...with the help of Adam's Polishes!
Okay boys and girls, another one from the desk of The Junkman. A friend of mine showed up in her 2002 Black Corvette Coupe with what appeared to be the damage caused by a truck which had backed up onto her front bumper. The damage was deep and nasty. I washed the bumper and dried it off just so that I could get a clean look at how much damage was actually there. Here's what I was looking at:
Here's a short video of the same damage:
As you can see, this was not going to be a walk in the park.
Armed with my Batman utility belt filled with various Adam's products, I confidently stepped up to the plate!
Step 1. The first thing I did was wash the bumper so that I could see what damage was actually done. The next thing I did was claybarred the bumper in order to remove any impurities in the paint. Remember, the prep is the key to the success that you will see when the work is done. This Vette is a daily driver and is not garaged so my final goal was not perfection, it was to make the bumper appear to have never been hit at all.
Here's video of me hitting the bumper with Adam's Detail Clay Bar
A funny side note: After I dried the car off from the clay bar work, my friend gasped and then stated with concern in her voice that the scratch was still there. Since I hadn't done anything to remove the scratch up to that point, it was still supposed to be there. I said to her, "Ye of little faith need to remain in the boat." She being of strong religious conviction, immediately got my joke and laughed. Those of you who don't get it didn't pay attention in Sunday school!
Step 2. The next thing I did was hit the bumper with some Adam's Swirl and Haze Car Polish (SHR)
, a Adam's Orange Dual-Action Swirl Killer Pad
, and some Adam's Detail Spray
In an earlier thread that I posted
, I talked about using detail spray on different pads along with SHR. The premise was that you could adjust the cutting action of a pad/polish combo by adding detail spray to the pads (thus thinning out the SHR). In this case I used a wet orange pad (pad sprayed down with detail spray), because I didn't feel that this situation warranted the need for the full cutting action of a dry orange pad.
I basically made two passes over the bumper with this combination. After wiping the bumper down, I took some pictures of the bumper up to that point:
Step 3. I finished the job up with a coat of Adam's Fine Machine Car Polish
. Took a few more pictures too! Again, this is a daily driver which is not garage kept. Although that is the case, you can see that the job turned out pretty nice. The little imperfections that you see in the pictures below are actually things being reflected off my garage wall.
That's it folks, it's just that simple when you have the right equipment and the right products.