Opinions needed for saving the look of the SS

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by Emfuser, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. Emfuser

    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    83,903
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    Irmo, SC
  2. Ryuhei

    Ryuhei Oh gawd

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2001
    Messages:
    6,612
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Chicagoland
    How did it get that bad?
     
  3. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    160,083
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Home of the Texas Rangers
    [​IMG]

    You are looking at probably $100-150 just for the exterior. It is going to take some pretty intensive polishing to bring it back.

    You could always register at www.autopia.org and see if there is a pro in your area (just post in the pro forum); or you could download the e-book (about $10), purchase a PC, polishes, glazes and waxes and do the work yourself.
     
  4. Emfuser

    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    83,903
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    Irmo, SC
    This car lived in Texas until this past Friday when I picked it up in Dallas. Obviously the previous owners weren't too terribly concerned about the paint. :(
     
  5. Emfuser

    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    83,903
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    Irmo, SC
    But I'm not looking at having to spend $2k-3k for a paint job? I'm just wondering if it's saveable. If it is, I'll gladly pay a professional to take care of it.
     
  6. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    160,083
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Home of the Texas Rangers
    It can be saved, but it will probably take a good detailer at least 3-5 hours to fully work the paint. I just wanted you to know it won't be cheap. I would seriously suggest heading on over to autopia, either to learn more about detailing so you can at least understand what a pro is telling you, see if anyone is in your area, and learn to maintain the finish once it is back in shape.
     
  7. Emfuser

    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    83,903
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    Irmo, SC
    That's pretty much what I had in mind. I don't have the skill or patience to do something like that on the initial job, but I do have enough to learn what I need to learn to keep it looking good.

    Thanks. :wiggle:
     
  8. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    160,083
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Home of the Texas Rangers
    Just FYI, did all this by hand (PC would have cut my time spent by about half):

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    On this one, you can clearly see I have polished the rear fender, but not the door.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Don_Rumsfeld

    Don_Rumsfeld Guest

    Scott is that SFP?
     
  10. Don_Rumsfeld

    Don_Rumsfeld Guest

  11. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    160,083
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Home of the Texas Rangers
    Yes. I don't remember for sure if I used DACP too.
     
  12. Don_Rumsfeld

    Don_Rumsfeld Guest

    impressive either way
     
  13. Emfuser

    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    83,903
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    Irmo, SC
    Ok, I went and talked to the guy that runs this place: http://www.cartoys.sc .

    He broke it down like this:
    Total cleaning and detailing, plus his cartoys coat: $200 (black car)
    (his shop coating looked pretty damn good on the cars that were there)
    Touch up of damaged paint: $85-$125
    Removal, respray, and detailing of the front bumper: $275

    That totals out at about $600, which doesn't seem at all unreasonable in the face of a nice new paint job. The other shops in town I went to look at weren't very promising. Most were just skurry car washes with some detailers around.

    Thoughts v2.0?
     
  14. Don_Rumsfeld

    Don_Rumsfeld Guest

    That's pretty cheap with labor - I hope he does it right and uses that special felxible primer and paint - other wise it will be peeling and cracking in a year
     
  15. Emfuser

    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    83,903
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    Irmo, SC
    This guy exudes "old pro," but I'll make sure to ask.

    Anyone else have some feedback? :hs:
     
  16. a red heart

    a red heart Guest

    emufer, find soomeone on autopia in your area. have them buff it with a medium buffing compound, then a polish and then wax it. your car will look great.
     
  17. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    160,083
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Home of the Texas Rangers
    I agree with Lope-probably have this shop do the touch up and bumper but try to find an Autopian in your area. I really wouldn't put a whole lot of faith in any place saying their sealant means you don't have to wax for a year. BTW, their prices for a simple 3 step polish/glaze/wax is pretty damn high. I could do all that in about 2-3 hours including washing, charge $75-115 depending on the paint for your sized car.
     
  18. Emfuser

    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    83,903
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    Irmo, SC
    I didn't find any help over in the professionals forum at autopia. In fact, after reading that forum for awhile, I'm thinking that someone should do a case study to see if there's a high incidence of OCD amongst detailers. :hsugh:

    I was a little skeptical about his coating, but I did look at several cars there and it looked good. I really don't care about the year thing. You have to remember that I'm not a detailing buff ( :mamoru: ) like you all. I'll do what's necessary to keep it looking good, but not immaculate.

    If it comes down to trying to save $85, I can say that I've checked the local places ( :ugh: ) and didn't find anything useful on autopia. So I'll probably just pay it.

    So... :hs:
     
  19. SantorinA4

    SantorinA4 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2003
    Messages:
    5,827
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sachse, Texas
    Give it to me? :x: I had a 97 that was black and so hard to keep clean. :hs:
     
  20. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    160,083
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Home of the Texas Rangers
    Once you get the car detailed, you can easily learn through this forum and Autopia how to maintain your car from that point on.
     
  21. Emfuser

    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    83,903
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    Irmo, SC
    That's what I'm shooting for. Right now I'm having a pisser of a time trying to find a daily driver so I can hand this over to my detailer and other shops (for other plans).

    :hs:
     
  22. Don_Rumsfeld

    Don_Rumsfeld Guest

    give us some pics afterwards so we can see how well their "special polish" worked
     
  23. Emfuser

    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    83,903
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    Irmo, SC
    :hs:
    Look, I know you guys frown upon the special polish thing. I don't really care about it either. I'm not real into this detailing thing, so I don't view it as positive or negative.

    As long as I can keep the car looking good with relatively minimal maintenence, I'm happy.

    I'll get pics when I get the detailing done, but I'm putting it off for a few weeks since I'm giving having my tranny sent off to be rebuilt priority over detailing.
     

Share This Page