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    Detailing a Grand National

    Ok, here's my problem. My best friend has a 1986 Buick Grand National(don't worry I'll show you the motor later). I want to do the best possible job for him. Of course it's black. Where it used to say 3.8 ltr turbo the stickers are off but adhesive is still there. What's the best way to get the adhesive off by hand? And what products do you think I should use to definitely turn this in to the show car it is. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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    Try a few of these methods for the adhesive:

    1. Clay
    2. Bug and Tar Remover
    3. 3M General Adhesive Remover (I don't know if Meguiar's has one specifically for this)

    For the car:

    #83 DACP (If you have a PC) - removes swirls and oxidation
    #81 hand polish - smooths surface and creates gloss
    NXT - protection and shine

    Black cars are probably the hardest color to perfect. Just have patience.
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    Aren't you going to replace the emblems? To maintain the stock appearance? Or did your friend pull them off on purpose?

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    Trust me, this car is not stock! I want to do the best job that I can, BY HAND! It has a bigger turbo, bigger injectors, bigger cam and lifters, you get the picture, I'm sure. Runs 105 octane at the track and a 12 second quarter(right now anyway). I don't think the emblems really matter at this point. He has taken it to shows and of course there is alot of interest. He has entrusted me with his baby and I plan to do the best possible job. Maybe Mike and or 2hotford can chime in here. How do I use color-x, and do I use it b/4 clay or after? Pics to follow.

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    Here's one I did by hand with MPPC, #7, and Gold Class. You could substitute NXT for Gold Class:



    This '86 was very stock with about 24k miles on it. For adhesive, I'd use 3M adhesive, tar, and wax remover. It works very well.

    You'd want to clay before using a paint cleaner or ColorX, but after washing.
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    Thanks guys!

    Any other suggestions would be helpful. Aurora yours looks great, I hope I can get the same results.

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    with what NewlyCarCrazy suggested.

    and you want to wash the car, clay, then use ColorX.

    it's hard to suggest just how much work and what products to use without seeing the condition of the paint. like does it have swirl marks that you can see in the sunlight? scratches? oxidization? stuff like that will determine what you could use, and just how much work you'll be doing. if you can get a PC, i'd highly suggest it because it works so much better than by hand, not to mention it saves your arms from wearing out.

    that must be one sweet car though.
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    not to hijack this thread but how many of those products can be used on factory tint. I have a sticker that I took off my window and it left adheasive and I don't know what to use, i've only been using a tint safe glass cleaner but its not strong enough and i'm afraid that bug and tar will turn it purple. Anyone have ideas.

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    What I'll try to do is get some pics of the car and add them to the post.
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