Sep 9, 2009 update to the Porsche 911 Carrera project car

A Clean Car Is a Happy Car

We started the cleaning process with Griot's clay before moving to polishing and waxing.
A detail trick learned from Tim McNair: a bamboo skewer is great for removing old wax from crevices.
And ta-da, the car is clean. Now if only the same could be said for the garage.

Today’s buffers are pretty foolproof to use: Apply the product to the pad and then buff away. You’ll never buff by hand again.

The Porsche got its bath this weekend, and we did a bit more than simply hose off the dirt. The car needed a deeper clean.

After doing a basic wash, we went over the entire car with a Griot’s Garage Paint Cleaning Clay. The clay grabs those little particles of snot that roughen up the surface. A squirt of their Speed Shine gives the clay some lubricity. The clay didn’t look too dirty after the job, but the surface did feel much smoother. (By comparison, we have seen more visible dirt when using the clay on our daily drivers.)

Next we polished the paint, and we stuck with Griot’s products. We applied their Machine Polish 3 with the company’s own 6” Random Orbital. After polishing a section of the body, we wiped away the polish with a clean microfiber towel.

Today’s buffers are pretty foolproof to use: Apply the product to the pad and then buff away. You’ll never buff by hand again, and there are some helpful how-to videos on the Griot’s site.

Finally, we topped off the paint with Griot’s Best of Show Wax. Again, we applied the product with their buffer before using a microfiber towel to wipe away the excess.

Our car has a lot of black rubber trim, and it also needed some attention. Judging by the amount of dirt seen on our rags, Griot’s Rubber Cleaner did its job. For the tight areas, we used some S100 detailing swabs. (We found these at our local Harley-Davidson dealer.)

Once clean, we treated the trim with Wurth Rubber Care—a gift from our friend Randy. Our rubber trim, some of which was starting to look a bit white and crusty, now looks new. We ran out of the rubber conditioner during the job, so looks like we’ll be ordering some more, too.

Even though we still have some work to do, the result is a clean, shiny car that’s also protected from the elements.

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turboswede
turboswede UltimaDork
9/9/09 10:49 p.m.

Impressive!

PaulY
PaulY Reader
9/10/09 12:06 a.m.

Love this car! Thanks for the cleaning tips!

1966stang
1966stang Reader
9/11/09 10:05 a.m.

Glad to see it get it's bath and shine...

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