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My 2007 TBSS: Full paint correction/detail -- PIC HEAVY!

I picked up the SS just over a week ago, and relative to the GTO I traded it away for, the truck was very dirty, inside and out. Also, the paint was a little....rough, to put it gently. :)

I spent around 25 hours over 4 days from start to finish, and I'm pretty happy with the results.

As far as products used for the job, it was all Adam's: http://www.adamspolishes.com/

The process I used and steps I followed:

-Cleaned under the hood with a 50/50 mix of Adam's All Purpose Cleaner (APC)
-Cleaned wheel wells/exhaust tip with the same 50/50 mix of Adam's APC
-Wash with Dawn to remove any old waxes (of which there was very little left)
-Adam's Clay Bar
-Another wash, this time with Adam's Car Shampoo

The hood was by far the worst area on the truck, so I spent some extra time on it, and also used it as my test panel to determine my course of action for the rest of the truck. I ended up doing 2 passes of Adam's Severe Swirl and Haze Remover (SSHR) with an orange pad (because I don't have any green pads...yet), followed by one pass of Adam's Swirl and Haze Remover (SHR) an orange pad. This process removed every swirl, minor scratch, and spider-webbing from the hood. There are a few deeper scratches that I'm going to attack when I get some green pads, but I fear that they may be too deep for my little PC to take care of.

Once I was happy with how the hood turned out, I continued onto the rest of the panels:

-Adam's SSHR w/ orange pad via Porter Cable (PC) 7424 DA Polisher
-Adam's SHR w/ orange pad via PC 7424 DA Polisher

This process removed virtually all of the swirling and minor scratching, just as it did on the hood, so I moved onto the polish/wax:

-Adam's Fine Machine Polish (FMP) w/ white pad via PC 7424 DA Polisher
-Adam's Americana Paste Wax applied by hand
-Adam's VRT (the old formula :) ) on the windshield cowling, window molding, under hood, and tires

This was, by FAR, the most labor intensive detail I've done on any vehicle, and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. On to the pics!

Before:

Not bad from 10ft. away:


















 

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No mods honey, I swear...
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I taped the hood down the center to show my progress. Don't mind the fact that I didn't notice the camera was set to Black and White... :facepalm:

After 1 pass of SSHR:


After 2 passes of SSHR:


After 2 passes of SSHR and 1 pass of SHR, and after I figured the camera out:


This shows some of the minor "pitting" left in the hood. It can't be felt, and I clay-barred until my arm fell off. I think it's going to take some wet-sanding to get rid of it, which I'm not willing to do. I'll just live with it. Some of the specks in this shot are from the cheap camera lens, they aren't in the paint.



 

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Great job!
 

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Looking good Nick! How you guys like it so far?
 

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Wow, looks like the previous owner seriously neglected that thing! :ranting:

Great job on the detail. That took a lot of work to get it looking that nice again!

did you use the boar's hair bursh in the engine bay? I LOVE doing that!
 

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Wow, looks like the previous owner seriously neglected that thing! :ranting:

Great job on the detail. That took a lot of work to get it looking that nice again!

did you use the boar's hair bursh in the engine bay? I LOVE doing that!
The boar's hair brush isn't a part of my collection...yet. I just did a liberal coat of apc, rinse, another shot of apc on the trouble areas, and another rinse. No brushes involved.
 

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Looking good man, you are a heck of a detailer!
 

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Way to bring your SS back to standing proud. Looks great. I've got a black one also. We are fixing to jump in and tri to do the same thing. Thanks for sharing, just gotta place a order to Adams now. Lol
 

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As a painter I can apprieciate good hard work, and I know that it takes time, and a care and knowledge of what you're doing. Great Job!! I really need to order a polisher and polishes from Adams as they seem to have great products
 

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Good for you. She looks great. I can't believe how people don't maintain their vehicles. Nice to see it in the hands of someone who cares now.


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:kewlpics: u wanna do mine next?
 

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Looking good man, you are a heck of a detailer!
Thanks! It takes a lot of time and patience, but the end results are the big payoff. Sitting down, cracking a beer, and admiring your hard work makes it all worth it. :)
Way to bring your SS back to standing proud. Looks great. I've got a black one also. We are fixing to jump in and tri to do the same thing. Thanks for sharing, just gotta place a order to Adams now. Lol
As you know, black is by far the toughest to maintain, but once you have it clean and swirl-free, nothing beats it. The products from Adam's make it all happen.
As a painter I can apprieciate good hard work, and I know that it takes time, and a care and knowledge of what you're doing. Great Job!! I really need to order a polisher and polishes from Adams as they seem to have great products
Thanks. Place your order NOW, once you use their products, you'll kick yourself for waiting so long!
:kewlpics: u wanna do mine next?
Bring it on over, I'd love to. :cheers1:
 

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haha if i werent so far away i would! nice ride tho!
 
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