Thanks for all the info guys, this thread is awesome!
I just spent the last week or so reading ALL 121 pages. So much info, but I learned a lot. Starting to put my detailing list of things to buy and man does this add up quick! I just recently got my first truck which is a 2010 DC 4.6 and I want to keep it looking good for as long as I can. I believe the info from this thread will allow me to do so.
I do have a few questions though, some are just for clarification purposes. I don't recall seeing them addressed, or maybe I just didn't understand:
1) jumbo talks about applying the powerlock sealant then letting it haze then buff off. does that mean use the "drying with water" technique at this point? (hose, leaf blower, blot dry)
2) Some people mention priming pads. do i have to do this before i use any fresh pad? does this mean spraying on a bit of detail spray, or rubbing in some polish on the pad before putting on my dime sized spots?
3) If your trim is painted, do you treat it like the rest of your paint? or do you use trim cleaner?
4) how do you guys access underneath the front door handles to correct/polish? 3" backing plate with 3" pads on a 6" griots? or just do it by hand?
5) how would you apply something like collinites 845 to your wheels?
I got zero detailing experience, but with all this info I'm excited to tackle this.
Oh, one last question: i'm really not in any rush to purchase these supplies as I just got the truck and am kinda low on cash, but does anyone know if detailersdomain, autogeek, or any of the other sites have black friday deals that I should watch out for?
Here are answers to your questions.
1. No. It means to let the sealant dry to a haze on its own. This is the same for almost all sealants.
2. Yes. It means adding compound, polish, or sealant to a fresh pad depending on what step you are on.
3. Yes. You treat it like the rest of your paint.
4. I do my handle cups by hand but you could probably use a 3 inch if you had it.
5. Depending on the wheel material, you can apply wax or sealant just like you would to the paint. I have powder coated wheels and seal them with a spray sealant after a good cleaning. The spray just makes it easier to get into the details of the wheels.
There are generally good sales over black friday / cyber Monday as well as discount codes. I find Detailed Image has some great prices and very fare shipping prices. If you sign up for emails and like them in Facebook you will get notifications of all of their sales.
If you are looking to save some coin, take a look at the Harbor Freight DA. It can be had for around 50 bucks on sale and is really a good Polisher. I have had mine for a few years and it is still going strong after lots of cars.
It's alot of work but very rewarding. Have fun with it.