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This is actually my brothers car that I did a little while ago. I figured it would be a good candidate for paint correction. The paint was totally swirled up and in really bad condition from only getting washed a few times a year and only going through automatic washes(AKA automatic swirl machines). Also never been waxed or detailed.
He's had it new since 2004
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Here are the swirls I was talking about.



Here is a 50/50 shot. The right side is corrected and swirl free and the left side is not.


He never washed his rims either so the brake dust actually baked into the rims. This is AFTER cleaning with a heavy duty brake cleaner. I ended up polishing them to remove the staining.


I also used a high quality trim restorer on all the black plastic and on the extremely faded grill. The grill is supposed to be really dark grey, but its faded to light grey/white.
Here is a 50/50 shot. Left side has the restorer on it, right side doesn't.


Ok Finally After shots. I ended up putting a really high quality sealent AND a high quality wax so it's got protection up to 8 months.


No swirls left. The sun reveals the true condition.




Well what do you guys think???
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nice!!!!

did you use a claybar first?

what polish did you use to get the brake dust off the wheels?

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Ugh, swirls kill me. Most people don't seem to care about a good detailing or taking care of their paint.

I just love when tools drive around with wax on their cars...like their letting it soak in better, when what their really doing is letting the wax catch dust and other particles so they can buff those abrasive particles right into their paint and make nice swirls and spiderwebs.

Same for those guys that buy drill attachments and grind deep swirls into their paint.

It looks like really good work there Brian!

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Looks like you have swirls on the license plate. Pretty serious ones too... gonna take a while to smooth them out.

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nice!!!!

did you use a claybar first?

what polish did you use to get the brake dust off the wheels?
Yup, of course. I never apply a wax without claying first.
I used Menzerna power gloss on the wheels and menzerna power finish on the car.

Thanks for the compliments guys! I take great pride in what I do and don't stop until things are perfect.

Lonely Raven- I know exactly what you are saying. You know when you see people going through automatic washes and then you have the guys at the end standing there with terry towels waiting there to dry the car? First off terry towels are abrasive and second the washes don't get all of the dirt off so they are grinding the remaining dirt into he paint. Third, they use the same towels over and over, use them on rims picking up METALLIC brake dust and then using it on the paint. I've also seen them drop them on the ground picking up rocks and using them on the car.
I saw one of my neighbors getting their car detailed the other day and the guy was using paper towels and terry towels to dry. I really wanted to say something.
These things make me cringe.
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And as far as letting the wax dry, as long as its not a wipe on wipe off (WoWo) wax, once you apply it you wait till it dries to a haze. What you do is "the finger swipe test". It normally takes between 45 minuts to an hour and 15 for it to dry, depending on the type of wax, temperature and humidity. Make sure you apply it THIN! You will take a clean finger and swipe it across the wax. If it smears its not hazed enough. If it comes right off, you are ready to remove it.
Those people that leave wax on their car for 24 hours or drive around with it on are only making it more diffcult to remove. That's why they tell you not to apply it in the sun. It does not make the wax bond better.
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how much to do a car or truck?

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Looks like you have swirls on the license plate. Pretty serious ones too... gonna take a while to smooth them out.
I was going to say the same thing.

Very nice job..

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how much to do a car or truck?
It all depends on what you want done. I normally have a flat price for a complete interior/exterior detail minus swirl removal.

Let me know what kind of car or truck and what you want done and I will shoot you a price. (PM me) I do it for HALF of what detail shops and other detailers charge and use a lot better products. Nothing I buy is bought in a store. Only professional line products.
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Here are a few others I've done recently. Check out the interior on the Jeep. It was NASTY!!!

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Awesome job TT!!!! Can I pm you to set up an appt.?

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Do you do this professionally or is it more of a side job? You should post more of these before and after threads, it's always amazing to see when a rough finish comes out showroom clean. I'm with Vcook, curious to hear about your service options and prices for a full size sedan.

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Thanks for the compliments guys. I think I pmed and responded to all those that inquired.
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Your pics are awesome...wish I didn't purchase a groupon over the winter for a full detail. Gonna use it soon.

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Just thought I would throw up a couple of recent cars


Here are some befores





Bugs!



TRIX pulling the rubber/Tar off by itself


Full body shot before.


Pulling rubber/tar off the under side.


Fallout/Tar remover. Notice the purple


This is the clay bar after the car was washed. This part was only half of the back of the car.


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You do great work, props to you..

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