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    Default You've all got me at it!

    Since I started looking in the detailing section I have been spending more and more time on the paintwork. I am actually starting to enjoy cleaning now - am I really sad?

    Having said that, the car looks really good now and it is thanks to all the tips on the forum. There is one small point I have never seen mentioned though, why is it that however shiny the paint looks during the day, it always looks much more shiny in the evening as the sun is setting

    I can't see why but it just does. Anyone any ideas?

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    Its down to light refraction and reflection, its the same under florescent or sodium light.

    I just got myself a 70W 4000K sodium spot light for panel checking and when I use it the swirls and holograms really jump off the body!

    It's a great way to work up a sweat IMHO I adore having a day to detail the car.

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    Its always a sense of achievement when it comes out stunning, I started detailing after being on here, its infectious!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Mc View Post
    Its down to light refraction and reflection, its the same under florescent or sodium light.

    I just got myself a 70W 4000K sodium spot light for panel checking and when I use it the swirls and holograms really jump off the body!

    It's a great way to work up a sweat IMHO I adore having a day to detail the car.
    Get some of that Proshine off eBay,its quality stuff.(Wash your car first though,you get better results). FELIXX.

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    I use a large range of waxes.

    I am an advocate of jewelultra diamond brite for low effort long term results

    On my cars however Chemical Guys, and Autosmart plus swisswax (when i have dosh!) make up my bag of tricks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Mc View Post
    I use a large range of waxes.

    I am an advocate of jewelultra diamond brite for low effort long term results

    On my cars however Chemical Guys, and Autosmart plus swisswax (when i have dosh!) make up my bag of tricks

    Lol. Always like doing my cars by hand, getting a lesson on how to do it proper like at weekend, and an update on what to use, when and where. I've been using Meguiars for years but not many of the products on detailing here.
    Yyet to get a finish on a silver car I've been 100% happy with, and my neighbour drives me nuts telling "her lad polishes show cars and gets them much better" This is the "mechanic" who doesn't know the difference between profile and depth on a tyre. Grrrrrrrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Mc View Post
    Its down to light refraction and reflection, its the same under florescent or sodium light.

    I just got myself a 70W 4000K sodium spot light for panel checking and when I use it the swirls and holograms really jump off the body!

    It's a great way to work up a sweat IMHO I adore having a day to detail the car.

    I knew there would be a scientist on here

    I am starting to enjoy cleaning it now. Trouble is it is parked outside all the time and seems to get dirty even when its not raining. That never used to bother me before, but when you have spent ages cleaning, waxing etc...

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    Thats the worst part my neighbour has no garage for his daily driver and has to work so much harder than mine to keep it shiny, except when it's raining as his being parked outdoors the rain helps to rinse off the roadcrud that dries into mine

    Pity you were not closer to me I'd get the car under the Sodium light to check for swirling and hologram's then work out a programme to correct your paint

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    I was very happy with my paint work until I had it under florescent light.
    Somethings are best left hidden

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    Derek I know if I put the car under your 'big light' it would probably look terrible.

    There are some swirls but I try to hide them by polishing hard then waxing on top to hopefully seal in all the hard work. Maybe I will get it machine polished one day but I am fairly happy with it for now.

    Before I read the detailing section I used to use the local jetwash with the soapy broom . You live and learn...

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