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    Detail over multiple weeks?

    Hi all

    Iím planning on using up my bottle of CarPro lite on my wifeís car. Due to our schedule and her needing access to her car I am planning on doing a full detail over the next 4-6 weeks or so breaking the car up in quarters or fifths by panels (roof, front, back, passenger side, drivers side etc). The car lives outside 24/7.

    Just wondering how people in my situation have done this in terms of the detailing process to maximize use of their time? Or any general advice much appreciated from those with more experience/knowledge than me.

    I am thinking of breaking it up as follows:

    Weekend 1: Full (entire car) decon wash, iron x, clay, tar etc.

    Proceeding weekends wash the whole car then polish section of car, 2 coats of lite then a coat of reload.

    Repeat until whole car is done.

    My concern here is that if it takes me 5-6 weeks to get around the car, by the time I get to my last weeks, will there be fresh contaminants that will present problems during polishing?

    I have thought maybe that just doing a decon wash/iron x etc in one go and then before polishing each panel to clay. This to me would be more time consuming then just doing the whole decon in one go, but if it has to be done then that is that.

    Planning on just putting some sort of QD (with protection) or quick wax on the car after the decon to see it through to polishing. Ideally Iíd like to strip it during decon and polish the paint stripped, but then the car would be sitting with no protection on some panels for 5-6 weeks or so. Going to have to rely on the polishing process to remove the Ďlightí temporary protection on each panel each weekend.

    Thoughts?


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    Re: Detail over multiple weeks?

    I don’t think it matters how you divide it up , other than the same day that you polish the panel, it needs to be coated same day so that it’s sealed. Then the next day move on to another panel.
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    Re: Detail over multiple weeks?

    Since I don’t have a lot of energy, I always break it up. I use ONR and do a panel at a time going through whatever steps I’m going t9 use. One thing I’d suggest if it’s going to take that long, I wouldn’t decon/clay the whole car. Instead. I’d do those two steps only to the panel you’re a little to correct, especially if the car lives outside.

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    Re: Detail over multiple weeks?

    Yeah I was thinking that except for if Iím washing two panels and get all the gear set up I may as well do the whole car before each polishing session.

    I guess in my way of thinking it just limits the Ďpolishingí days and gives me more time to just polish then do the whole process across a couple panels. I was worried about getting iron x and tar x on other panels if I was doing the whole process in one day so thought maybe knocking out the decon in one go could work. Might be better doing it all in one day though as that would limit contaminants before polishing.


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    Re: Detail over multiple weeks?

    Let your wife borrow your car and you can focus on hers. Or decon it on one day and the polish and apply one layer in the next day.

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    Re: Detail over multiple weeks?

    She canít drive my car as itís a manual, otherwise that would be ideal.

    Due to both our work hours, daylight etc I will only get it for 3-4hrs on either a Saturday/Sunday (depending on work sometimes not even that) at the end of the day in the early arvo. Maybe better to just keep using the Sio2 spray Iíve been using and forget about it haha


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    Re: Detail over multiple weeks?

    Then polish it one weekend and coat it the following weekend after a wash and panel wipe. The paint won't fall off without anything on it.

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    Re: Detail over multiple weeks?

    Yeah, something like that might be the best bet. The only thing is I canít polish her whole car in one of the 3-4 hr slots I will get so the polishing phase we have to be over a couple of weekends to a month. I can decon wash in 3-4 hrs though. Maybe decon wash, iron x etc all in one slot - then each proceeding weekend quick wash, clay panels to be polished, coat - done?


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    Re: Detail over multiple weeks?

    Quote Originally Posted by rover137 View Post
    Yeah, something like that might be the best bet. The only thing is I can’t polish her whole car in one of the 3-4 hr slots I will get so the polishing phase we have to be over a couple of weekends to a month. I can decon wash in 3-4 hrs though. Maybe decon wash, iron x etc all in one slot - then each proceeding weekend quick wash, clay panels to be polished, coat - done?
    Don’t fret it so much:
    Do the best you can when time allows.

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    detailing stuff left over from last fall.


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    Re: Detail over multiple weeks?

    Thanks mate, appreciate that.

    It gets a bit like that! There is always something to do if you take pride in your car and want it looking at its best! Work, family and all the other commitments in life sometimes donít allow for a whole 8-10 hrs in one lot dedicated to detailing.

    My car is more manageable as I donít work weekends and can plan for it more easily.


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