View Full Version : 2005 Escape, 7 hours later

Oct 21st, 2006, 07:56 PM
Vehicle is a 2005 ford Escape, with about 18k on the clock .. Owner is a member of this forum, and was looking for some help with the paint on his Escape. Since time was short, this was an exterior, paint only job.

- Wash with Gold Class
- Wheels done with Meg's wheel brush
- Clay.. and clay.. and clay.. and clay.. (you get the idea)
Used Meguiar's Mild Detailing clay, and QD for lube (over two bottles of QD)

- DC #1 on the hood
- # 80, PC, 8006 pad @ 5.0 speed x2 on the hood, x1 on the rest of the truck
- #26, PC, 9006 pad @ 3.5 speed, removed by hand
- Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Spray

total time on this detail was a little over six hours .. I have been doing this for over 25 years, and the hood on this SUV was as badly in need of claying as any I have ever seen .. Nice time to be out of agressive clay ..

I spent almost three hours claying this vehicle, almost two hours on the hood alone. the current owner bought this truck used, and it was obvious that the original owner had done nothing to take care of the paint. There was a tremendous amount of overspray, tree sap, road tar and some other things that I was unable to identify.

Didn't have time to take a ton of pictures, due to time constraints on both ends .. but here is what I did manage.

front of the truck, prior to washing

Here is a shot of the hood, AFTER washing

and a close up of all of the junk on the hood paint


Now for some after shots

remember the hood ?


and finally, a nice reflection shot off of the hood..

a fun day, but now I am off to have a beer ..

Michael Stoops
Oct 21st, 2006, 09:09 PM
a fun day, but now I am off to have a beer ..

When I'm doing one of my own cars I usually crack open a cold one while the wax is setting up.

Very nice work on the Escape!!

Oct 22nd, 2006, 07:50 AM
Did you clay it? :D :D

Looks good! Sounds like it was a little work in the end it was worth it! :xyxthumbs

Oct 22nd, 2006, 06:30 PM
Great job! Really can see the difference in the "before" and "after" pictures.:bigups

Oct 23rd, 2006, 11:30 AM
Really turned out nice. Great job.

Oct 23rd, 2006, 11:34 AM
I can see why he wanted some help.. should be easier to keep up now..:xyxthumbs