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My 97 Cobra Detail

Ok guys, last Saturday, went to my buddy's house to wash and detail his 97 Cobra Vert. It had been sitting since May 10' awaiting a new tranny. he finally got one and his car needed a detailing BAD! His paint literally felt like fine grit sand paper. If you rubbed your finger across the paint, it sounded like it too.

I ran into a few problems that I could not do some of the things I would have liked to do, so before you say anything, let me explain. This guy lives on a dirt road, so I did NOT shine the wheels. It would have looked like crap with one drive over the road. Secondly, the carpet. I didnt have anything in my arsenal of products to tackle his carpet, its was pretty bad. other than that, the car turned out great! The paint is NICE and smooth! I had to throw my clay bar away after getting done with this car!

My Process:
  • Rinsed the car extremely well
  • hand washed twice (changed out water in bucket)
  • rinsed again really well
  • pulled into basement (it started to rain)
  • dried really well with microfiber towels.
  • Claybarred with Meguiar's Clay Bar kit (you wouldnt believe the stuf that came off of his paint)

    Next we used the Meguiar's 3-Step Deep Crystal System to prepare paint.
  • used Meguiar's Paint Cleaner on every pody Panel using Microfiber applicator
  • Used Meguiar's Paint Polish on every body panle using Microfiber applicator
  • Used Meguiar's Cleaner Carnauba Wax
  • Used Meguiar's NXT 2.0 Liquid Wax

    (To clarify, we handed every panel of the car at a time. We started on hood and used all the above products, thenmoved to the next panel)

After we did the whole exterior I wiped down all the exterior plastic with Meguiar's Natural Shine interior shine.

Then we tackled the interior which consisted of
  • wiping all interior panels down with degreaser cleaner
  • vacuuming with shopvac
  • shining with Meguiar's Natural Shine interior shine


we finished everything by cleaning the glass with Invisible glass cleaner and giving the car a final wipedown with a soft Microfiber Towel.

Sorry no before pics

These pics were taken the evening of:

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I was not really prepared in the taking pics department. My camera is at home, I have better pics on it ill get up. The ones with the date are his pics.

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looks great. I really need my truck detailed
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the quality of your work looks great but i hate that body style cobra!!!
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i love it, would like his better if it were a hard top
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Looks great Scott!
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thanks trent, it should with all that work! Im so impressed with the clay bar. I mean I've used it before, but not on paint that acutally needed it like his paint did!

I'm so tired too. We spent 7 hours on his car Saturday. Then I spent 7 hours on my truck yesterday (but didnt take many pics as ya'll seen on my FB).

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I didnt take that many, I was too busy. This weeks pic contest sucked so I didnt do any for it (I wasnt about to get my truck wet after this)

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but i hate that body style cobra!!!
You have no soul!
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Good job, both look great.
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beautiful cobra.
Perhaps - it may look even better lowered, with nice wheels and a revamped interior.
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beautiful cobra.
Perhaps - it may look even better lowered, with nice wheels and a revamped interior.
he wants some chrome cobras for it. and yeah it needs lowering and and new carpet
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It came out really good.
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The Clay makes the day...I don't wax anything with out claying it first.
I first used Clay Magic, it was as large a bar of Zest. The Meguiar's kit is a bit smaller like the size of motel bar of soap. Its worth the time to bring up the shine
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You can over clay a car. It really only needs to be done 2-3 times a year at most.
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Yeah, the bar starts getting dingy at about the forth wax, (each car, not the same one) I try twice a year with a good 6 hour detail. Its not the time doing it that gets me, its taking out of the garage afterwards.......
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i dont clay mine unless it needs it. just a wax for me. Thats why i didnt clay it this time, my paint was still smooth to touch
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Yeah your truck probably needs it more than any working in a granite quarry. All that fine dust and fun stuff
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sunshots! i bet it still looks raped, dirt/dust and a single bucket wash, plus all the other times its been washed/waxed with contaminants. megs white ftw. only thing i wouldnt have done is lsp with the nxt 2.0, used it multiple times before moving on and it always seems to attract considerably more dust then other sealants/waxes even if the car doesnt move overnight.

i did my integra with mothers steps by hand once... then i got a 7424
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I really like that Cobra, tell him to ditch that ghey shifter and keep the wheels. That car is a straight shooter. Great color and wheels especially that tan top. I really hate that VA makes yall run tags on the front and back its so stupid just ruins a great car.
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yep, i think even with two buckets it would not help, trust me the dust is not good stuff

I hate looking at my truck in the sun, makes me sick to the stomach on how bad it needs buffing.
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updated cell pics with camera pics (i didnt have my camera when I was at work today)
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