Published April 19, 2012 13:02
Recently, several of us lucky Element owners got the privilege of being trained on the art of automotive detailing. This opportunity was provided to us by one of SoCal's top professional detailers...'Mr. Richard Lin!' He owns a detail shop called "Show Car Detailing" in Anaheim Hills. His shop was voted the #1 "Best Detail Shop" in Orange County by MyFoxLA and "Best Car Wash and Detailing" by Orange County HOT LIST in 2010 and 2011.
Out of the kindness of his heart Richard offered us Elemental Motorsports followers and EOC SoCal members this once in a lifetime opportunity to change the way they view car detailing forever!
Upon our arrival Richard kindly greeted us and gave each Element owner a 'one-on-one' evaluation on the condition of their ride. After surveying all of the E's, it was a unanimous decision to demonstrate his techniques on Scott's Element. He had just returned from a trip to Death Valley, and overall his ride was a bit neglected in terms of detailing care.
Here is the run-down of what Richard did to make Scott's Element breathtaking:
Richard explained all of his high-tech diffusing equipment that he would be using throughout the detailing process. He also demonstrated the difference between tap water and defused water with a meter that measured the amount of minerals and contaminants within the water (tap water measured in about 126 particles and his diffused water measured between 1 and 0 particles)
Richard then used a foam lance filled with Prima Hydro Wash attached to a pressure washer to spray the entire Element with foam. He then used a microfiber mitt to scrub off any stubborn spots (such as sap) away.
He then used the pressure washer again to rinse the car, making sure not to get too close to avoid damaging the car from the 2000psi that was coming out of the nozzle.
Then using one of his patented microfiber waffle-cone towels he dried all of the painted areas of the car, as well as the glass. (He finished in less than 5 minutes)
Richard busted out his leaf blower to completely dry the remainder of the car. With gusts up to 240mph it was certain there was not a drop of water left.
Then he explained to all of us the importance of claying. After a brief lesson on the technique we all got clayin! We used Meguiar's mild clay and Prima Glide as a lubricant, and in no time the entire car was clayed and smooooth.
After our hands could glided nicely over the car Richard demonstrated a technique to deeply clean the neglected plastic panels of Scott's Element. Richard used a product that he manufactures called 'PRE-WOW' and a dual action oscillating buffer with a carpet scrubber attached to it to scrub the plastic, and boy did it have all the guys going "WOW!!!" After seeing those panels come back to life we all decided to pick up a microfiber rag and finish the rest of the panels by hand.
Then Richard demonstrated how to polish a car using a 'DA' (Dual Action) polisher. He taped off a section using blue painter's tape so that we could all see a before and after comparison. He used a product called Prima Swirl (which is a cut) and instructed us on how to use slight pressure when using the buffer. You slowly work the entire area while gradually increasing the speed on the polisher and applying more product when needed. Also, 'do not turn the polisher until it is against the car' (or else there will be a bit of a mess)! "Man-Oh-Man," what a difference between the polished and the non-polished side!!! After seeing that we made it a mission to finish the entire car...even the roof!
After a long polish session Richard busted out another one of his products to compliment his 'PRE-WOW' on the plastics. This product is called 'BLACK-WOW,' and we discovered again that Richard had appropriately named this product!. This product turned every part of the car, that is exposed plastics and rubber, into a deep luxurious shine. 'BLACK WOW' was formulated to make it stay that way for a long time! Even the little weatherstripping in the corner of the driver's and passenger's windows that had turned white, totally turned black in a matter of seconds!
Then to top it all off, Richard instructed us on the proper technique of polishing. We used a hybrid carnauba/synthetic wax product called Prima Epic and a few micro fiber towels. Needless to say Scott's Element was looking the better than it did the day he bought it brand new in 2004!!!
All-in-all, Richard definitely changed all of our lives that day! We will forever view caring for our car's paint very differently. From everyone here at Elemental Motorsports, as well as the local EOC members who attended, we would like to sincerely THANK Richard Lin and his lovely wife May for hosting this event. Also we want to thank them for the wonderful lunch they provided, and most of all, giving this us invaluable knowledge. "THANK YOU!!!"
Matt Porter ('TheRockin'Roller')
Elemental Motorsports 'Street Team'