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Old 09-28-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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a few pics of GA's paint resto / correction

about 11 hours from wash to drive!

in the beginning.... water wouldn't even shed. it just clung on to the grime and sand.





got swirls? yep!





taped up like a champ! how do you like my detail-light?



a 50/50 shot of "before" on the left. "after swirl X" on the right.



after swirl-x



after meg's 7 glaze. i was very impressed by the mirror effect it gave.





every step in order from left to right. (wash) clay, swirl x, megs 7 glaze, liquid glass paint sealant, mothers canauba wax, mothers reflections top coat.

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Old 09-28-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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totally done. 15 year old paint, RED no less, and it's a reflecting pool now. it looked so deep and wet i wanted to go for a swim











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2006 GTO completely stock. rip at 39k.

99 GAGT 108k miles, Borla cat-back, CAI, 65mm TB, EGR delete, WOT-tech intakes, F-Body Brakes w/ Hawk HPS pads.
Suede headliner, heated seats, jvc HU, infinity speakers+amp+subs, LEDs
-probably less than 1000 miles on it in the last 3 years...

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Old 09-28-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Mac it looks amazing. very well done. my only complaint is that you posted in the wrong section. but other then that, it looks amazing. what kind of pad did you use with the swirl x?

oh and btw I don't see much orange peel, just on the drives side fender a little bit. not bad for original paint

again great freaking job
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:06 PM   #4
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I want to detail again. I loved getting paid to do this. Your work is awesome BTW.
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Damn I wish I had a garage that had that many fking lights, looks like a damn sun room

Get some tire shine to complete the whole car shine!

BTW how long has it been since its had a good wax? There have been times I haven't waxed for a year and the water still beads nicely. I know you don't mod the GA anymore but I would get some newer headlights, with the showroom looking car the headlights mess with it.

Looks beautiful, now you know the feeling we get when we properly correct the paint with a DA rather then by hand. Good ass feeling. Especially when you have your car under many fluorescent lights, truely brings out the shine. I always notice that at the dealership.
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:21 PM   #6
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Looks amazing man. A little toothpaste would do wonders to restore those headlights. My car desperately needs to be waxed.
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Looks amazing man. A little toothpaste would do wonders to restore those headlights. My car desperately needs to be waxed.
Why toothpaste he has product and a DA just sand it down with 400 800 1000 and then 1500 or even go up to 2000 then buff and polish until the sanding swirls are gone. Make sure to do it twice at each level I always used a DA hand sander dry but at the 1500 and 2000 you can do wet to help eliminate some swirls. It takes about an hour a headlight at first but after you do a few sets you can get it done in an hour. Just make sure to lay 2-3 layers of tape on all sides for a good 6 inches around each light.




best thing Ive found for lighting is the 48" florescent lights fixtures that have a standard wall plug in. You can tie string to it so you can hang it inside the car too for interior cleaning. But also hand from the rafters easily and move around. You can even buy or make stands for them. I've seen them on sale with bulbs for about $10 before. http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1

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I wouldn't take sand paper to a plastic headlight lens. Just use some meguiars plastix polish. Always works for me.

Anyway nice job Mac. Makin me jealous! My car needs a clay and wax so bad. Just no time for it right now though.
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Mac it looks amazing. very well done. my only complaint is that you posted in the wrong section. but other then that, it looks amazing. what kind of pad did you use with the swirl x?

oh and btw I don't see much orange peel, just on the drives side fender a little bit. not bad for original paint

again great freaking job
the "orange peel" problem is on the g8. i never noticed it enough on the GA to complain. you'll see it soon. I used an orange (light cut) lake country pad, on speed setting 6 with the swirl x. the glaze and sealant were black pads on speed 5, wax and top coat were red pads on speed 4.
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I want to detail again. I loved getting paid to do this. Your work is awesome BTW.
i spent 11 hours, didn't get paid, BUT PAID for the products TO DO IT. and I LOVE IT TOO!!!!! stewartfn18 was my teacher. I'd never heard of paint correction before.
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Damn I wish I had a garage that had that many fking lights, looks like a damn sun room

Get some tire shine to complete the whole car shine!

BTW how long has it been since its had a good wax? There have been times I haven't waxed for a year and the water still beads nicely. I know you don't mod the GA anymore but I would get some newer headlights, with the showroom looking car the headlights mess with it.

Looks beautiful, now you know the feeling we get when we properly correct the paint with a DA rather then by hand. Good ass feeling. Especially when you have your car under many fluorescent lights, truely brings out the shine. I always notice that at the dealership.
my dad knew a shop needs lights! and i have a lamp on a pvc pipe stretched over the car, tied to a ladder so i can have close light exactly where i need it.

last wax? prolly 2 years.... we did a paint correction with meg's ultimate compound back then and capped it with carnauba. remember it's florida. she's not directly under tress to get sap, but leafs and crap like that always rain down on her. it's sat outside ever since then, barely even getting washed. i'm a horrible GA owner, i know... that's a big reason why i did this, to get a great coat of wax on there to protect!

actually, the headlights were going foggy yellow before. i hit them with swirl x and it did make them better. also destroyed my orange pad. those nipple things on the headlights. what were those for anyways?
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Suede headliner, heated seats, jvc HU, infinity speakers+amp+subs, LEDs
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before



after, with a destroyed orange pad. (stupid headlight nipple)



tape line around the trim. true picture of before and after



my light tower contraption. and how do you like the "before" of my hood in this pic?

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Suede headliner, heated seats, jvc HU, infinity speakers+amp+subs, LEDs
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I wouldn't take sand paper to a plastic headlight lens. Just use some meguiars plastix polish. Always works for me.

Anyway nice job Mac. Makin me jealous! My car needs a clay and wax so bad. Just no time for it right now though.
I've done it probably close to 100 times when I detailed. I'll try to dig up some photos of before and afters. I would take headlights (even a few GAs with the nipples) that look exactly like his and make them look brand spanking new. A few guys even would dremel off the nipples but that was more work than needed.

After some digging I found no photos on my computer, they are all on my old phone and i've needed to transfer them over anyways so i'll get to doing that and post them up soon. You will be amazed.

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I've done it probably close to 100 times when I detailed. I'll try to dig up some photos of before and afters. I would take headlights (even a few GAs with the nipples) that look exactly like his and make them look brand spanking new. A few guys even would dremel off the nipples but that was more work than needed.

After some digging I found no photos on my computer, they are all on my old phone and i've needed to transfer them over anyways so i'll get to doing that and post them up soon. You will be amazed.
Not trying to rain on your parade but the real question is how long does it last after you restored them?
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I've done it probably close to 100 times when I detailed. I'll try to dig up some photos of before and afters. I would take headlights (even a few GAs with the nipples) that look exactly like his and make them look brand spanking new. A few guys even would dremel off the nipples but that was more work than needed.

After some digging I found no photos on my computer, they are all on my old phone and i've needed to transfer them over anyways so i'll get to doing that and post them up soon. You will be amazed.
My whole point is... why? Why go to that much work when it's unnecessary? You can do the same thing with some simple polishing compound and a rotary buffer.
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sprayed a little mist on it to see how repellent it is to water when fresh. it's mothers carnauba and mothers reflections top coat.







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looks good mac, i may just let you finish the vette..... seriously doe
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it's the wax



he's always giving me a hard time b/c i was just using a paint sealant and never any wax. (until now)
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wow Mac its 100x better that it used to be. well done!
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Not trying to rain on your parade but the real question is how long does it last after you restored them?
Like paint you need to keep them up. Routine wax and polishing may be needed.

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My whole point is... why? Why go to that much work when it's unnecessary? You can do the same thing with some simple polishing compound and a rotary buffer.
Why, because the polish and rotary will only get you so far. This method makes them look brand new.
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