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Old 08-07-13, 06:55 AM   #1
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Default Polished my car on a beautiful summer day (PICS)

So recently, I decided to polish my 2006 IS250 again after two years since the last time I did. The past year has been a busy time for me, and to be honest I've been washing it once every few months, driving out everywhere to snowboard/play/etc... Basically it's been taking a beating. I also street park everywhere now and since I work in the Bronx now a valet parks my car in the most cramped garage so I get lots of fresh dings and nicks Also had a few panels repainted rather shabbily (oh well).

I decided that I would try to restore my paint a little bit.

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Porter Cable, red pad, Meguiar's Dual Action cleaner & polish, Sonus clay bar, dawn dishwasher detergent, lexus touch up paint, etc..

Without further adieu...

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BEFORE

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AFTER

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I polished the right half of my bumper in this picture. Look at the difference.

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Another Before

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Another After

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Reflection shot off the hood


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Not bad for an 06 car, I'd say!


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Old 08-07-13, 07:19 AM   #2
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Dang it looks great! Come down to FL and do my car
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Old 08-07-13, 07:57 AM   #3
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looks great but I think you can make it look even better with something a bit stronger than cleaner polish. What wax or sealant did you use as your protection?

a medium polish like menzerna power finish would be a great one step that will take out light swirls and make that black look like wet oil...
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I used four star paint protection. You're probably right - I have a set of very strong polishes. However, I did not want to risk damaging the clearcoat or even worse the paint, so I went a rather conservative step.
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Came out nice. I know how hard it is to keep black clean.
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Old 08-07-13, 09:43 AM   #6
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At least you had a little shade
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It reminds me when i had my obsidian is250...I would wash it every week and fully detail it 2 times a year. When this color is in its prime it truly! Looks amazing! In my opinion. But it's a challenge to keep it that way. I also would take the conservative route in order not ruin the clear coat. Awesome job!
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awesome job! i've been meaning to do mine, it desperately needs it.
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great job. Need to polish my car soon.
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I thought I've read in the past not to use dish soap for as a car wash detergent? Just saying. Results are AWESOME regardless.
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Looks good OP - nice improvement.

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I thought I've read in the past not to use dish soap for as a car wash detergent? Just saying. Results are AWESOME regardless.
^It is not recommended for routine washing, but it can be used to strip remaining wax or sealant from the surface prior to decontamination and polishing.

A better alternative is a citrus based car shampoo like Chemical Guys Citrus Wash.
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It helps when your front bumper doesnt look like this after a 30 mile drive on the highway... F'n Kansas. Hate the Midwest.




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P.S. Nice cleanup. Also, Sorry to Threadjack.
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bro, you're in NY. You can do my car lol, yours look pretty neat!
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That is very good. And the reflection picture tripped me out for a second. I thought you actually took a picture of the house lol awesome shine Great Work
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