This video demonstrates a few ways to determine if your paint is hard or soft and what you can do to repair each. ( I know a bunch of peps will be asking me so...all the products in this episode will be available on my website in a few days) Thanks so much for watching!
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!
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
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
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. .
Concours Secret Tricks: "At the show prep"
Here are a few tricks for prepping a car immediately BEFORE and DURING a
concours or car show. (Assuming the paint resto has been done beforehand.
Notice, I do not use any machines during the prep) The second half of the
video discusses how to get the best pop from paint, wheels, and glass once
you arrive at the show. Similar to "primping" a show-dog before they trot
around the judges...(meaning the car looks great already...how can we
squeeze the last bit beauty minutes before we are on stage) Hope this gives
you some idea of how to stand out from the pack. (pun intended) --L
How to Remove Glue and Stickers from your Paint
This is a friends race car that was recently purchased from another race
team and in need of some cleaning. In this episode, I show how that a
microfiber cutting pad can be used to remove rubber marks and residue glue
from the sticker removal process. This trick will save you time IF you are
compounding/polishing the paint anyways. I also show proper technique for
safe and easy sticker removal from your vehicles paint without destroying
the clear coat or your finger tips! :)
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
BLEACH Damage on Black Paint!
This is a quick video about a buddies Mercedes CLS that had bleach
accidentally ("misted") on the nose of the car during a
gutter/roof/shutters cleaning. We noticed white-haziness along with dots of
heavier penetration. Here is what I found out during the visit. I was
happily surprised AMMO SKIN did its job extremely well. Find out what
(I've never heard of a case like this before...so I had to film it) FYI: I
had a bunch of people walking around me who were still working on the
house, so excuse the brevity and slightly awkwardness. I didn't want to
make the workers feel worse than they already did, so I tried to be on the
DL. Lastly, towards the end of the video, I describe the difference between
paint SEALANT and WAX. If you understand this concept, you will be 10x
better at caring for your car. As always, shoot me an email if you have
any questions or ideas. Thx! firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Ten Detailing Mistakes - /DRIVE CLEAN
After detailing thousands of cars, I've noticed some of the small mistakes
that can make a big difference in your car's appearance. Often it's knowing
what to avoid that is most important for protecting the condition of your
car. Less can be more, when it comes to detailing.
Be sure to down load the free PDF from www.ammoNYC.com.
Tell us your "favorite" mistake you see happening most often, in the
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
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 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 email@example.com Thanks again
for watching and I hope you find it helpful. -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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How to Remove Water Spots and Calcium/Lime Deposits
This is a clients daily driver that was left in a parking garage in NYC.
It's common for the lime/calcium deposits to fall from the ceiling and
cause issues on the paint if left untreated for long periods of time. Hope
this gives you and idea of what "type of chemical" can help remove or
loosen the contaminants. (FYI: I used a directional microphone instead of
my normal mic because I wanted to pic up the "texture sound" of the
calcium.) Thx for watching! -L