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Full 7 Step Detail Featuring DP Detailing Products by Andre
Full 7 Step Detail Features:
Step 1. DP Coating Prep Wash
Step 2. DP Intense Iron Remover
Step 3. DP Clay Lubricant with Speed Master Clay Towel
Step 4. DP Compound
Step 5. DP Polish
Step 6. DP Coating Prep Spray
Step 7. DP Paint Coating
Step 1: DP Coating Prep Wash
DP Coating Prep Wash is great start to your full paint coating detailing process. It is powerful enough to remove any leftover waxes, oils, and sealants, but safe enough to use on all exterior surfaces of paint, glass, metal, and plastic.
DP Intense Iron Remover rids your car of hard to see, but easy to feel contaminations that are still lingering on your surface, hindering your car’s natural gloss and clarity. DP Intense Iron Remover tackles contaminants such as brake dust, rail dust, industrial fallout, mineral-rich water spots and more. DP Intense Iron Remover is safe to use on paint, wheels, glass, and chrome. Iron removal is an essential step in ensuring that a ceramic coating bonds properly and lasts a long time. Directions are as simple as spraying the DP Intense Iron Remover onto the surface, letting it dwell for a couple minutes, and rinsing it off completely. You will know DP Intense Iron Remover is working away at removing iron particles when the product turns purple. Always use iron removers out of direct sunlight.
Step 3: DP Clay Lubricant with Speed Master Clay Towel
Once the surface has had all the iron contamination removed, it is now time to remove all the non-iron contaminants such as paint overspray, tree sap and tar, industrial pollution, acid rain deposits, and bug remains. DP Clay Lubricant helps the Speed Master Clay Towel glide smoothly across the surface of any paint, glass, or metal without causing any damage. Spray a liberal amount of DP Clay Lubricant onto the surface to be treated and your clay towel. Using the clay towel, rub the surface in a smooth, even motion. The clay will grab at first, but this is normal as it is removing surface contaminants. Once the clay glides smoothly, buff away excess lubricant with a clean microfiber towel. Now that the surface is completely washed, iron free, and contaminant free, it should be extremely smooth to the touch and ready to be polished!
PRO TIP: You can do a before and after comparison by doing what is called the “baggie test”. Simply place a sandwich baggie on your hand and gently feel the paint before you clay. It will feel rough with little bumps everywhere. After you have finished claying, if you feel the paint again with the sandwich baggie, it will be completely smooth! If patches still feel rough, clay that area again!
For this step, you will need a dual action machine polisher. These machines vary in price from $150 to over $400. They are a great investment and a must have if you are planning on doing a full ceramic coating detail. When it comes to coatings and machine polishers, the only time you will not need one necessarily is if you plan on coating a brand-new car that has no imperfections in the paint. For this how-to, the truck we are doing a full detail on needs an extreme makeover as it has lots of swirls, water spots, and oxidation. We are using the FLEX XCE 8-125 18.0 Cordless Polisher along with the Lake Country Force Hybrid 5.5-inch orange cutting pad and the white polishing pad. The orange cutting pads are to be used with the DP Compound to remove swirls and other paint imperfections. While the white polishing pads are to be used with the DP Polish to refine the surface after the compounding step. The DP Polish will brighten up the paint to a high-gloss, mirror-like shine.
Once the surface has been compounded and polished, it is now ready to be chemically striped of any oils/chemicals that are still on the surface. These oils/chemicals could have been left behind from the clay lubricant used, the compound, and the polish. DP Coating Prep Spray uses a special blend of solutions to quickly remove theses oils/chemicals and other polishing debris in order to help ready the surface for a coating. Simply spray the Coating Prep Spray onto the surface and wipe off with a low nap microfiber towel.
Once the surface has been thoroughly cleaned with the DP Coating Prep Spray, it is time to apply the DP Paint Coating. Spray DP Paint Coating directly onto the coating applicator and then spread evenly, working in 2ft by 2ft sections. Work into surface until the product disappears. Once it does, use a clean microfiber towel to buff away excess product. Let the paint coating cure for 24 hours after the application, keeping it away from rain or from applying other products over the coating.