How to get that show-car shine in a short amount of time

By Colin Wood
May 31, 2021 | Detailing

Let’s say you’ve been putting off detailing your car, but now it’s Friday evening and you're going to cars and coffee first thing in the morning. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

How do you clean and detail in a short amount of time, then? We cover that over on Classic Motorsports in the latest update of our 1984 Porsche 911 project. Spoiler: You can put down that bucket and soap.

What are some tips and tricks that you use to detail your car when time is short?

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Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/21/21 2:26 p.m.

There's a guy who moved in semi-recently around the corner from me who has a c4 vette that always looks perfect. Seriously it's a sweet car. And he keeps it parked outside. (winter it goes somewhere else, but 3 seasons it's in his driveway). 

I haven't been able to catch him yet to chat about it but I've been meaning to ask him his secrets since his stored outside car always seems to look better than my stored inside cars. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/21/21 3:07 p.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

Yeah we'd love to hear what his process is.

Maybe it's not too surprising, but it's amazing how nice you can get a car looking by just putting in a little time and effort (coming from someone who should definitely spend some time this weekend detailing his car).

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/24/21 9:19 p.m.

Spent much of today in the shop with Tim McNair, and look for several videos coming soon. It's not hard, it's not expensive. 

1988RedT2 MegaDork
6/1/21 11:15 a.m.

Used this on my son's E39 and while it is not cheap, it was recommended by an enthusiast, and I can honestly say I was impressed with the results.

amerson New Reader
6/2/21 12:51 a.m.

In reply to 1988RedT2 :

How many coats of CQuartz did you apply?

Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter)
Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
6/2/21 5:42 a.m.

I have been using Windex and cloth diapers for so long I forget that there may have been advances in technology. May try the microfiber towels cool

1988RedT2 MegaDork
6/2/21 9:46 a.m.
amerson said:

In reply to 1988RedT2 :

How many coats of CQuartz did you apply?

Honestly, just one.  We had planned to follow with the second, but you know....

Anyway, it's been almost a year now, and it looks very nice for an 18-year old car.  We'll get around to doing it again.  Soon.

pirate HalfDork
6/2/21 5:46 p.m.

First of all there is probably no substitute for clay bar, buffing and your choice of ceramic, wax, etc. However if your paint is in reasonable condition I have had success with a product called Aerolon Tech Shine. After washing and rinsing you apply Aerolon with a sponge applicator to wet car then rinse car off and dry.  I blow most of the water off with a leaf blower and dry remainder with microfiber cloth towel. Leave a shiny finish that beads water that lasts a month or more or a few washings in harsh Alabama sun.

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