: Dull no more



DRod
01-10-12, 10:55 PM
We've had some horrible rain over the last 6 weeks...on & off...and my paint took a severe beating. So I decided to break out the Porter Cable and some goo. The car has Opti-Coat on it, but it's about a year old. I didn't need much elbow grease...just some Meguiars Ultimate Compound and Ultimate Wax.

BEFORE
http://www.derrich.com/img/wax_before.jpg

AFTER
http://www.derrich.com/img/wax-after-2.jpg

odthetruth
01-11-12, 06:05 PM
That looks great.

RVC
01-11-12, 07:26 PM
Looks great! What pad did you use with the compound? How many passes did it take to correct it...I'm getting ready to do my 07' ESV. Thanks.

VinATL
01-13-12, 09:13 PM
DRod, that looks awesome. Like RVC said, can you walk us through your process, the bonnets you used, all those gory details?

DRod
01-16-12, 06:52 PM
Thanks! I bought the car in May, and I did all the "complicated" stuff right after...clayed, compound, polish, Opti-Coat, wax...the whole thing. The car had oxidation and swirls all over (apparently it sat outside..not garaged). But for now, all I did was wash, polish and wax. I didn't use a very aggressive pad to polish it either. For this I used the equivalent of the foam applicator pads.

Lake Country Foam 6.5" Buffing Pad Chart (http://www.auto-geek.net/charts/buffing-pad-chart-lc.htm)

For the correction process (when I bought the car), I used an orange, grey and red from the above chart.

I use a Porter-Cable 7424XP (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002654I46/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=blkfritour-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002654I46) with this backing plate (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0020K0DJG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=blkfritour-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0020K0DJG).