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
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
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.
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!
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 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
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:
Thanks so much for watching all of our videos and your enthusiastic
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. .
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
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.
$1,000,000 Ferrari Restoration Detail
This Ferrari is a good friend and customers car that was flown in the night
before from the UK. It needed a bit of work to get it looking presentable
again, and after a 2 day restoration... shouldn't need anything more than
layers of sealant and wax for the rest of its life. (if cleaned and
maintained properly in the future) This video shows you what I'm thinking
about as I restore a $1 million car, and how understanding the interaction
between different materials will effect the outcome of your work. The
purpose of this video is not about "step by step" demonstration, but
rather a glimpse of what professional detailers think about when working on
extremely rare cars. Thanks for watching and send me an email if you have
any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rupes Bigfoot Polisher vs Griots DA Polisher
This is a quick and "broad" discussion about the evolution of polishing
machines with a focus on the Griots DA and new Rupes Bigfoot. (there are
many other polishers I've left out of this discussion for the time being) I
think it important to understand the progression of paint restoration as it
applies to the detailing community. It's very exciting to watch our
industry grow rapidly and see the expansion of tools that combine the
necessary power (in terms of correction) with fundamental simplicity
(meaning anyone can use it safely). Can't wait to see whats next! -L
15 Minute Quick Wash: McLaren MP4-12C
This is how I quickly wash a vehicle IF it does not require a full washing
(with soap, foam gun, 3 buckets etc etc). I think having your car "freshly"
cleaned prior to driving, going to a car show, or even a night out, gives
the vehicles overall appearance an extra pop. This process takes 15 mins
and will safely remove light driving dust and returns your wheels and paint
to "like new" prior to your next drive. (It also uses less water than full
washes) Hope this helps! -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.
How to use a Clay Bar: 1 Year of Neglect on Rare CLK 63 Convertible
This is great example of how powerful a clay bar can be to the reflection
of your paint. The CLK 63 in black and convertible is 1 of only 143
delivered to the US. The owner decided to avoid washing improperly by not
washing at all. Although it may seem weird, his paint is much "better"
condition than if he ran it through mechanical washes every week.
Nonetheless, it needed to be polished, but we only had enough time to clay
and seal the paint with AMMO Skin. Take a look at the condition of the clay
bar after completing the entire car. Yikes!