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hi, guys. I am applying finish first on my car right now. So far its looking pretty good.

Geoff, any comment on applying finish first?
 

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FF is the only thing I use on my cars. It leaves a deep, long lasting shine and is really easy to use. It also leaves minimal powder residue and comes off really easy. The keys are:

  • Clean you car well before applying (use dishwashing soap to remove ALL grease
  • Use a small amount of product when applying
  • Use straight strokes (front to back on hood and trunk, top to bottom on sides)
  • Allow to cure overnight in the garage before removing

Most important is to not touch it until thoroughly cured overnight. The comman mistake is to take it off too soon. Resist the urge!!! Subsequent coats do not take as long to cure (a couple of hours is fine) and will add to the depth and gloss.

BTW: Zaino's is very similiar, but seems to be harder to remove. All in all, I like FF the best!

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phew!.. finally done with the fisrt coat of car.. + second coat on hood

it looks great so far, but I think I will put on more coats in about an hour or so


by the way, how do you remove FF? just wipe it off with a towl?
 

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Make sure you don't use too much product...a little goes a long way. Use a 100% cotton towel with all the labels and stitching cut off to prevent scratching. FF comes off real easy if you don't use too much.

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well fellas, it was a freakin' cold day, but I got my butt out there to finally finish it. I am not an expert, but the result turns out really well.
Damn, I feel like I just got a new IS300 again. Its probably even shinier than the first day I got it.

I think I will try second coat tomorrow if its not too cold. 3rd coat on the hood. (I have more coats on the hood than the other parts)

hopefully this will help me with salt in winter.
 

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hmm.. you know what? I can't really see the stuff I put on at all. I put a little bit on the towl and wipe small area at a time with straight strokes.

I wiped the whole car off this morning. but I can't really see what I have to wipe, since its so smooth and shiny already.

do you really have to remove the stuff afterwards?
 

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FF is all i use. there might be better, but who cares. the gloss this polish leaves is actually sorta ridiculous (especially on black). my cl-s looks "wet" constantly.

chromaplast, i just put another coat on my car this weekend, and it was none too warm here. my experience with FF has taught me:

1. forget about special "pre-cleaners" that cost $10 and help strip old waxes. Pffft. Waste of time. $1.99 bottle of original Dawn dishwashing liquid does the same thing. make sure it's Dawn though -- a guy that i know says that Dawn's detergent/surfectant is stronger than, say, Palmolive's. anyway the point is not to waste your $$ on worthless pre-cleaners.

2. use a thin layer of FF (as someone else mentioned), and let cure for a long time. no 15 minute wait periods. i don't think overnight is necessary, because most molecular bonding happens within a certain timeframe, so curing beyond that point will yield no real results. i let my first coat cure for about 2 hours; my second about 75 mins.

3. apply with a PRE-WASHED cotton towel and remove with the same. do not apply in a circular motion, but rather, up and down. i'm honestly not sure what diff. it makes, but it's the suggested method, so what the hell.

4. works sweet on glass.


that's it. chroma, hope i didn't steer you wrong.
 
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