Prizm Paint Restoration: It has begun! - DodgeIntrepid.Net Forums - Dodge Intrepid, Concorde, 300m and Eagle Vision chat
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
Intrepidation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Athol, MA
Posts: 1,188
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Prizm Paint Restoration: It has begun!

So as I'm sure many of you know, the Prizm's had a pretty hard life. Kansas heat, Massachusetts winters, being totaled by a moving truck, being hit by a stolen car, and now with over 200,000 miles on it. With all this added to the fact that the car is 16 years old, the paint has seen better days. The roof in particular has become very faded and oxidized. The trunk and rear bumper are as bad, but those are also from another car.

Since the spare driver's door for my Intrepid cleaned ups o well with the rubbing compound and waxes I had lying around, I decided to see how they'd work on the Prizm, and hopefully bring some life back into its paint.

Because the paint is in rough shape this is a project that will take several days to complete. Today I started with the roof.











































More to come!


The only thing dependable about the future is uncertainty.
Intrepidation is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 06:15 PM
That rhythm is INFECTIOUS.

 
MrBigE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Pickerington OH
Posts: 18,595
Feedback: 1 / 100%
                     
Wow! Nice.
MrBigE is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 06:51 PM
Bitches be like...


 
beeblebrox82's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Holland, MI
Posts: 16,618
Feedback: 6 / 100%
                     
Garage
looks like it took a decade off the car!!
beeblebrox82 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
Intrepidation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Athol, MA
Posts: 1,188
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
I love the feel of freshly waxed paint..smoother than glass. You think paint is smooth normally until you'd do this, and then where you haven't worked feels gritty by comparison.

Tomorrow I plan to work on the trunk and rear bumper.
Intrepidation is offline  
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 08:43 PM
get off my lawn

 
DrDodge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Smyrna , Tn
Posts: 15,500
Feedback: 6 / 100%
                     
great thing in past years, most cars used Acrylic Enamel, other than Metallics, a little elbow greese,, and some compound,, and poof,, a nice shine
DrDodge is offline  
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 09:05 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
gn300's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Aylesford, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,461
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by beeblebrox82 View Post
looks like it took a decade off the car!!
And doubled the value!
gn300 is offline  
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
Intrepidation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Athol, MA
Posts: 1,188
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
I doubt it, it's technically a totaled car. I'm sure its worth squat, but I don't car. Like all my cars I never plan to get rid of it. Keep it going and keep it as nice as I can.
Intrepidation is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 11:22 PM
yippee ki yay

 
TrepCruzin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 5,811
Feedback: 2 / 100%
                     
looks real nice....something you might what to try after the rubbing compound is 3m Hand Glaze.....that stuff will do wonders to the paint finish
TrepCruzin is offline  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
Intrepidation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Athol, MA
Posts: 1,188
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Oh, here's what the pad I used for the rubbing compound looked like after using it on just the roof yesterday.





Day 2: The trunk.

The trunk and rear fascia were pretty rough. The rear bumper could only do so much with since it has a lot of deep gouges, that's something that would need a repaint.

The trunk had lots of scratches and swirls on it, with not a whole lot of reflectivity or luster...until now.

























You can really see the difference. Next up is the hood.

This really makes me want to work on getting the rear quarter finished...I may just tackle it myself soon.

Since I was running out of the No.7 compound I switched to Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound today. Seemed to do a good job too.


The only thing dependable about the future is uncertainty.

Last edited by Intrepidation; 08-01-2010 at 09:01 PM.
Intrepidation is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 09:05 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Patel.748's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Delaware, Ohio
Posts: 8,464
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
What all are you using to achieve these AMAZING results!
Patel.748 is offline  
post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
Intrepidation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Athol, MA
Posts: 1,188
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Funny thing is I'm not going as "by the book" as I'm supposed to. I don't have a clay bar so I didn't use one, I just washed and dried the car, then wiped it down with a microfiber towel.

I'm using a random orbital buffer I got several years ago from the parts store. It doesn't have any of those fancy pads like Porter Cables and more expensive buffers have, just microfiber cloth pads. Like one of these



I have 3 pads, an hand applicator pad, and a bunch of microfiber towels.

After I wipe the surface off I put a pad on the bugger, put some rubbing compound (these are the ones I used)





Put some on the pad, then spread it across the working area (2x2 or so), then turn on the buffer and go over slowly, steadily, and evenly. I long back and forth strokes.

After the compound is worked in I wipe it off with a clean towel (it says not to let it dry so I don't). Since the Prizm's paint was in such poor shape, I repeated this process 2-3 times depending on how bad the area was. On the final time I wiped it down a second time with a new cloth, making sure to get all of the residue off.

This step gets off the many of the scratches, haze, and oxidation. Once you're done the surface will look much smoother though it'll be a bit dull. That gets remedied with the next step.

After this I switched pads for use with the polish.



I repeated the steps as I did for applying and removing the rubbing compound.

This step give the paint its deep luster and shine. It makes the paint feel super smooth to the touch..love that feeling.

For the final step I used this:



This is the stuff that protects the finish.

I used a hand applicator (just like these)



and applied the wax to the the applicator, then spread it in a circular motions across the working areas, applying more as needed. Then I let it dry.

The last step was to use a clean buffer pad and remove the wax from the surface, going over multiple times with very light pressure, just letting the buffer glide over the surface.

And that's it! That's the process I've been using, and the results speak for themselves.


The only thing dependable about the future is uncertainty.
Intrepidation is offline  
post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 09:39 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Patel.748's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Delaware, Ohio
Posts: 8,464
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Very Simple and the results are stunning. Meg's makes awesome products. I should open some of those bottles I have sitting in my basement. I bought a shit ton of stuff last year from them and have yet to use it.
Patel.748 is offline  
post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
Intrepidation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Athol, MA
Posts: 1,188
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Turtle wax and Number 7 are good products too, they did a great job getting rid of a lot of the scratches and imperfections.
Intrepidation is offline  
post #14 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 10:37 PM
get off my lawn

 
DrDodge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Smyrna , Tn
Posts: 15,500
Feedback: 6 / 100%
                     
yes , it is looking very good
DrDodge is offline  
post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
Intrepid Pro
 
Intrepidation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Athol, MA
Posts: 1,188
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Day 3:

Tackled the hood and front fascia today. The difference to the hood is not as noticeable, since I've worked on it before a few years ago, but still noticeable.























Couple shots of the finished areas.





If the weather isn't too bad tomorrow I'll tackle one of the sides, otherwise I'll wait until it cools down again on Friday or Saturday to finish it.

If anyone's interested I'll write a more in depth how-to once this is done.


The only thing dependable about the future is uncertainty.
Intrepidation is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the DodgeIntrepid.Net Forums - Dodge Intrepid, Concorde, 300m and Eagle Vision chat forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Member names may only be composed of alpha-numeric characters. (A-Z and 0-9)

!!ATTENTION ADVERTISERS!! If you intend on advertising anything on this forum, whatsoever, you are required to first contact us here . Additionaly, we do NOT allow BUSINESS NAMES unless you are an Authorized Vendor. If you own a business, and want to do sales on this site via posting or private message, you will need to follow the rules. Shops, Stores, Distributors, Group Buys without being authorized will see your account terminated.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome