what I call a write up.

GREAT work Killr, its a keeper

12-09-2006, 02:34 PM
If you weren't so busy detailing you'd have installed that head/cam package by now, do I have to do everything for you?:D. Nice write up.

12-09-2006, 02:37 PM
Thanks, KillR. Very good write up. Worthy of a sticky as far as I am concerned.

Thoughful, erudite, sage, and prescient. A neighbor across the street has a 2000 Corvette that is black and has mentioned to me that he would like it detailed sometime in January of 2007. I will use this as a guide to do the work on his Vette.

as an aside ...was this not closed at one point? I read the write up. Was going to comment but was not allowed because the thread was closed. What happened ? Did you change your mind?

12-09-2006, 03:56 PM
Very nice write-up. Thank you for taking the time to do this and to have all of the pics to go along with it. I'm sure it will prove helpful to many of us. I know I'll be using it for reference.

Your Vette is HOT.

12-09-2006, 04:04 PM
Wow...talk about write up. Thank you, that will defenetly come in handy for a person like my self reading and learning about what works and how to make it work. The finished product looks really good. I thought it looked good before, I didn't think it could get better but it did.

12-09-2006, 04:12 PM
This is an EXCELLENT write up on how do it right. You take pictures well too. Well put together and very fluid.

Oh yeah. The car looks very very nice!
AKA perfect.