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    Detail Fail

    Detail Fail

    I saw this in a parking lot the other day ago. Actually looked around for the owner, was going to offer to share how to fix it. No one around.










    The rest of the car looked good. Nice car too.




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    Re: Detail Fail

    Horrifying! I feel bad for that car and hope the owner can get it fixed.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Detail Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post

    Horrifying! I feel bad for that car and hope the owner can get it fixed.
    I felt bad for them too. If I could have located the owner, I would have invited them to Autogeek and offered to fix it.

    It looks like an easy fix, basically clean the hood and then buff with BLACKFIRE One Step.


    Done.



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    You are a generous man, Mike. I’m sure the owner would really appreciate it too.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Detail Fail

    How did that happen?

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    Re: Detail Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by jem7sk View Post

    How did that happen?

    Hard to say, my initial guess would be applying a "basic" retail store consumer-grade wax and applying it to a hot panel and/or not applying correctly.

    It looks like whatever the product was, it was simply spread over the surface.

    For an AIO - you would "work" the product using overlapping circular motions to small sections at a time.

    For a non-cleaning wax or sealant, you would still spread over the surface using overlapping circular motions to spread the product out and then leave behind a thin layer.


    The above is just a guess...


    Keep in mind, for the most part, when working on a daily driver, you would NEVER use a non-cleaning wax or sealant. It simply won't work well. The correct choice would be a cleaner/wax or AIO. An easy to find one-step cleaner/wax at just about any retail store is Meguiar's Cleaner/Wax in the maroon bottle. Also Nu-Finish. Mothers Cleaner/Wax is also pretty easy to find.

    For any of these cleaner/waxes, you would first wash and dry the car and then apply to a COOL surface in the shade.



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    Re: Detail Fail

    Right before I got my license at 16, I got all into car stuff (naturally). My uncle had a black Lincoln Towncar. He mentioned wanting to clean it, and I offered to wax it.

    Black.

    In the sun.

    With paste wax that was probably from the early 80's.

    I think I had left gloops and blobs all over the car, particularly between the lettering/badging on the trunk. He gave me $20, which was the agreed-upon price. I'm sure he thought it was a terrible mistake to ask me. I haven't seen him in a bit, but I will apologize the moment I do.

    This thread reminded me of that day LOL

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    Re: Detail Fail

    Of all the people in the world who could have been walking past that car, it just happened to be one of the most capable in the world of making it shine again. Too bad the timing was off and you didn't catch the owner.

    I find myself looking at cars more carefully now. I've learned a lot and now I see things with a different lens. I look at so many marred and swirled finishes and say to myself "Oh I wish I could get my hands on that!"


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    Re: Detail Fail

    Maybe he's going for that "zinc oxide" UV protection. (Like those guys who paint their whole head white with it at the beach).

    But seriously, I don't know how they could even drive that thing around without a bag over their head. I'd die of embarrassment.
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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    Re: Detail Fail

    Kind of reminds me of a King Air I saw get waxed many years ago (I wasn’t involved). The young man used a can of paste wax and covered the whole plane, leaving it over night. Needless to say he had a heck of a time removing the wax. Great plan Mike, sorry you didn’t see the owner.

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