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My friend Ryan recently referred a coworker to me to take care of his newly purchased C5 convertible. The car is a 2002 with only 50k miles on the clock. I expected the paint to be pretty nice due to the low mileage, but it was pretty hammered upon arrival.

The condition of the paint upon arrival:







Under hood



My first step was to go to town on the car with my steam cleaner. I steam cleaned the brake calipers, lug nut openings of the wheels, floor mats, seats, inside the gas cap and various other areas.

Even cleaned all the gunk out of the key hole on the driver door. Steam is awesome. Notice the condition of the paint in this close up, pretty rough.



Under hood area after being cleaned and dressed with Adam's In and Out Spray



Interior after cleaning. I left the dealership plastic on the carpet as the owner had trimmed it under the mats and I didn't want to disturb it.



As mentioned, this car was recently purchased from a dealership. They all claim to detail their vehicles before delivery but the clay bar doesn't lie



After claying the car, I taped it up and prepared to compound/polish it.

50/50 test shot after one pass. Notice how much deeper the black looks after one measly pass. Ended up making several passes on this car.





50/50 video to show what can be accomplished with one pass

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Once I figured out what worked on the car, I went to work. I made a few passes on each panel to remove as many defects as possible. Many were completely removed while others were greatly improved. Once compounded, the car was polished out and then sealed.

Before:


After:


Door reflection after putting in work


Hood before. Notice the buffer holograms present:



Hood after:



All done!

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The owner of the car was extremely pleased and extremely proud to drive it home after the paint was given a new lease on life. With near 100 degree weather, I think I lost about 5 pounds of water polishing this one. Overall, I had a good time and it's always nice to make a car's owner smile.
 

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Where is the owner reaction video? Did he shit himself?
 

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Looks great man! I used to hate polishing C5 Vettes, but now I welcome the challenge. The results on the Black or Special Red Metallic are just too damn good!
 

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good work! major turn around
 

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Thanks everyone, appreciate the comments!

Great work Steve, such an improvement! What compound and polish did you use? Foam or MF pads?
I used a combo of FG400 on MF and SF4000 on uber foam pads to get the results.
 

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Very nice ! It's difficult to get black to look mirror-like, but you did a great job on it! :head:
 

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You really made that Vette look like it should. I always love seeing a turn around, and this was one hell of a turn around you did man! That car went from meh to tits.

I bet the owner felt like he had 10x nicer car after he picked it up.
 
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