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Paint correction is one of the most difficult—and most satisfying—detailing skills to master. In this episode, we show how to restore paint that's been damaged as a result of poor washing habits. The techniques we review can be performed by anyone with a dual-action polisher and microfiber-cutting pad (as microfiber pads are extremely safe, even for novice detailers). We also review scratches on the microscopic level and illustrate how abrasives work to remove or diminish paint scratches and imperfections.
For a step-by-step PDF and product guide, visit us at AMMOnyc.com. If you have questions about this technique—or have other detailing questions—hit us up at Facebook.com/AMMOnyc.
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Before every car show or weekend drive with my buddies, I spend less than an hour prepping my car before it leaves the garage. Today's episode discusses the idea of creating "contrast" on your vehicle that can help make it look its best. These techniques are designed to emphasize the different colors and textures of your vehicle, inside and out, and get you noticed on the road.
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The One Lap of America, also known as the Cannonball Rally, was originally created by Brock Yates in the early 1970's. It was a flat out race from New York City to Redondo Beach, California in the fastest time possible (which, at the time, was 32 hours and 51 minutes). Since then, the rally has progressed to a slightly less insane race that is scored or "judged" from events that take place on various race tracks arcross the country. However, each race event is roughly 400 to 600 miles from the last one; which means drivers drive all night and race all day. Four-thousand miles, eight days, 10 states, 12 track events, and no sleep = One Lap of America.
In this episode, Matt Farah, Mike Musto (and mostly I) thought the One Lap race would be a great way to test detailing products to show how progressively "dirty" cars become during this type of torturous trip. For more information on 1 Lap of America visit: http://onelapofamerica.com. Also download our product guide for everything used in this episode at http://ammonyc.com.
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After detailing thousands of cars, I've noticed some of the small mistakes that can make a big difference in your car's appearance. Often it's knowing what to avoid that is most important for protecting the condition of your car. Less can be more, when it comes to detailing.
Be sure to down load the free PDF from www.ammoNYC.com.
Tell us your "favorite" mistake you see happening most often, in the comments below.
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This week on DRIVE CLEAN, we take a tour of BMW's North American Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake New Jersey to discuss their "Frozen" matte paint and to identity how it differs from traditional clear-coat finishes. Matthew Russell, president of the M-car and Alpina division's for north America, gives us a tour of the facility and discusses how BMW came to create their new "Frozen" paint scheme (shown on BMW's M3 with Frozen Monte Carlo Blue). BMW's head of body-and-paint technical training manager, Walter Malec, also discusses matte-paint technology and repairs. And as expected, we'll also review how to best clean and care for matte finishes.
Download our step-by-step and product-guide PDF at AMMOnyc.com and visit our blog for more articles, videos, and car-care tips.
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"Waxing your car" is the most common term or phrased used in the detailing industry, but what does it mean? This episode discusses the differences between synthetic or "man-made" sealants VS carnauba or "natural" wax. Each has its PRO'S and CON'S...so how do we choose which one to use? I use a technique called "layering" that gives paint the strength of a sealant, and the deep shine of a carnauba wax. Use this trick after you've washed and clayed your car, and the results will be astonishing!
For a list of all the products used in this episode, visit www.ammoNYC.com and click on the links below.
Thanks again for all the positive comments, I really appreciate the encouraging emails I've received from DRIVE viewers. If you have any detailing questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com and I'd be happy to help!
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Detailing clay was first use in the mid-80's in Japan and not introduced to the US until early 90's. Japanese body shops found that a mixture of various "sticky" resins would remove the over-spray from the surface of the paint without the use of compound or aggressive chemicals. Since then, clay has progressed into a more durable, softer, and safer product that will remove contaminants from the surface of the clear coats. Over-spray, tree sap, road gunk, brake dust, industrial fallout, etc...will embed itself into the paint, causing it to feel rough or "bumpy". These contaminates are sitting on top of the paint and can safely be removed with the use of clay. However, clay will not remove scratches because scratches are IN the paint....not ON the paint. Although being very easy to use, clay can damage your paint if re-used after it falls on the ground. Check out the video for do's an dont's of claying, and why I consider it the best tool in my garage. Check out www.ammoNYC.com for links to all the products used in this episode.
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Washing your car has been a Sunday morning tradition for every car fanatic since the day they got their learners permit. Over the years of maintaining some of the rarest cars in the world, we discovered not only washing your car improperly, but drying your car improperly, will slowly diminish your paints shine. This weeks video discusses some of the techniques to safely wash your car using soft and safe paint soap, along with the 3 bucket method to avoid any chance of inadvertently scratching the vehicle during the wash process. Each car has its own nuances, so remember to adjust your techniques according to the needs of your specific vehicle, ie...black paint vs light colored, clearcoat vs single stage, vintage car vs new car. Pick and choose which techniques work best on your vehicle and add it your Sunday routine....then hit the road!
(Download a PDF of all the techniques used in this weeks episode at www.AMMONYC.com)