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Old 06-30-2007, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Exclamation Cars- How to Get the Shiny wet look....

How would I get the shiny, crystal clear look for my car? My car is new, I don't need to wax it right now but I notice that the finish on classic cars or restored cars have a certain look to them- almost shinier than the average 'waxed and polished' car. How do they do that? What products or treatments do they use? Or is it just my imagination....
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Old 06-30-2007, 05:42 AM
 
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I don't know about you but some http://www.hardcoresledder.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/yay2.gif (broken link)that I know just hose their cars. Thay need to physically spong the dirt off, rinse and towel dry, no water marks. All newer cars have clear coat over the finish colored coat, there's no need for wax for atleast 8 yrs.

Yah, guys that own classics treat them like gold and spoil them big time with waxes, polishes.
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Indy
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Also with the classic cars it is how the car is painted. After it's painted and cured, they wet sand the entire car. And for wax, Zaino is what most of them use.
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Hmm...zaino? I'll look that up. Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Indy
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You're welcome. I think though that you can only buy it online. I don't believe that it's actually in brick and mortar stores yet.
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Old 07-14-2007, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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You can try buffing it. My '69 Cadillac was buffed just before I bought it and it looks shiny...
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:45 AM
 
Location: No city lights here
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There is a product called Mothers
My son and hubby detail cars and that is what they use ....... it can be purchased at auto part stores... there is several types from this company.
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:08 PM
 
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I vote for buffing. I had mine done professionally and they said that buffing is the secret.
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Old 07-16-2007, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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First off DO NOT buy,borrow, or rent a buffer and try it yourself. DO NOT !!!

There is no faster way to screw up a paint job then to put a high speed buffer in the hands of an newbie.

Next you did not say what you've got but a lot of factory paint jobs aren't all that great. If you're going to compare it to restored and show cars you'll almost always be disappointed. The surface preperation that a custom finishing shop goes thru is so much more extensive than a factory job that there's really no comparison. A "restored" classic car with a really great paint job is the result of 100's of man hours worth of preparation. Pick a labor rate and you do the math.

Finally, many factory sponsored race and show cars have a different paint chemistry. Although they certainly have that WOW look too them the paint does not hold up to the weather and exposure to UV radiation. This is of no real concern to a pampered show car or an advertising piece that spends most of it's time inside or in a transporter going from one event to another.

A factory car for the masses however has to have a more durable finish. You and I as custiomes expect that and would lodge major complaints if the finish didn't hold up to bright sun,snow,rain ,road grime etc.


Talk to some local car show type buffs , pun intended and find a really good local detailing shop.
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Very interesting! Thanks.
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