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Ask A Detailer - Detailing Q&A Thread - Post questions here!

Posted: April 1st, 2017, 7:02 pm
by Dan
Hello! Ami and I attended Autogeek's Detail Fest last month. We attended seminars taught by industry pros, learned about new products coming onto the market, got to try out some of the latest and greatest, and had a wonderful time. (Photo album: http://imgur.com/a/fLxYd)

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Dan testing out the new formulation of Sonax CC36 Ceramic Paint Coating.

I got into detailing as a hobby around the time I started driving--around 2000 or 2001. I've been detailing professionally as a side gig since around 2008. Both Ami and I have developed a lot of knowledge, skills and experience, and would like to extend that to the G1Teg community.

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This year, Ami and I are going big. We're completely reimagining my former side gig and opening a proper detailing business. We will be offering a wide variety of premium and speciality detailing services -- including exterior and interior detailing, deep cleaning, paint correction, ceramic coatings, hazmat and biohazard containment and cleanup, and much more.

I'll be posting some write-ups, tips and other stuff along the way, too.

So, don't be shy. If you have any questions about detailing, please feel free to ask them in this thread.

:D

Re: Ask A Detailer - Detailing Q&A Thread - Post questions here!

Posted: April 1st, 2017, 7:11 pm
by aarongolesch
I'm assuming you guys detail the interior as well?
Do you know anything about detailing/restoring plastic and leather trim that has cuts/scrapes everywhere from wear and tear?

Re: Ask A Detailer - Detailing Q&A Thread - Post questions here!

Posted: April 1st, 2017, 7:56 pm
by Dan
aarongolesch wrote:I'm assuming you guys detail the interior as well?


Of course! While I don't necessarily prefer contorting myself into the wild yoga poses required to do so :lol:, I've figured out a few things over the years.

aarongolesch wrote: Do you know anything about detailing/restoring plastic and leather trim that has cuts/scrapes everywhere from wear and tear?


It really depends what we're looking at in terms of repair. If it's a hard plastic trim panel with some gauges and scrapes, a heat gun combined with a sponge or towel with a similar texture to the surface works wonders to smooth it out and minimize the appearance of the scrapes.

Do you have pictures?

Re: Ask A Detailer - Detailing Q&A Thread - Post questions here!

Posted: April 1st, 2017, 10:21 pm
by aarongolesch
Yes, normal wear and tear on the plastic pieces in the trunk. Image

Re: Ask A Detailer - Detailing Q&A Thread - Post questions here!

Posted: April 2nd, 2017, 2:03 am
by Dan
Oh yeah.

Those can be improved, but it'll be difficult to get them fully out. You'll need a heat gun, 32oz spray bottle with some distilled water and 1/2oz of car wash soap, and a regular old kitchen sponge (NOT the scrubber type, but the regular type).

- With the heat gun on low, warm up the plastic until it's softened a bit.
- Spray some of the soapy solution onto the sponge and dab away at the panel. Don't wipe more than 1/2 inch in any direction or you'll introduce lines into the plastic. This will even out the scrapes and scratches a bit.

This won't make it perfect, but it'll minimize the scuffs and improve the appearance of the panel, at the very least. The deep gouges won't be able to be fixed without severely altering the appearance of the panel itself.

Hope this helps!

Re: Ask A Detailer - Detailing Q&A Thread - Post questions here!

Posted: April 7th, 2017, 5:44 am
by thebranded
nice! i would never have thought to use a heat gun to soften the plastic first.

I have a few questions but i'll get some pics first

Re: Ask A Detailer - Detailing Q&A Thread - Post questions here!

Posted: April 9th, 2017, 3:04 am
by Dan
thebranded wrote:nice! i would never have thought to use a heat gun to soften the plastic first.

I have a few questions but i'll get some pics first


Sounds good!

FYI for everyone - I have notifications set up for this thread, so post up your questions!

Re: Ask A Detailer - Detailing Q&A Thread - Post questions here!

Posted: June 8th, 2017, 10:31 pm
by ThatrandomguyDJ
Hi! I was wondering what materials and supplies would work best when cleaning my interior, seats, carpet and headliner, along with the inside of my doors, inside of the hatch area, underneath my hood, and the engine bay itself. I also wanted to know whats best to clean the brake dust away, and the surface rust on the brackets for my seats and the radiator, I want my Teg to be completely spotless!

Re: Ask A Detailer - Detailing Q&A Thread - Post questions here!

Posted: June 9th, 2017, 12:39 am
by Dan
ThatrandomguyDJ wrote:Hi! I was wondering what materials and supplies would work best when cleaning my interior, seats, carpet and headliner, along with the inside of my doors, inside of the hatch area, underneath my hood, and the engine bay itself. I also wanted to know whats best to clean the brake dust away, and the surface rust on the brackets for my seats and the radiator, I want my Teg to be completely spotless!


Hello! Bear with me, I'm working on a comprehensive reply!