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Instructional Videos

http://www.adamspolishes.com/t-videos.aspx

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Jesstzn Nubie detailing tips
http://www.passatworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=259510

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Detailing Sites and supplies
Meguiar's

Autopia - Car Detailing (Wash, Wax, Polish) Enthusiast Forum.

http://www.properautocare.com/index.html

http://bettercarcare.com/

http://www.autogeek.net/index.html
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Detailing Tips:thumbup::thumbup:

our very own Jess Tzn Ya's site...
http://www3.telus.net/jesstzn/

and fookie's how to care for your passat...
http://www.passatworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=256093

My EXTREME summer detail (Show Car Special) by NUISANCE
http://www.passatworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=261947
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Wheel scuff repair
Repairing Painted Wheel Curb Scratches

http://www.a4mods.com/index.php?page=webcontent/pages/rimrepair.html
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How best to clean your Engine bay
http://www.passatworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=258275

http://www.passatworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=261028


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Porter cable buffer Stuff

Pads:
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/son-sfxpad-kit.html
Lake Country Auto Buffing Pads



Help How-To Use the Porter Cable 7424 Car Polisher

Porter Cable 7424 Polisher introduction ... Backing plates & foam polishing pads ... Selecting a car polish ... Removing paint scratches & swirl marks.


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POLISHING PLASTIC HEADLIGHTS / TAIL LIGHTS
http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2485084

http://www.passatworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269600

Headlight restore: before-after

Headlight Sanding with Photos

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Useful General Links:

How-to Detail a Car

The following car detailing articles offer a complete A to Z solution for proper car care. As with any skill, there are as many right ways as there are wrong ways to care for your car's appearance. I hope I have taken away as much confusion as possible, but if you do have questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
THE TRUE COST OF CAR CARE

Car care (cleaning and waxing) doesn't have to be difficult. With the latest wipe-on, walk away protection products from Ultima, you can give your car 360 degrees of clear coat protection faster, easier and less expensively that you might imagine.


NANOTECHNOLOGY IN CAR CARE

Car care chemistry is going hi-tech. Ultima uses nanotechnology polymers to make the best finish care products available.


ZAINO IS LEGENDARY... ULTIMA IS BETTER!

Zaino Show Car Polish products are legendary... Ultima is better! Learn why.


INTRODUCTION TO CAR DETAILING

What is auto detailing? ... Evaluating your car's paint, interior, tires, and wheels ... Car Detailing Tips ... Detailing Schedule and more!


AUTO DETAILING CHEMICALS

Car detailing chemistry ... Carnauba car wax vs. paint sealant ... Car cleaners, polishes & protectants.


CAR DETAILING ACCESSORIES

Car wash & wheel brushes ... Wash mitts and sponges ... Detailing towels and chamois ... Car Detailing buckets.


MICROFIBER CAR DETAILING PRODUCTS

Microfiber technology & history ... Automotive microfiber towels, applicators & wash mitts ... Using Microfiber ... Maintaining Microfiber.


WASHING & DRYING YOUR CAR

This article shows you how to properly wash and dry your car without creating swirl marks and other common paint damage. You'll discover why proper washing and drying tools are important. Other topics include proper tire and wheel cleaning, proper wash techniques, and the importance of keeping tires and trim dressed.


CLEANING YOUR CAR'S PAINT WITH DETAILING CLAY

Uses for car detailing clay ... How does overspray clay work? ... Evaluating your car's paint ... Safety precautions ... Using detailing clay.


KLASSE CAR WAX USER'S GUIDE

How to get the most out of Klasse car wax products... using a Porter Cable Polisher to apply Klasse.


HOW-TO WAX YOUR CAR

New car finishes and waxing ... Clearcoat finish protection ... Automobile wax technology ... Is Carnauba wax a dinosaurs? ... Applying waxes and sealants.


HOW-TO POLISH A CAR TO PERFECTION

Selecting the proper polish ... Evaluating your car's paint ... Hand vs. machine polishing ... Removing scratches and swirl marks.


PAINT POLISHING CLINIC

Repairing paint damage with auto polish ... Removing swirl marks, water spots and bird damage ... Fixing paint chips and scratches ... Paintless dent repair (PDR).


HOW-TO USE A DUAL-ACTION CAR POLISHER

Ultimate Detailing Machine Car Polisher and Porter Cable 7424 Car Polisher introduction ... Backing plates & foam polishing pads ... Selecting a car polish ... Removing paint scratches & swirl marks.


POLISHING & WAXING YOUR CAR TO A PERFECT SHINE

Six requirements for a perfect shine ... proper paint prepararion ... wax layering for a deep, wet shine!


HOW-TO DETAIL GLASS & PLASTIC

Cleaning automotive glass ... Microfiber towels for glass ... Removing water spots ... Cleaning window tint film.


HOW-TO DETAIL YOUR CAR INTERIOR

Cleaning and protecting leather and vinyl ... Detailing carpet and upholstery ... Removing stains ... Getting rid of odors.


HOW TO DETAIL YOUR CONVERTIBLE TOP

Cleaning convertible (Cabrio) tops ... removing stains ... Convertible top protections.


HOW-TO DETAIL YOUR CAR'S ENGINE

Engine degreasers and cleaners ... Protecting from water ... Degreasing and drying ... Restoring wax protection.


HOW-TO QUICK DETAIL YOUR CAR

Spray and wipe detailer history ... Car dusters ... Quick detailing techniques.


HOW-TO DETAIL YOUR CAR'S POLISHED METAL & TRIM

Dressing black trim ... Protecting rubber seals ... Polishing chrome, aluminum and stainless steel.


HOW-TO DETAIL YOUR CAR'S TIRES & WHEELS

Concours quality tire and wheel detailing ... Undercarriage detailing.


SEASONAL CAR CARE

Getting your car ready for winter... best treatment for cold weather... cleaning your car for spring.


REPAIRING DAMAGED ALLOY WHEELS

Alloy wheel repair... Using Wurth Silver Wheel Paint to touch-up curb scratches.

Here is some info on pads.

Erasure Pads from Exceldetail, and manufactured by Lake Country. They come in 6.5", 5.5" and 4".
ExcelErasure Orange is a medium cutting for use with compounds and more aggresive polishes. Will need to follow with a less aggressive pad and product.
ExcelErasure Yellow is a light cut pad for removal of light to medium swirls and just a great all around pad.
ExcelErasure White is a light polishing pad for removing spiderwebs and can be used with a finishing polish to remove hazing and micromarring.
ExcelErasure Black is a "maintenance pad" and can be used to apply AIO products, chemical cleaners and glazes.
ExcelErasure Red is a finishing pad used to apply LSP's.
Note: When first introduced, I seem to remember a Green or Blue pad which was then replaced by the Black pad. I'm sure Patrick will make the necessary correction.
Collapsed Cell Structure (CCS) Smart Pads from Lake Country can be purchased through online sites like Autogeek, Detail City, Superior Car Care and Proper Auto Care. They are available in 6.5 inch, 7.5 inch, and 8.5 inch.
Note: In addition to the OEM type pad, Proper Auto Care also carries a different version of these pads. CCS Pads.

Yellow - Use this pad to apply compounds or polishes to remove severe oxidation, swirls, and scratches. It is the most aggressive and should only be used on oxidized and older finishes. Always follow this pad with an orange or white pad and a fine polish to refine the paint until it is smooth.
Orange - Firm, high density foam for scratch and defect removal. Use this pad with polishes and swirl removers. It’s an all around pad that will work on most light to moderate imperfections.
White - Less dense foam formula for the application of waxes, micro-fine polishes and sealants. This pad has very light cutting power so its perfect for pre-wax cleaners.
Green - Use this foam to apply one-step cleaner waxes. It is a balance of polishing and finishing that is perfect for all-in-one product application.
Gray - Composition is firm enough to withstand added pressure during final finishing to remove buffer swirls. It has no cut and will apply thin, even coats of waxes, sealants, and glazes.
Blue - Flat pad has soft composition for applying glaze, finishing polish, sealants, and liquid waxes. Flat pad provides full contact with paint surface to minimize the pressure applied by the user.
Red - This soft, imported foam is ideal for applying the final coat of wax or sealant. The foam works especially well when applying liquid waxes or sealants because it is firm enough to keep the majority of the product on the paint, rather than soaking it up. The red foam has no cut or cleaning ability. Note: Some pads are exclusively made for certain detail sites hence the variations.


Edge 2000 6" Wave Pads are double sided pads. The surface of each pad looks and feels like egg crate bedding. As the pad rotates on the polisher, the high points maintain constant contact with the paint surface to blend away imperfections. The valleys in the foam provide excellent venting to reduce the risk of burning the paint.The Edge 2000 is also a double sided pad with rounded edges. Instead of a velcro BP, Edge utilizes a patented adapter for easy removal/installation and centering.

Yellow - aggressive and will cut through deep surface marks and swirls. The yellow pads work well on heavy oxidation and pitted finishes, and will remove wet sand scratches without causing burning.
Green - useful for light oxidation and moderate to severe swirls and imperfections. This pad will yield amazing results on older vehicles, and should be used on vehicles with moderate swirls and imperfections. Add a compound or pre-wax cleaner for a flawless finish.
Orange - highly versatile, as it can be used on cars with light to moderate swirls and imperfections. We recommend you begin with this pad if you are unsure how deep swirls are, moving up to a Green Medium Cut Pad if necessary. Safe on clear coats.
Blue - great for regular use. It will leave surface areas scratch-free and smooth while still removing light swirls and imperfections. Use with wax and polish to apply a fine gloss. Safe on clear coats.
White - ultra smooth and ultra soft. The white pad leaves a bold, crystalline gloss on new and just-detailed vehicles. Apply waxes, sealants, and glazes with the white pad.
Red LSP Finishing Pad Autogeek exclusive! - is softer than the white pad, which makes it perfect for new car finishes. Apply last step products, like waxes, sealants and glazes without fear of abrasion. The red pad also makes layering products easier.

Edge 2000 Custom 6” Pad integrating two pads of different textures as one pad.
Orange/Green - The orange foam is a light cutting, closed cell foam with a small pore size. It removes light to moderate swirls and imperfections using a swirl remover or light compound. The green foam has larger pores than the orange and works well to remove moderate swirls and oxidation using a light to medium cut compound.
Blue/White - The white side is the ultrafine polishing foam, a very soft foam that is ideal for the application of waxes and sealants. The blue side is a finishing foam that removes very light swirls and imperfections. Apply waxes or fine polishes with the blue foam to enhance the paint’s gloss.


Sonus SFX Pads are 6" are and very dense. They have a small, uniform cell structure that efficiently transmits energy to the polish, allowing it create a finer paint finish.
Yellow - fast-action, swirl-free machine polishing pad for trouble-free repair of damaged, weathered and neglected paint. Designed to remove 1200 grit sanding marks.
White - A gloss-enhancing, swirl-reducing polishing pad for the regular care of paint with minor imperfections.
Red - An advanced pad for applying fine polishes, glazes and waxes. New pre-polymer foam technology allows the pad to be used at higher speeds to achieve outstanding final gloss with low polish or wax residue (thin film).


UDM DAS Pads feature the innovative “Polishing Pocket”. The Polishing Pocket cut in the face of the pad prevents polish splatter and allows more polish to be applied for better polishing results. As you apply pressure to the pad, polish in the Polishing Pocket is applied to the surface.
SwirlBuster (Orange) - Use with your favorite SMR, cuts like a light compounding pad, yet polishes out to a flawless finish. Depending on the cut of the polish you use, it can aggressively remove swirls and other minor imperfections.
ScratchBuster (White) - Use with your favorite fine-cut compound to remove paint scratches (scratches in the clear coat), water spots, bird and insect damage, heavy oxidation and other forms of minor paint damage.
Polishing Pad (Green) - works with your favorite pre-wax cleaner polish, finishing polish, cleaner/wax or one-step product.
Finishing Pad (Blue) - apply your favorite liquid waxes and paint sealants. The ultra soft foam lays down an even coat of all last step products.




Meguiar’s Soft Buff Pads 6.5"
W-7006, Burgundy Cutting Pad - most aggressive with moderate cutting power. It will remove moderate swirls, scratches, and oxidation without creating swirl marks like wool pads. Use with a swirl remover or paint cleaner.
W-8006, Yellow Polishing Pad - has mild cutting action and should be used to apply polishes to newer vehicles. It removes minor surface imperfections and restores an attractive luster to your paint. Use with a mild swirl remover or fine polish.
W-9006, Beige Finishing Pad - has no cutting or cleaning power and is used to apply the final coat of protective wax or sealant. This soft foam is gentle on paint and clear coats, and creates a high gloss shine without swirl marks.


Lake Country 6.5" Flat Polishing Pads - These pads are designed for ultimate surface contact. Since the CCS pads were introduced only a few sites carry these. Top of the Line, Detailed Image and Danase. For more info contact Lake Country and possibly order directly.
Yellow (Cutting) - Use with a compound or heavy cutting polish for deeper scratches and swirls. Hazing and micromarring is to be expected and can be removed with lighter pads and polishing combinations.
Orange (Light Cut) - medium cutting polishes and compounds that reduce and eliminate swirls and fine scratches. A great way to begin a detail and create the most dramatic results.
White (Light Polishing) - apply abrasive polishes, chemical polishes, paint cleansers, glazes, waxes, sealants and more. One of the best all around pads on the market and gets fantastic results each time.
Black (Finishing) - used with chemical polishes, sealants, waxes and most commonly with glazes. Very soft and can evenly distribute the exact right amount of product needed for an amazing gloss and shine.
Blue (Fine Finishing) - use for applying sealants and waxes. Ultra soft texture delicately and uniformly coats your paint for flawless coverage.


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will add more.
everyone feel free to help me hook it up or pm me with links or other useful stuff we can use!!!:thumbup:
 

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I am wondering what the cheapest way to detail a car and still have it look good is? I want my car to be extremely clean but i dontt want to spend lots of money on it. I am already starting by not doing anything to make it a mess but i want the interior and exterior to stay as spotless as they are and its new to me (2004 1.8t 4motion 5 speed)
 

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A couple of the Useful General Links just take you to the home page of that site. I'm guessing the site changed. Just an FYI :) I can't wait till spring.. im gonna go detail insane
 
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