The series from the 2011 Good Guys Rod and Custom Show continues with some images of reflections. This was a very challenging shoot! OK, it is “just cars” but minimizing background clutter, finding the light, waiting for the light to be correct and being patient with the thousands of fans…I think you get it! It is not like rolling one of these beauties into a Studio equipped with a 40ft overhead softbox, like you may see in Magazine Ads. Fun anyway!

Of course, none of these shots could have been executed without the extreme work of the proud owners! Auto detailing is the performance of an extremely thorough cleaning, polishing and waxing of an automobile, both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail.

Exterior detailing involves cleaning and bringing a shine to the car’s paint, chrome trim, windows, wheels and tires. Different detailers use different products to do this, including detergents, detail clay, waxes, polishes, and a variety of applicators and special cloths.

I think this one is fun – flames within flames! The three main components of exterior car detailing are cleaning, polishing, and protecting. Cleaning refers to removing all foreign surface particles from exterior surfaces through the use of washing and claying. A clay bar helps to clean contamination/dirt from within the clearcoat that cannot be removed through weekly washing such as bugs, tar, sap, etc.

Correcting refers to using mechanical polishes by hand or with a machine and specific polishing pads that remove micrometres of clearcoat from a vehicle to remove fine scratches and swirls from a paint surface produced from improper washing or drying technique. Protecting involves the application of a protective wax (in liquid or paste form) that prevents foreign matter from adhering to the surface of the vehicle, including water, bugs splatter, tar, and dirt. Waxes and sealants provide this barrier against the elements. Waxes are some of the most expensive elements of the detailing process.

A self portrait of sorts!


2 responses

  1. Getting better….

    September 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

  2. mewithmycamera

    great reflections

    September 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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