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    Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    I just returned from a visit to the Detroit Autorama, where I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Meguiars' own Michael Stoops. As anyone who has had the opportunity knows, Mike is awesome to hang out with; extremely knowledgeable and extremely passionate about the car care industry. I arrived to find him doing a demo of the DA Microfiber System on a hacked-up rental car:



    After the demo was over and everyone's questions had been answered we were talking shop, when Mike was approached by some gentlemen all the way from Oregon who had brought a car to the show for the first time to be judged... and they had a bit of an urgent problem. Upon arriving at the show and unloading the car, they were dismayed to discover that the roof of the car was covered in scratches that hadn't been there when they loaded it up.

    A quick inspection revealed that these weren't just any scratches; they were sanding scratches (2000 grit at a minimum) which had been concealed and subsequently topped with NXT Tech Wax:



    Because the inventory of the Meguiar's Training Unit did not allow for a full arsenal of tools and products, Mike initially decided to attempt correction using what he had - a G110v2, D300, and a DMC5 pad.



    The results? Well, even after two rounds of compounding, the scratches largely remained. These were DEEP:



    It quickly became obvious that in order to get the defects taken care of in a somewhat efficient manner, the only option was to get a little more aggressive. M100 was chosen for the task, and the fight was on:



    The results were MUCH improved:



    And of course, Mike couldn't pass up the opportunity to educate some of the shop staff on the finer points of Meguiar's compounds while he worked:



    Once compounding was finished, Ultimate Polish was used to refine the results, and with the light at the end of the tunnel becoming visible, the mood quickly lightened:





    As a final measure, a fresh layer of NXT Tech Wax was applied to lock in the results:






    By now, you're probably wondering what this mystery ride is that we've been staring at for the last couple hours. Well, there's no easy way to say this... it was a 1978 Mustang II. Though not just any Mustang II, mind you; this one was a COOL Mustang II, packing a Triton V10 under its hood, flanked by flared fenders and very cleverly modified bodywork. A few pictures are below:












    A big thanks to Mike for letting me hang out and shoot the breeze while working on this stunning ride; it was a pleasure!

    Charlie
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    Re: Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    Hahah, thats an awesome story…love it. Great job guys, stories like this are great to hear…and of course a great testament to what great detailers with great products are capable of
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    Re: Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    That is some amazing work. Thanks for posting this.

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    Re: Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    Well now, it was very nice of you to post this write up, Charlie, thanks! It's too bad we didn't have a second buffer available so we could have polished side by side....that would have been a real treat for me! But it was awesome to solve this problem for these guys and get this awesome little car back up to snuff. I hope to see out in California some time and show you around the Meguiar's digs.
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    Re: Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    Well now, it was very nice of you to post this write up, Charlie, thanks! It's too bad we didn't have a second buffer available so we could have polished side by side....that would have been a real treat for me! But it was awesome to solve this problem for these guys and get this awesome little car back up to snuff. I hope to see out in California some time and show you around the Meguiar's digs.
    Mike, if you would of had the Xtra-Cut MF Discs on hand, do you think you would of gotten most all the defects more so than what the Cutting Disc accomplished?

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    Re: Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    Well now, it was very nice of you to post this write up, Charlie, thanks! It's too bad we didn't have a second buffer available so we could have polished side by side....that would have been a real treat for me! But it was awesome to solve this problem for these guys and get this awesome little car back up to snuff. I hope to see out in California some time and show you around the Meguiar's digs.
    Likewise Mike, it would've been an honor to be of more assistance. I'm definitely hoping I can make it out this spring for the NXT event.

    Quote Originally Posted by imacarnut View Post
    Mike, if you would of had the Xtra-Cut MF Discs on hand, do you think you would of gotten most all the defects more so than what the Cutting Disc accomplished?
    The Xtra-Cut discs would've been fantastic to have in this case, if for no other reason than efficiency; time was one of the major limiting factors in this case, not necessarily a limitation of the Cutting Disc's correcting ability.
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    Re: Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    Cool, great story and nice work!
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    I own a silver vehicle and a black vehicle owns me. The black one demands attention, washing, detailing, waxing and an occasional dinner out at a nice restaurant. The silver one demands nothing and it looks just fine. I think the black vehicle is taking advantage of me, and the silver car is more my style. We can go out for a drive without her makeup and she looks fine. If I want to take the black one out, it is three or four hours in the "bathroom" to get ready.

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    Re: Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    Quote Originally Posted by imacarnut View Post
    Mike, if you would of had the Xtra-Cut MF Discs on hand, do you think you would of gotten most all the defects more so than what the Cutting Disc accomplished?
    As Charlie pointed out, the new Xtra Cut disc would have made the process faster, but in the end we managed to get a pretty terrific finish, especially when you consider just how bad the paint was to begin with. The shop owner was almost in tears when he thanked me for taking care of the situation for him, and that really made my weekend.

    Here are two shots I took with my phone:

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    Re: Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    You did good Mike! *Pat on back*

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    Re: Emergency Makeover: Detroit Autorama Edition with Michael Stoops

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    Here are two shots I took with my phone:

    Before:


    After:
    Woah, that's impressive!
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    I own a silver vehicle and a black vehicle owns me. The black one demands attention, washing, detailing, waxing and an occasional dinner out at a nice restaurant. The silver one demands nothing and it looks just fine. I think the black vehicle is taking advantage of me, and the silver car is more my style. We can go out for a drive without her makeup and she looks fine. If I want to take the black one out, it is three or four hours in the "bathroom" to get ready.

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