So, as promised, here is a good example of what I did to improve a car's appearance. This is not one of my cars, instead, it belongs to a family friend. The paint wasn't in terrible shape-- even though some spots had some signs of rust bubbles-- but it had swirls, a few scratches, and, even though it shined after the initial wash, it still had a dull look.
This dullness is seen in the "before" pictures because the clouds are barely visiable in the reflections. Check the "after" pictures for what they should look like. The difference is mainly due to removal of the fine swirl scratches and conditioning of the paint.
If the weather holds up, I hope to do a full detail on the black Eos, and I'll be sure to take lots of before, during, and after shots and post it up here... If you are all interested. NOTE: the forum limit me to 4 pictures, so you won't get the detail shots... sorry.
Meguiar's: Car Wash, Claybar and lube, Fine Cut, leather conditioner.
Mothers: Carnuba Paste Wax, Back to Black
Costco: Yellow microfiber cloths (I went through a LOT of these)
Others: Woolite, Foaming glass cleaner (can't remember which one)
Basically, the exterior process was:
- 2 bucket wash with 2 MF mits (one for upper, and one for lower)
- 2 bucket wash with MF towel
- Polish with Rotary and meg's polish (panels that had more scratches)
- Polish with 7424 and meg's polish (panels that were just swirled)
- Carnuba applied by hand and removed by hand
- back to black for all rubber trim areas
- Wadded Metal polish (can't remember brand right now)
The interior process was fairly straight forward:
- woolite "magic" water mixture for cleaning everything (at one point I grabbed the spray bottle backwards and cleaned my face too)
- Leather conditioner for the leather (it is amazing where they put leather in this car)
- 303 for the non-leather (i'm still in a testing phase between 303 and armor all, so will use the expensive stuff until the results are in)
I didn't manage to get any interior shots, mainly because I was eager to get going on the work. At the end, I was running out of time and was also too thrilled with the results to remember the camera.