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    Pictures: 6th Cars & Coffee at Autogeek

    Pictures: 6th Cars & Coffee at Autogeek



    It was raining lightly Saturday morning but that didn't stop car guys from getting together for a time of fellowship and shop talk at Autogeek.

















    Check out Nick with his Rain Parka!






    Ray is always perpetually happy!




    Coffee and pastries were moved inside to the lobby here at Autogeek....






    Giggles, or as I like to call her, The Dark Overlord is a lot like Ray... perpetually happy except when she's destroying planets and galaxies....












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    Re: Pictures: 6th Cars & Coffee at Autogeek

    Was fully planning on coming down since my customer didn't need his car back in the morning. Once I saw the rain moving in I decided to just work on the detail instead. Will be there for the next one.

    Still looked like a decent turnout! Was really in the mood for a pastry!
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    Re: Pictures: 6th Cars & Coffee at Autogeek

    Rain or shine, we always hold our Tech Session in our air-conditioned TV Studio and fully stocked Detail Garage.

    Tech Session Topic: Hand vs Machine - Removing Swirls

    Despite the rain, we have 50+ plus people attend our Tech Session on Saturday morning....





    Barry Meguiar's was scheduled to Skype in for a Q & A session but due to schedule conflicts was unable to make it so Bob, the President and CEO of PBMG stepped in!








    Bob took a few questions on behalf of Barry Meguiar who will be with us at a future C&C






    Reality Check
    We know a lot of people still work by hand, or at least "think" they can work on their car's paint by hand but the truth is, modern clear coats are so hard that it's almost impossible to remove all the swirls over an entire car by hand while maintained some level of quality.

    You certainly cannot get as good as result by hand as you can by machine and working by machine is a heck of a lot faster and easier.





    Inspect the paint
    First I had some volunteers from the crowd inspect the paint with their sense of touch and by using the baggie test. We found the paint had contaminants and the first step before machine or hand polishing is to remove the contaminants.





    Machine Remove Contaminants
    Next we went over the Nanoskin Autoscrub Pads and how to make quick work of remove all the above surface contaminants using a Porter Cable 7424XP. Common contaminants are things like overspray paint, industrial fallout, air pollution and tree sap mist.




    Boom Camera
    During our Tech Sessions, Yancy runs the boom camera and broadcasts all the action taking place on the car onto the big screen on the back wall. This means no matter where you're sitting or standing you can clearly see all the action!




    Quick wipe-off of the residue and we're ready to move on....




    Man versus Machine
    Next up, Nick's going to show how fast and easy it is to remove the swirls and scratches by machine using the Porter Cable 7424XP while I demonstrate the proper technique for using your hand to rub-out scratches.

    The key difference is I'm going to break a sweat while Nick is going to relax and let the machine do all the work.




    Here's Nick removing swirls and scratches the easy way.... if you look to the right side of the picture you'll see my hand rubbing the paint with a foam wax pad....





    Inspect the results
    Next we had some volunteers inspect the results and what they saw was that using good technique and a quality compound like the Wolfgang Uber Compound you can in fact remove swirls and scratches by hand but it takes a lot of technique as well as perspiration!




    The Polishing Step
    After compounding we moved onto polishing. For this we used the Wolfgang Finishing Glaze which is actually not a glaze but a fine cut polish and what it will do is refine the results from the compounding step to make the paint look better than factory new.

    Again I'm working by hand and Nick is working with the Porter Cable....







    Inspection Time
    We had two new volunteers inspect our results...




    Wrap-up
    After inspecting we sealed the paint, this is important because neither compounds or polishes provide any long term protection, they primarily remove defects. To seal the paint we used Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0 for a deep, wet shine that lasts up to 6 months.






    Short but interesting...
    Our Tech Sessions are short but interesting. We share tips and techniques pros use that anyone attending can use on their own cars in their own garage. The Tech Sessions are right about 15-20 minutes long so afterwards everyone can get back to cars and coffee before leaving to get an early start on their weekend.





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    Re: Pictures: 6th Cars & Coffee at Autogeek

    Contest!


    Best Water Beading!

    What else do you do when it rains at Cars & Coffee?

    Hold a contest for the best water beading of course and on of our regular attenders to both Cars & Coffee and our Thursday Night Car Detailing Projects Al won the contest with incredible water beading on his BMW!











    Congratulations Al!


    See everyone next month for our next Cars & Coffee Show!


    Next Cars & Coffee - Saturday, October 11th


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    Re: Pictures: 6th Cars & Coffee at Autogeek

    Nice to see a great turnout despite the rainy weather!

    Ingenious idea to have a water beading contest during the rain. What was on the white BMW that provided the beading?

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    Re: Pictures: 6th Cars & Coffee at Autogeek

    looked liked a nice way to spend a rainy saturday, rather then sitting at home...

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    Re: Pictures: 6th Cars & Coffee at Autogeek

    Great time, wonderful place to be, nice class as well...

    The beading contest was a joy to read about, how proud can be 'tha man' owning this in such car crazy people community?! Congratulations Al !

    Kind Regards.
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    Re: Pictures: 6th Cars & Coffee at Autogeek

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike@DedicatedPerfection View Post

    Nice to see a great turnout despite the rainy weather!
    There was actually a great turn out and I'm thankful for it as we move forward rain or shine and always have a show ready to go inside on both rainy or sunny days.



    Quote Originally Posted by Mike@DedicatedPerfection View Post

    Ingenious idea to have a water beading contest during the rain.
    I think that was Nick's idea? He's very creative....


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike@DedicatedPerfection View Post

    What was on the white BMW that provided the beading?

    I think Al's a Wolfgang guy but I'll check as he's going to be here tonight to help us remove the swirls out of Doc's Alfa Romeo....










    We start this project tonight at 5:00pm


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