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I just bought a new hood and got it painted black. Put it on the car and now it makes the rest of the car look like crap. Lots of watermarks and surface scratches compared to the new paint. I was wondering is there a product or a method that will help make the whole car look the same/new paint look?
 

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you can pick up a paint restoration kit at Advance or any autoparts store...it's made my Meguiars and i've used it to bring back some rough paint before
 

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yeah...the kit comes with

-claybar & detail/lube
-cutting compound
-carwash
-wax
-applicator pad & microfiber

by the time you're done with your car you won't believe the difference...i'd also get some spare microfibers along with all that for the final wax. it's a really nice kit for under $25...which mean you're gonna save cash from buying all the stuff by themselves.
 

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Yeah, that Meguiars paint restoration kit which I've seen at Wal-Mart as well is a pretty nice kit for the price. I wish a kit like that was available when I started getting into detailing. It would've saved me money. The Ultimate Compound polish that comes in the kit I have experience with and it works very well. The Gold Class wash and Carnauba wax thats included also seems pretty good from what I've read on some detailing forums.

I would also recommend picking up some additional microfiber towels as I tend to use around a dozen when I detail my car. I also have separate microfibers for glass cleaning because even after washing the towels you don't always get all the polish/wax off which can create streaks on your glass. I have my glass cleaning microfibers in a different color as to not confuse the towels.

Also be prepared to use a lot of elbow grease and time especially when doing the polishing by hand. I detailed my car once by hand, and I immediately started researching and got a deal on a Griots orbital polisher for the next time as one time by hand was enough for me.

With all that said you will be amazed at how much better your car looks once your done, and all that hard work will have paid off.

Just to give you an idea of how much better your car can look, check out these before and after pictures of my old Contour SVT that was neglected for 2 years without even a wash.

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And here's a walk around video after my spring detail this year:
2000 Ford Contour SVT - Spring Detail - YouTube
 

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How long will this shine last? Car is stored under carport, occasionally gets dust and leaves on it if windy.
 

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How long will this shine last? Car is stored under carport, occasionally gets dust and leaves on it if windy.

Wax is expensive for a reason. Buy the cheap crap and it wont last. Do it the right way,maintain and you will be good.:good:
 

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Will this kit help take out slight imperfections and little scratches. I kno it won't help big scratches but being that its an 11 year old car the paint is not in the best shape and I really don't want to pay a ton of money to have a pro buff it to get the scratches out. If not ne opinions on anything in that field that would help minor imperfections? Thanks
 

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Will this kit help take out slight imperfections and little scratches. I kno it won't help big scratches but being that its an 11 year old car the paint is not in the best shape and I really don't want to pay a ton of money to have a pro buff it to get the scratches out. If not ne opinions on anything in that field that would help minor imperfections? Thanks
yes since it comes with clay and a cutting compound it can really help pull up the light stuff and blend before the wax
 

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I am a huge fan of the Meg's products for paint restoration and endorse Megs 205 with a DA Polisher...those that dont want to make the committment, Megs now sells a DA kit that hooks up to your power drill and getting great reviews. I promise you there is no comparison to machine polishing versus hand polishing.

After claying and compound or (Megs 205) I would suggest using a quality sealant before polishing/waxing. A quality sealant will fill in any micro marring and minor imperfections and build a layer over your clear coat. Then you can polish and wax with your favorite selections.

I love CG Jetseal 109 for sealant and many Meg's products for prepping my cars. Megs's 205 is a cutting polish and works GREAT...follow that up with your choice of quality wax. Remember even quality wax typically will only last about 3 weeks or less for full protection depending on the elements your vehicle is subjected to. And yes, those that know me know I use all Croftgate products on my rides for daily, weekly and monthly maintanence and superior shine and protection.

And dont underestimate the importance of quality MicroFiber towels..these make all the difference in the world and you should always have clean and fresh towels at your disposal.
 
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