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Detailed my MKZ

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I detailed my MKZ this weekend.  Pictures are posted in the Gallery.

 

Briefly, the steps were:

 

1.  Wash engine compartment

2.  Wash car, including wheels and tires

3.  Clay body and wheels

4.  Sealant on body and wheels.

5.  Clean/Detail interior, including leather seats and door and sunroof seals.

6.  Clean/Dress Exterior Trim, Engine compartment, Tires.

7.  Glass and exhaust tips.

8.  Final wipedown.

 

It took 2 days, but worth it!

 

 

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I detailed my MKZ this weekend.  Pictures are posted in the Gallery.

 

Briefly, the steps were:

 

1.  Wash engine compartment

2.  Wash car, including wheels and tires

3.  Clay body and wheels

4.  Sealant on body and wheels.

5.  Clean/Detail interior, including leather seats and door and sunroof seals.

6.  Clean/Dress Exterior Trim, Engine compartment, Tires.

7.  Glass and exhaust tips.

8.  Final wipedown.

 

It took 2 days, but worth it!

 

It really looks great!

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Looks great!  I used to do extreme detailing to my cars, but as I get older, a quick wash and wipe down is good enough.  :)

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That's a good looking car and detail. I have the silver MKZh but your car looks a little darker is this a different color than silver ? I posted on another thread about a synthetic sealer called Optimum Gloss Coat ,it will last for two years without a refresh and makes the paint pop.  All you do is wash the car and it always looks just waxed. This is my first hybrid and after 3 years I still look for reasons to drive it. It is always worth keeping the car looking great,I find great satisfaction when walking toward the car in a parking lot and seeing it , it really stands out among all other cars.

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The name of the color is Luxe Metalicious Metallic.  Seriously, that was the first name Lincoln used, but changed it to Luxe Metallic.  I guess Luxe Metalicious sounds too much like a stripper or porn star name.  It's essentially gray, although I like to say it's more of a pewter tone.

 

As for paint sealants lasting two years, I'll just say I don't believe it.  Yes, some sealants will last longer than others, but I think it depends heavily on the conditions where the car is driven.  And living in the Northeast, as you and I both do, I've never had one last two years, much less 1 year.  If you have, then congratulations, but that has not been my experience.  I will say that the synthetic sealants definitely last longer than conventional carnauba waxes, which is one reason why I switched years ago.

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Great,my next MKZ will be that color. I keep my car in a car port so that helps keep the sealant lasting longer , enjoy your ride now that the weather is getting nice!

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I take a different view.  I love to rub on my car and detailing is a form of therapy for me as well as a source of pride.  I do not want a product like a coating that will last two years.  Not waxing or sealing my car for that long would drive me nuts!  I like to fully detail my car every three or four months with a quality wax or sealant (my current favorite is Sonax Polymer Net Shield).  I do this even if the protection is still there.  In fact, some sealants I've used on friends' cars have lasted over six months.  Duragloss makes sealant 111 that I know can go six months with good beading still present.

 

If you enjoy experimenting with different products, a coating would be wasted since the reason for its existence is longevity - once there do not touch it for a year or more.  No doubt coatings are great for their intended purpose but for those of us who actually like working on our cars often, they are a waste of money.

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Great,my next MKZ will be that color. I keep my car in a car port so that helps keep the sealant lasting longer , enjoy your ride now that the weather is getting nice!

Unless you're buying pre-owned or a leftover, you're out of luck.  They've dropped Luxe for 2017. 

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Well this is a good conversation on sealants and waxes. The thing about Optimum gloss coat is that they say you can still use other waxes like a carnauba or spray detail on top to bring up the shine while still having the long time protection. There is a lot of feedback from pro detailers on this product on line. But I agree that there is great satisfaction in taking care of our cars,in fact I have to do something to it a least every other week be it washing and spray/wax detail or interior cleaning. I am not sold on the 2017 front so my next Z will probably be a 2016 with that Luxe color.      

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Detailing to that level sounds like something I am very interested in.  What was the cost for this level of detail?

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I did it myself.  Most of the washing and cleaning supplies I had on hand already, so out of pocket costs were essentially zero.

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