Beading Porn...

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Dieselman, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. Dieselman

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    Yesterday I gave an old car a quick clean. After seven years of standing in the open unused, in the last few years it's had 3 washes and a quick coat of wax, so it was time for a bit of elbow grease to revive it.

    A quick wash then a wet sand of the roof, it was time to break out the polish.

    Any polish will do, this is cheap Trade, fine, polish at about £5 a litre.

    Next up was to top it off with a special wax for protection...well, Simoniz original at about £2.50 a tin.

    What did I end up with...apparently, Porn...


    No need for expensive, nice smelling polishes and waxes to achieve a great result.
    A good finish is 99% effort, 1% product.
     

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    Don't believe you. I need to see you do this to believe it, say on my van.

    Nice work and good result.
     
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    Aha but had you used a polish ten times the cost those beads would have all been uniform in size and with little smiley faces........;)
     
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    ras8963 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    There is an old suggestion to never judge the quality of a paintwork finish when its wet, it probably applies here.

    THe effort is acknowledged and we have all polished on a budget in the past but tbh a similar beading effect could be gained after using pork fat from the roasting tin :D, if its simply beading you're after.

    There is a lot of money spent, and often wasted, on car detailing products but having tried several down the years there are good products out there that provide a range of different results:D.

    ATB
     
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    Nice job!
     
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    Sorted. ;):)
     
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    Nice job!
     
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    True, and the finish isn't perfect, but is a lot better than it was. This car does need some paintwork to be completely right.

    The point of the thread was to show how once the paint is properly clean, a coat of any wax will give a tight bead when wet. :)
     
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    LOL not another detailing thread
     
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    It was meant tongue in cheek, ATB

    R:D
     
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    Looks good and don't think many would disagree prep is key.

    Have my latest waxes on the way...one at £9.99 and one at £90. Will there be much difference, well in the words of Harry Hill, "There's only one way to find out..."

    Still considerably cheaper than the dearest I've seen at £65,000 for a 200ml pot ;-)
     
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    When I used to wax my car, it would always be the only car in the carpark still covered in water, long after it had rained.
     
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    Don't you wax it anymore?
     
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    Section the bonnet off and perform a 50/50 test.
     
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    No, as it was always soaking wet long after it rained.

    Its garaged now.
     
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    This is in very light rain this morning - it's not very exciting, however, watch the droplets struggling for grip...I'm hoping this Gtechniq gear will make washing/maintaining easier:
    [​IMG]
     
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    But then that water would run off almost immediately you start moving too. Just cos it is garaged doesn't mean its protected. The clearcoat will be breaking down, the paint will lose its luster too and when you do drive in the rain/snow the crud and road oils will stay on the paint, breaking down the clear coat even more.
    IMO, wax is necessary twice a year, but at the minimum once a year.
     
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    Oh it will...place bets here at what speed water shifts. I reckon from 25mph it will disappear. I hope it's less.
     
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    Did the vid work?

    My laptop is a long way from the router and it doesn't seem to play properly.
     
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    I will aim to do that. Used a different wax on every panel last time I managed to sort car out but doesn't really allow for fair comparison. Just wanted to get an idea of what I liked before doing side by side comparisons.

    TBF the product I've been most impressed with so far is FK1000p which is technically a sealant. You get lots of it for very little money, piece of pee to apply and remove and gives a great finish with lots of protection.
     
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