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· Ok, ok, maybe 500rwhp!!!
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I didn't really think about polishing until I stumbled upon Autopia.org a few years ago, and started reading their forums. I can now understand what ALL of them are talking about when they start discussing about that "perfect finish." First of all, my paint was horrible. The first 1 1/2 years of owning the Supra, it was parked outside. Then eventually, I started keeping her in the garage. I was using the wrong washing equipment, eventually turning my clearcoat into a scratch/swirl/mar frenzy, which looked disgusting even under flourescent shop lights! I almost felt embarassed to drive the damn thing...

So, I did my research, bought my products, and got started. Mind you, my paint still isn't 100%, but it's a 99.9% improvement over the last 7 years. The hardcore defects are gone, but there is some fine marring, but 9/10 people wouldn't know to look for it. The defects went away with each pass, but certain areas, like the hood, front fenders, roof, I made several passes.

Process:

Dawn wash with microfiber mit(the mit is great, if you don't have one, get one for hand washing!)
Clayed with Mother's clay kit
Meguiar's #80 Speed glaze w/orange cutting pad
Buffed out with microfiber towels
NXT Insane Tire Shine
Meguiar's NXT paste wax x2 (NOT pictured) w/green polish pad
S100 (NOT pictured) by hand


I took these pics right after the polishing was completed, since then, I've gone over with NXT. I'm waiting 24 hours between coats, then I'll top it with S100. (I tried the S100 on the hood, and boy, it goes on real NICE)

Before:



After:



Immediately AFTER the polishing, no wax just yet:











:hug:
 

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MDSuPeRStAr said:
NO, invest in a PC! :gfight:

Brian, I'm surprised you did have to use anything harsher than #80, I would have thought #83 would have made the job a little easier. #83 with medium cut pad --> #80 with polishing pad --> LSP with finishing pad or by hand.

Did you think about going over the car with #80 and a polishing pad? I find that I have very light surface marring when I go straight from a cutting pad to a LSP (last step product). Perhaps #80 and polishing pad (or even finishing pad) would remove any light marring left on the surface.

Overall it looks great, but no more shade pics! Direct shots in the sun so we can see all defects! :bigthumb:
I read that #83 cakes the pad up a bit, and that #80 had promising reviews. #80 isn't as abrasive as #83, so it required a few extra passes here and there. So far, I'm happy, but I'll be open to try new products in the future. I spread my polishing time over a few days, so it didn't turn into ONE long drawn out day where I would get lazy and cut corners as I got tired. I have to apply some dressing after I remove the wax from my black trim under the car.



The sun was out earlier in the day, I just didn't finish up in time to catch it! I need to re-install my rear side markers, and when it's sunny again I'll snap s'more shots.
 

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Accel Junky said:
Holy crap!! That is one REALLY nice finish!

How old are the headlights? They look like they are right out of the box!
Stock. Build date on my Supra is something like August 1997.

I did, however, run the PC over them with #80 polish, and did the RainX trick on them too.

RainX? Yeah, go bananas with the RainX spray bottle on your windows, and headlights. Wipe them to a quick haze, and then wash the car. It's the perfect amount of time for it to cure. It washes right off when you pass with your wash mit.

Brian :bigthumb:

PS

Thanks for the great comments guys! I don't feel so bad anymore about letting the finish "go" like it did. During the whole polishing detail, it seemed to be very straight forward, and kind of rewarding in the end. I'm sure I saved a grip over going to a professional detaling site. I can see why the Autopia guys say it can become addicting. I'm already thinking of the next polish to buy...

I just came back from Costco with a 16 pack of 16x16 microfiber towels... :freak:
 

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Zylo said:
Good Job :bigthumb:

4runner + Terra Grapplers = :drool:

Sits too low tho ;)
Thanks Zylo. It's a Sequoia, not a 4Runner. We've had several 4Runners, one of them had a TRD supercharger(and hauled ass...), however, none of them were modded. The Sequoia has an overall lift of 3.5", and it levels out the fender gap so that both the front and rear are pretty much equal. Stock tires are ~29.5" OD, but now I'm running pro-comp x-terrain 33's.

I now want an prev. gen Tacoma 4 Door with a 6" lift, and like a 1" body lift with 35s...

See pic of the side profile:

http://www.briansbackyard.com/seqsp05.jpg
 

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MDSuPeRStAr said:
I'm happy with #83 and dont have any issues with caking the pad. You could also look into Poorboys SSR2.5 as well. The 2 products are more abrasive than #80 but sometimes a job calls for it, just follow with #80.

Again, it looks great. :)
I read that SSR2.5 is also "Sun friendly," so you don't have to play musical cars when prepping for polishing. I might try the #83 at the end of Spring, on a cutting pad, then follow up with 80 on a polish, then nxt paste on a finishing pad.

I'm still pleased to say that I'm happy with the effort I put in with the huge turn around in surface quality as the result. :hug:


Brian
 
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