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How to Restore a Black 996 Porsche Track Car

This is a buddies car that I needed to restore after many years of track days and little to no detailing/cleaning. In this longer video, I discuss the different steps and products used to restore the paint to near perfection. I also introduce a few new products for "claying" your paint, and show the differences between a rotary polisher and DA polisher. (It is a bit on the long side, but its important to understand the thought process behind paint correction prior to working on a difficult job such as a Porsche 996 in black.) Hope this is helpful. Send me emails if you have additional questions. Thanks guys. -L


 


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Barn Find: Classic Porsche 912 Restoration -- /DRIVE CLEAN
Go to www.ammonyc.com to get the free Barn Find Assessment Checklist Today's story is about a true barn find. The car in question is a 1966 Porsche 912, which was last registered 23 years ago. We discovered the car thanks to our friend Roger Garbow, from Full Throttle Marketing. He had received a call about the car's discovery and immediately forwarded the info to us, here at Drive Clean. Address in hand, we turned our crews around and headed-off to a northern region of Connecticut where we unearthed and restored this classic car. Watch as we assess our find, remove years of accumulated filth and grime, and initiate the paint correction phase on this 912's "Irish Green" shell. www.youtube.com/ammonycdotcom www.facebook.com/ammonyc





Where is your Car Show: Parking Lot or Grass?
We discuss when to use spray wax and when is necessary to rinse with a hose. What kind of contaminants are sitting on the surface of your paint? Recognizing dust -vs- pollen -vs- bird poo will help you determine the BEST and SAFEST course of action for the longevity of your paints appearance. Hope this is food for thought...Thanks again for all your support and kind emails! -L





Best Polisher Selection: Rupes Ferrari F40
This is a quick review of what polishers I would use in certain tight areas. Check out Kevin Brown's website at www.buffdaddy.com for more info on residue control and his KB method. Stay tuned for part II next week. .





Best Paint Touch-up Tricks: Mercedes G55
This is one of the worst key scratches I have ever seen. This car needed to be repainted, but I thought I would give it a shot...nothing to lose. It covered 3 separate door panels with varying depth levels. 98% of the 9 feet was through the clear coat, paint, base, and into the substrate. EXTREMELY bad scratch. In this episode, I discuss multiple ways to approach this type of paint damage. I want to be crystal clear: THIS CAR NEEDED TO BE REPAINTED FOR 90-100% satisfaction. My techniques here, with the understanding of the customer, had the best-case final results of 70% to 75% "better or touched-up" appearance. See how it turned out. Thx for watching! -L





How to use a Steam Machine: Tips and Tricks
I LOVE detailing really dirty cars because its fun to show the client a before and after once the car is completed. In this episode, I use a VX5000 to clean and disinfect small areas in hopes of finding/killing the horrible smell that was present. Because this car was exceptionally dirty, I did a few steps that I "normally" wouldn't have done or at least I would have done them in a different order. (ie...vacuuming twice) Watch and see what I find between the seats that's causing the horrible smell. Yikes... Hope you find this helpful! -L





How to Wash a $2 Million Ferrari: Prep + Polish (Part 1)
This is a 1967 275 GTB/4. I absolutely love this special car! Based on emails and comments received during my last Ferrari restoration (288 GTO), everyone wanted to know the steps I take BEFORE I begin the compound/polish etc stage. What facts need to be understood prior to apply any product or machine... The information gathered before repairing the paint will dictate how you decide what products/abrasives (or not) to use to remove the minimal amount of surface (clear or single) to save the "working life" of the paint. Remember, pro-detailers get paid... not for how much they "remove", but for how much they "leave" intact. -L





Best Tricks for Clay Bar on Rough Paint.
This weeks "Ride-Along" video discusses a mysterious reoccurring problem on a 2013 Porsche Cayenne turbo. Unexplained weekly paint continuation is examined with the Dinolite Microscope is hopes of understanding what is causing this excessive build-up. See the difference in the paint from clear bra vs non clear bra, on a new Porsche under a microscope. I also introduce the nano-skin "clay" pad used with a DA polisher. Please leave a comment if you have any ideas why this excessive contamination might be occurring on a weekly basis. Thanks everyone! -L





Pagani Huayra: Car Show Cleaning
This was a fun opportunity to get a up close view of the Pagani Huayra. I had no idea what I was going to encounter on the day of the show. As it turned out it rained most of the day, but it was a real priveldge to see this artwork (in the shape of a car) in person. Thanks to Miller Motor Cars, Roger Garbow, Todd Brown, Jason Thorgalsen, and Caffeine and Carbs. -L





Aston Martin Rapide: 8 Easy Steps for Exterior Spring Cleaning
Now that Spring is here, cars are coming out of winter storage in need of some love. Here are 8 steps that can be performed in 2+ hours to get your car ready for the road. Have fun driving this summer! -L





How to Wet Sand a Water Mark in Black Paint
This is a black E39 M5 that I restored in a full day. However, I decided to work the trunk last because it had water marks and "Bird Poo" stains burned in. (At this point in the job I was completely Exhausted but wanted to get it on camera as I've had a bunch of questions about how to remove this type of damage from viewers.) Also, I'm trying to prove a point that a microfiber cutting pad can remove 2500 grit...which is CRAZY! Normally, I would wet-sand the panel to 3000, 4000, and even 5000 before attempting to remove with a microfiber pad. At this point, I'm testing the cutting power of the pad to learn how strong this particular pad was. (Normally, a wool pad would be used for ease and speed in this case) Remember there are 3 levels of water stains. This was level 3 or the worst stage. Level 1 is when you leave the car outside in a quick sun shower (or sprinkler) and it can be wiped off with spray wax. Level 2 is when you need to use spray wax and a clay bar to remove the contaminants. Level 3 is when you have to level the paint (wet sand or compound) to remove the stain. Hope this helps! -L





Interior Smoke Removal Tricks: Mercedes AMG G55
This is ONE way to remove lingering smoke smell from the interior of your car. Every car has different levels of contamination, so you may need to repeat steps for complete removal. These are simply a few ideas or approaches you may want to consider. Any questions, send me an email: larry@ammonyc.com Thanks so much for watching all of our videos and your enthusiastic support! -L





Best Interior Detailing Tricks: Leather and Plastics
This is a filthy Honda Accord which is perfect to demonstrate 3 different approaches to leather cleaning. The 3 techniques are "options" that might work for whatever car (based on condition, age, material, etc) you are working with. These are simply techniques, options, or "suggestions" of how I would ASSESS the current condition, then TEST each approach on the material. Please use caution on any interior surface when your restoring its condition. (In this case, its modern leather) I hope this is a helpful discussion for everyone to see how leather and most plastics might be cleaned. (in this particularly bad scenario) Thanks for watching. As always, send me an email if I can be helpful. larry@ammonyc.com





Best Glass Cleaning Tricks: Bentley CGT
This is a quick video about how to clean your glass during a detailing session. (specifically the windshield) It all depends on how "dirty" the glass is...but use as many or as little of these steps that work for your situation. (you most likely wont always need ALL of these steps, but I wanted to show you a bunch in one video) Hope is helps! -L





Car Crashes, Crazy Drivers & Road Rage | Compilation MAY 2014 #3 part
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Best Detail Lighting Tricks: Part I.
This is a recap of my 5 day detailing trip to LA. I met Barry Meguiar, Mike Stoops, Jason Rose, Kevin Brown, and Richard Lin. This was such an amazing trip that I'll never forget!





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