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    Re: California Blade

    Ahhh...the manufacturer said....
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    Re: California Blade

    How could anyone use this device and not realize they would scratch and mar their car like crazy is beyond me.
  3. Re: Wheel barrels that aren’t worth cleaning?

    Eldorado2k,
    I think if you spent the time to thoroughly clean them, so they look like the new ones in the photo posted earlier in this thread, they would be sooooo cooool!

    Yes, it would be a...
  4. Re: Durability Test : Meguairs ultimate liquid wax

    Not too surprising really. Most (not all ) waxes yield pretty much the same results when it comes to longevity. "Sealants", in my opinion are only marginally better.
    From a technical standpoint, i'm...
  5. Re: Anyone else less than impressed with the scratch resistance offered by ceramic coatings?

    Eldorado2k, upon seeing several cars that have been coated come in with many scratches and marring (almost as if they were never coated) I couldn't help wondering if what I was seeing was isolated or...
  6. Re: Anyone else less than impressed with the scratch resistance offered by ceramic coatings?

    mmhammer, interesting viewpoint regarding durability of shine in your experience. The more I read these responses, the more skeptical I am becoming with regard to ceramic coatings. At the moment, I...
  7. Re: Anyone else less than impressed with the scratch resistance offered by ceramic coatings?

    Eldorado2k, The "significantly more" I was referring to was that ceramic coatings, when properly installed, can last for years as opposed to waxes and sealants which typically last a matter of weeks...
  8. Re: Anyone else less than impressed with the scratch resistance offered by ceramic coatings?

    rimccarty2000... I completely agree. That is what I am getting at by starting this thread topic. At first, I was unsure if it was just me or if there was a more wide-spread consensus as to the...
  9. Re: Anyone else less than impressed with the scratch resistance offered by ceramic coatings?

    Hmmmm... interesting. So many of you seem to also agree that ceramic coatings offer very little in the way of scratch resistance from typical day-to-day car operation and care.

    My point I guess...
  10. Re: Anyone else less than impressed with the scratch resistance offered by ceramic coatings?

    Thanks Guz,
    I am in complete agreement (obviously) with your assessment on the overstatement regarding scratch resistance. Its a damn shame though. Just what our industry needs is more "overhyping"...
  11. Re: Anyone else less than impressed with the scratch resistance offered by ceramic coatings?

    Thanks for your response rimccarty2000.
    It's not on my vehicle, its on vehicles coming in for routine detail services that have been ceramic coated. Like I said, I'm just not impressed with the...
  12. Anyone else less than impressed with the scratch resistance offered by ceramic coatings?

    While ceramic coatings do enhance the appearance of the paint surface and certainly offer much improved protection over conventional waxes or sealants, in my experience, they seem to offer relatively...
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    Re: How thin is too thin?

    To "FUNX650",

    Bob, thanks for your response. I really like the "manufacturers rule-of-thumb" advice you offered.
    Whenever dealing with customers it is always beneficial to have an authoritative...
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    Re: orange peel solutions?

    Orange peel......ugh!!!!!! I HATE seeing this on new cars nowadays! I was told that manufacturers are actually doing this ON PURPOSE as a means of hiding paint flaws. Unbelievable!!! The higher-end...
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    How thin is too thin?

    Got a car in for paint correction. As a rule, I always measure the paint thickness on a panel (in several places) before I begin any correction work. In this case the paint measures 2.7 mils in a few...
  16. Re: Consensus on best compound & pad combination...

    Thanks for the reply BudgetPlan1. Yea, the wool pads do seem to be one of the most common "go-to" as far as pads go.
    I am kind of expecting many suggestions for Megs M101/105/D300 products as well....
  17. Consensus on best compound & pad combination...

    I realize this is somewhat subjective, but is there a general consensus on what is the best, most effective compound and pad combination for paint correction using a 15 or 21mm DA?
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    Anyone using anti-vibration gloves?

    Anyone using anti-vibration gloves when compounding or paint correcting with a DA? Are they useful? Any particular ones recommended?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Review: BLACKFIRE Car Dryer

    LsnAutoDetailing, thank you for that info, that is exactly what I was looking for.
    I didn't see all that data on it when I looked at the the initial product listing here on Autogeek about a week...
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    Re: Review: BLACKFIRE Car Dryer

    Terrific review as always Mike! Thank you for your insight on this new offering from Blackfire.

    Could we get the performance specs with regard to air volume (CFM) and speed (MPH)?

    The reason...
  21. Thread: Fkex 3403?

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    Re: Fkex 3403?

    I agree with Rsurfer, just do the math. Some very practical advice. When you get a chance, send Flex a quick email and have them verify that is in fact a practical guide. They should be happy to give...
  22. Re: Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    Great replies so far guys...thanks and keep them coming!

    I think that Safety, safe operating practices & PPE could be a useful and helpful section of the forum. Autogeek should consider launching...
  23. Re: Use of M105/205 for headlight restoration?

    Cool. Thanks for all the replies and advice!
  24. Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    What, are your thoughts on use of "Personal Protective Equipment" (PPE)? At least glasses, earplugs, when machine polishing, and perhaps hand protection. Do you guys use it? Do you require your...
  25. Re: How many of you use a machine to remove LSP?

    I too have often wondered about this technique. Don't see many people talking about it here though. It seems that if you used a MF bonnet over a pad, that it would clog fairly quickly. You would be...
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