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    2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    A 6.0-liter V8 rated at 400 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque with a close-ratio manual transmission.

    A 15-year-old vehicle that had been neglected and subjected to severe wash abuse.
    This one was a challenge to restore it to..."as close as possible to a showroom new finish".

    The paint was covered in some type of heavy "crud"...I`m not sure what it was or what to call it.
    It was a heavy thick layer of some type of "funk" that was stuck on top of the tons of swirl marks.

    After trying a few different pad/product combinations. A 3-4 step process pad/compound/polish worked.
    NOTE: Every paint is different - Always test first. IMHO a Paint Thickness Gauge (PTG) is a must-have tool.
    There were places on the paint that was already thin. These areas were barely touched. Clearcoat is precious.

    Machine: Rupes 21 with a 5" backing plate and IBrid Nano.

    Correction:
    In some extreme areas CarPro Merino Wool Pad w/ Meguiars M101 (measure, polish, measure, polish, repeat...)
    In most other areas Meg`s microfiber cutting pad w/Scholl Concepts Shock 2 Cut Extreme Compound was fine.

    Polishing:
    Scholl Concepts 5 1/2" Purple Spider pad w/Scholl Concepts S2 - Extra Heavy Cut (not the same as Shock Cut)

    Final Polishing:
    Rupes Yellow Fine Foam Pad - 5" Dia. w/CarPro Essence: EXTREME Gloss Primer


    Last Step Products:
    Cquartz Professional ceramic coating on paint and wheels
    CQuartz Dlux Wheel & Trim Coating on trim
    CarPro Clarify Glass Cleaner on windows
    OBSSSSD Tire Dressing - Matte finish

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    At this point, I thought I`d start with this 50/50 roof pic. Every part of the car looked like that.

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    Right Side

    Another hood shot.


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    Re: 2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    Great job on that hammered Goat Merlin! You saved a decently rare/classic! Well done...
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    Re: 2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    Love the color on that GTO, awesome turnaround Merlin! How are you liking the Scholl abrasives? I`m still a bit miffed on missing out on that huge Scholl closeout sale a few years ago on Autogeek.
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    Re: 2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    Did you find the paint to be super soft? I have the same color and it seems to swirl and scratch no matter how careful I am.
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    Re: 2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    Quote Originally Posted by Loach View Post
    How are you liking the Scholl abrasives? I`m still a bit miffed on missing out on that huge Scholl closeout sale a few years ago on Autogeek.
    Me too

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    Re: 2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzle Chest View Post
    Great job on that hammered Goat Merlin! You saved a decently rare/classic! Well done...
    Thank You!
    It was pretty rough when I got it but it turned out sweet.

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    Re: 2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    Quote Originally Posted by Loach View Post
    Love the color on that GTO, awesome turnaround Merlin!

    How are you liking the Scholl abrasives? I`m still a bit miffed on missing out on that huge Scholl closeout sale a few years ago on Autogeek.
    Thank you! That is very kind.

    Scholls S2 Shock cut had become a new favorite of mine for heavy correction.
    Very little (if any) dusting. Great cut. Works great. Nice finish. Easy to work with!

    Scholls S30+ is another nice finishing polish. It works great on a DA.

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    Re: 2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    Quote Originally Posted by TonesGTO View Post
    Did you find the paint to be super soft? I have the same color and it seems to swirl and scratch no matter how careful I am.
    I didn`t find it to be super soft. In this case, it was pretty hammered.
    Soft pads. Soft polishes and GOOD quality microfiber towels make a huge difference.
    A high quality 70/30 blend 320 GSM worked nicely for removing compound/polish.

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    Re: 2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    Merlin:
    I assume you "abraded" off the crud or funk or what ever it was (dealer-applied "lifetime" sealant??) that was on this GTO during the correction phase.

    I like the fact that you did a trial-and-error method to find a pad and compound/polish combo that worked for this particular paint and the polish-measure-polish-measure method. Most hobbyist or do-it-yourselfers do not have a Paint Thickness Gauge, so I this is another reason to allow a Professional Detailer with the right tools to do this job.

    I also see more of the Scholl`s products and pads getting some attention in this forum. however, the only place I found I can purchase them from is "Sky`s the Limit Car Care Products" . Keep us informed as you use more their products and how they work for you.
    GB detailer

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    Re: 2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    Great work Merlin!

    You made that GTO look better than new.

 

 

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