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Old 07-22-2010, 10:46 PM
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At this point, I feel odd giving out detailing advice without any proof that I have so much as touched a car. This is our family car, and my dad's car to drive to and from work. Since I am still a student and living at home, I thought it would be a good vehicle to correct as a thank you for everything he has done for me.

I love the styling of this car and since it was released I had always wanted one. We purchased it in 2007 and have since added 55,000 miles to the clock. It was an early 2004 build and has gone the last 6 years without a paint correction, and without proper wax or protection in 100* swings from Michigan winters to summers.

A total of probably 30 hours was invested, and due to time constraints, the engine bay and interior were not meticulously detailed. The wheels will be detailed in depth at a later date as well [Lug nuts are stripped from the dealer, waiting for new lugs].

The first step was stripping the prior waxes [that were applied a month ago] After a few detergent washes, the waxes still remained on the hood.



A few spots that needed to be cleaned were noted. When I said it had not been regularly protected, I meant it probably was waxed once a year with an over the counter Meguiars paste wax, then subsequently washed with dawn the next week :redface:





The paint was covered with scratches, swirls, and RIDS.

















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Polyclay was used, and after a 6" by 6" square, the clay looked like this



Rail dust on the hatch needed to be addressed as well



Enjoying the time consuming task of taping the vehicle




Meguiars M105 was used on Lake County Hydrotech Cyan 5.5" and 4" pads. Meguiars M205 was then used on Lake County Hydrotech Tangerine 5.5" and 4" pads. I considered following the Tangerine pads with M205 on a black finishing pad, but the Tangerine pads finished down great.

Here is the obligatory 50/50 on the hatch with just M105.



Due to time and lighting, that was the only shot taken during the correction.

After the finishing polish, all of the tape was removed from the molding and they were polished by hand or with the 4" pad. All paint surfaces were wiped down using 50% IPA until all of the oils were removed from the paint.

Collinite Marque D'Elegance Carnauba Paste Wax #915 was used as the LSP. I found this wax very easy to apply, and fairly easy to remove.

Collinite Metal Wax # 850 was used on the exhaust. The tips were fairly clean to begin with, but Megs APC+ and clay were used to clean them up prior to applying the metal wax.

Finished pictures!



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Front Bumper



Hood


Rear pillar




Doors/Trim - Trim was cleaned with KAIO and protected with Collinite 845 Insulator wax, which does not stain, but gives lasting protection.



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Fender gloss!







Hatch







Exhaust





Polishing the lower bumper really livened up the rear end


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Old 07-22-2010, 10:50 PM
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That is phenominal! Lots of hard work is shown! What an absolutely stunning piece of craftsmanship! Great job, Luke! Reps my friend as I know you busted your tail on that car! Well done.
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Very nice job indeed, well done. You sure know your stuff !!!!!
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I am stunned!!!! You did one hell of a job working on that Maggie!!!!
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What an improvement ! Looks great .
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Wow! Thats a total transformation.
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Looks real good! What polisher did you use, PC7424xp, GGROP, ? Next time you wax her, try Natty's Red wax or WG Fuzion. That'll make that paint just POP. Don't you just love the tape preping. It's my favorite part. Just curious, how'd you like using M105. I find it has AWESOME cut power, specially with thos LCHT pads (my personal favs) however M105 has SUPER short work time, lots of dust is usually created. M205 is probably my favorite mild cut compound. Never had any issues with it. Good work time on it too. I havn't decided if I want to switch to the WolfGang brothers for my next detail or just stick with what I have. I'm definatly going to swtich from Natty's Blue to either WG Fuzion, WGDG 3.0, or Pinnacle's Sig II. Either way it's fun to mess around with different products to get different results. You did a fabulous job! WTG!
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Man that just looks awesome, fantastic job there and a sweeeeet looking Maggie! You sure can tell the difference!

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