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Full paint correction -- 02 PT Limited
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z51l9889
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:37 pm    Post subject: Full paint correction -- 02 PT Limited Reply with quote

I bought this vehicle about a month ago for my daughter after her previous vehicle got totalled due to a severe hailstorm. The car was owned by an elderly lady and is overall in extremely good condition with just 65K miles. However, the car has obviously seen a steady diet of brush-style automatic car washes and the paint is somewhat dulled. It was in desperate need of paint correction.

Before pictures:














Before starting to polish, I wet sanded the headlights, the blistered paint spot on the hood, a couple of severe bird bomb spots, and the dealer decal area on the hatch. All work was performed with a Porter Cable 7424 polisher and Adam's Polishes products.

Unfortunately, I had a part break on my polisher just as I was starting the final polish step so I had to complete that by hand prior to waxing.

This is the hood after buffing and swirl removal:



Here is the finished product:











And, the self-reflection shot:



All in all, I'm thrilled with the way this turned out. Keep in mind, this is essentially a 10 year old car.

Next up -- I need to polish and wax the '10 PT Classic I bought 2 weeks ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! Welcome to the forum. The only thing I would change on that car is colormatching the bumpers. The detail job looks fantastic!

Brian

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terrific work! It looks like a different color!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You da MAN!

How close are you to my house? Razz

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great Cool

I like the license paste too Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dig the G8 in the background, GM should have pushed them harder, great cars.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best first post ever!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats, looks awsome,, how long did it take,
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words!

The funny thing is that I had never even sat in a PT up until a month ago, and now I own two! My wife ended up liking my daughter's car so much that we sold her 06 Pacifica and bought a 2010 PT Classic to replace it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TurboTeaBagger wrote:
congrats, looks awsome,, how long did it take,


It took a really long time -- over 20 hours. A rotary buffer would have greatly speeded up the process, but I don't have access to one. It was a royal pain, but the time spent on the car is like therapy to me.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great first post!

paint those bumpers, even just with OEM grey bumper coat, it just makes a car look finished. I say that having done my 01 and it made my car look so sharp.

You still have to catch me with how many you have, I still have three! Though one is my moms but the other two are all mine!

And welcome! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Assume daughter's name is Katie? Nice vanity plate. Cool
If you don't color match the bumpers, at least hit where the tape marks are with steel wool and WD-40 - really!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the daughter's name is Katie.

Good tip on the WD40 and steel wool. I'll give that a try. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn sweet detailing job Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely done. I can honestly say that this is the first time I've seen someone document such a major correction on any vehicle using Adam's products. I've seen plenty of "I just waxed my car with Adam's" pictures, but the car is always in the shade so you can't really tell and, well, all they claimed to do was lay a coat of wax on anyway. Nice to know they have some real punch to them.
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