View Full Version : Project: Civic Revival. (lots of pics)

35th Anniversary SS
May 17th, 2006, 10:15 PM
Ok.. so.. my wife and I both have Civics that we bought used many years ago. They werent in the greatest shape when we bought them.. so they were dubbed our "Daily Driven Beaters." You all know what a beater is.. a car that hardly gets washed.. and gets TONS of miles. This one, my wifes, has 170,000 miles and was purchased 6yrs ago with a cheap Maaco paint job. Over the years the paint has pretty much failed.. severely oxidized.. chipping.. the fact that my wife doesnt really care what it looks like doesnt help the motivation to keep it nice. So south went the paint.

Well.. today I had a pretty hard day at work.. and came home grumpy. My newly revisited hobby of detailing cars has seemed to become theraputic for me. So I popped open a bottle of wine.. and headed to the garage.. backed the wifes car in the garage.. whipped out the Megs surplus.. and went to town.

I did some applications by hand on the left side of the trunk. Which didnt please me and turned out to be more of a bear then anything. Therefore.. I concentrated on the right side, where I used my Cyclo... with the products shown.. and everything from a cutting foam pad.. to a finishing pad. All in all it gave me a sense of what the limits are by hand, and I think this was beyond fixing by hand. Ill list my procedure below.

Needless to say.. after I was done.. I felt 100xs better. Heres a few pics.

Before, whole trunk..

Yeah.. pretty nasty!



Before, masked test sections..

Right side, the side Ill be using the Cyclo on. Note: there is a small imperfection that was beyond even machine fixing.


Center, untouched for reference.


Left side, the side Ill be doing hand applications on.


Hand application side, after only one pass I pretty much realized it wasnt gonna happen. I gave her hell a few more times and the turnout was OK... 10xs better then before.. but I did end up cheating. :D I used the Cyclo with ScratchX a few times and well.. that worked much better.

By hand, 1 pass with ScratchX:


After ScratchX applied by machine with polishing pad 2xs.. then cleaner wax by hand 2xs... then 1 coat NXT liquid by hand.



Here is the right side.. #83 x many with an aggressive cutting pad and less aggressive cutting pad. Then #80 x 2 with a polishing pad followed by a finishing pad application of NXT liquid. After the NXT set up I removed.. and followed up with a light LSP of #21 Synthetic Sealant by hand. I must say.. Im EXTREMELY impressed and so was my wife!

Note: I had to put the #21 bottle on towards the center of the trunk for the pics.... it kept wanting to SLIDE OFF!



This pic as a reference.. there was NO reflection on the untouched section.


Back to the good stuff.






Im gonna get some daytime photos tomorrow. :)

Electric Shepherd
May 17th, 2006, 10:22 PM

Just got to do the rest of it now!!!!:xyxthumbs

May 17th, 2006, 10:23 PM
nice write-up w/ pics, and thanks for sharing! :)

35th Anniversary SS
May 17th, 2006, 10:36 PM
Thanks! Im gonna do the whole car as soon as I have a whole day to play with it. :D

May 18th, 2006, 02:17 AM
Great demonstration ..... :cool:

Good luck on the rest of the car... :xyxthumbs

May 18th, 2006, 02:58 AM
Talk about night and day difference! :D

May 18th, 2006, 03:30 AM
Now you've really made a mess out of it: there is no turning back now - you really need to do the rest of the car!
And that can probably take you a week or so I guess :P

Anyway, great job, I can see why you're happy with the results :)


May 18th, 2006, 06:08 AM
Looking good .. can't wait to see the finished pics.

May 18th, 2006, 08:18 AM
Wow... a racing stripe! :D

Good job! :xyxthumbs

May 18th, 2006, 11:46 AM
Originally posted by kpagel
Wow... a racing stripe! :D

Good job! :xyxthumbs

My thought exactly! Great before and after! :xyxthumbs

May 18th, 2006, 12:21 PM
Hey SS!!! Cool DEMO, I bet your wife wants you to do the whole car..:D

35th Anniversary SS
May 18th, 2006, 09:06 PM
Some daytime photos..






May 18th, 2006, 11:52 PM
nice racing stripe........ :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

May 19th, 2006, 04:24 AM
Originally posted by 35th Anniversary SS
Thanks! Im gonna do the whole car as soon as I have a whole day to play with it. :D

Do a panel or two night, as oppossed to completing in one day.

By the way great transformation.


May 19th, 2006, 04:35 AM
I support the racing stripe idea...:D :D

Newport Viper
May 19th, 2006, 05:59 AM
Wow is right! Thanks for the write up!

May 22nd, 2006, 07:58 AM
That is amazing. I'm really looking forward to working on my civic.

Jul 13th, 2010, 06:06 PM
or you can do a checkered theme haha. good paint n bad paint. looks good tho! cant wait til i get my products in the mail.

J. A. Michaels
Jul 14th, 2010, 12:58 AM
What a dramatic difference. I would do a little bit each night. It would be fun that way.

Jul 19th, 2010, 08:54 PM
Good Job!!