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
Barn Find: Classic Porsche 912 Restoration -- /DRIVE CLEAN
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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.
How to Remove Swirls: Ferrari 458
This is a quick video on how to remove dealership installed swirls on a new
Ferrari 458. I discuss the use of isopropyl alcohol and water mixture to
reveal perfectly polished paint, and how to avoid this swirls all together.
Hope you find it helpful! -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
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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. .
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
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.
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
Interior Detailing: Tools, Techniques, and Materials -- /DRIVE CLEAN
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This episode of DRIVE CLEAN is going to provide tips for cleaning your
car's interior. As a fellow enthusiast, you likely spend countless hours
behind the wheel. It should come as no surprise, that the largest
benefactor of a clean interior is you! We will show you how to treat soiled
areas, across a variety of surfaces. We shed light on basic and advanced
tools that can effectively clean leather, plastic, and carpet. Keep in mind
that there are different techniques for different messes, and we also aim
to clarify this here.
HOW TO DRY YOUR CAR PROPERLY: AMMO Hydrate
AMMO Hydrate is one of my favorite products because it is designed to
correct a major problem I was having on extremely rare painted surfaces. I
discovered that improperly DRYING your car caused just as many scratches,
as improperly washing your car. So I needed to figure out a better
(ie...safer) way to remove water from the surface of delicate paint because
traditional methods (squeegee, water blade, and old chamois) were effective
at removing water, but introduced unnecessary scratches during use. (Using
air is a great option, but most of my clients old cars to do allow safe
usage, due to the paints extreme sensitivity) I solved my issue by
creating a product that adds lubrication between the drying device and the
surface of your paint....But this discovery only got me half the way there.
I need to re-think the drying device as well. I wanted to a tool that not
only picked up water,, but would pick up any "remaining dirt" left on the
paint after a wash. My first choice was a traditional microfiber towel (at
+/- 300 gsm). However, everyone knows, that dry microfiber towels don't
pick up water naturally. It's somewhat difficult to soak up standing water
effectively. So I hit a road block....then I thought about getting the MF
towel wet or "damp"...and it worked perfectly! (why?, I'm not sure...but it
does. When a MF towel is "damp" it seems to remove water from the surface
of paint much more effectively)
Now I have a soft and safe device to remove water (and "left over" dirt)
from the surface of your paint, with the help of a hydrophobic lubricant
that adds depth and shine to the surface you are drying. (This took forever
to figure out, but was totally worth it. Hydrate is a game changer and the
product I am most proud of because no one has ever thought of drying your
car as a major part of paint care or "preventative" maintenance.
As always, let me know if you have any questions. Larry@ammonyc.com
Thanks for watching!
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
Polishers and Swirl Removal Tips -- /DRIVE CLEAN
Check out http://www.ammonyc.com for your PDF "Polisher & Swirl Removal
Guide". Scratches and swirls are most commonly caused by improper car
washing and care. When contaminants are not properly lifted away, they act
as little grains of sandpaper. As you drag them across the paint, they
leave behind very fine "love marks". This week on DRIVE CLEAN, we
demonstrate how a dual action polisher, cutting pad, and compound or
polish, can help you correct these fine scratches. Using the right
combination of tools will allow you to re-level the paint and eliminate any
visual defects; leaving a finish that is smooth as glass.
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