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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.



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

Without further adieu...



BEFORE



AFTER



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



Another Before



Another After




Reflection shot off the hood




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


Thanks for looking!
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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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Old 08-07-13, 08:26 AM   #4
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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.







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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thats alot of bugs
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