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
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
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.
How to Wash your car in Winter: Ferrari F40
Here are 3 techniques you can use to wash your car (whether heavy, medium,
or light dirt) when in the winter months, no access to a hose, or live in
an apartment building. The process is more time consuming than traditional
washing and should be used as a great "second best option" scenario. Thx
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.
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
Wheels & Rims: Repair, Refinish, and Fitment - /DRIVE CLEAN
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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.
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
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
How to Wash Your Car in Winter
Why should you detail and protect your car in the winter? Also, sneak peek
on my latest AMMO Wheel Cleaner. Let me know what you guys think!
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Best Tips for Cleaning Suede / Alcantara: Bugatti Veyron
This is a Pur Blanc Bugatti Veyron with a suede interior. We
discuss various cleaning techniques for this sensitive material. If you
have any questions, please email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks again
for watching and I hope you find it helpful. -L
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!
BMW Frozen Paint: Overview and Cleaning - /DRIVE CLEAN
This week on DRIVE CLEAN, we take a tour of BMW's North American
Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake New Jersey to discuss their "Frozen" matte
paint and to identity how it differs from traditional clear-coat finishes.
Matthew Russell, president of the M-car and Alpina division's for north
America, gives us a tour of the facility and discusses how BMW came to
create their new "Frozen" paint scheme (shown on BMW's M3 with Frozen Monte
Carlo Blue). BMW's head of body-and-paint technical training manager,
Walter Malec, also discusses matte-paint technology and repairs. And as
expected, we'll also review how to best clean and care for matte finishes.
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