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russell336
Jan 24th, 2005, 06:13 AM
This Escort is my dad's daily driver. It was bought from an auction and looks as if it has never been cleaned.
I was using it this week since my truck was in the shop and decided to try and clean it up for him.
Overall, it took me about 12 hours of work, spread out over three days. It looks a lot better but it could probably use another 12 hours or more of work;)
Anyways, here are the before and after shots.
Before:
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/641Escort_-_before-4.jpg
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/641Escort_-_before.jpg
After one pass with DACP:
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/641Escort_-_after_one_pass_with_DACP.jpg
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/641Escort_-_after_one_pass_with_DACP-3.jpg
Final results:
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/641Escort_-_after-8.jpg
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/641Escort_-_after-4.jpg

There are a few more shots in My Gallery (http://meguiarsonline.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=641) including some before shots of the interior. I have yet to take any after shots of the inside but it does look better. Not all of the stains came completely out but they were reduced.

Here was my procedures:
Inside:
1) Vacuum
2) Cleaned dash and oterh surfaces with diluted Simple Green
3) Applied NXT protectant to surfaces
4) Spot clean carpets usiing diluted Kirby Carpet Cleaner, applied using a old windex bottle, agitated with brush and then blotted dry.
5) Mats were taken out and cleaned with Kirby Carpet Cleaner in same way but with a more liberal application and scrubbing. Rinsed with the water hose, wet vac to get out the excess water then dried in the dryer. I don't recommend using the dryer as the mats will leave black marks and any dirt left in the mats will be in the dryer.

Outside:
1) wash with dawn
2) clayed
3) DACP using the Porter Cable
4) Swirl Remover #9 using PC
5) NXT Wax

all removed with microfiber.

Thanks for looking,

cwcad
Jan 24th, 2005, 06:27 AM
nice work!!!

hope your dad appreciates the work you put inon that vehicle!

it was nice of your dad to let you use the vehicle.

maybe there should be mutual appreciation.

in truth, i wish that my family would do what you did.

Tim Lingor
Jan 24th, 2005, 06:43 AM
Great job Gary! :xyxthumbs I too hope your dad appreciates your hard work!! :)

Tim

OrangeRcode
Jan 24th, 2005, 08:16 AM
Pics look great. Dramatic before and after. Congrats.

nogrille
Jan 25th, 2005, 12:54 AM
nice job but that's not a REAL escort, this is.....

http://www.fasterfords.com/retro/images/e_mk1/projects/images/mk1_3_jpg.jpg

:D

Pazrs
Jan 25th, 2005, 10:13 PM
Nice result, Im sure your dad will be very happy to have his car returned like that!




True that nogrille, nothing sounds as good as a old Esky with snorting Webers! (Sorry bent eight fans)

russell336
Jan 26th, 2005, 05:43 AM
Well, I got my truck back yesterday afternoon so I gave the escort back to pops.
I asked if he noticed anything different, he said "it's shinier" and then something about the gas tank being empty.
I know he appreciated, thats just the way things are with him.
Mom say it and said she wanted to start driving it now:)

Teak
Feb 7th, 2005, 10:53 PM
Nice work on the Escort. Another polishing session or two and the car will look perfect. Neglect is easy, but fixing neglect is not.

Nogrille,
Is Mk1 Escort in the picture yours? I bet that Mk1 Escort would make a good drift or autocross car.


Eric

Jib
Feb 8th, 2005, 01:11 AM
Nice work

Vandelete
Feb 8th, 2005, 09:40 AM
looks your dad found a new worker @ home for his private jobs on his car :D ..great job the car looks pretty good, :xyxthumbs