I saw that Adam's Polishes is a supporting vendor here and had to share my personal experience with their products.
Just because you have a heavy duty rig and use it for heavy duty work, doesn't mean that you can't sport that heavy duty shine. Thanks to Adam's products, I sport that shine on my not so heavy duty ride. Although I don't roll like you big boys do over here, I think we all can agree that we want our rides looking good. Check out what you can do with a little elbow grease and the right products.
My latest victim is my 2001 Corvette Coupe.
So I've been working on my ride and haven't had a chance to drive it since Christmas. It has just been sitting and collecting dust because I can't keep it covered and work on it at the same time. Just look at that dust!
I broke out my Adam's Polishes
supplies and went at it. The first thing I needed to do is get the garage at a nice working temperature. I settled on the low 60's.
Next, I broke out my fire nozzle
and rinsed all that dust off the car.
Then came the foam gun
and the Adam's Car Wash
Using a 4.1 ratio (4 parts water, 1 part Adam's Car Wash), I was able to get a nice soapy bath for my baby. So I soaked her down to get rid of any caked on dirt...
Got my Adam's Grit Guard wash bucket
nice and full along with a another Grit Guard rinse bucket...
...and went at it. I cleaned her inside and out. One area that was really annoying me to death was the area under my fuel rail covers. It was dusty, dirty filthy and I couldn't take it anymore. So out came the Adam's All Purpose spray. I sprayed the area thoroughly and let it soak in. Then I rinsed it gently with water and blew it dry with my leaf blower. I must say, it came out rather well and for the first time, my belt didn't squeak one time after washing the engine!
So I dried her off and put her blanket on. Tomorrow I plan on going on a swirl hunt and putting some wax on her. Right now she's bare, but she still looks good.
I told you all that I was going swirl hunting. Well I didn't have to search hard because I made the mistake of wiping the car down after a very light drizzle that I got caught in. The problem with doing so is the fact that dirt and grime had settled on the car from the drive and when I wiped the microfiber towel across the paint, I basically took some very light sandpaper to it. This is why I'm not big fan of the waterless wash products because if the car is not clean, you take a chance of doing exactly what I did.
Check out my before pictures:
IS THAT HIDEOUS OR WHAT?
So, I broke out my Flex and some Adam's Swirl & Haze Remover
, some Adam's Detail Spray
, my Adam's orange
second generation pads, and a couple of microfiber towels
. Here's a short video of the damage, as if the pictures are not enough.
This next video actually shows me doing one pass at the damage.
Here are a few things to note. I used a orange pad but could have used a white pad instead. Since my paint was in very good shape (thus easily damaged), I didn't necessarily need to get as aggressive as the orange pad. The white pad probably would have gotten rid of the damage just as effectively. As a rule, you want to go at a problem with the lightest, most effective method possible. Remember, you are shaving off the clearcoat so the less shaving you do is better for the paint.
If your paint is full of swirls and you have never done any paint correction, you will definitely need the orange pad. You will also need to clay the entire vehicle
in order to rid your paint of contaminants.
Now for the results. Here's what the paint looks like now after my paint correction. As you can see, this is turning into quite a successful date!
Anything that you see that resemble a scratch is nothing more than a reflection off the pipes on the ceiling or something in the garage. This fender is now swirl free.
Once I get all the paint correction completed, I will hit the whole car with some Adam's Revive Polish. After that, I will come behind it with some Adam's Buttery Wax. I'll then wipe the whole thing down with some detail spray and cover her up and put here to bed. I probably won't get to drive here again for weeks so I'll just come down to the garage and peak under the sheets just to make sure she's okay.
Okay, here's the final tally. I finally laid on the wax and pulled her out for some pictures just as it was getting dark. I'd say I'm happy with it! :bigthumb:
...and on the next day, I got some shots in the sun.
I really like how you can see the pearl in this picture. That's some clean paint!