TRASHED 2006 Impala
Job: Thoroughly clean exterior and interior of 2006 Impala, Seal exterior
Dawn Dish Soap
Optimum Car Wash
Optimum No Rinse (clay lube and WW)
Adam's DWC (1:1)
Speedy Surface Prep Towel
Mother's Clay Bar
PC w/ interior brush attachment
BFWD All-Finish Paint Protection
1.6 million utility towels
Alright guys, so today I got the pleasure of working on a 2006 Impala. The customer was the mother of my sister's best friend, and the car had been handed down through 2 children. She wanted it cleaned up before it went to the third child. To be honest, the only reason I even took this job (at this price) was because they're old family friends.
The job was to thoroughly clean the car, inside and out. No polishing, this wasn't to be a show car, just needed to be clean and respectable.
Anyway, so when I got down to business, I decided I wanted to budget most of my time to the interior. Stains everywhere, french fries, pretzels, dog food (maybe), and a thick layer of dirt in every crevice. I filled up a grocery bag with trash that I threw out. This thing was gnarly.
So to start, I assessed the exterior. Wheels were very badly stained, dents, scratches, paint transfer all around. The entire driver's side was speckled with white road paint. On jobs like this, it's easy to sometimes get overwhelmed with "Where to start?" I always like to start with the wheels and tires, that at least gets me going.
The wheels got thoroughly soaked with Adam's DWC (1:1) in a foaming sprayer. The wheel wells and tires got blasted with D101 (1:1), also in a foaming sprayer. I allowed that to dwell for a few moments, then attacked each component with the appropriate brush (sorry, no pics).
After all the tires and wheels were done, I rinsed the car thoroughly then foamed it down with Optimum soap and washed with Dawn to remove any wax, which I doubt the car had ever been waxed anyway.
Then the car was pulled into the garage, not dried, and the top 1/2 of the car was clayed with the Speedy Towel and ONR clay lube. I actually pulled out a clay bar for the bottom half because it was so trashed, I didn't want to use my towel on it.
Here's a before and after of one panel
I dried each panel as I went, which is a great time saver. Once the hours of claying were done, I directed my attention to the interior.
I pulled all this out from under the driver's seat. There were also 3 fast food straws, a metal spoon, and plenty of plasticware.
I pulled out the stained floormats and did the best I could with them. I used a 5:1 dilution of D101 and my interior brush attachment on the PC.
Not perfect, but this was the driver's mat and the most stained. Every other one came out perfect.
For the rest of the interior, I used mostly D101 at a 10:1 for the carpets, seats, and trim, but used the 5:1 for spot treatments. Most things were addressed with the PC and attachment, but some spots got brushed by hand.
Here are some assorted before and after pics:
(that's not brown staining on the carpet, just the way the light was hitting)
This was the water bucket after ONLY cleaning out the jambs around the trunk lid opening.... Just to give you an idea of the level of soil on this vehicle
After all of that was cleaned out, I applied my layer of BFWD to the car. As it was hazing, I applied Adam's TID to the interior and cleaned the windows inside and out. The back window turned my towel black just from cleaning the inside of it. Good thing I have a bunch of spares. Then all that was left was to treat the tires and trim with UTTG+.
Finally, a few after pics
Now, I'm retiring to the couch. Thanks for looking
nice job...what did you charge for a job like that?...or just how many hours of labor did you have in it?
Nice! Awesome job, it's always amazing how far some people let interiors go, specifically with having stuff thrown everywhere.
How do you like the carpet attachment for a DA in general and compared to a handheld spot cleaner like a Bissell?
And do you go back over the paint after using a claying towel? I feel lack of being able to tell when the paint is decontaminated like clay offers, where you can feel the decontaminants lifting and grittiness lessening?
Love the attachment. Never tried a spot cleaner. I do everything by hand, no shampooers or anything.
I don't really understand your second question. You can feel WAY more with a towel vs clay. You can actually even hear when the grit is gone.
Beautiful turn around, all you used was 1.6 million towels. Please don't tell me she paid you with pretzels and french fries. Brilliant job, it takes a whole other level to tackle interiors like that.
Nice job, when can you come and do my 1999 Camry, it could use a wok over like that
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Excellent job :thumbup:
Lookin forward to more details, if you choose to post them up.
Looks good. What is the interior brush attachment you use?
Good work! He didn't want any paint correction as far as defect removal goes? Sure that would've made your day w/ a car like that. :fear:
I use that one. Always great to support a good sponsor like Phil.
I don't think any of their kids should have driver's licenses after seeing that car :sm0:
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