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Back when I detailed my 1990 ( Diamond Pearl Black ) Nissan 300zx I used a 3 step system.
After washing:
1) Very light cleaning compound by hand
2) Light hand polish
3) Wax


Looked amazing. And still does today.


But the game has changed. Nowadays theres Iron removers ,sealers, glazes, clays, foam cannons oh my…


This is what I’d like to do with my Blizzard Pearl Avalon.
1. Wash
2. Iron remover
3. Clay
4. Light hand polish
5. Glaze
6. Seal
7. Wax


*** I’d like to get your views. Way over kill? Sounds good? Pointless?


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It’s been decades since I’ve really got into detailing.
I fell in love with it back in the mid 90’s when I got my 300zx. ( still have it. 99K miles ! ).


Sadly over time I lost that desire ( detailing ) due to moving, college, moving out and renting, becoming a health care professional, mortgage, marriage, kids and… bills.


Matter of fact my daily driver ( until recently ) has been a 98 Accord w/ 380k ( approx ) miles on it.
I took it to prom in 98’!!! The thing is an absolute workhorse. It is the most dependable, reliable, simple easy to maintain ( And I don’t ! ) and dirt cheap to repair car I’ve ever had.


But recently got a 13’ Blizzard Pearl White Avalon Limited Hybrid.
Beautiful car!.
30k miles. 1 car local owner ( couple in mid 70’s ).


This thing is in pristine condition. I’m not kidding you. If I told you it was 6 years old after you saw it you would never believe me.


Anyways.. I’m getting way off track.
 

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1. Wash
2. Iron remover
3. Clay
4. Light hand polish
5. Glaze
6. Seal
7. Wax
This is exactly what I did when I bought my new Highlander, with the exception of step 4. I used a machine polisher with a “finishing polish” rather than hand polish.

That was a year ago. Since then I’ve hand washed regularly and finished with either a detail spray, spray sealant, or wax, and the paint still looks incredible.

I did consider a ceramic coating, but was worried if I screwed it up it’d be difficult to correct.


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