or is that polished?
I spent the afternoon neglecting my baby to give some attention to my other baby before putting it up for adoption.
PRE WASH NIGHT PHOTOS
paint was a little rough:
swirls enough to give you vertigo.
I washed the car with Optimum Car Wash (with a dab of Optimum No-Rinse to soften the water) and dried it with a couple of waffle microfiber towels. I then clayed it real good with some diluted Optimum No-Rinse mixed with Meguiar's Ultimate Detailer and some Pinnacle XMT clay. It was in hot sun so I had to work small and wet. Like your mom.
POST WASH DAY PHOTOS
Still swirly and water spotty.
Pro tip: don't let wires and crap hang over the side of your fender while you work. It ***** up your paint.
A random deep scratch:
More random scratches:
My plan of attack was to start with a test spot (taped off 16 inch or so square on the hood).
I used a light cutting pad on my DA with Optimum Compound II
Then a medium polishing pad with Optimum Polish II
THE TEST SPOT COMPARISON
It wasn't really enough but I had to start with the most aggressive thing I had and ended up doing the hood twice with the light cutting pad and Compound II. I followed that with Optimum Poli-Seal (a combo polish and paint sealant) and a final superthin coating of Optimum Opti-Seal sealant applied by hand with a foam applicator.
THE FINISHED HOOD AND FENDERS
EXAMPLES OF RESULTS
Some of the deeper scratches that are still there:
No more swirls!
Lets look at the difference...
You can see the two nicks on the edge of the fender panel in both shots. I used an LED flashlight to highlight the defects. Or lack of!
Looks good man.
I didn't get to the trunk and sides and probably need some more pads for those because my pads were too wimpy. I ordered some microfiber cutting pads for my next try. Hopefully that speeds things up.