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Old 10-11-2015, 01:44 PM
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I have a Ford Ranger in Dark Shadow Gray which looks great in the shade. However, in the sun, the paint is drab and lacks in depth. I occasionally wax the car with Meguiars Carnauba Wax, but I feel it doesn't make much of a difference when I do. Is this due to the paint quality on the Ranger not being very good, or will compounding the paint help?
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I have a Ford Ranger in Dark Shadow Gray which looks great in the shade. However, in the sun, the paint is drab and lacks in depth. I occasionally wax the car with Meguiars Carnauba Wax, but I feel it doesn't make much of a difference when I do. Is this due to the paint quality on the Ranger not being very good, or will compounding the paint help?
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Old 10-11-2015, 03:43 PM
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I've found that laying down multiple layers of wax, sometimes with different brands, can really add a lot more gloss and depth. But it also depends on what condition your paint is in in the first place. Applying wax to neglected paint won't do a lot. Might need to be corrected/polished first. This schematic has been very helpful to me for detailing:
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Old 10-12-2015, 08:40 PM
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I'm nervous of damaging the paint if I compound, so I'll try layering wax first. I'll make sure to keep a screenshot of that chart on my phone, very useful
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Old 10-13-2015, 04:19 PM
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Try using a clay bar before you wax. Rub your hand over your paint if it don't feel slick, then the clay bar is what you need.
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Thanks for the tips. I might need it when i wax my truck.
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Could always get the truck clear coated again otherwise a real nice buff should do it.
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Could always get the truck clear coated again otherwise a real nice buff should do it.
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Second photo is after wet sanding and compound then polish and finally waxing
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Old 04-13-2016, 01:27 PM
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Second photo is after wet sanding and compound then polish and finally waxing
Plus one to wet sanding and polishing, yet if your clear coat is already worn and lacks orange peel be careful to not burn through the clear coat.
and stay away from any corners.
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Old 04-16-2016, 07:45 AM
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You need to know how to compound. This is what I do on mine. I have done detailing for a long time.
First wash the Ranger. Second, put your fingers in a plastic baggie and rub your fingers across the paint. If you feel little bumps, get a clay bar kit from auto parts store, etc., and clay bar your Ranger to make the paint smooth. Next, I suggest that you buy a dual action, (DA), buffer and an orange foam pad. (Harbor Freight is probably cheapest place.) Use a very micro fine creamy polishing compound or metal polish. Do NOT use an abrasive compound that is for strong cutting of the paint. (I like the Ultraluster.com metal polish brand myself.) Buff the paint and wash off the residue. Then, wax it and it will look great!
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Old 04-17-2016, 03:16 PM
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I just wet sanded to remove that orange peel and then I compound with a heavy cut to get the sanding marks off then I fine compound and then a polish to remove any swirl marks I might of left and then wax
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