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PostSubject: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:12 am

I've spent the past few day getting the Caprice looking better for Sundays show. I have been neglecting the paint since the first time I detailed it when I bought it. I ran it through car washes, i got spray paint overspray all over it, it was a mess.

DAY 1 : I spent several hours cleaning and dressing my interior.

DAY 2: I spent several hours cleaning my engine bay. I am still not satisfied.

DAY 3: I spent all day today claying the paint. First it got a MUCH NEEDED hand wash. Then I got off all the overspray from my molding paint job and wood varnish that splattered onto it when the landlord at my old apartment decided to paint the fence with a roller with my car right next to it... a year ago. I taped off the trim and now it is ready for my high speed rotary buffer.



Sure, it looks good now. But, it will look better.... hopefully I don't eff up the paint.



Showing swirls, hopefully will be 90% reduced. I know I wont get it perfect.. I have never buffed a black car. Black is the hardest color to get perfect. I estimate it will take me a long long time to buff this car as I am a perfectionist.



Hopefully this image will have more depth and gloss when I am finished. Wish me luck!!









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PostSubject: Re: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:47 am

Timmy do me a favor stay home sunday. Shocked
Your gonna make me look bad.
The car i've been working on for 6 months is going to be lucky to get a coat of Cleaner wax.
Maybe i'll bring the car cover and only reveal the engine .
My paint is so bad all the buffing in the world ain't helping.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:58 am

GasTT wrote:




Hopefully this image will have more depth and gloss when I am finished. Wish me luck!!

You want better than that? My truck, when new, was not that clear! You are truly sick. Looking good.

Doug

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PostSubject: Re: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:38 am

Wow Timmy, I commend your commitment. She's gonna look better than new once you're done! Hell, I thought it looked pretty damn good before!

And, I may wash the Marshmallow before tomorrow. Maybe. And I'm painting the other one today. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:28 am

Tim, I hate waxing, looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:32 am

toomanytoyz wrote:
Wow Timmy, I commend your commitment. She's gonna look better than new once you're done! Hell, I thought it looked pretty damn good before!

And, I may wash the Marshmallow before tomorrow. Maybe. And I'm painting the other one today. Wink

Bill, you might want to wash the Marshmallow if you plan on parking anywhere near me. Wink

Thanks for the compliments guys. I can't wait for tomorrow, this will be the first real show I've ever put a car into.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:28 pm

Little update.

The other pics didn't really show how bad my paint is so here's an eye opener.

This is my hood in direct sunlight.



This is my trunk lid in direct sunlight after buffing just step 1. Hopefully after step 2 and wax it will look even better.



It's not perfect, but it's not going to be. The paint has defects and this is my first time really trying to correct paint. I am happy with the results thus far. You guys can let me know how I did tomorrow when it is all done. Arrow

Doing my black car is making me more confident about going into the detailing business.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:13 pm

Yea, like you said, black SUCKS to keep nice! People always manage to do something to your car, can't go through automatic car washes, etc.

It's already looking better! What products you using? Fortunately the Caprice is kind of a round car so it's good to get used to the rotary on. I still have to buy one and try it out on the white car I have, I'm nervous. I've only used my PC 7424 on stuff so far, but it's really only good for minor paint correction and wax, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:40 pm

For correction I picked up some Meguiars Ultimate Compound. Some people online say it's really aggressive but my paint needs it. I also have some Meguiars #7 Show Car Glaze that I will use for step 2. For wax I have about 6 different waxes to choose from. Not sure what I am going to use yet. I may pick up Meguiars #? yellow wax.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting ready for SHOW   Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:58 pm

I promise I'll bring you one of my cars someday to play around with. I bet you'll faint Laughing

Speaking of which my car needs a bath desperately. I hope it rains soon Laughing
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