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    Re: Pictures & Comments: July 2015 Detailing Boot Camp Class!

    Friday afternoon


    Next up - Cyclo Orbital Polisher

    As a personal best practice for myself and one I pass on to every person that attends our detailing classes is using a Waterless Wash to wash classics, muscle cars and street rods and of course I explain why in the class.

    Using Pinnacle Liquid Crystal Waterless Wash with Carnauba to clean the 1958 Plymouth Fury.






    After removing the loose dirt it's time to inspect the paint by feeling it with our bare hands. The paint on this car was heavily contaminated.




    Next we go over how and why to do the Baggie Test to inspect the paint.




    The Hulk Technique
    I like to show the Hulk technique for kneading a clay bar into a clay patty.









    Then we go over the proper techniques for rubbing detailing clay over paint.




    Inspecting after claying - now the paint feels smooth like glass....




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    Hands-on Training
    Next we go over the techniques for correctly using the Cyclo Orbital Polishers to compound, polish and wax.







    The correct technique for using detailing clay
    After dialing in our process via performing a Test Spot it's time for the class to beg busy. The paint is contaminated so everyone gets their own piece of clay to clay the paint.










    Whoa.... who's that with the video camera?




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    Re: Pictures & Comments: July 2015 Detailing Boot Camp Class!

    Machine Compounding
    After the paint is smooth and clean it's hands-on training time where the class puts the Cyclo Polisher to work removing holograms out of the single stage paint.


    Here's Chris and Rob working on the back of this HUGE car!




    Here's Darrell working on the roof of the 1958 Plymouth Fury...








    Here's Walter working on the passenger front fender...






    Here's Rob compounding the passenger side door....






    Machine Polishing
    In this picture the class had finished the compounding step and is now machine polishing using Cyclo green foam polishing pads and Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish.




    Machine Waxing
    After machine compound and machine polishing the class machine applied a coat of Pinnacle Liquid Souveršn Wax using the Cyclo polisher and the Cyclo white foam finishing/waxing pads.


    How to correctly remove a Carnauba liquid wax
    After we let the wax dry we went over the correct techniques for carefully removing a dried coat of wax.











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    Finished!

    This car came out simply incredible! I'm confident the paint looks better today than it did back in 1958 when it was sitting on the show room floor of some Plymouth New Car Dealership somewhere....






    Nice work class!


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    Re: Pictures & Comments: July 2015 Detailing Boot Camp Class!

    Awesome work on those vehicles. Mike when you have a extra minute I'd love to see a before and after side by side close up of that Black Vette's trunk area, that was beyond hammered.
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    Griot's Garage BOSS Detailing Class at Autogeek

    After warming up with the PC style DA Polishers and the Cyclo polishers we were ready to start the Griot's Garage Boss Detailing Class using the G21 and the G15 as well as the BOSS buffing pads and creams.

    First we go through a brief power point presentation covering the benefits and features of the Griot's BOSS paint polishing system.

    (Each tool has it's own power point presentation and ends with the words Break for Hands-on in the slide show which indicates it's time to get out of the chairs and get to work!)











    How to correctly use a Rinseless Wash
    In keeping with the "best practice" of never washing classics, muscle cars or street rods with running water from a hose, for this 1970 numbers matching Chevelle we're going to use DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss to remove any loose surface dirt.




    Here I'm dunking about 20 clean microfiber towels into the solution of DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss and water at once ounce of product per 2 gallons of water.






    Here's Yancy getting some video footage....





    Correct Technique
    Next we go over the correct technique for cleaning a car without scratching the paint using a rinseless wash. After the demonstration and answering a few questions the class takes over and gets the Chevelle clean and ready to clay.





    Using detailing clay to remove above surface bonded contaminants
    After cleaning the car using a rinseless wash we felt the paint with our clean bare hands and using the baggie test and found the paint was horribly contaminated so the class used Pinnacle Ultra Fine Poly Detailing Clay to remove anything bonded to the surface.





    How to use the Griot's G15 and G21 with the BOSS pads and creams
    Next we did 2 test spots to dial in our process using the BOSS paint polishing system. I was hoping to use the orange foam cutting pads with the Correcting Cream and while it worked phenomenal in order to remove more defects faster we stayed with the Correcting Cream but switched over to the more aggressive white foam cutting pads.

















    Chris compounding with the G21...





    Chelsea compounding with the G15...





    Tom with a G21




    Here's Bob tackling the roof using the Griot's G21








    Mike working the G15

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    Machine polishing with the Griot's BOSS Paint Polishing System

    Next we switched over to the yellow foam pads and the Perfecting Cream to maximize gloss, depth, clarity and shine.





    Machine Waxing with the Griot's BOSS Paint Polishing System
    After polishing we machine waxed using the Griot's Finishing Sealant with the Griot's black foam finishing pads.
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    Removing the sealant
    After allowing the sealant to dry for a few minutes everyone used the techniques and tools learned previously on the Corvettes and the 1958 Plymouth Fury to carefully remove the sealant.














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    Re: Pictures & Comments: July 2015 Detailing Boot Camp Class!

    Here are the results...

    The definition of wet paint!























    And here's the class responsible...





    The owner picked up his car today and couldn't believe it was the same car!


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    Re: Pictures & Comments: July 2015 Detailing Boot Camp Class!

    That's amazing and a testament to the "Griot's System". Well done on a true classic Chevy..
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    Re: Pictures & Comments: July 2015 Detailing Boot Camp Class!

    More pictures to share from this class! Here's a sneak peek of the next car!


    Started out like this.....

    The LINES you seen in the swirl pictures below are called holograms. The entire car is filled with holograms from the misuse of a rotary buffer.
















    Our class did this....





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