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I'm about to embark on my first detailing of my Tundra. By that I mean going the
route of scratch removal, polishing and then waxing. I have limited time to do
it when I start and was wondering if it is possible to do it on three seperate
occasions? I could do the scratch removal one day, the polishing the next and
the waxing several days later. That would be the worst case scenario.

The best case is I may be able to do the scratch removal and polishing on
one day and the wax the next. Keep in mind I don't have a machine to do
this and will be doing it by hand and that I'll also be doing it at work in my
down time. Thanks for any advice.

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there is nothing wrong with doing those steps on separate days, however the easiest route is to knock it all out in one day with a PC. Is the truck going to be garaged the whole span? If not you'll want to give it a quick wash or thorough wipe down before you begin youre next step.
 

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It won't be garaged in between days. I did plan on washing it or at least lightly
wiping it down between steps if I had it outside. The last thing I want to do
is be rubbing microscopic grit into the paint. Again, I'm hoping to be able to
knock it out in as few separate occasions as possible, but that may not happen.

By the way, what do you mean by PC? I'm thinking one of the Porter Cable
buffers, but wasn't sure.

Thanks for the help.

John
 

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John,

Dont you have a Probie or two to handle that stuff for you? :D
 

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Luckily I don't. I had four different ones make the rounds earlier this year
in my group. Out of the four only one was worth anything. Things have
changed drastically since I got on the job. If an officer told me my name
was Mike I would agree with him. Now they all seem to know more than
everyone who have been on the job for a while. I think they come on
with twenty years experience already!

John
 

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Yes, the PC is short for Porter Cable 7336 or 7424. They make detailing life soooooo much nicer.
 

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Well, the job is complete. I started Sunday night with a good wash and
Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0 and Meguiar's Mirror Glaze #7. Monday I waxed it
using some Meguiar's liquid wax I already had (Gold something or other?).

Went over the exterior trim and then did the interior. All together it took
about eight hours or so. The wax really pulled everything together. Early
this morning it rained like hell. I actually like when it rains after I wax
as I like to see just how much it beads up. The water beaded up really
well and actually just about "slid" off the truck leaving it pretty dry.

Anyway, thanks to all for the advice and thanks to those who have contributed
to this section. That's where I got all the information. Now I just need a new
wax.

John
 

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Did you think we were going to let you off the hook?

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As Jumbo Jet suggested its ok to do it seperate days but if you I suggest that you dont drive your vehicle around unprotected keep it garaged.
 

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Did you think we were going to let you off the hook?

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Okay, here they are. Not too bad for an 8 year old truck with 103K on it.

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That looks good, nice job. A buddy of mine has the exact same truck (color too) and I used Meguiars #205 polish on a white pad with the PC, and sealed it with Four Star Ultimate Paint Protection and then 12hrs later added a layer of Ultima Paint Guard Plus. It has to have been one of the wettest paint I have ever seen. Something about the combo of what I used, and the color of the paint produced spectacular results.
 

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Thanks. My wife said the truck looked as good as the day I bought it. I told her
that it probably looks better as I bought it used.

My wife's Santa Fe is the next project. I just bought some Duragloss (#105 I think)
and some other stuff from autogeek. That will be in a couple of weeks. Her car
is only five years old but has taken more of a beating. She parks in a parking lot at
work where everyone seems obligated to open their door into her car, so there are
some nice little scratches and paint marks that need to be worked on.

John
 

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One of my faves as well, if durability was better I would never use anything else.

I did leave the bottle in the back of my truck one day and it blew up like a balloon. It is so very oddly shaped now lol.
 

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Okay, here they are. Not too bad for an 8 year old truck with 103K on it.

John
I agree!! :tu:

Especially for New England and age of truck. Nice job!! I bet it even goes faster now...:D
 

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Looks good John. Cosmo Kramer would be proud. :highfive:
 
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