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DonCorleone
May 11th, 2005, 06:27 PM
my father in law's van, left to us after he passed. been sitting around as i gave it a tune up and tried to get the stains/smoke smell out so we can sell it for a few grand.

1994 lumina, owned by his father in law before, doubt it was ever waxed or maintained other than the occasional car wash. as you can see from the before shots, the paint had some oxidation, a lot of swirls, and many paint etchings that were just too deep to get out with what I had.

Process was;
Wash
Clay
Color X applied by Porter Cable 7424
Meguiars Speed Glaze #80
Meguiars Gold Class Wax

I used my mother's clay bar and the gold class because I figured, why use my good stuff? The clay bar was the last of a kit I bought awhile ago, and had used it to clay my car once or twice, my dad's work truck (massive rust particles from industrial fallout) and this van, it went to the trash after that.

some before shots (after it was washed);
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/before001.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/before002.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/before003.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/before004.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/before005.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/before006.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/before008.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/before012.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/before014.jpg

taped off one side, the other was clayed and got one coat of colorX

http://www.youbuynow.net/van/beforeafter001.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/beforeafter002.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/beforeafter003.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/beforeafter004.jpg

after shots
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/after001.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/after002.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/after003.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/after004.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/after005.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/after006.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/after007.jpg
http://www.youbuynow.net/van/after008.jpg

I bet with some more aggressive polish and more time and elbow grease, it could even be better. But just so I can sell it, I think I did ok.

gb387
May 11th, 2005, 06:33 PM
Not bad... Looks like a big improvement! I have yet to use colorx but I sure want to give it a try, just have to find a vehicle in need of it.

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Mike Phillips
May 11th, 2005, 06:54 PM
Hi


Your results look great, the pictures are to big for everyone to actually see the pictures. I have a 21" monitor and I have to horizontal scroll to see them. When a person has to horizontal scroll to see a picture that means they can't see the entire picture, thus the value and the impact are greatly diminished.

Here's a link to an article with links inside of it that will show you how to work with images inside the vbulletin environment.

How to put pictures into your posts (http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3188)

It takes a little more time to resize your photos to 600 or 700 pixels max, but it enables everyone to see them on their monitor without having to horizontal scroll.

Hope this helps... and great job!

Mike

DonCorleone
May 11th, 2005, 07:16 PM
hey mike, thanks for the heads up. sorry for the scroll, resized em and hopefully that'll be better.

regards,
thanh
doncorleone@is300.net

Mike Phillips
May 11th, 2005, 07:25 PM
Originally posted by DonCorleone
hey mike, thanks for the heads up. sorry for the scroll, resized em and hopefully that'll be better.

regards,
thanh
doncorleone@is300.net

Good job, you're fast! Thanks for taking my suggestion the right way, now your photos are easy to see and that helps to get the message across!

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