Friday, March 27, 2015

MINI detailing - the supplies, starting stripe removal

Just wanted to create a post(s) covering some detailing of my MINI (I'll do my wife's Camry as well) that I have planned. I'm actually taking a couple days off work so I can take my time. Not real sure how extensive the detailing will be - I may not get to the interior too much. I'm mainly focused on paint correction. After seven years and over 175,000 miles, the paint is starting to show the stress of being a daily driver. Overall things are still in pretty good shape, but all the washing and regular wax jobs have left things looking swirly and in need of major polish and wax job. I'm also going to take the opportunity to lay down some new stripes as the current set are stained and cracking badly.

The Supplies

Since I have had my MINI, all of the waxing has been by hand or with some cheap orbiters. This did ok as I established a good base when I first got the MINI. To handle some paint correction though, I needed something a little more serious. So, I managed to snag a Porter Cable orbiter/polisher off of eBay. After spending quite a bit of time researching options, I ended up going with Poorboy's World products for this go round. In the past I've used Prima products and was pleased with them. The last time though I used Griot's and I did not like it. Hopefully this PW stuff will work out.