08-01-2006, 05:42 PM
So here's the cart:
-Menzerna Finishing Touch Glaze
-A few properautocare free manuals
-PC 7274 "Ultimate Detailing Machine" Kit - Includes a white pad and the 6" loop and backing plate
- <1> high gloss red pad
- <1> high gloss black pad
- <1> more high gloss white pad
I need two more things:
First, what do you guys recommend for exterior black plastic?
Second, For the swirls that a white pad will not cut it with, should I go with a yellow or orange pad??
Properautocare offers a yellow compounding pad made by High Gloss, found here: http://classic-motoring.stores.yahoo.net/hi612infopaa.html
They also offer this orange pad:<ul><li><a href="http://classic-motoring.stores.yahoo.net/coprorpopa.html">Here</a></li></ul>
08-01-2006, 06:18 PM
I have pretty much the same setup you are buying. You will not regret your purchase. The results are amazing.
08-01-2006, 06:33 PM
For the matte black rubber and plastic trim (door trim, front grille, etc.) of my A4, I use 303 Aerospace Protectant. For the glossy black trim on the B-pillar, etc., I'm not quite sure what to use.
By the way, if this helps you, I also ordered the Menzerna kit from Proper Auto Care and was pleased with both the service and the products. I'm not convinced that the soap/shampoo is worth the premium, but the glazes and sealants are top notch, very durable and great shine.
If you don't already have some, I'd recommend getting Proper Auto Care's waffle-weave drying towels, as they really do work as advertised. (I'd get the large towel-small towel combo, and use the smaller towel for drying the lower parts of the car, which are most prone to collecting grease and grime. I also use a seperate mitt for washing the lower bits for the same reason.)
I would stick to the orange pad. Easier to use and follow up from than the yellow pad. You can get yourself into trouble with misuse of the yellow one. You should consider a quickdetailer like Meguiars Final Inspection (#34)to finish up your detail and also you can use it to prime your pads for the machine.
303 is also very very good. I use it for tires and most rubber and plastic. It does not wipe clean as easily from glass or paint as does Black Again. And Black Again lasts longer than the 303 on certain applications. Other tire dressing I have found sling product onto fenders more than the 303 with the identical application process.
You should also get the larger waffle weave drying towel as mentioned before. I use two. One for dirty areas like door, trunk, and hood jambs and the other for the vehicles finish itself.
Do you have the little spray bottles for your 50/50 solution of alcohol and water? Also do you have an assortment of brushes for exterior and interior? Micro fiber towels? Best bang for the buck in good quality towels are the towels from Rightlook.com. Get a small set with three colors. Yellow for interior, blue for glass, and green for exteriors and misc work. Keep them seperated, wash them seperately, dry them seperately. You dont want them to collect debris from the floor or anything like that. They act like magnets. So be cautious how you treat them because you will be rubbing them all over your paint.
There is soo much more you can get. its all about what you cant do without to do the job as best you can for the $$$.
Good luck and have fun...
08-02-2006, 03:57 AM
1. get both the yellow and the orange pad, different "cutting" / polishing properties. even if you do not need the yellow pad right now, it's always good to have it, just in case.
2. ERV for exterior
3. 303 for interior
4. you may also want to add the following to your cart, wtf, it's only money: clay bar, waffle weave drying towel, extra microfiber towels, mf application pads, car wash shampoo and detail spray.
5. also, pick up a few bins to store all this stuff in