Well today I decided to spend the last oh 4-6 hours detailing my ram van which is 16 years old and had oxidation all over the place along with some water stains and crap load of scratches from scotch brite pads used to originally remove sulfur water stains.
Ok well this is how it goes, first I wet the whole van to cool it down because it's been in the sun and there is no place to put it in the shade. So either way it turned out great wet so I would recommend you wet the car first. Then put some Turtle Wax brand Rubbing Compound Heavy Duty
and apply it to one side of the truck using a wet cotton applicator by rubbing it on the truck in a up and down motion not circular because the compound is abrasive and circular scratches without wax will not be a confidence builder.
Ok then you want to remove it, now if you were like me and let it dry it can be hard to remove so use your hose and a rag and go around and rub the crab out of that side to remove it, if their are spots you can't remove then put a little compound on and rub it then remove it while the compound is still wet.
Next is to go ahead and then just wet the car down once more then towel dry it.
Now you can go ahead and put the wax on to make it nice and shiny. Ok to do this I used Turtle Wax Brand hard shell wax. Ok damp the applicator that is included with the wax package then put a decent amount of wax formula on the applicator then wax the truck in a circular motion. Then let it dry to a haze if you let it dry longer you can still remove it but it will be a bit more demanding on your arms. Now after it has dried use a cotton rag and just wipe it off. Do not moisten the rag just used a dry rag it works best.
Just use the procedure for each side and it should come out looking great. I will get some before and after pics of my van as soon as the sun comes up. But I can promise you it will look wonderful cause my van's paint looked like hell and now I can't stop looking at it.
You will get better results doing the whole thing by hand especially with the compound because it is indeed abrasive. I did my whole van by hand I don't have a buffer or nothing and a van is more surface area then a ram pickup so don't be a bitch and say oh but it's harder whaa whaa just do it be a man :P
Now if you are doing some body paint work were you painted something ok what you need to do is get some 2000+ grit wet sand paper. First wet the area that you painted with water then use the sand paper and sand lightly in a up and down motion. Then let it dry then you can move on to the compound and then put the compound on in a up and down motion then remove compound then you can move on to wax and wax it and it should have the same texture and shine as the rest of the car the colour may vary because duplicolor and stuff and old paint plus new paint etc will be different. The point of 2000 grit sand paper is not to make it shiny but when you do a paint job the paint is very uneven and the sand paper makes it even. That's it and thats all.
May 31, 2011 - Edit - Photos
Ok well here are some before and after pics, some of the before pics. I tried my best to take good photos but you work with what ya got.
Here are some random after photos that I did I like the paint.
Their is a ton more photos but uploading them to tinypic then here is just to time consuming.