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#1 N8Dogg98

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 12:12 PM

This is my 1996 Grand Prix GTP that I recently acquired for a daily driver/winter beater. This car was in rough shape with bad water spots and swirls. I bought a Chicago Electric rotary polisher recently and this was my first time using it. I was quite impressed by the speed in which I was able to correct the paint. In the past I have used the PC for light swirl removal on my Mustang and it would have taken me much longer to do this level of correction using the PC. This was my first full paint correction detail. I would love to hear some C&C, so I can continue to refine my detailing skills.

The car was washed with Meguires Gold Class, wheels cleaned with Armor All wheel cleaner, glass cleaned with Invisible Glass, and tires dressed with Armor All tire foam.

Paint Correction:
Meguiars clay with meg's QD
Menzerna Power Gloss via rotary and wool pad
Pinnacle XMT Fine Swirl Remover via rotary and white polishing pad
Meguiars NXT Tech Wax

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Trunk before:

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#2 Carticular

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 12:24 PM

Nice results!

#3 longdx

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 12:59 PM

Not a bad choice for a DD/winter beater. Good turnaround

#4 N8Dogg98

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:03 PM

Yeah, it's not too bad for a free car :) It's quiet, smooth over bumps, and has reasonable passing power. Only down side is it burns some oil. No white smoke or anything, but seems like 1 - 2 quarts are burned up every 3000 miles.
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#5 longdx

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:38 PM

@N8Dogg98:
Actually that is in spec with most modern cars. I think that 1 qt per 1000 miles is the official spec. Obviously most cars are more buttoned up than that, but as long as it isn't leaving puddles of oil of blasts of smoke, you should be fine.

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 03:52 PM

Great job - the car looks a thousand times better & great for a DD/winter car (we don't know what those are in Texas). But if you REALLY want C&C...

It looks like you've got some water streaks from drying (first shot in the 'Afters:' pics) - a bit of QD with a MF will clean that up.
Your wheel wells could use a bit more cleaning - an old sponge with APC before your start cleaning the paint will clear that up & prevent contamination of your 'paint sponge'.

#7 dschribs

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 04:12 PM

Nice work! Love the color!

#8 N8Dogg98

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 07:36 PM

Great job - the car looks a thousand times better & great for a DD/winter car (we don't know what those are in Texas). But if you REALLY want C&C...

It looks like you've got some water streaks from drying (first shot in the 'Afters:' pics) - a bit of QD with a MF will clean that up.
Your wheel wells could use a bit more cleaning - an old sponge with APC before your start cleaning the paint will clear that up & prevent contamination of your 'paint sponge'.


Thanks for the tips, I'll give that a shot.
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#9 Msuperbauer

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 03:03 AM

is one mirror red and one black? Also, what did you do with the spoiler? I assume it wasn't correctable, but was the pealing clear-coat minimized? Nice work!

#10 N8Dogg98

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 06:13 AM

THat is correct one rearview mirror is black. The red one had broken off in a parking lot and it was replaced by a salvage yard mirror off of a different car. In fact the drivers side mirror is in a metal housing and the passenger is plastic. The clear coat has failed on the spoiler and also on the hood louvers. Since it is a beater I don't plan on having them professionally repainted, however I do plan on removing the spoiler, hood louvers, and the black rearview mirror so they can each be wetsanded, painted and cleared with rattle can paint. I know it will not look as good as the rest of the car, but will certainly look better than it does now. I'll post the results when I'm finished.
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#11 sontakke

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 07:49 AM

In the first picture, the spoiler looks like it has clear coat failure ???

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