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I'm putting this here because it really has to do with the 6th gen paint. IDK if this has to be moved to the detailing section or not, but its OK. Well i was cursed with the faded Taffeta White color from Honda. So I decided after waxing with the expensive waxes and nothing helped, I used a professional buffer that we have at school and used those special pads that you use rubbing compound on one and then machine glaze on another. So that's what I did. It took me 2 days and about 3-4 hours. I am thrilled at the results I got. I got home and put a nice coat of Mothers Carnuba wax on it as well. Before you couldn't even see your reflection on the car, now it looks the the 3 other cars in the driveway with good clearcoats.
Just a little car trivia, what are the 2 cars in the reflection of my car? in the reflection of my car???



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Looks good, any before pics.

Mustang and lexus RX

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and I believe that there is an expedition in front of the mustang.
 

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Ill wait for a couple more guesses and I'll tell what they are....
I have pics from when i first got the car, but none up close to show the reflection. :(
 

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its better if you polish first then wax after. yu can tell the difference. its all worth it doing.
 

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should clay bar first. when I got my 2000 coupe last year I thought the paint was in bad shape. felt like sandpaper. after claying it was smoother than a baby's bottom. then you polish.
 

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Ya I clay bar it as well, forgot to mention that...

The cars were a 1999 LEXUS RX300
00 Mustang GT Convertible
and very close on the expedition, it's an 03 EXPLORER.
 

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2 out of 3 isnt too bad from your reflections :)

and hey ... you have reflections now!!
 

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should clay bar first. when I got my 2000 coupe last year I thought the paint was in bad shape. felt like sandpaper. after claying it was smoother than a baby's bottom. then you polish.
There is no point to clay the surface if you are going to be power polish the surface, it's just wasted time.
 

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There is no point to clay the surface if you are going to be power polish the surface, it's just wasted time.
Really? I figured it'd be safer to remove contaminants from the paint before polishing it because things embedded in the paint could cause further damage when being pushed/swirled into the paint using an orbital or something. But I may just be talking out of my butt, haha.
 

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There is no point to clay the surface if you are going to be power polish the surface, it's just wasted time.
I disagree unless it has been clayed very recently.

The white looks good, very reflective. A quick wipe down with Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Wax ( a synthetic sealant) will add to the depth, reflection, and shine while adding a bit more protection. As I recall Taffeta White is single stage paint (no clear coat) so fighting oxidation is key to keeping it looking good.
 

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I disagree unless it has been clayed very recently.

The white looks good, very reflective. A quick wipe down with Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Wax ( a synthetic sealant) will add to the depth, reflection, and shine while adding a bit more protection. As I recall Taffeta White is single stage paint (no clear coat) so fighting oxidation is key to keeping it looking good.
That is a real suprise to me. I didn't know that there wasn't a clearcoat on the car. it's weird because the front and rear bumper have a shine and everything to them, just claybar them and waxed them up an they looked like new, no polishing needed.
 

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The urethane bumper covers are clear coated, the painted metal is not. Again, that's providing I am recalling this correctly. If the pads on the buffer turned white after use then there you go.
 

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The urethane bumper covers are clear coated, the painted metal is not. Again, that's providing I am recalling this correctly. If the pads on the buffer turned white after use then there you go.
That's weird to think that they would clear coat only part of the car. But no white was on the pads besides the rubbing compound I used.
 

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There is no point to clay the surface if you are going to be power polish the surface, it's just wasted time.
its your opinion. I find it makes the job quicker to clay first. you do it your way and I will do it my way. We will leave it at that.

I would expect better from a mod.:thumbsdow
 

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its your opinion. I find it makes the job quicker to clay first. you do it your way and I will do it my way. We will leave it at that.

I would expect better from a mod.:thumbsdow
I expressed my opinion, it seems the resident experet RTexasF disagrees with me, which I do accept and respect, and I will leave it at that without debating how you feel has anything to do with the opinion I am entitled to express. :dunno:
 

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looks good man. i just cleaned up my brothers 2002 accord coupe. it was neglected so paint was all rough and dirty. a wash and clay bar fixed that up great. put a layer of wax and called it a day. i was gonna polish but he said he had to leave so i just put on a layer of wax. i need to get a porter cable buffer or something.. the stupid motor trend buffer isnt strong enough lol.
 

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I did mine this weekend since the weather was so nice. Camera is broken so no pics. Here is what I did which took 4 hours. Exterior only.

1. Sprayed lower half of car with Surf City Grime Destroyer. Let sit a few mins and rinse.

2. The car was pretty clean so didn't use the 2BWM. Started with Surf City shampoo since I wanted to use up what little was left. After soaping a panel and rinsing I soaped up panel again then clayed, soaped panel again and rinsed. I like this method a little better esp since I am getting low on Blue Magic clay lube.

The wash water was getting a little dirty so I switched shampoos in favor of Duragloss #901. Wow, what a difference this stuff is so much slicker. I think it was much more apparent since I could compare them back to back.

3. On the lower half I could still see what looked like little tiny pinhole rust stains...aka rail dust. I used the blue clay bar which couldn't get all the rail dust off even after a fair amt of elbow grease. I should upgrade to the red bar but that will prob leave a fair amt of microscratches. So I'll wait till I have a good quality electric polisher. Spot treated the leftover spots with Duragloss #652 scratch remover(100% polish). This stuff is pretty mild so it took some effort.

4. Duragloss #101 on all painted surfaces, headlights and windshield. This is a sealant which contains some mild polishing agents.

5. Hit tires with Stoners More Shine...good stuff.

6. Used Sparkle Glass cleaner on windows($2.50). Its ok and is safe for tinted windows(has no amonia). I'll get something better next time. Like Sprayway or Zep window cleaner concentrate. I like Invisble Glass much better.

I finished about 2pm and went to mom and dads. Around 7 it started raining so I'm a little concerned about durability. Went home and put it in garage. I'm thinking I'll wash it in 2 weeks weather permitting and add a top coat of DG Aquawax to boost durability. Darn rain.
 
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