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    Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    After finally getting around to cleaning my pads and drying them out, I had a chance to finish up (yeah right!) my new 944.
    This is the day after I got it, right after its first washing by me:

    It doesn't look too bad, right?
    Think again:

    The roof was the most faded panel on the car, with the hood a close second.
    The roof also had hands-down the most contaminated part of the car. For the last four and a half years, the car has lived in East Boston, less than a mile from Logan International Airport. There was no shortage of jet fallout in the area. This is the condition of the clay after an area approximately 12" x 12" on the roof.

    After claying, I masked off hard edges and went at the drivers side of the car with M83, and followed up with M7 applied with a foam applicator pad by hand. IIRC, I sealed it up with Gold Class paste to protect it while I waited for my new wax to come in the mail (TORTURE). The roof came out pretty nicely. Can you tell where it was masked off?

    Anyway, enough with the recap.
    I polished out the passenger side of the car today:
    The starting point was uh....horrific:

    After two passes of M83:


    The tape line on the door after two passes of M83:

    I'm using some old pads that are in desperate need of replacement, but they're still kinda getting the job done...I might be able to get one or two more cars out of them.
    There was old wax on almost all the vinyl trim around the car, the last of it was on the passenger side mirror housing:

    After M40 with a toothbrush:


    And finally, we went from dim, incongruent reflections:

    to crisp, clear, and amazingly deep reflections

    Remember that this is 23 year old single stage paint that has been parked outside 24/7 until two weeks ago when I got the car.

    I went over the polished areas with M7 as the single stage paint responded VERY well to it. LSP is my new favorite - Zymol Glasur.

    I like this reflection because you can see my 300C in there:

    Full car shots:



    This one shows how well the MPPP I put on the 300C is holding up after 2 weeks of being parked outside


    Thanks for looking!
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    Re: Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    Looks Great! That sure was some heavy fallout!

    I once put swirls in my paint just to see what it looked like.

    I don't always detail cars, but when I do, I prefer Meguiar's.
    Remove swirls my friends.

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    Re: Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    Great Save!
    Nice Car!
    Excellent Write up As well!

    Keep it up man.
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    Re: Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    Love the 944s. Nice work!

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    Re: Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    Huzzah!

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    Re: Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew C. View Post
    Looks Great! That sure was some heavy fallout!
    Not only was it super heavy fallout, but I'm sure that the car has NEVER been clayed before in it's 23 (almost 24 now) years of existence.

    Thanks for the good words everyone!
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    Re: Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    Sweet! Cool little car, too!
    Shane
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    Re: Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    nice man.. keep it clean

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    Re: Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    Quote Originally Posted by Justin A View Post
    Not only was it super heavy fallout, but I'm sure that the car has NEVER been clayed before in it's 23 (almost 24 now) years of existence.
    Don't feel bad, mine had never been clayed in 30 years, had spent an unknown number of years outside in Pennsylvania, at least 4 in a Brooklyn backyard. It really was rough, now I keep is smooth as glass, just keep up the good work.

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    Re: Finished 1986 Porsche 944

    Great save. The Porsche looks great.
    quality creates its own demand

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