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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-15-2014, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Clay-bar and Wax for 20-year-old Paint

My Taurus may have only 65,000 miles on it, but it's still a 20-year-old car with its share of dents and scrapes. I wanted to illustrate the benefits of what a proper detail job can do for older vehicles, provided the clearcoat is still intact.

I spent a good eight hours working the paint on this car, and it was worth it. Not bad for an old station wagon!

After washing meticulosly with Dawn (to strip everything) twice, I used the Mother's brand of clay bar kit followed up with Black Magic to provide protection. I used a random-orbit polisher for this process - so do that at your own risk. Yes, it is possible to damage the paint with mechanized equipment, so be careful on those areas where the paint may be thin!








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NICE!

WOW! Nice Job - looks really great! Spectacular!

I wish my 20 yo came out looking that good. Now I'm jealous.

Did you use both clay bars on the car or just one? What did you use on the plastic/rubber trim to get them looking so sharp?
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Hey, thanks for the compliments!

I used just one clay bar and saved the other one. As long as you knead it often, it should handle one vehicle with no problem.

I didn't use any product on the rubber or trim, believe it or not. This car has a lot of bumps and bruises (which the photos hide) but the exterior plastic and rubber has held up really well. I try to park it in the shade when possible.

Thanks again!
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Hey, thanks for the compliments!
No man, after struggling through a detail attempt, I can tell what a spectacular job you have there...and it deserves praise!

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I used just one clay bar and saved the other one. As long as you knead it often, it should handle one vehicle with no problem. !
I did the same, but by the end, the clay felt like playdoh! I'm thinking I used it too long?

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I didn't use any product on the rubber or trim, believe it or not. This car has a lot of bumps and bruises (which the photos hide) but the exterior plastic and rubber has held up really well. I try to park it in the shade when possible.
Man! You are really lucky! Mine was garage housed, driven to work and parked inside and still a lot of the plastic has "issues!" Speaking of the dents - been thinking about painless dent repair. Read some where they'd do it for $75 a panel but haven't confirmed that.

Keep up the good work!
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^+1! Very nice indeed! I love '94-'95 3.0s! Nice color!
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Thumbs up WOW

super cool wagon. post some before and after please.
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WOW! Nice Job - looks really great! Spectacular!

I wish my 20 yo came out looking that good. Now I'm jealous.

Did you use both clay bars on the car or just one? What did you use on the plastic/rubber trim to get them looking so sharp?

Agree car looks great.

To restore the color of black rubber or plastic trim I like VRT from Adams Polishes.

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I will speak from personal experience on both Mothers and Meguiars Clay Bar Kits, I did mine twice this year and they do make a difference. The videos say there can be such thing as overkill on ClayBar though. The general recommendations is not more than maybe two-three times a year. I did a spring ClayBar application in April and a winter treatment in October. For winter I will plan just a good coat of polish and wax.

For those of you in the buffer market I recommend the Porter Cable XP7424. Highly recommended by auto detail experts as a forgiving even for the beginners.
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