The Saturday, February 2, 2025 tech session focused on how to clean your Porsche of the grime of winter. Two cleaning techniques were demonstrated.  21 members attended the tech session held at member Scott Rowbotham's shop in Arden, HPTautosport.

 

The first cleaning technique demonstrated was Don Lowcavage’s process of using a foam cannon for a nice deep clean and removal of dirt from the paint. 

After the thorough wash, Dan Dazzo with the help of Jim Moore shared how to clean the paint with clay followed by using an orbital buffing machine. 

A Seven-Step Wash Technique Using a Foam Cannon

Don Lowcavage used a seven-step process for his wash technique that utilizes a foam cannon for deep cleaning.

  1. Pre-treat the car with a hand pump and let it set for five or ten minutes.
  2. Rinse the car.
  3. Use the Foam Cannon to coat the vehicle and let it set for five or ten minutes.
  4. Using the (2) bucket system (soapy water/rinse water) - saturate microfiber wash mitt with soapy water and agitate one section of vehicle at a time.Rinse your wash mitt in the Rinse Bucket and move to next section using the same process.
  5. Rinse the vehicle of all the soap.
  6. Use a blower for initial drying and to assure soap is out of the cracks and crevices.
  7. Use micro-fiber drying cloth for the final dry.

Don suggested referencing this online site for other tips and techniques:

Vehicle Detailing Information Resource 

“Pan the Organizer” Best vehicle detailing tutorial and informational site - 

Here are the products that Don used to get the job done.

Foam Cannon Tools and Products used in February 3rd Tech Session (these are hyperlinks that will take you to Amazon so for more product information and ordering.)

MTM Hydro Pressure Washer Spray Gun and Foam Cannon Combo - 

Initial Rinse Pump Sprayer - 

Flexzilla Flexible Power Washer Hose - 

Ryobi Electric Pressure Washer - 

Ryobi Compact Blower - 

Vehicle Pressure Washer Hose Guide -

Optimum No Rinse Car Wash Soap - 

Adam’s "Meg Foam" Foam Cannon Soap - 

Paint Correction Process

For the paint correction demonstration, Dan explained the technique while Jim demonstrated the process on his wife Linda’s Mercedes.  For paint correction, this is a five-step process:

  1. Wash the car.
  2. Use a paint clay to remove surface residue being sure to use Speed Shine as a lubricant.
  3. Use Correcting Cream with an Orbital buffing machine to remove swirls, scratches and contaminants.If heavier duty work is required use the Compound Cream.
  4. After the first treatment, go back over the surface with the finishing sealant.
  5. Complete the job with a coat of wax.You might want to try the Griot’s Ceramic three-in-one wax.

Techniques and Tips to Clay Your Paint

  1. There are three options for clay on the market: 1) a traditional clay bar, 2) Synthetic Clay Cloth, or 3) Synthetic Clay pad.
  2. According to Griot’s, the Synthetic Clay pad (pictured below) is equal to eight traditional clay bars.
  3. Always use Griot’s Speed Shine or a similar product (quick detail spray) to provide lubrication for the clay. 
  4. Work in a two-foot square area; first go vertical and then come back over the same surface horizontally (or vice-a-versa). Wipe the surface clean.If you feel the surface becoming dry, spray more Speed Shine on the surface.

Using an Orbital Paint Buffer to Remove Contaminants, Swirls and Scratches

  1. Use one of the new Orbital buffing machines that is much safer to use on the paint than the original buffers.
  2. The secret is patience and build up.Start with a lighter compound, such as Correcting Cream first instead of starting with a more abrasive compound such as Fast Correcting Cream.
  3. Similar to the polish selected start with a lighter pad and only move up to a heavier, more abrasive pad if the lighter abrasion pad is not working.For our demonstration we used the black finishing pad.
  4. Work in a two-foot square area similar to claying the paint; first go vertical and then come back over the same surface horizontally (or vice-a-versa).Wipe the surface clean.
  5. Here is the buffing polishing technique according to Griot’s:“Work with slow arm speed and light pressure.Move the machine over the surface slowly with fast pad rotation so that you allow the machine to do most of the work.”  There really should be no need to apply pressure
  6. Here is Griot’s “quick start technique.”
  7. Repeat the process with the finishing sealant.
  8. Then wax the area.Hand waxing is recommended, but the orbital polisher can also be used.
  9. Don’t be afraid of damaging the paint.The new Orbital Polishers are easy to use and if you have patience and a light touch you will be fine.
  10. Have fun and revel in the resulting shine.

Products Used for Paint Correction

 

 

Griot's Garage products are available through host Scott Rowbotham at HPTautosport.  Scott will honor the same 10% discount that Griot's offers to PCA members online.  Scott can be reached by clicking this link.

Jim Moore – Appalachian Region President