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2002 Camaro SS Polished & Coated

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    2002 Camaro SS Polished & Coated

    Well this is my personal car. Before I go on to the photos I would like to give a little background story about this car.

    I am technically the third owner. The first owner was a car collector who had this car in his personal collection. He passed away and the second owner picked it up at a car auction and then I purchased it.

    When I purchased it, the odometer read 3,000 miles. I could not pass the deal and low mileage. I have had it for about 10 years and it's currently sitting at 14,XXX miles. This is the garage queen as they say.

    It's been about a year and half since I last did any sort of paint correction/polishing. Since it sits in the garage a lot more the paint stays clean and LSP just lasts. A year and a half ago I used M21/M26 and there was still something on the paint with maybe a spray wax here and there.

    Onto the detail specifics.

    This is what I used:

    Wash: Adams New Car Shampoo, Meguiar's Wash Mitt

    Paint Decon: Ironx, Clay, D155 clay lube

    Wheels: Adams New Car Shampoo, various brushes

    Tires: Meguiar's D143, Blackfire Total Eclipse Tire Gel

    Polish: M205 with a Meguiar's thin yellow polishing pad, D302 with a foam finishing pad

    Coating: Ameriarmour by Americana Car Care

    Tools: Meguiar's MT300 (died in the middle of polishing), PC7424XP

    I started off by using Mike Philips wash method. It is not the first time I used it and it won't be the last. It just saves time. Here's the link to that. Helps if one has a foam gun.

    http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...shing-car.html

    Here's ironx at work on the rear bumper



    The one issue that this car has is the typical sail panel issue.



    The paint looked pretty good with very minor defects or love marks. It was a bit hard to capture them but they were easily polished out.



    This is the combo I used. M205 on a Meguiar's yellow thin polishing pad and D302 on a black thin finishing pad. I have always been curious about using D302 on a foam finishing pad as it was talked about so long ago on the Meguiar's forum. I wanted to see if I could amp up the gloss and refine the finish even more.



    I was using my Meguiar's MT300 DA at the beginning and as I was using it for a better part on the front end, it started bogging down and eventually stopped working with the trigger in the on position while on the drivers side fender. Turns out the cord is causing the machine to not operate properly (I have a thread on this if you search under my name). I was bummed as I had only used it on 3 cars and 1 truck prior to this one. It's a good machine when it's working properly. I had to resort to plan B and use my PC7424XP. It's a good thing I had it as a back up.

    I do have to say the new thin pads work very well with the PC. It utilizes it's power more efficiently. I was impressed with the results I was getting. It took a little longer but the PC was a workhorse and got the job done.

    I followed up polishing with Car Pro Eraser and 2 coats of Ameriarmour.

    Sun shot of the corrected paint.



    Here are a few reflection shots in the garage after it was coated.



    The passenger side of the sail panel with more bubbling. No more adhesive residue.










    Pulled the car outside and took some various photos. There is no flake in this paint.









    Various gloss shots. Not bad considering it's white.

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    Tires dressed with Blackfire Total Eclipse



    With the engine bay so clean I just used Blackfire All In One Trim & Tire Protectant

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    Sharp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Sharp!
    Thanks.

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    Very nice work. Iron-X is something a lo of white and light color vehicles in general should get. It is crazy how much residue that will clean off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenWS6 View Post
    Very nice work. Iron-X is something a lo of white and light color vehicles in general should get. It is crazy how much residue that will clean off.
    Thanks.

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    Nice work, man. Are those 35th LE wheels with just different center caps?
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    It's stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Nice work, man. Are those 35th LE wheels with just different center caps?

    Thanks. Yes they are. I could not find 35th center caps for these wheels so I painted a set of silver ones black and added a vinyl bowtie before I clear coated them.

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    Car looks great. I, at one point in time, considered getting an extra set of 35th LE wheels....but didn't....now I am kicking myself. Hopefully mine will remain in the condition they currently are. I love the look of those wheels.
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    Nice Job ...Ive always been into detailing my cars and all....Yours looks very clean !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSSguy View Post
    Nice Job ...Ive always been into detailing my cars and all....Yours looks very clean !!
    Thanks.

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