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Some OBM wagon pictures before/after paint correction

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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, 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.



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.


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!).
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?
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.

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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