It did buff right out-My new-to-me 2002 Maxima SE, detailed for your viewing pleasure

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  1. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I guess pretty much everyone now knows that my '99 Mazda 626 was totaled when I was rear-ended back in October. I really liked the '02/03 Maximas, so I made one of them my first choice in my search for another car. Got a great price on an '02 SE, plus it wasn't black!!!

    First thing I did when I got home was to get rid of the headlight haze. First car I have had with HIDs and didn't want hazy headlight covers getting in the way.

    Half polished using Optimum Hyper Compound and a folded microfiber towel:

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    All polished. And yes, those are chips in the hood, very typical of Nissan paint.

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    The next day, I washed the car and then clayed it...for about 30-40 minutes. This is the left rear quarter panel's level of bonded contaminents!

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    Whoever detailed it for the dealer sucks at his job and should find a new line of work. Light rotary swirls and all that crap stuck to the paint? Hack. :mad:

    At least the swirls weren't deep, probably just ran the rotary quickly over the car with a cheap one step that left white splatters on the wipers. Nothing I knew I couldn't easily fix though.

    First things first though, I removed the "Maxima" emblem from the trunk. The "Nissan" emblem has holes behind it and I left the "SE" emblem on for now but I may remove it later. The dealer license plate frames found their way to the trash.

    I started with Optimum Compound and a burgandy Meguiars cutting pad via UDM. I was very pleased to see that there was no hazing at all with this combo, so the paint is definitley a lot harder than my 626. Completely removed all the rotary swirls and I'd say I got a good 90% of the spider swirls out too. Probably can get it to 98%+ swirl free but I really didn't have the time since the sun is setting so early now.

    I followed with Optimum Poli-Seal using a yellow Meguiars polishing pad. Really added some nice depth and wetness. I then applied 2 coats of Opti-Seal about 20-30 minutes apart and went over the wheels with Wheel Wax in those 20-30 minutes. About a half hour after the 2nd coat of OS, I went over the whole car with the upcoming new version of Optimum Car Wax. By then, it was getting pretty dark.

    Today, I made the mistake of parking near a live oak and ended up with sap on my car. I did a quick Optimum No Rinse wash and applied another quick coat of the new OCW and then took these pictures.

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    The mighty VQ... :bow

    Didn't do anything to the engine other than a quick wipe down. 255 hp vs 170 hp in my 626...yeah, I notice the extra power! Romp on the gas right out off the line and it spins until it shifts into 2nd gear. Yahoo!

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    The interior was actually in decent shape but it appeared the mats had an extractor run quickly over them, so I tossed them in the tub with some BioKleen Traffic Lane Cleaner and let them soak about 3 hours. They are drip drying on my balcony rail right now, fixin' to toss them in the dryer so they will be nice and new looking. Dressed the interior with Optimum Protectant Plus but it was too dark for pics.

    As you can see, the dealer's detailer didn't get the mats very clean...

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  2. EE CUMMINGS

    EE CUMMINGS aka RobHuang

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    nice

    maximas ftw
     
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    can you buff this out

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    any interior shots?

    btw, nice car....good paint color too.
     
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    momentum CAN'T STOP THIS SON!

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    :cool: nissan crew
     
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    just curious, but why didn't you go w/ manual trans?
     
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    i love the 02 maximas.

    vq FTW.
     
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    god, you rule at detailing
     
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    u do good work. :cool:
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I'll get some tomorrow when I put the mats back in. Going to get some sun shots too, it looks really good in the full sun. :)
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Couldn't find one and the meter was running on the rental since in Texas, once a car is declared a total, the insurance company no longer has to pay for it. Hell, it was hard enough finding an '02/03 Maxima at all!
     
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    Parabellum Molon Labe!

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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I can make it look better but I can't do shit about the dent. BTW, if the weather turns to shit here in the winter, I am seriously considering coming out to Phoenix for a couple weeks if y'all can line up enough details for me to do.





















    And someone gets me laid. :x:
     
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    Maxima ftw. Great body style/power for the year
     
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    TheScatman It's the summer of Scatman

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    that detailing business must be going well :coolugh:
     
  18. KevAnder

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    altima > maxima
     
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    you are my hero
     
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    hondaluva likes free hugs...

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    awesome!
     
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    What is your rate for a complete job?!? :noes:
    I haven't had time to do anything past a basic wash in months...

    Can't get you laid but there is a decent titty bar a few miles from my place :noes:
     
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    maxima crooo
     
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    :dunno: Both my kids are in college so I am in no rush right now to buy a house.
     
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    Full details start at $125 (for a car in decent shape with minimal swirl removal needed) but most cars run around $150 or so.
     

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