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#1 +chconline

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 17:12

First time detailer, haha, I've owned my 2007 Honda Civic since new, and being a black car I have to say I've really neglected it :p So a few weeks ago, I decided to stock up on some detailing equipment, and do the job myself. My car had tons of swirls and scratches with a billion rock chips, which I've fixed. I then used a claybar to clean off the crap off the paint, and did a 3-stage power polish. After 10 hours of hard work, here's what I ended up with.

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I have to say I am very pleased with the results :yes:


#2 hamslammer

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 17:17

Looking good, very nice job I have to say.

#3 linsook

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 17:19

you manage to correct all the swirls?

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 17:26

looks good, get the windows tinted :)

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 17:33

I have black vehicle and i am sure they are the hardest to keep clean.
I pretty much have given up and just pay the detailers the money as it is so much work.
looks good and i congratulate you on the effort.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:20

Nice. Next step: interior :p

I too have a black car, and it's a PITA to keep clean. Everything on it shows. :( Luckily, every time I bring my car to the dealer, they'll clean both exterior and interior.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:55

you missed a spot.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:30

I have a brown/bronze 2010 version of this car... It needs to be cleaned so bad. One time, I had it parked in a field during a fireworks show. Turns out the fireworks launched a few hundred feet from my parking space, so there's a lot of remnant ashes / stains from the fireworks all over the roof, hood, and trunk. And mud from the field. Ugh.

If I'm ever in Canda, you can do mine...

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:35

Great job! Is the interior 5pic and span too?

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:24

Haha thanks everyone :p

Yeah I am super hardcore on the interior. It's always been really clean, but I've never shampooed the uphostery (It was never necessary, but I think the driver's seat is a bit darker than the rest). I usually use an electrostatic dust wipe and wipe down every corner, microfiber wet cloth all surfaces, vacuum everything, then spray some air freshener in there every few months. A few months ago I shampooed the driver's side carpet because there were some minor salt stains near the gas pedal where my OEM rubber floor mats did not cover. I never leave any crap in the car, and I rarely eat in it, so it's always 200% clean. The worst it ever gets is dust on the dashboard.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 19:59

I have black vehicle and i am sure they are the hardest to keep clean.
I pretty much have given up and just pay the detailers the money as it is so much work.
looks good and i congratulate you on the effort.



You want to use a 2nd level cut cleaner from Mequiar's then a good polymer wax with paint sealant in it. My 97 eldorado is black. I don't recommend clay the car, the older the paint job, the more damage it can do, a good car wash before should eliminate the need for claying.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 15:44

Detailing For teh win! There's a nice forum that got me started as well, 'autogeek.net'.

How did you cover up the scratches and chips? I bought touch up paint but it's a real pain to get it done right!

#13 tuckeratlarge

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 18:05

sarcasm alert...

It's still only a Civic!

only joking, nice job. Doing that to a car where I live is pointless as the first time you take that bad boy out, you'll get rain the like of which hasn't been seen since Noah. Then some ###### will key it.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 14:59

Nice work, really like properly maintained black cars.

#15 Another Canuck

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 15:41

Very nice :) What products did you use, if you don't mind me asking?

I've recently built up a collection of auto detailing products, always interesting to see what others are getting good results with.