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Our latest auto detailing article was put together was designed to take you through an entire detail from start to finish while trying to explain the mindset of one of the top detailers in the industry. The detail was performed on a 2006 Acura TL in Nighthawk Black Pearl, some of the softest black paint out there. With nearly 150 photos and 8 pages of explanation, we broke this article up into multiple sections so it would load faster and be better organized to find the information you are looking for quickly and easily.

Here's an overview of what is covered:

Page 1: Overview, Pre-Detail Prep, Washing and Drying

An overview of the detail to be performed
Assessing the easily damaged Acura paint
Starting the detail
Wash the wheels, tires, and wheel wells first
Properly washing soft black paint
Cleaning and washing your exhaust tips
Engine bay detailing
Drying black paint without adding swirls

Page 2: Clay Bar, Polishing, Protecting

Using a clay bar to properly prep the surface
Polishing your paint to a swirl free finish
Measuring the paint's thickness
Properly taping your vehicle prior to polishing
Choosing the right polish
Using the proper amount of polish
Results after one pass of Menzerna Power Finish on an orange pad
Polishing lower panels with problem areas
Removing deep etchings from the paint
Safely polishing the trunk lid
Removing scrapes, scratches and other deep imperfections
Safely polishing pillars
Alcohol wipe down after polishing
Post-polish clean up with ONR
Protecting your paint with a sealant

Page 3: Finishing Touches and Interior

Dressing your wheel wells and tires
Detailing the interior
Start your interior by dusting
Dressing and protecting the interior
Comparing Optimum Protectant Plus to 303 Aerospace Protectant
Caring for your leather
Streak free glass
Don't forget the sunroof

Page 4: After shots of the Acura TL detail


We hope this article improves your detailing knowledge and translates into a better finish for your vehicles.

If you have any questions on anything, please do not hesitate to ask. Let us know what you think!

Enjoy,

Greg @ Detailed Image
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:12 PM
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Thanks Scott I hope it really helps people see a detail through from start to finish. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Re: Chances are you'll learn something new in HUGE detail write up

OMG that guy is completely upsesed with 0% contact with the paint!

it seems like just the wash was over kill?
is it completely nessicary to go to this level of percaution?!
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it is if you desire that level of perfection
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^^ well that'd be nice but the shine only lasts so long if your just doing a wash.

I guess he's just demonstrating what level you can take it to lol
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but a proper wash keeps the paint looking it's best for longer, not to mention helps you avoid the need for a full correction all the time.
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True, but I think that these are extreme measures to take for a wash.
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Re: Chances are you'll learn something new in HUGE detail write up

Keep in mind this is a process to perfect a vehicles paint... did you really expect him to bust out just a bucket some water and a rag, lol.

This is not something that needs to be done every wash, more like once a year (maybe longer if you wash your car properly -- i.e. doing what he does, lol).
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sounds amazing greg can't wait to read this!!!
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