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Title: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: sparehead3 on 25 September, 2008, 11:50:57 AM
Hi All,

Picked up this link from the evocorner forum. It shows an integrale being polished "or detailed" ... it's a bit of  "wow can't see myself ever doing all that" but good to see how they do it.

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=86809

Steve


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: Scarpia on 25 September, 2008, 02:26:15 PM
very impressive; I still don't understand what you do with the clay though.  ???
Once a month I slow down as I drive past the car wash; does that count? ;D


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: lee69 on 25 September, 2008, 04:12:26 PM
I've used clay on the Ypsilon.  If you run your hand over your paintwork, you'll feel thousands of tiny particles, made up of tar, sap and general road grime.  The clay is used to remove these, rolling the clay in your hands to 'loosen' it.  As the Integrale thread says you then need to wax and polish the paint thoroughly to make it worth it.  It's a long process, using a small piece of clay to work on the whole car, but it's worth the effort.  It will feel notably smoother. 

Lee


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: RhysHF on 25 September, 2008, 05:47:22 PM
I have also used clay, it is fantastic, the paintwork is amazingly smooth afterwards.

I was sceptical at first but after doing it if you are really going for it on "detailing" you won't look back.

Rhys


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: Neil Lewis on 25 September, 2008, 08:15:29 PM
Does the clay flatten out the paint bubbles too ?

Neil


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: St Volumex on 26 September, 2008, 08:25:18 AM
Is the clay suitable for metallic paint finishes?

Can one buy the products used online?  We're a bit starved of everything here down South.


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: Neil on 26 September, 2008, 11:25:06 AM
I have 'clayed' three cars with metallic paint (silver, dark green and dark blue), it makes it very smooth and does not take any paint off, you will then need to apply a good quality polish all over where you have applied the clay as the surface of the paint will be stripped of any wax or polish and contamination, like tree sap, bird poo and general pollution, even tar. It is not a quick job, but well worth it in the long run, cleaning the car afterwards is much easier and re-polishing is quick too.


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: fay66 on 27 September, 2008, 01:12:43 AM
Hi All,

Picked up this link from the evocorner forum. It shows an integrale being polished "or detailed" ... it's a bit of  "wow can't see myself ever doing all that" but good to see how they do it.

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=86809

Steve
Great job but just how much would that little cost to have done ???

Is the clay ok to use on our classics ???
Brian
8227 8)


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: Lindsay on 27 September, 2008, 06:34:06 PM
Somehow I think there is more to life than this.......
Amongst other things I have a W plate Marea estate, bought at auction earlier this year for 750. It is great pleasure not giving a hoot how dirty it gets, if it picks up any dings/scrapes/dents.

In a way I admire these detailing chaps but it sure aint for me. Can't be bothered washing the car, never mind going to this extreme......


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: fensaddler on 27 September, 2008, 07:12:33 PM
When my car goes on the LMC stand later this year, it'll get a good wash, a thorough vacuuming, and some dusting and general titivation.  But that's it!!


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: RhysHF on 28 September, 2008, 11:58:52 AM
To answer a couple of questions:

You can buy online I have bought from Clean and Shiny http://www.cleanandshiny.co.uk/index.php (http://www.cleanandshiny.co.uk/index.php) I can reccomend the Maguires kit of clay and lubricant.

I have used clay on my metallic Fulvia with no ill effects and a very smooth finish ready for wax.

On the wax side I was reccommended Auto-balm from Bilt Hamber which has been very good.
http://www.bilthamber.com/autobalm.html (http://www.bilthamber.com/autobalm.html)

Regards

Rhys


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: toby2449 on 29 September, 2008, 10:45:17 AM
 :-[ oops, have to say my white Dedra which hasn't moved in a very long time is turning green!


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: j886atv on 29 September, 2008, 01:00:47 PM

Great job but just how much would that little cost to have done ???

Is the clay ok to use on our classics ???
Brian
8227 8)

Brian

I asked the same thing over on the Evo forum - about 250 seemed to be the number to have it done professionally.

Since it would be an occasional thing (once a year or so), I thought it sounded reasonable

Duncan


Title: Re: Polishing an integrale ...
Post by: Neil on 29 September, 2008, 01:21:09 PM
Duncan, you can get superb results by DIYing the car, professional jobs is better and they have all the gear and tools, depends how much you want to spend.   Neil  (not long to go now...  you won't need to clay for a while I am sure)