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While at the Forum
While browsing through topics on a Au detailing forum I came across this little gem...

"At SEMA last year it was mentioned to me that future abrasive products will feel like creams, no abrasive particles will be felt if you rub the products between your fingers. My first question was....how does it cut the paint ?
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Car Care Made Easy

What You'll Need
1. Hose with trigger nozzle
2. Bucket
3. Microfibre noodle wash mitt
4. Microfibre Drying Towels x2
5. pH Neutral Car wash
6. Polish
7. Carnauba Wax
8. Microfibre polishing clothes x3
9. Glass cleaner
10. Vacuum cleaner
11. Interior/exterior protectant

Where To Start
It is generally easier to start with the inside.
* Start by removing all the odds and ends lying around (books, umbrellas, pens, papers etc). Click here for more...

Making Up Excuses
"Sticky Paint" this is a term I've often heard used by people who call themselves detailers.

So what is sticky paint?

Here is an explanation provided by a detailing forum:

"Sticky paint means different things to different people, and ultimately its causes are various and many are not well known in that they have not been decisively proven.

The effects of sticky paint are to cause the rotary polisher to feel like its dragging and sticking (hence the name), and the polish residue to flash and dry... You generally see high heats very quickly, owing I believe to an increased frictional resistance and this acts to dry out the polish by removing its lubrication... this then increases the heat yet further and in bad cases you get into a vicious circle where the polishing set can only be abandoned.  Click here to read more...

Elite car detailer offers a $12,000 service
As posted on: http://money.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=7932185

Elite car detailer offers a $12,000 service
20/07/2010 11:59:01 AM

A 30-year-old accountancy graduate has set up Britain's most expensive car wash, which charges more than $12,000 for a premier service that can take up to 250 hours to complete.

Gurcharn Sahota runs Elite Detailing out of his parent's home in Derbyshire and since starting the business he has washed hundreds of supercars, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls Royces.

While he wouldn't mention names, Sahota told the UK's Daily Mail his clients include Click here to read more...

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The drive thru car wash on the surface it certainly seems alluring, inexpensive, time saving, mess free, but be warned. On the inside awaits pure hell for your car.

THE GRIME FROM EVERY VEHICLE THAT WENT BEFORE, WILL NOW BE RUBBED, DRAGGED, MASSAGED, WHIPPED, BEATEN AND POURED ON TO YOURS.

Spinning and oscillating scrubbers of the purest cotton, plastic and foam laden with God knows what from every vehicle that went through before you, lubricated with filtered but used soap, oil, degreaser and alkaline chemical run-off (hard water). Sure Stephen King's "Christine" would love it.

The only way to truly care for your cars finish is to hand wash it yourself if you have the time to do it properly, or get a professional to do it for you. Sure you are likely to still get wash marks but nowhere near what these drive thru places will inflict on your car.

And yes these car cash places  have a place, it unfortunately is for those who don't know any better or don't care.

The bottom line is that your car will in most cases be the second most expensive single thing you will purchase, so it pays to look after it.
The Correct Way To Polish Out Orange Peel

Start by wet sanding the area to be corrected with 1000 grit paper and use a sanding block. Sand in strait lines back and forth, ensuring a flat and even surface. Check your progress at regular intervals.
Once you are happy that the surface is flat and even (no raised spots). You are now ready to start polishing, we recommend starting with Xpert 1000 with a wool cutting pad using a rotary set at 600 - 800 RPM's.
Working a small area at a time (600mm x 600mm) moving slowly in an overlapping "S" pattern. Remember this is not a race to see how quickly you can finish. Massage and caress the paint with the polisher, adding more polish as it is needed, about 4-5 pea size drops on the pad at a time.
A mirror finish strait off the wool pad. Now repeat the whole process again with the black foam finishing pad. This will remove and of the fine marks left behind by the wool pad, using Xpert 1500 polish. We finish up with the Flex XC-3401-VRG Polisher with a LCC high gloss pad to give us a mirror finish free of any marks.
All that is left to do is a light wipe over with a microfibre cloth and refit the badges, decals and number plate.

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Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, made history last night selling the iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype for an outstanding $16.39 million. Recognized the world over for its historical significance and stunning design, the auction of the Scaglietti-bodied, pontoon-fendered Prototype mesmerized thousands of people in the Pebble Beach auction room as well as around the world via Gooding & Company’s live webcast and twitter conversation #2011 Pebble Beach Auctions. Energized with excitement after the Testa Rossa arrived on stage with a thunderous engine growl, the crowd cheered when Auctioneer Charlie Ross accepted the commanding first bid of $10 million. As the audience watched in amazement, both Charlie Ross and David Gooding entertained the steadily-escalating bids that soared past major benchmarks of $12 million, $13 million and $14 million. When the gavel finally dropped, there was a roar of enthusiasm confirming Gooding & Company’s outstanding $16.39 million world record achievement.  

Source: Gooding & Company Press Release

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype Makes History
Lamborghini Aventador

By Justin Hyde Sep 15, 2011

Toy Lamborghini costs 15 times more than real Lamborghini

Even as the Lamborghini Aventador just begins to hit the world's fenceposts, there's already a new model to top it — one that, at $4.8 million, may be the most expensive car in the world. Well, most expensive scale model car anyway. Yes, that's right, it's a one-eighth size scale model — (read the whole story) http://jalopnik.com/5840576/toy-lamborghini-costs-15-times-more-than-real-lamborghini
Australian Body Shop News. September 2011 Edition - Vol 12, No.9, Page 24.
As part of a Special Feature Love That Shine. The only World Leading Automotive Polish featured was Xpert 1000 Ultra Polish.

The only thing the article failed to mention is that although manufactured in the USA, Xpert Products are Australian owned.
Shannon's Eastern Creek Classic
Shannon's Eastern Creek Classic Concours d'Elegance 21 August 2011 3rd Place Winner 1951-1960 Cars.
Prepared by Direct Auto Detailing with only Xpert Products  Everything on this car is original, no re-sprays, modern parts, just truly original, and it got 3rd place against two rebuilt, re-fitted, re-trimmed, resprayed, re-tricked out cars, IMHO Terry's 3rd place for his 1957 White over Dust Pearl Chevrolet, is in reality 1st Place.
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Camden Car Show October 2011
1st Place Winner Top '57 Chev' at the 2011 '55, '56, '57 Chevy Camden Car Show. We can't guarantee you an award but we provide you an award winning finish when we detail your car with Xpert Products. You Tube Video
Camden Car Show 16 October 2011. 2nd Place Winner Top '57 Chev' Prepared and Maintained by Xpert Direct Auto Detailing and Xpert Products.  You Tube Video