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Thread: What is a perfectionist to do with a black car?

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    Re: What is a perfectionist to do with a black car?

    Dude, heavy compound? I never use that unless it's bad to begin with. I would use the 3M imperial micropolishing compound if anything, excellent results everytime...Meguiars products are awesome too. I have black on black too and I will probably get something different next time.


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    Re: What is a perfectionist to do with a black car?

    What does everyone think about wetsanding? Has anyone tried it? I know that wetsanding takes out every imperfection, but how long will the results last? I know they will only last as long as I take care of the car, but has anyone else wetsanded and what do you wetsanders think?

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    Re: What is a perfectionist to do with a black car?

    Definitely NOT for the novice.

    I think the rule is to use the least abbraisive polish first, evaluate your results and work your way up from there.

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    Re: What is a perfectionist to do with a black car?

    This thread is long enough, so I won't add to it. bottom line to answer the topic, you should not own a black car if you are a perfectionist. black will show EVERY little defect. they are harder to care for, and harder to keep looking perfect. Thier is not a black car that I have seen, (including a new one) that I can't find something wrong with. save yourself the stress and get a different color. Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhoppes
    What does everyone think about wetsanding? Has anyone tried it? I know that wetsanding takes out every imperfection, but how long will the results last? I know they will only last as long as I take care of the car, but has anyone else wetsanded and what do you wetsanders think?
    Wetsanding, like heavy wheel compounding, can shear through your clearcoat and leave you with a multi-effect looking paint job. Without a thorough assessment of the paint's condition and quality, it may best be left to a painter. There are painters' who's specialty is black finishes. Since we cannot physically see your Cadillac, it is much harder to make suggestions.

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    Re: What is a perfectionist to do with a black car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elvis
    Everything the old man ( ) said is true.

    One product I used that made a big difference is 3m Imperial Hand Glaze. They also make a swirl remover for dark-colored cars that was very good.

    Glaze it once or twice a year and wax it at least once a month. Always hand wash and use a blower to dry it. It's better to let the car stay dirty than to go through an automated high-pressure wash.
    what is wrong with an automated high pressure wash. I thought since nothing touches the car this may be better for scratching, etc.

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    Re: What is a perfectionist to do with a black car?

    It blasts the wax off. I look at high pressure washers kind of like Dawn. It's okay to do it every now and then but I'd always follow it up with some protection.

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