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    Tentative Plan - 2015 Ford Focus (Magnetic Silver)

    Hi All,

    It's been quite a few years since I have done a serious detail on a car, so I wanted to run this by you guys to get your thoughts and suggestions.

    My brother has a 2015 Ford Focus that is parked outside. He does a lot of highway driving, as he lives around Pittsburgh. It has been pretty much neglected since he bought it brand new, so I wanted to use his car to get some practice and get back in the game so to speak.

    Here are the steps I am thinking of doing:

    1. Keeping in mind that the car probably has not even been washed in months, I want to start with a general/gross washing - BLACKFIRE Foam Soap

    2. Chemical Guys Clean Slate Surface Cleanser Wash

    3. McKee's Xtreme Iron Remover

    4. Mothers CG Clay System

    5. Menzerna 2500 vs. 3500 (will do a spot test first); Lake Country Force Hybrid orange vs. white pad (again, spot test); Porter Cable 7427

    6. IPA wash (diluted to around 15-20%)

    7. Collinite 845; Lake Country black pad

    8. BLACKFIRE Midnight Sun Ivory Carnauba Paste Wax (or should I just stop at the Collinite 845?); Lake Country red pad

    9. Pinnacle Window Sealer

    Thank you all for your thoughts and suggestions.

    Steve

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    Re: Tentative Plan - 2015 Ford Focus (Magnetic Silver)

    I'd add Carpro Tar-X to the process, and also suggest maybe a little APC added to the clean slate to help it actually do something. Other than that, you may need something with a bit more cut than 2500, I'd recommend Jescar compound if that's the case.

    I don't think the paste will buy you anything over the collinite, if anything the application of the paste might actually remove the collinite.
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    Re: Tentative Plan - 2015 Ford Focus (Magnetic Silver)

    Quote Originally Posted by JCDetails View Post
    I'd add Carpro Tar-X to the process, and also suggest maybe a little APC added to the clean slate to help it actually do something. Other than that, you may need something with a bit more cut than 2500, I'd recommend Jescar compound if that's the case.

    I don't think the paste will buy you anything over the collinite, if anything the application of the paste might actually remove the collinite.
    I can definitely check out Tar-X and I may (just to stay with CG) get the CG APC and dilute it into the Clean Slate. I may pick up some Jescar to have on hand, but hopefully it won't be THAT bad.

    Thank you for the suggestions!

    S

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    Re: Tentative Plan - 2015 Ford Focus (Magnetic Silver)

    FYI- that is a great color to work with... it's pretty durable. I have an Escape in Magnetic that sits outside and it's held up great over the last 2.5 years.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Tentative Plan - 2015 Ford Focus (Magnetic Silver)

    If the car stays outside and he doesn't maintain it often then 2 coats of 845 might serve u better than the Blackfire.

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