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
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.
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 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 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!
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
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
Wheels & Rims: Repair, Refinish, and Fitment - /DRIVE CLEAN
Go to www.ammonyc.com to get your free PDF of the 5 Essential Measurements
For Wheel Fitting.
Apart from the paint itself, your wheels and rims make the biggest
statement about your car. In this episode, we learn about how to properly
repair and revitalize wheels damaged by "curb rashing," accidents, and
potholes. We'll also review fitment requirements and other considerations
for selecting the perfect tire and wheel combination.
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
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
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
Best 4-Step Wet Sanding Tips: Part I.
This is one of the best video I've had the privilege to shoot. Jason Rose
and Kevin Brown are MASTERS of detailing and I learned an incredible amount
of techniques and procedures for wet sanding during this trip and I hope
the video (part I. II. and III.) gives you a strong understanding of how
to safely wetsand your paint. Thank you Jason and Kevin for all your
How to Remove Car Emblems
I remove the rear emblems from a 2014 Nissan GTR Black Edition with fishing
line and a heat gun. (Watch me burn my knuckle! :) Thanks for watching. -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
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