Junkman's, The Mother of All "How to Fix Your Paint for Novices" Thread!

Discussion in 'Viper Detailing Tips & Tricks' started by Junkman2008, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Junkman2008

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    That's right boys and girls, The Junkman has went and made paint correction so easy, a caveman could do it! In the following videos, I cover the entire process from start to finish. The first two videos are worth their weight in gold for the information alone. I don't even start working on the paint until the third video but the amount of information I cover in the first two videos is priceless. Do NOT skip through them!

    If you have ever been apprehensive about using a machine to rid your paint of scratches and swirls, you will definitely not be worried after watching this video series. I break it down to a level where a 10 year old can watch these videos and start fixing paint. The supplies and equipment that I use are readily available in the USA and abroad (for the most part). If you have a serious desire to finally fix your paint and about 1 hour and 54 minutes, then this video series is totally for you. After you have watched this series, you will not believe how easy I have made this.

    So sit back and get out some popcorn, kick up your feet and enjoy. The Junkman is about to burst onto your screen in a way that only the Junkman can! :thumbsup:


    Here are your before and after shots, which won't make a lot of sense until you have watched the videos, especially when you see how the number "2" ended up in the paint!


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    AFTER!

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    Part 1 - Hey boys and girls! Finally, a video series that takes the process of paint correction from the beginning to the end (from claying to waxing). Although I do not apply any wax at the end, I cover everything else in detail. This series is 1 hour and 54 minutes long so that should give you an idea as to how much detail I go into.

    In this first video, I talk in detail about exactly what paint correction is. I also go into detail about the polishing technique you should use as well as the best product on the market that you should buy. I cover other topics too so just sit back and kick up your feet. This video is 15 minutes and 7 seconds long.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP-eAddv2sk&feature=plcp



    Part 2 - In this video, I go into detail about exactly what I use to remove the paint damage within this video series. I name and visually show every piece of equipment as well as all of the products necessary to do paint correction. In some cases, I even offer up a location where you can find the products that I use. I talk about why I chose to use the products that I use as well as what I don't use. If you want a list of these items, WATCH THIS VIDEO!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_0nr6XPEHM&feature=plcp



    Part 3 - Okay, in this video I identify the damage that we are going to repair. I even go as far to create some damage just to ensure that my paint will be more jacked up than your paint. I then go into detail about claying, and what it does for your finish. Last of all, I show how to assemble the PC-7424XP so that we can start the polishing process. The video following this video will be in high definition so that you can clearly see the damage and the effectiveness of my repair.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyJYtYhz9RQ&feature=plcp



    Part 4 - Because I wanted the viewers of this video to be able to see the results of the work that I did in high detail, I uploaded this video in high definition. That took 12 hours!

    In this video, I actually go into the proper technique for polishing with the PC-7424XP, showing me using the machine properly. I show the polishes that I use, the pads that each polish is used on, how to work the polisher and how much polish should be used. I also talk about the importance of not using too much polish and clogging up the pores in the pads, which makes the whole process worthless. I go into the discussion of how long to work a polish and when to stop (after a polish flashes). I show which order the polishes are used and explain why you use them in that order.

    One thing that I stress in this video is the importance of a solid technique. I talk about and show the technique that I use, as well as how to ensure that you are developing a solid technique. As I say often in this video series, "Technique trumps product 365, 24/7. No matter who's polishes you decide to use, none of them will work worth a darn if your technique sucks. Technique rules!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0rbZOeNN4o&feature=plcp



    Conclusion - I recap my process and allow you into my mindset concerning paint correction and caring for your paint.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuGMg0wwo6E&feature=plcp


    The Junkman :beer:
     
  2. GTSHolgi

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    Wow, can't wait to see them all!! Seems like a lot of work and dedication went into the series!

    My compliments!

    Holger
     
  3. Junkman2008

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    It took me 12 hours just to upload one of those videos to You Tube! Somebody is really gonna benefit from this thread.
     
  4. speedracervr4

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    Thanks for taking the time to make the videos!! Awesome stuff!!
     
  5. BlknBlu

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    Everything I have learned is from the Junkman and it makes a world of difference. The paint on my cars has so much depth and luster.

    thanks bud

    Bruce
     
  6. Junkman2008

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    Thanks for the compliment! I'm humbled. :)
     
  7. troublemaker

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    Great videos. I don't want this to fall to the bottom.
     
  8. Junkman2008

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    Thanks! Make sure that you bookmark it. This is the last one that I am going to do on this subject for novices.
     
  9. VYPR BYT 94

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    I have it bookmarked! :2tu:
    Thanks, Mike
     
  10. Kevan

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    What I learned from these is that even a 6'1" skinny white guy can be Charles Barkley.
    :D :D :D

    FANTASTIC series of vids!
    Thanks a ton, Junkman!
     
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    Dude, you CAN'T be that bad!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60EPi4eYHSE
     
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    Good stuff...I learned that I'd not used enough pressure when working on my wife's van. Time for another pass. Thank you for the vids!
     
  13. Junkman2008

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    You must have not used any pressure at all if you went lighter than I do. Are you using a scale to determine this?
     
  14. CEJ

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    I didn't use a scale, but I only used the weight of the machine and let it work. The scale idea is good and will give that a try next time.
     
  15. Viper #53

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    Great video series junkman. Where can you purchase the foam "gun" you attached to the hose and the separators you place in the bottom of your buckets to ensure dirt doesn't mix with the water? Great to know an Army paratrooper can learn from a Marine...
     
  16. Junkman2008

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    First off, thank you for your service sir! [​IMG]

    The foam gun can be purchased from Autogeek or Amazon in a quart or half-gallon size. The model number is very important so make sure that you get the right one. The Grit Guards can be purchased directly from Grit Guard's website. The quick disconnect can also be purchased from Autogeek's website, as well as just about any hardware store. Lowe's has them for cheap but you only want the brass ones from Gilmour, not the cheap plastic ones. You are also going to want to get a good shut off valve. Here's the one I have.
     
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    Hey Junkman, I have been following your tips for some time now, and just gotta say thanks for the tips and the videos!
    I spent some time reviewing your videos and tips and decided to correct the paint on my 04 Viper while I had some time off over the Holidays. The paint has never been clayed let alone corrected.. The previous owner stated he just washed with turtle wax soap :(
    While clean, the paint didn't have that pop, not anymore!
    After Full wash, clay, 3 step polish and wax! A lot of work but as they say the proof is in the pudding :2tu:

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  18. Junkman2008

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    WOW! Imagine that! :headbang:

    Just think, you learned a couple of important things here. First, now you understand what a true detailer would have to go through to properly do a paint correction on a car. It can be a LOT of work as you found out. Second, you just figured out why I DON'T do this for a living and why I charge so much and must have the car so long when someone like Jay Leno shows up and insist that he wants ME to fix his paint. Last of all, seeing how much work it is, you will now go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that you don't jack the paint up on your car again. Once you have experienced the baptismal by fire called paint correction, you never look at your paint the same way again. :2tu:

    By the way, the lighting in your garage is outstanding for paint correction. You lucky dog! :D
     
  19. Big Mac

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    Well I spent half the day yesterday watching all the videos... then I returned the Craftsman buffer/polisher that I bought last week and hadn't used yet! I stopped at Autozone on the way home and picked up some 105 & 205 then I called and ordered the PC, pads, pad washer etc. Hopefully it will all be here by the weekend and I can try it out on the SS.
     
  20. Junkman2008

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    Remember, baby steps. Rome wasn't taken in a day and you are not going to fix your car in the same time frame. Embrace the process and enjoy the time that you spend with your car. That's what I do. It's like making love to a beautiful woman. You just don't rush that kind of activity.

    Unless she's married. :D
     
  21. swexlin

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    Outstanding!
     
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    awesome videos, appreciated the effort you have taken to educate me. thanks eh
     
  23. Junkman2008

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    Thanks for watching. Now watch them again and see how much stuff you missed the first time. ;)
     
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    I resemble that remark :omg: Good thing it raining today, I'll make some :eater: and get with it!
     
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    You Sir are the "Yoda" of paint correction. I'm now a junkman-oholic... Thanks for taking the time to make the videos!!
     
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    Thanks for watching sir! :)
     
  27. HobokenViper

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    This thread is great! I'm going to watch all the videos when I have some time over the weekend.

    In the meantime, I have a quick question for Junkman2008. I just bought a custom built carbon fiber dashboard plate for my viper and apparently the builder applied the final coat of clear coat too close to the time when he shipped it to me and the bubble wrap ended up getting pushed into the outer layer of clear coat. Needless to say, there are bubble wrap like raised/lowered markings built into the clear coat in several areas now. I assume that this can be rubbed/polished out, but I'm a complete beginner when it comes to that and I don't have a buffer or anything like that to use. Do I just go to the local autozone and pick up a bottle of 3M rubbing polish and apply it with a microfiber towel rubbing it on until the imperfections are gone? Or is there another better and faster method? Should I just bring it to a detailing shop to clean it up? What is your recommendation on the best way to handle this?
     
  28. Junkman2008

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    You send it back to whoever sold it to you and let them figure out how to fix it.

    With all due respect, you are the absolute LAST person who needs to do anything to that dash. Working on carbon fiber is a little bit different than working on your car's paint. You ain't gonna mess up anything on your car. That piece of carbon fiber is another story. You need to watch these videos FIRST so that you can see how laughable working by hand is. You ain't gonna fix anything by hand and buying a cheap polisher is like pissing into the wind. Post again after watching each of those videos TWICE. You will never catch everything in them by only watching them once. There's a college course worth of information crammed into those 2 hours and I never answer questions that I cover in those videos. I always send those people back to the videos. Trust me, you're in for a boatload of information so take notes!
     
  29. HobokenViper

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    I would love nothing more than to send it back to the company/individual who sold it to me, but I fear it would take a month or two of me sending constant emails, phone calls, and text message reminders to push him to send a new one back to me. Buying this carbon fiber dash piece was a very frustrating process as it took the seller 3 weeks to ship it to me after the date that the "already finished product" was supposed to be shipped to me. Beyond that, he somehow forgot to send both pieces together and had to ship the other piece a week later, and other logistical problems arose because of how things were sent out. Needless to say, despite my extreme patience thus far, I'd rather not send it back to them for fear I may never get another back again, especially after reading many similar and far worse reviews from other buyers from this company.

    So I have decided to try my hand at taking this to a trusted local auto body shop and see what they can do to properly fix this screwed up clear coat layer.

    And you are 100% correct in saying that there is no way that I should be attempting any of this myself. I'm leaving it to a trusted professional, and may look for the seller to pay me back for the cost to fix his shoddy craftsmanship (or poor decision to apply clear coat immediately before shipping).

    I will watch your videos over this long holiday weekend. Thanks for your response and your posts and videos are always very helpful. Thanks again!!!
     
  30. Junkman2008

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    Given everything that you have posted, I would say that this is the BEST resolution for you. No one wants a jacked up looking dash in their Viper so make sure that you do your homework in selecting the person to fix it. Don't take their word at crap, look at them working and look at the work they have done. If getting that dash is as hard as you say, you don't want it screwed up.
     

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