Lake Country CCS 6.5 inch Gray Finishing Pad Review

Lake Country CCS 6.5 inch Gray Finishing Pad Review

by Montie Skaggs
of Aurora Mobile Detail
An Auto Detailing Company

CCS 6.5 inch Gray Finishing PadThe Lake Country 6.5″ Black Finishing Pad is the last step to making sure your vehicle’s paint looks good for months after we have detailed it.

CCS 6.5 inch Gray Finishing Pad

We use this pad to apply the sealant to your vehicle. It is a thick, soft pad that helps to give an even coating of whatever sealant, liquid wax, glaze, paint cleanser or polish that needs to be applied. The black finishing pad, like the white polishing pad, is made with a product saving design that keeps more of the product from absorbing into the pad. Because the product sits on the surface of the pad, more of the product is transferred to the paint surface.

The design also helps to keep the pads from skipping while we are applying the product, helping us to have a consistent, even coat of the sealant. It helps to buff the sealant into the clear coat and deposit the right amount of product perfectly every time.

It is easy to use, which helps us to be able to complete your car’s finish in a short amount of time. Using it in combination with the Meguiar’s M21 Mirror Glaze Synthetic Sealant 2.0 helps to make the final shine a brilliant, deep, beautiful gleam.

Lake Country CCS 6.5 Inch White Polishing Pad Review

Lake Country CCS 6.5 Inch White Polishing Pad Review

by Montie Skaggs
of Aurora Mobile Detail

CCS 6.5 inch White Polishing PadOnce we have finished with the cutting compound, we use the Lake Country 6.5 White Polishing Pad to move on to the second step of the polishing process. Similarly to the orange cutting pad, it is a thick foam pad. But unlike the orange pad, it is much gentler.

CCS 6.5 inch White Polishing Pad

It can be used to work polishes, sealants, glazes, waxes and many other products onto the surface of your car. Because the pad does not absorb the majority of the polish, more of the product goes onto the paint where it is supposed to go. We use the Meguiar’s M205 Ultra Finishing Polish to remove the remaining surface blemishes. Using the white polishing pad helps to breakdown the polish so that it can be worked deep into the clear coat and bring out a stunning luster.

It is gentle enough that it does not leave any hazing or other blemishes that can come with other pads. It gives a great result, leaving an amazingly beautiful shine without any streaks. But this glossy finish is not the last step in making your vehicle showroom worthy.

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CCS 6.5 Inch Lake Country Orange Light Cutting Pad Review

CCS Lake Country 6.5 Inch Orange Light Cutting Pad Review

by Montie Skaggs
of Aurora Mobile Detail
A Car Detailing Company

CCS Lake County 6.5 Inch Orange Light Cutting PadCCS 6.5 inch Orange Light Cutting Pad

The Lake Country 6.5″ Orange Cutting Pad is, as the name suggests, an orange pad used for applying the cutting compound. The Orange Cutting Pad is designed with an abrasive foam that helps cutting compounds to work deeply into the surface of the clear coat. This is vital for ensure that any remaining fine swirls and scratches are removed. We prepare the pad with the compound by applying it in an even coat directly to the pad.

We then make sure that all of the pores on the pad are well coated. Depending on what blemishes your car has, we will either use a light pressure or a heavy pressure. A lighter pressure helps to give your car a finer finish, whereas a heavier pressure is needed for a heavier correction. We will typically use a variety of pressures over your entire vehicle to make sure it has an even polish.

We buff the entire surface to remove the little incidental imperfections that can be caused by normal wear and tear, previous attempts to protect the car’s paint, and environmental pollutants. This step will usually remove some deeper scratches, but only if they do not extend beyond the protective clear coat. Once we have finished this part of the polishing, we move on to step two.

The Two Step Polish – Meguiar’s Professional Polish

Meguiar’s Famous 2 Step Polish

Auto Paint Polishing and Auto Detailing by Aurora Mobile Detail: Aurora, IL and surrounding cities.

We provide the two step polish to our customers in the Aurora, Illinois area. The two step polish is a professional auto detailing step-by-step process created by Meguiar’s.

First, your car must be professionally washed and claybar cleaned before moving forward.

Meguiar’s 2 Step Polish Step by Step Instructions

  1. 2 Bucket Car Wash – Wash the vehicle to clean it of most contaminants.
  2. Claybar the vehicle to remove the contaminants that are stuck in the paint that are not removed by the wash.
  3. Apply Meguiar’s M105 Ultra Cut Compound with an orange light cutting or white polishing Lake County pad and the Porter Cable 7424XP dual action polisher
  4. Apply Meguiar’s M205 Ultra Finishing Polish with a white polishing or black finishing Lake county pad and the Porter Cable 7424XP Dual Action Polisher.

This process must be followed up with a wax or sealant to protect the paint. 

When it comes to polishing a car to the perfect showroom sheen, it has been difficult to get out imperfections without the possibility of causing others. Often, the motion of a compound will add to the swirling and hazing rather than removing it. Most polishing systems use three steps to get the best results. This takes quite a bit of time and can cause more swirls to appear. But we have found a solution by using Meguiar’s Two Step polish. This eliminates one of the three steps, making the polishing process faster and more effective. The process starts with Meguiar’s M105 Ultra Cut Compound.

This compound is unlike others before it. It uses super micro-sized, extra hard abrasives that are able to retain their shape during the entire polishing process. In doing so, it helps to create a consistent cut that removes ultra-fine marks caused by previous polishing, surface scratches, swirl marks, etching caused by acid rain, and holograms. This compound can be rubbed in by hand or it can be applied by using an orbital polisher. We prefer to use the Porter Cable 7424xp Orbital Polisher, as it gives us a better result in a shorter amount of time. It also helps to speed up the process by working as both a cutting compound and a polish. It prepares the paint for the second step.

To achieve the best results from Meguiar’s Two Step polish system, we utilize a Porter Cable 7424xp Orbital Polisher. This polisher gives us a variety of options to help us polish your vehicle, no matter how much damage has been done in the past. It has multiple speed options that help us to customize the way we polish your vehicle. A slower, more methodical speed is best for the cut compound, while a faster speed is ideal for the polish.

Changing out the pad that we are using and changing the pressure we are using also helps to change the final outcome of our polishing efforts. We prefer to use three different pad to get the perfect polish. The pads, the Lake Country 6.5 Orange Cutting Pad, the Lake Country 6.5 White Polishing Pad, and the Lake Country 6.5 Black Finishing Pad all have different textures and abrasive qualities that we use in conjunction with the Meguiar’s polishing system to prefect the shine of your vehicle. When those pads are used with the proper compound or polish and in the correct order, the finish of the vehicle goes from simply being shiny to being brilliant and long lasting. Using these three pads helps to enhance the properties of the cutting compounds, polishes, sealants, and glazes that may be use to bring out your car’s full potential and help lock in and protect the beautiful shine.

Claybar Reviews & Recommendations – What You Need To Claybar

What Do You Need To Claybar A Vehicle?

by Montie Skaggs
of Aurora Mobile Detail

Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay KitThis article is going to tell you exactly what you need to claybar your vehicle. You can purchase an expensive claybar kit that comes with everything, but I am going to recommend the better option.

Top 2 Claybar Options

Car Clay Bar 160g Auto Detailing Magic Claybar Cleaner – Only about $6-7

Meguiar’s G1016 Smooth Surface Clay Kit – A little more expensive but only like $17 right now.

Clay Lubricant

You will need to lubricate the paint for when you are wiping the clay on the surface. You have a few options here. You can use soap and water (not recommended), Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine, or Meguiar’s Detailing Spray.

I personally recommend that you grab yourself a bottle of the Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine. It’s amazing. You get a big bottle of the product.What you do is get an empty spray bottle and dump a little bit of the ONR (Optimum No Rinse) into it. Then add the rest water. I’m talking like 20 parts water to 1 part product. You can use this homemade spray bottle as clay lubricant, or simply to keep your car looking clean in between car washes.

Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine

Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine

Best Clay Lubricant:  Optimum (NR2010Q) No Rinse Wash & Shine – 32 oz.

Best Detailing Spray (You can use this as clay lubricant): Meguiar’s G14422 Ultimate Quik Detailer – 22 oz.

After we have thoroughly washed your car, we us a clay bar treatment to remove any remaining or invisible contaminants. It removes many environmental pollutants that are found on most vehicles. It also helps to remove any products that were previously used on the vehicle.

With it, it will help pull out any contaminants that were sealed in with those old products. This is done by using a clay bar and a clay bar lubricant. We combine Meguiar’s detailing clay and Optimum Wash and Shine Clay Lubricant to give your car a flawless surface and prepare it for protective products. We start by cutting or breaking off a small piece of the clay from the bigger block. This way, if we accidentally drop the piece we are using or if it becomes too soiled, we can simply get a new piece. We continue on by shaping the clay into a bar with a flat surface.

We then add water to the Optimum Wash and Shine to create the perfect clay lubricant. The lubricant is essential. Without it, the clay would not be able to glide. The clay must be able to glide or it will not pick up the contaminants and would leave a mess that would make the process of cleaning your vehicle more difficult. As the lubricant pulls out contaminants, it also helps to work as a no rinse wash.

We then work in small sections to make sure we cover every inch of your car’s surface. Moving over each section, we make sure that the clay bar has picked up every contaminant. Once the bar slides effortlessly over the surface, we know that we have finished that section. As we move over each section, we use microfiber cloths to them remove any of the lubricant that remains. We continue the process until every contaminant is completely removed and the clay gently glides over that section with ease.

To ensure that we do not move contaminants from one part of your vehicle to another, we frequently reshape the bar or break off a new piece to continue with a fresh one. When we have completely finished the clay bar treatment, your vehicle’s paint surface will be contaminant free and have a beautiful, lustrous finish. Though it will help to remove contaminants, it will not remove any scratches or swirls left by previous contaminants. We take care of those later in the process.

Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner by Stoner Review

Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner by Stoner

by Montie Skaggs
of Aurora Mobile Detail

Invisible Glass Cleaner by StonerInvisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner – 19 oz, 91164

What I Like: This product is perfect. Yes, perfect. Coupled with a microfiber towel, it will leave your glass looking ‘holy crap’ clean. The streaks disappear instantly without too much wiping so it saves me a lot of time, that’s what I like the best. Let me put it to you this way: I haven’t touched a single other glass cleaner in 6 years since I first picked up this product.

Once we have finished washing, we make sure that your glass is as clean as the rest of the exterior. We use Stoner Invisible Glass Cleaner to give your windows and windshield a streak free, haze free shine. Its formula is ideal to remove tough grime that accumulates on your windows.

It is so powerful that it can help eliminate bugs, tar, mud, bird droppings and salt. It even has the power to remove sticky substances such as sap. It leaves your glass with a clearness that can truly be called invisible. It also offers rain protections. While windshield wipers do the majority of work to keep your windshield clear in rain and snow, the added protection from Invisible Glass means that you can use your wipers less often to help save the motor or give them an extra boost when the rain or snow becomes too heavy for them to handle on their own.

It also helps to prevent future dirt from adhering to your glass surfaces. It creates a barrier that keeps mud and bugs from sticking and becoming difficult to remove with normal washing. Having this barrier will give you more time between washes, helping to increase the longevity of your windshield visibility.

Viking 845100 Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge Review

Viking 845100 Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge Review

By Montie Skaggs
Of Aurora Mobile Detail

Viking 845100 Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge (Colors may vary)For more stubborn dirt and grime, such as bugs and tar, we use Viking Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge. It is designed with a large sponge to hold plenty of cleaning solution, which means it will not need to be repeatedly plunged into the bucket of soapy water. Its design makes it ideal to remove the tough dirt that is often found on bumpers, wheels, grills, and headlights.

What I Like: This sponge is pretty cool. I actually use it a lot. It’s nice to have a dedicated ‘thing’ for cleaning the dirty areas on the car. I also use this sponge for the areas by the wheels where tar/rocks/grime are kicked up and are stuck to the paint. Since not every job is a clay-bar job then there will be some problem areas. I don’t like contaminating my microfiber wash mitt with grime and tar so I use this bug and tar sponge on those areas.

While it is very strong and durable, it is soft enough to be safe to use on your painted surfaces. It will not damage your clear coat, so it makes it perfect to remove any dirt that has been left behind by the initial wash. Because it is tough it is the perfect tool to remove the most stubborn of grime from grills, wheels and bumpers, but it is still gentle enough to eliminate grime from headlights without causing scratches that can cause them to become dim over time. That dimming can be dangerous, as scratched headlights to not project light as far, keeping you from having a full view of the road ahead.

Viking 845100 Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge (Colors may vary)

Meguiar’s x3002 Microfiber Wash Mitt Review

Meguiar’s x3002 Microfiber Wash Mitt Review

by Montie Skaggs
of Aurora Mobile Detail

Meguiar's Microfiber Wash MittWe make sure to also use the best products to help remove dirt and grime. There are many options for cleaning cloths on the market, but we prefer to use Meguiar’s Microfiber Wash Mitt to gently trap and wash away dirt and grime. Its large, plush fibers are gentle and safe for your vehicles clear coat. It is also lint free, so it will not leave pieces of itself behind. It helps to leave your car clean with a swirl-free shine. Because it will not damage your paint, it is safe to use on every part of your car’s exterior.

Using this gentle yet effective mitt helps us to gently rub away the dirt without causing damage to the clear coat. Its design also helps keep it secured to our hands so that we are able to use its entire surface, something that would not be possible if we were to use any other cleaning cloth. This gives your vehicle a superior clean in comparison to what other cloths can do.

What I Like: I like that it’s easy to keep this mitt clean and how soft it feels on the paint. It feels like a truly premium high quality wash mitt with each wash that I do. I highly recommend it.

Meguiar’s X3002 Microfiber Wash Mitt

Our 2 Bucket Wash Method – List of Products

Our Washing Method

When we wash your vehicle, we want to make sure the entire thing has been properly cleaned. To do this, we use the two bucket wash method. This method uses one bucket for the soap and water mixture that will do the actual cleaning of the vehicle and a second bucket to rinse the dirt off of the mitt or cloth being used for cleaning. When most people wash their car at home, they use just one bucket and use a hose to rinse the suds away. This mean dipping a dirty cloth or mitt back into the same water that you will be using to put the sudsy water onto your paint. Dirt that remains on you cloth puts your paint at higher risk of obtaining scratches that can lead to deterioration of the paint later on. By using a second bucket, you are removing the majority of the dirt you have just washed off, making it less likely that you will scratch your paint. Since we want to make sure we treat your car like we would treat our own, we use this preferred method.

Pinnacle 5 Gallon Wash Bucket Combo

Premium Wash Mitt (2-pack) with FREE POLISHING CLOTH, Highest Density – Ultra-soft, Double Sided, Super Absorbent – Universal One Size Fits All Wash Glove – Lint Free – Scratch Free – Use Wet or Dry, Lifetime Warranty

Meguiar’s G7164 Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner – 64 oz.

Porter Cable 7424XP Orbital Variable Speed Polisher Review

Porter Cable 7424XP Orbital Variable Speed Polisher Review

by Montie Skaggs
Owner of Aurora Mobile Detail

Porter Cable 7424XP Random Orbital PolisherThis polisher is perfect for anyone who wants to start polishing paint. Whether you are a beginner or an expert you will be able to benefit from the usefulness of this dual action random orbital polisher.

The polisher comes with a six inch polishing pad but you will want to buy some extra pads from another company like Lake County. They make pads that are for different polishing uses. This machine gives you the ability to remove any swirl mark or light defect from even the toughest paint out there.

Any professional auto detailer will recommend you this tool if you are going to be polishing paint. Once you use this polisher you will wonder how you even detailed cars without it in the first place. It’s literally impossible to put swirls in the paint with this polisher.

What I Like: This tool is incredibly easy to use. It offers you a bunch of different speed settings and the ability to change pads on the fly due to the velcro backing. It’s very easy to hold on to due to the handle that sticks out of the side (which can be taken off for storage). This machine eliminates swirls easily and efficiently and allows you to complete any detailing job.

What I Don’t Like: This polisher is pretty loud and it vibrates a LOT. After a while my hands and arms become numb due to the severity of the vibration. Because of this I will be in the market for a better polisher in the future.

Bottom Line: There are some lower priced polishers available but they do not do the job that this one does. I recommend this polisher for someone who wants to completely eliminate the chance of damaging paint when they’re doing an auto detailing job.

PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher

I love this video: This guy shows you how it is IMPOSSIBLE to damage your paint using a Porter Cable 7424XP… Using the “heavy” yellow cutting pad he attempts to detail his car completely ‘wrong’ even a way that a complete beginner would never do…

How Safe Is The Porter Cable 7424xp For My Paint?