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    2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover

    2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover



    Here's the after walk-around-video...

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    Autogeek's Show Car Garage!
    Tonight we're going to do an extreme makeover on a black 2012 Dodge Challenger and after we perfect the paint we're going to apply the new Menzerna Color Lock.


    Here's the LSP we'll use, the brand new Menzerna Color Lock




    Menzerna in the house!
    And I have a pretty good arsenal of Menzerna compounds and polishes on had and ready to go to work...




    The Challenger has arrived!
    Okay Ken and his Challenger have arrived, hard to get great shots with the sun so low in the sky but here's what I took outside...

    First, interesting self-portrait, now sure where I took this?
















    Swirls and Scratches Under Florescent Lights
    Here's inside, paint looks a lot worse, more scratches under the florescent lights...











    The Baggie Test

    And we did the Baggie Test and the paint definitely needs to be clayed...







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    Re: 2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover

    First things first.... Ken washed his Challenger the day before but there was light dust on it so we wiped it down using Menzerna Pant Refresh...


    Tim aka 57BORNTORUN misting on Menzerna Paint Refresh...




    Paul aka Sailfish wiping the paint clean...




    Claying the paint
    No pictures of claying but we used Pinnacle Ultra Fine Poly Clay with Pinnacle Clay Lube.


    Test Spot
    Next up we did some testing and I had Robert and Paul compare the Lake Country Ultra Microfiber Pads on identical tools, the Flex 3401.

    The difference was that one polisher had the THICK LC Ultra Microfiber Pad and the other polisher had the THIN Ultra Microfiber Pad.

    If you want to know which one works best I'll let you post the question and I'll let Robert and Paul tell you their opinioins...

    After some testing we buffed out the car using Menzerna SI 1500 with Lake Country Ultra Microfiber Pads on both the Flex 3401 and the Griot's DA Polisher and then followed that using Lake Country 5.5" white foam polishing pads with Menzerna SF 4000 and then sealed the paint using Menzerna Color Lock machine applied using Lake Country 5.5" Blue Finishing Pads on Griot's DA Polishers.


    Here's Robert testing out the thick LC Ultra MF Pads and Paul testing out the thin LC Ultra MF Pads




    Robert is very good behind any polisher and always focuses on using good technique...




    Look at the THICK foam core for this MF Pad...





    Below is the thin MF pad as the foam core is much thinner than the thicker version...

    NOTE: The linting is normal when breaking in a new LC Ultra Microfiber Pad




    Then I had both guys switch keeping all other variables the same except the thickness and thinness of the foam backing of the pads.




    Robert with the thin pad...



    Paul with the thick pad...







    Hands-on Learning at Autogeek
    Here's Ken working by machine for the first time. This is one of the benefits to coming to Autogeek is you get hands-on learning...






    Here's Paul tackling the roof...





    Here's Paul using a 4 1/4" thick LC Ultra Microfiber Pad on the front lip of the car...




    The thicker foam core conforms easily to curved panesl...







    Time to polish!
    After removing the swirls, scratches and water spots using microfiber pads and Menzerna SI 1500 we switched over to foam polishing pads and Menzerna SF 4000

    Hard Paint
    Everyone agreed the clear coat paint on this 2012 Challenger was hard clear coat paint system...





    Here's Ken testing out the Flex 3401 with Lake Country 6.5" Foam Flat Pad...







    Here's Robert using a Griot's DA Polisher with a Lake Country 5.5" Foam Flat pad...




    Intense focused polishing... that's the norm for Robert...




    Tim keeping all the panels wiped clean after they are machine polished...




    And here's how we knock cars out in 2-3 hours... it's called Man Power
    (with machine power)




    Here's Ken machine applying the Menzerna Color Lock using a Meguiar's G110v2 DA Polisher...




    Menzerna Color Lock Carnauba Wax




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    Re: 2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover

    Is this going to be live broadcast?

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    Re: 2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover

    Continued...


    Dry to a haze
    Okay, here's the Challenger completely coated with Menzerna Color Lock. The directions state to allow the wax to dry to a haze.




    C. L. that's stands for Color Lock





    This is me breaking open a coating of wax...




    Shiny and clear 100% pure black paint...




    Can you see what I'm talking about now?




    Here's Tim carefully removing the Color Lock...




    Paul and Ken carefully removing the Menzerna Color Lock...




    Like to wear two gloves and use two towels...




    This is always the fun part...





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    I love the glove...

    How to correctly fold and use a Microfiber Towel

    The 4 minimum categories of wiping cloths

    How many microfiber polishing cloths do I need to detail my car?

    The Final Wipe – Tips for creating a streak-free, show car finish



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    Re: 2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover

    Continued...


    And now for the beauty shots...






















    The Overhead Hood Shot...




    The low down front grill shot...
















    And here's the A-Team

    From left to right...

    Ken, Tim, Robert & Paul





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    Re: 2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover

    magic mike will make it all better

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    Re: 2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover

    the flex 3401 will take them right out mikes the man!!!!!

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    Re: 2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover

    Quote Originally Posted by Italian Guy View Post

    Is this going to be live broadcast?
    Not tonight, Yancy has all his equipment ready to travel or already shipped out to Lincoln, Nebraska for the wetsand, cut and buff project...

    When these are live broadcasts you'll see the graphic for it included in the first post. Thanks for asking the question though as I'm sure others had the same question...



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    Re: 2012 Dodge Challenger + Menzerna Color Lock Makeover

    Quote Originally Posted by axel06 View Post
    the flex 3401 will take them right out mikes the man!!!!!

    We're going to use Flex 3401's and the new Griot's DA Polisher...



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