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I made the error of allowing my dealer to "detail" my wagon after they repainted the driver's rear quarter 9 months ago. Their detailer put holograms in the paint. Then they put it through an automatic wash, introducing swirls all over my car. This greatly crimped my enjoyment of the car last year.

I finally took it to a high-end dealer (mostly deals in P-cars and other exotics, someone I know from Cars and Coffee in Cleveland, switchcars.com). I had their detailer look at my car. The paint was an unholy mess. The only good thing is that the area repainted was the same thickness as the rest of the car. It turns out a two-stage paint correction was required to set things straight, about 14 hours of work. At the end, the paint was smoother than when I took delivery. I am simply in love with my wagon again! It's so scratch free and I'm now ready for Cars and Coffee.

Before and after pics the detailer sent me. It is incredible how many more scratches you can see in the right light, he used bright halogens and we saw scratches that were impossible to see in sunlight or normal indoor light. WOW.

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Before and after on one section


Here's a few iPhone pics from when I picked it up about ten days ago:

Looking brand new other than my scratched up winter rims, which come off soon:

<----this site edits this particular picture link to add "cadillacowners" so you can't see the picture. have no idea why when it doesn't have the name of any competitor sites in it, it's just a random series of letters. Sorry!

Look at how my S2000 reflects so perfectly off the V wagon. I love it!


First order of business after garaging it and allowing it to cool down was this :) ;) :):


Now I go back to hand wash ONLY, and putting HUGE notes all over the car when I bring the car to the dealer: DO. NOT. WASH. DAMMIT.

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Happily enjoying OBM perfection again....totally worth the $$$.
 

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Quite a difference I would say. That has to make you feel good how she looks now!

What kind of car cover do you have, and do you like it? For inside the garage only? (Love the V logo...I think it's a V logo!).
 

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The cover is a OEM GM cover purchased from one of the online GM vendors. It's for inside only. I don't leave my precious outside.
 

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I'm in the same situation - inside only. My other CTS wagon sits outside. Of course, my wife's car is in the other stall. She's lucky we have a two car garage, lol!

Do you like your OEM cover? Or am I better off getting one of the better aftermarket covers?
 

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OEM is fine for inside for my frequently driven car. It's not cloth but does a good job of keeping dust off. As you can see, it fits the wagon perfectly.
 

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Or am I better off getting one of the better aftermarket covers?
I have one of these OEM V covers on my coupe in the driveway. Perfect, snug fit. I've been using it for over a year now, and other than some fading, it's in great shape. I've been so happy with it that when gmpartsdirect had them on sale last fall I bought another to replace the one in use when it finally wears out.
 
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Don't forget to post some pictures when you get your Blue Kevlar Splitter!! Cant wait to see it installed :yup:
 

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OEM is fine for inside for my frequently driven car. It's not cloth but does a good job of keeping dust off. As you can see, it fits the wagon perfectly.
Thanks.

vfaninva, I store mine indoors like neuronbob. Outside on road trips, but that is the only time. I have an old, lightweight cover that I will try. I will check gmparts direct like you mentioned every now and then just to see if there is a sale. I only want to keep the dust off and not damage my finish.
 

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I envy you guys with usable garage space. One day my V will have an inside home, when I can find another place to store all our junk lol! FWIW the OEM covers do a pretty good job of protecting the cars finish. :)
 

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I made a DON'T WASH sign that hangs on my head rest. I'm thinking I'm going to add a DON'T WASH sign to be placed in the Tachometer pod and the Temp/Gas/Boost pod.
 

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I have one of these OEM V covers on my coupe in the driveway. Perfect, snug fit. I've been using it for over a year now, and other than some fading, it's in great shape. I've been so happy with it that when gmpartsdirect had them on sale last fall I bought another to replace the one in use when it finally wears out.
How well does the OEM cover protect against rain? If it provides basic protection, it may be worth taking along on road trips with me. I usually wash the car at arrival to a major stop or destination when possible (try finding a car wash in Yellowstone, where I went last year, LOL).

Don't forget to post some pictures when you get your Blue Kevlar Splitter!! Cant wait to see it installed :yup:
FedEx says it's arriving on Tuesday, so will do.

I made a DON'T WASH sign that hangs on my head rest. I'm thinking I'm going to add a DON'T WASH sign to be placed in the Tachometer pod and the Temp/Gas/Boost pod.
I'm going to do that as well. I want to laminate a sign and hang one on the rearview mirror, and attach another to the steering wheel so it can't possibly be missed.
 

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How well does the OEM cover protect against rain? If it provides basic protection, it may be worth taking along on road trips with me. I usually wash the car at arrival to a major stop or destination when possible (try finding a car wash in Yellowstone, where I went last year, LOL).
I hear you. I carried a full wash/detail kit with us during the '14 Power Tour. I even keep a couple of microfiber towels and California duster in the trunk at all times. The wife just shakes her head. ;)
To answer your question, it does very well protecting the car from rain and other contaminates (,dust, pollen, etc...) The snug fit ensures contaminates don't get underneath and cause paint damage. Rain has never been a problem either. I have pulled the cover off a couple of days after a nor' easter and found my coupe as clean as it was the day the cover went on! :)
 

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I bring my Optimum No Rinse and my Zaino Z7, and some microfiber cloths on road trips in the V. Yes, the anal retentiveness is strong with me, too.
 

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I wash my V before I bring it in for any service and they don't wash it. The service guy even said they didn't wash it because it was already clean.
 
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