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    FZ Cleaning (What woked for me)

    Having a new used ski whose surface feel a little rough/slightly dull and a few too many tiny scratches plus some light scruff marks and being new to the nano-excel hull I wasn't sure what would work best at cleaning it. All I knew is that my collection of meguire's and 3M marine cleaners would not work for the FZR. Following the advice on the forum to treat the NXL body as an auto finish I picked up Meguires Ultimate Compound, Ultimate Polish, the new Ultimate Wax, clay bar kit, dish washing soap, blue tape, more microtowels. Took about 4 straight hours but the ski came out like brand new (excluding a scruff that requires wet sanding with #2000 but I'm too chicken) and super smooth, I am actually quite impressed with the results using Meguires products on the Yami body with not much hard effort at all. Wifes a bit jealous of the new japanese girlfriend.

    Step by step for the nubs like me

    1. Wash ski down from top to bottom thoroughly with super sudsy dishwasher detergent (Dawn is best) to remove old wax, etc.
    2. Clay bar the ski using a spray bottle of soap and water (you don't have to use the quick detailer spray, its just a lubricant when claying and I rather save it for use during riding season). I kept spraying generous amounts of soap ahead of the clay bar as I worked from top to bottom with numerous hose rinses to wash away the fine grit, to me this is key. Best price for the clay bar kit is at Walmarts. PS-don't drop the clay bar, will pick up any debris on the floor and become junk.
    3. Dry ski
    4. Blue tape up all rubber/vinyl parts (makes it easier to wax/polish)
    5. Polish using ultimate polish, use compound where required but I only ending up using it on 2 or 3 scratches, worked the same as Scratch-X for me, I'm not sure of whats the difference. Wax using ultimate wax, and a final wipe down and done. You'll actually impress yourself once its done


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    after all that typing and washing we don't even get a picture or two?

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    Exact same way I detail my ski. Meringues is great! I don't use their marine grade products because they arn't as readily available, but I have had great success with their automotive stuff.

    You'd have no idea my ski had 100 hours on it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeFZR View Post
    Exact same way I detail my ski. Meringues is great! I don't use their marine grade products because they arn't as readily available, but I have had great success with their automotive stuff.

    You'd have no idea my ski had 100 hours on it..
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    Do you have a Bass Pro anywhere near ya? If what you're using is working fine then it isnt necessary but I get thier marine products from Bass Pro whenever I need them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1200 stx-r View Post
    after all that typing and washing we don't even get a picture or two?
    Ha, good point! Honestly, not much to show, just looks like any fzr in the showroom, the meguires really did the trick to bring out the shine. I hope this before-after pic better explains it
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    Quote Originally Posted by badjoka View Post
    Ha, good point! Honestly, not much to show, just looks like any fzr in the showroom, the meguires really did the trick to bring out the shine. I hope this before-after pic better explains it
    hahahahahahahahha awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeFZR View Post
    Exact same way I detail my ski. Meringues is great! I don't use their marine grade products because they arn't as readily available, but I have had great success with their automotive stuff. You'd have no idea my ski had 100 hours on it..
    Wow, great looking sk!i, I saw some of your previous posts for Meguires, thanks! Hopefully this week I'll find some time to photoshop the black off the the ski, I'm wondering how it would be all solid blue above the water line, monocromatic and all that ever think of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badjoka View Post
    Ha, good point! Honestly, not much to show, just looks like any fzr in the showroom, the meguires really did the trick to bring out the shine. I hope this before-after pic better explains it
    i think you post the wrong picture here lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1706 View Post
    i think you post the wrong picture here lol
    i thought he showed how things clean up with a little polish???

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1200 stx-r View Post
    ... clean up with a little polish???
    ROFL!

    Grabbed a pic of the ski (not that you care to see it anymore , but the claying/polishing in combination work great.
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