Thursday, September 13, 2007

1999 Black Ford Mustang Cobra Correction

I just love working with black cars! The results are always worth the work! Anyways, I have several pictures that span several detailing sessions. I basically tackle one area at a time since I usually do not have the 8 - 10 hours necessary to get the whole car done in one shot. The pictures should speak for themselves though. If anyone is interested in the processes I used just ask. Different areas required different products, tools and processes. Basically I used the following products:
-3M 2,000 grit sand paper
-Mother's Claybar system
-Optimum Compound with a Lake Country yellow cutting pad
-Poorboy's World SSR1 Polish with a Lake Country black finishing pad
-Poorboy's Natty's Blue carnauba wax

Here are the befores:

Now I get to work...

Here's one of the wash processes I use:
YouTube - $30 Foam Gun Car Wash

I wet sanded problem areas with 2000 grit
I've seen these kinds of scratches in most cars because of the gas cap dangling on the paint.
1 pass with Optimum compound with yellow cutting pad...
1 pass Poorboy's SSR1 polish with black polishing pad...

I also wet sanded the whole rear wing and trunk lid because there was some major water etching on it. Here's a time lapse video of that process:

YouTube - Wetsanding The Cobra's Trunk

Here is what that rear wing looked like before the wet sanding and polishing:
And here's what it looked like after the whole deal...
And finally, some afters (result shots):
Here are some water beading shots from a rain storm the other day...
Finished up the interior with an Oreck Hot Water Extractor.
Stay tuned for "How to restore plastic lamp/headlight lenses".


Ford Mustang said...

Very nice job on this 99 Mustang!

Am I reading this correctly that you first clay the car then wet sand it?

Unknown said...

Yes. You always want to clay before using any abrasives (sand paper or compounds/polishes). Claying reduces the risk of bonded dirt particles breaking loose during sanding and/or polishing and causing swirls on your paint as they are dragging across the finish.