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    Well I detailed my car last wed and took some pics on friday. Didnt have time to post them as I was away to manchester over the weekend.

    Anyway here's the car after a Detail;

    Washed
    tar removed
    clayed
    swirls removed
    polished
    paint cleaned
    sealed
    sealed
    sealed again

    then waxed

    I was very dissapointed with the end result, didnt have the shine, reflections or wetness I was looking for, but it was my first attempt with the PC.

    Found out where I went wrong and done a Merc CL500 today which came out absolutely stunning. Paint was so slick my hand slipped right off it.

    well here's the pics . . . . . enjoy















    sorry there are no close up shots. I used to do wedding photography but really struggle with outdoor photography with digital cameras, specially on cars. I used a Nikon D200 but too many fiddly options confused me pity , cos the pics should've came out really good.



    some pics of the CL500 I did











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    Trim : OPC-lina

    Engine : 2,0 T

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    Nice car

    The merc is a little darker?

    On a very light car it´s almost impossible to get deep shine, reflections or wetness.

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    Looks good there mate.

    On the photography side of things, I have a Canon 350D and find that using it in the mode where I set the Aperture value and let the camera choose the shutter speed works well with cars. I normally go for f11 in bright sunlight which gives me a decent shutter speed for hand held shots, you can open that to f8 if you're a bit shaky or it's cloudy, this'll give you a slightly faster shutter speed. I tend to treat the headlights like eyes and use them for setting up the autofocus before adjusting for composition.

    Also, use the highest quality and largest picture settings you can with the camera to get as much detail from the initial photo as possible. You can reduce the size later to fit whatever you need it for, but if you don't have the initial quality you'll always struggle for a good image after shrinking.

    HTH

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    Nice cars Suj, they look stunning mate.

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    She is a beauty Suj....

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    Suj786
    Great job on both cars. What products did you use as a matter of interest. Star Silver & Silver Lightening are very popular colours on this site, it would give us a picture of what products are working on different colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCOTTEX
    Suj786
    Great job on both cars. What products did you use as a matter of interest. Star Silver & Silver Lightening are very popular colours on this site, it would give us a picture of what products are working on different colours.
    I used the following products

    Washed - megs nxt gen shampoo, megs ultra plush wash mitt, 2 bucket method, dried with megs water magnet towel.

    tar removed - AutoGlym Tar remover

    clayed - Sonus Black clay with Sonus glyde lubricant, then once over with Sonus fine clay (green)

    washed again as above

    swirls removed - poorboys ssr2.5 applied with PC and cutting pad, one pass on veccy, 3 passes on merc (very hard paint)

    polished - Poorboys ssr1

    paint cleaned - Carlack 68, by hand

    sealed - Carlack 68 Acrylic Seal, by hand

    sealed - Carlack 68 Acrylic Seal, 2nd coat to ensure even coverage. left to cure for 24 hours

    sealed again - Carlack 68 Acrylic Seal, by hand

    then waxed - P21S concours wax, by hand.


    I found silver cars had to work with as it was very hard to see the products when they were on the car. wearing sunglasses or working in the shade helps alot, but thats very difficult for me, as I only have a driveway which after 1pm is covered in sunlight.

    I need to wash again now, as car is covered in bug splat. but I wont have to polish, seal etc for a while now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey©
    Looks good there mate.

    On the photography side of things, I have a Canon 350D and find that using it in the mode where I set the Aperture value and let the camera choose the shutter speed works well with cars. I normally go for f11 in bright sunlight which gives me a decent shutter speed for hand held shots, you can open that to f8 if you're a bit shaky or it's cloudy, this'll give you a slightly faster shutter speed. I tend to treat the headlights like eyes and use them for setting up the autofocus before adjusting for composition.

    Also, use the highest quality and largest picture settings you can with the camera to get as much detail from the initial photo as possible. You can reduce the size later to fit whatever you need it for, but if you don't have the initial quality you'll always struggle for a good image after shrinking.

    HTH
    I realised afterwords that the pic was taken on low resolution.
    but I need to learn how to use these functions properly. I normally take pictures and fiddle with Aperture, shutter speed etc until I get a result I'm happy with, but the screens on the cameras are so small, sometimes its very difficult to tell.

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    looking very good suj

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    Looks good. Mine needs doing rather badly. Something for the weekend eh.

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