Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Crestview, Florida (panhandle)
I have "restored" the finish in many autos, so I know a little but I'm not a pro. I have brought an '87 BMW 5-Series from chalky grey to the deepest black I have ever seen on a non-show car. A lot of that was the quality of the OEM paint job, but it was SOOOO trashed when I bought it. This was years ago, 2004?, but the process is the same.
I bought two steps of the maguires 3-step system, a clay bar, and Klasse glaze. Didn't use the Maquires wax though (their Step-3).
Start by Clay barring it. Simple to do...spray the lubricant and wipe the play do-like Clay bar over the paint. You'll actually hear and feel it as you gently wipe it over the paint, then you won't...that means you have removed all the crap out of the paint pores. Knead, or fold it frequently, and it it touches anything dirty (you drop it), then throw it away! For this reason, I always break the bar in half, and keep one half in a ziplock bag...that way if I drop it, I save $10 and a trip to the autozone...just use my backup half.
Step 1- cleaner wax. This is where most of the work is on a car, a bike will take no time. Do a good job here and the rest is gravy. This will remove dead paint that is oxidized.
Step2- polish. Think of polish like lotion on dry skin. It will drink this stuff up and deepen the paint unbelievably! This is the key to a great finish, NOT the wax, which only protects.
Step3- here's where I change things up and use the Klasse Glaze. A glaze is like a super-thin plastic coating which seals the paint and protects it from all kinds of nasty stuff. Put it on SUPER THIN. A bottle will do a Walmart parking lot full of cars! Lol
Step 4- wax of your choice. Can be carnauba, best shine but doesn't last long OR synthetic, okay shine (reflectivity) but lasts much much longer. I've used many. California Gold (Mothers?) is a good one, Zymol is good, etc. My current choice is Poorboy's Nattys Paste Carnuba wax. A little goes a LONG way and is comes off super easy.
Each step gets easier because you are dealing with a harder, smoother, better nourished paint job after each step.
-K&N open top
-Engine Guard w/ISO Pegs
-ISO shifter & brake covers
-Pirelli Night Dragons
-OEM psngr floorboards (modded Carbon Fiber)
-Custom saddlebag luggage
-Custom Driver seatback
-Custom Tour Box
-Powder coated license plate surround, windshield hardware, and shift linkage
Last edited by Radarcontact; 02-19-2015 at 09:10 AM.