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    3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    3D Detailing products - HD Adapt & HD Poxy



    Blast from the past
    This story actually start a few years ago when I met Vincent and he brought me the 1940 Studebaker streetrod he had recently purchased.

    At the time it has a very old single stage paint job and it was time to stick a fork in it because it was done.

    I document that encounter with Vincent and his Packard in this thread. Note these pictures were taken in the old Show Car Garage before we blew out the walls and doubled the size to where it's at today.


    Past the point of No Return - Some paint just cannot be saved


    Fast forward to the year 2015 and one day at a local car show I run into Vincent and I "thought" I recognized the car but it looked different. The reason why was because Vincent had it repainted.

    Problem being... who ever did the buffing finished with a rotary buffer and left holograms everywhere in the paint.


    First I need to shine a little light on the problem using the Flex Swirl Finder Light.




    Holograms
    As you're looking at the below pictures, not only will you see circular scratch patterns that are swirls but you'll also see LINES in the finish and these lines are the holographic appearance of the scratches put into the paint by the direct rotation action of the pad against the paint.

    The lines mimic the direction the rotary buffer was moved over the paint.

    Trunk lid
















    This is the hood....






    Passenger side front fender










    Passenger side door...







    This car has a beautiful paint job but the swirls hurt your eyes and take away from the beautiful color.

    3D is going to fix this.


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    Re: 3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    Prepping a streetrod for machine polishing
    This car was pretty simple to prep but here's a few things I did.


    How to protect convertible tops
    Convertible tops tend to have a weave design to the fabric and if you get compound or polish splatter onto the top it will impact into the weave and be almost impossible to remove.

    I insected the top when the car arrived and it already had some compound/polish/wax residuse creamed into the top and I wasn't going to be the guy that added more so I ran a strip of tape around the perimeter of the top to protect it.






    Fender welting
    Classic cars used a strip of vinyl between body components like fenders and lights called fender welting. I'm going to tape these off with 3M Blue Vinyl Tape to protect them.








    Rubber running board faces
    Classic streetrods like this have rubber faces on the running boards but I'm not going to cover these as I'm simply going to be careful when buffing.




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    Re: 3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    First step - Do a test spot

    I wanted to do a 2-step to the paint. I had been filming video all day and didn't start this project until 6:30pm.

    First I tested HD Polish using a Lake Country 6.5" Hybrid White Polishing Pad with the Flex 3401 but it wasn't aggressive enough to remove the swirls.

    Next I tested the HD Adapt using a Lake Country 6.5" Hybrid White Polishing Pad with the Flex 3401 and it removed the swirls and left the paint looking flawless. So I simply used this process over the rest of the car.













    Check out the clarity and reflections in the paint after wiping off two spots of HD Adapt...





    Here's the entire car with the HD Adapt removed and note I've also removed the 3M Blue Vinyl Tape but left the 3M Green Painter's tape on the convertible top.












    Ready to machine wax!



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    Re: 3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    Machine waxing
    In my opinion and experience, machine waxing is the only way to treat a car like this. Working by hand will never do as good a job.















    Wax is on... now it's time for wax-off!

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    Re: 3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    Here's the end results....






















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    Re: 3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    Wow, that came out great, Mike!

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    Re: 3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    What a great result, and if anybody is still sitting on the fence about the versatility of HD adapt...this should erase all doubt.
    In my day we didn't have the Internet, iPods,iPads, or smart phones....but we had some really bad-azz cars.

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    Re: 3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    My take on these two products....


    HD Adapt
    Excellent polish. In my how-to book I list 4 categories for compounds and polishes and ANY companies products can be placed into one of the four groups.

    1. Aggressive compound
    2. Medium cut polish
    3. Fine cut polish
    4. Ultra fine cut polish
    and I'd place HD Adapt into the Medium cut polish category. It was aggressive enough with a foam polishing pad to remove the holograms and then finish out like a fine cut polish.

    There was zero dusting and the play time was eternity. I purposefully left the compound on each panel I buffed until I had buffed out the entire car to see if the product was difficult to remove and the answer is no. It wipes off easy and clean.

    If you've been sitting on the fence about trying this polish I give it two thumbs up.


    HD Poxy
    Kind of a funny name for a hybrid wax/sealant but it's a really nice product in the way it applies and wipes off and the finish it leaves is clear, wet and glossy.

    The directions state to let it dry for 30 to 45 minutes and I'd say this is accurate. It's a very wet product and that makes application a breeze but it does need it's own time to dry before removing.

    If you've been sitting on the fence about trying this hybrid wax/sealant I give it two thumbs up.



    3D is all about keeping car detailing simple and I say they hit their goal.

    I started this project at 6:30pm and finished at midnight. That's 5 1/2 hours from start to finish and in part my speed came from the ease of use for both products plus the Flex 3401 is a BEAST.

    (That's how I sign my Flex 3401 how-to books if you get one autographed)


    Process
    (Car arrived freshly washed by owner)

    1. Clay paint using Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay and DP Universal Clay Lube.
    2. Polish paint with HD Adapt with Flex 3401.
    3. Machine wax with HD Poxy and Porter Cable 7424XP.
    4. Gold Plush Jr. microfiber towels for wiping off clay lube residue and polish.
    5. Rolled edge green microfiber towels used for removing the wax.


    Total time: 5.5 hours



    On Autogeek.com

    3D HD Adapt 16 ounce

    3D HD Poxy - Montan Wax & Sealant

    All 3D Professional Detailing Products

    Flex 3401 VRG Dual Action Polisher

    Lake Country Hybrid Power Finish 6.5 Inch Pads

    Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay

    DP Universal Clay Lubricant

    Gold Plush Jr. Microfiber Towels 12 Pack

    Super Soft Deluxe Green Microfiber Towels with Rolled Edges - 6 Pack

    FLEX Swirl Finder Light

    Foam Pad Conditioning Brush


    Thanks for looking and comments and questions appreciated.

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    Re: 3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    Great job Mike.

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    Re: 3D HD Adapt and Poxy Review - 1940 Studebaker Streetrod detailed by Mike Phillips

    Wow, Mike. That Studebaker looks great now. I'll have to try the Adapt and Poxy. I have used the Speed and really like it. As a matter of fact I just got my second bottle of Speed.

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