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Old 09-14-2010, 12:23 PM
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Default My 97 Cobra Detail

Ok guys, last Saturday, went to my buddy's house to wash and detail his 97 Cobra Vert. It had been sitting since May 10' awaiting a new tranny. he finally got one and his car needed a detailing BAD! His paint literally felt like fine grit sand paper. If you rubbed your finger across the paint, it sounded like it too.

I ran into a few problems that I could not do some of the things I would have liked to do, so before you say anything, let me explain. This guy lives on a dirt road, so I did NOT shine the wheels. It would have looked like crap with one drive over the road. Secondly, the carpet. I didnt have anything in my arsenal of products to tackle his carpet, its was pretty bad. other than that, the car turned out great! The paint is NICE and smooth! I had to throw my clay bar away after getting done with this car!

My Process:
  • Rinsed the car extremely well
  • hand washed twice (changed out water in bucket)
  • rinsed again really well
  • pulled into basement (it started to rain)
  • dried really well with microfiber towels.
  • Claybarred with Meguiar's Clay Bar kit (you wouldnt believe the stuf that came off of his paint)

    Next we used the Meguiar's 3-Step Deep Crystal System to prepare paint.
  • used Meguiar's Paint Cleaner on every pody Panel using Microfiber applicator
  • Used Meguiar's Paint Polish on every body panle using Microfiber applicator
  • Used Meguiar's Cleaner Carnauba Wax
  • Used Meguiar's NXT 2.0 Liquid Wax

    (To clarify, we handed every panel of the car at a time. We started on hood and used all the above products, thenmoved to the next panel)

After we did the whole exterior I wiped down all the exterior plastic with Meguiar's Natural Shine interior shine.

Then we tackled the interior which consisted of
  • wiping all interior panels down with degreaser cleaner
  • vacuuming with shopvac
  • shining with Meguiar's Natural Shine interior shine

we finished everything by cleaning the glass with Invisible glass cleaner and giving the car a final wipedown with a soft Microfiber Towel.

Sorry no before pics

These pics were taken the evening of:

The next day in sunlight:

I was not really prepared in the taking pics department. My camera is at home, I have better pics on it ill get up. The ones with the date are his pics.
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