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5 comments on Does color impact the detailing process?

  1. Doug says:

    I’ve always been curious about the comments in this article and others about certain paint colors having different hardness clear coats – even within the same brand of car. Is this confirmed by the auto manufacturers or based on experience? Is there a techincal reason for it?

    • Ivan Rajic Ivan Rajic says:

      What I wrote is based on roughly 5-6 years experience, but it’s also confirmed by many other detailers. I am in the process of getting some solid info from a paint manufacturer but haven’t looked into it too much before this. Long story short, I really don’t have any solid evidence as to how or why clear coats differ on different colors within the same auto make, year and model, but it’s definitely true in the detailing world. I hope to have some solid info soon, but in the meantime anyone that already has some is more than welcome to share. Thanks!

      • Maria says:

        Todd-Once again, a very through and acaructe write-up. You covered all the important points. I’m pleased that, through working behind the scenes on this system, I was able to introduce myself and meet you at 2010 SEMA. This is the first article pertaining to the Meguiar’s DA Microfiber System that I’ve been able to thoroughly read and leave a comment about. As I expected, it is high caliber, just like your work.I 100% agree that compressed air is by far the best way to clean the pads. In fact, I’m planning to mount a compact air compressor and vacuum onto a foldable dolly. Then, I’m going to have a friend form a rectangular airbox that will be placed at the top of the stack, so I can hit a switch, point the machine & disc in the direction of the airbox, and blow the dusty stuff directly into it. It’ll probably cost about the same as a high-end rotary or forced rotation orbital, but it’ll be worth every penny, and deliver better performance that a new machine. The whole deal will easily come apart, so transporting it from job to job will be a snap.Loving the site great job all around!

  2. herman says:

    how do you see if some part of the body is soft clear coat or not? also is it true that most of latest car using ceramic clear coat? if yes do you treat them the same? Thanks.

    • Ivan Rajic Ivan Rajic says:

      Herman,

      Even with decades of experience, you can only assume about the clearcoat until you put a pad and polish down to the paint. Whether by hand or by machine, after a couple test spots you’ll be able to see exactly what type of paint you have on your hands.

      I don’t think most newer cars are using ceramic clear coats, but you do treat them the same way in terms of doing a few test spots to figure out exactly what process needs to be used.

      Hope that helps!

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