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    lost on where to start with 1978 Olds Delta 88

    Hello.

    I inherited a 1978 Olds Delta 88 that has 110,000 miles, from my uncle. It's lived 99% of its life in the garage, it only came out on sunny days. Body and even frame are rust free.

    The paint isn't bad, but it's a bit dull. I've seen cars from the 1970s that are almost as glossy as today's clear coat cars, and this Olds is nowhere near that.

    I have used a lot of different Meguiar's products over the years on my other 3 cars, clear coat cars, with great results.

    I tried a few small sample areas on the 1978 Olds with these Meguiar's products, using one product per spot:

    205
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    #7 Glaze
    Cleaner Wax
    Carnauba

    Most of them I did hand application, but some I tried as well with my low power Ryobi 18V random orbital. Didn't like the results of any of them, the cutting compounds especially seemed to leave the paint even chalkier and duller looking than before. I was expecting at least one of these to really bring out the shine.

    Where should I start product wise after a good wash and clay?? I guess I'm inexperienced outside of clear coats.

    Thanks!!

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    Re: lost on where to start with 1978 Olds Delta 88

    Check out this link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS4jfCWsqT0&t=1920s

    Also that Ryobi tool is not doing much for you either. It is often deemed as a wax spreader.

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    Re: lost on where to start with 1978 Olds Delta 88

    Thank you Guz!

    I watched the video and was inspired to give the #7 another shot. Went outside and did the whole hood by hand. It does look better. Perhaps applying it thicker and rubbing it in longer is the trick.

    Maybe a second round tomorrow. I was chicken to leave it on overnight.

    After the 7, I’m supposed to protect it. Any reason the Meguiars Carnauba is not a good choice?

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    Re: lost on where to start with 1978 Olds Delta 88

    Oh, wow....my first car was a '79 Olds Delta 88. It be interesting to see pics of how yours turns out after your detailing endeavors.

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    Re: lost on where to start with 1978 Olds Delta 88

    The spots where I used 105 still look chalky, white, even after heavy application of #7. I know I didn’t take too much paint off because 105 was applied with light pressure. How do I get this residue off? I tried washing with car wash soap.

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    Re: lost on where to start with 1978 Olds Delta 88

    Quote Originally Posted by bxd20 View Post
    Thank you Guz!

    I watched the video and was inspired to give the #7 another shot. Went outside and did the whole hood by hand. It does look better. Perhaps applying it thicker and rubbing it in longer is the trick.

    Maybe a second round tomorrow. I was chicken to leave it on overnight.

    After the 7, I’m supposed to protect it. Any reason the Meguiars Carnauba is not a good choice?
    One of our carnauba waxes are perfectly adequate for protection. If you are going for the #7 technique described in above video, I would repeat the #7 application a few times prior to waxing.

    Quote Originally Posted by bxd20 View Post
    The spots where I used 105 still look chalky, white, even after heavy application of #7. I know I didn’t take too much paint off because 105 was applied with light pressure. How do I get this residue off? I tried washing with car wash soap.
    A re-application of 105 or even a milder product like 205 should remove remaining residue. You could also try glass cleaner or diluted isopropl alcohol but there is some risk of staining using chemicals on the paint you are working on.
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