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First of all, there are a LOT of photos here!

Today's job was a 1968 Porsche 912...basically the entry level model to their marque 911.

This 40 year old car is driven...a lot! The current owner has taken 6 cross-country trips alone. This is no concourse car. It had many years of wear and tear, along with some bad painting on the hood, and a tremendous amount of oxidation. You will notice in some of the photos below that there was actual etched-in streaking in the finish. It was in desperate need of finish reconditioning. The owner wanted me to bring it back to life, as he plans on keeping it for quite a while. Now that it's completed, it will be simple maintenance and an annual polish done by yours truly.

I discovered a few interesting things about the paint on this car. First, I was surprised to find that the hood had been repainted with a clear coat, whereas the rest of the car was single stage as expected. What I didn't expect about the SS paint however, was it being rock hard. Even with wool pads and Megs 95 and 105, there were certain defects that simply wouldn't come out.

In the end though, the results far exceed the owner's expectations. He was absolutely thrilled with how the car looked, and couldn't believe that I was able to achieve that level of corrections without repainting. Another satisfied customer! :)

On to the process:
Optimum No Rinse wash
Clay
Wheels cleaned with Megs Wheel Brightener

Wetsand in areas. 2000 grit

Purple Foamed Wool, Megs 95 and 105 in heavy areas
Menzerna Super Intensive Polish, white LC pad
Menzerna 106ff, grey LC pad (hood only)
Optimum Poli Seal, green LC pad
Klasse AIO on chrome
Optimum Car Wax

Tools
Makita 9227c rotary w/W66 backing plate
Porter Cable D/A
Canon Rebel XSi w/18-55mm lense

Total time: 9 hours.

Notice the level of oxidation, and lack of shine, depth, or gloss!








Wetsanding in process. Not a pretty sight!




Wetsanding polished out. 50/50


Same shot in the sunshine for inspection


There were parts that required special attention to detail, and it was easier to take them off to get proper access:
 

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Can you say heavy oxidation?




In process...looking much better already!


The whole car looked like this


In process...


The taillights were in pretty bad shape too:


After:


Ready for some after shots?




 

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is it bad that my paint looks like the b4..i bought the car like that so its notmy fault .... how much would something like that cost?
 

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is it bad that my paint looks like the b4..i bought the car like that so its notmy fault .... how much would something like that cost?
It depends on how bad it is, how much correction you want, and who you go to. You could realistically expect $200-$400.
 

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Pretty hot finish, must have been a lot of hours into all that. :thumbsup:

* Newbie Read *
So for the newbies, "back in the day" cars didn't have clearcoats. You'll notice these days, even when a car gets dirty and older, it never really oxidizes. The clearcoat protects the paint layer. It's hard and high gloss. The disadvantage is that it's brittle, so you lose your shine in spidering and swirls.
Rarely the clear will fail and flake off. Then you are really in trouble.

The oldschool cars, like this beauty of a Porsche, will have issues because paint + air eventually causes oxidation; which appears as a dull haze rather than sharp swirls. You'll also notice that because there is no clearcoat, paint actually comes off and colors your polishing pads.
As with all things, there are pros and cons to everything.

Note to RSX owners: If you are taking off paint while polishing - STOP :D
With the exception of the Canadian spec Milano Red. I think that was the only one that for whatever reason wasn't cleared.


Again, great work in this thread.
 

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nice job. i wish i knew how to restore shine like this.
 

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Epic restoration. Are you going to do the interior? Interior shots =]?
 

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Epic restoration. Are you going to do the interior? Interior shots =]?
Thank you! This was an exterior-only deal, and I didn't get any interior shots. It was in pretty good condition...and that old car smell was heaven in my garage!
 

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I wish you were local I would get you to clean my car and make it like new. Great job it looks amazing!
 
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