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Old 07-09-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Massive Paint Correction on 2006 DTS

Over vacation, one of my jobs was a 2006 Cadillac DTS, black. This was the Cadillac of swirls. The customer was looking for correction and shine, but within a budget and timeframe. Given the condition of the paint (horrendous), I was a little unsure of how much I'd be able to do with one day of work, but I pushed ahead anyway.

Realistically, I was looking for something like 70% correction. I knew there were some heavy scratches that were just going to stay and given 8 hours for a total interior and exterior detail was pushing it.

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-Megs D101 10:1
-Poorboy's Natural Look

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-Megs D120
-Ultima Tire and Trim Guard+

Here's what I was working with:



Seven years of horrible swirls. Lucky me. First thought was to reach for my go-to one-stepper: FG400. After a few passes on my test panel, the swirls could be heard laughing at my futile attempts at correction. Almost no progress. Enter Megs M101:





Now that's what I'm talking about. That's one-step with one of the most aggressive compounds out there on an aggressive MF pad. Now, in an ideal world, I'd like to follow this up with something like OHP or even SF4500 to really clarify and jewel it down, but this isn't an ideal world. People have budgets and time constraints, which is perfectly fine. I was more than comfortable sending this out the door with what I would estimate at 90% correction and a good to very good level of finish.

All that was really left was to slather on a coat of AMMO Skin and button up the details.

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Thanks for looking. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:34 PM   #2
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You are a rock star looks great...nice work.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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Nice job, what machine do you use?
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:54 PM   #4
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Nice job, what machine do you use?
That lowly, under-powered, PC that everyone is so quick to throw under the bus these days. Guess I just got a strong one
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:02 PM   #5
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That lowly, under-powered, PC that everyone is so quick to throw under the bus these days. Guess I just got a strong one
It's what I use and armed with mf pads and a good compound it's nothing to sneeze at. So are you warming up to the skin?
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:04 PM   #6
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:12 PM   #7
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It's what I use and armed with mf pads and a good compound it's nothing to sneeze at. So are you warming up to the skin?
I still maintain the same complaints with it. It's a bitch to remove. That being said, it's perfectly fine once it's on there.

I actually couldn't find my bottle of BFWD which is why I went with Skin.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:14 PM   #8
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Masterfully done and welcome back.
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Great job Matt looks great how did you like using Ammo Skin?
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:25 PM   #10
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Great job Matt looks great how did you like using Ammo Skin?
I hate using it. Its the least user friendly LSP I've ever encountered. You need a bionic arm to remove it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:43 PM   #11
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Nice work.

Have you used the griots? Compared to the PC I feel like it is much stronger and doesn't bog down when doing heavy correction.

I am just curious.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:48 PM   #12
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That lowly, under-powered, PC that everyone is so quick to throw under the bus these days. Guess I just got a strong one
Yay for another person riding the PC short bus with me!
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:58 PM   #13
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The PC is great but for the same price the griots is more powerful and with a lifetime warranty. I actually bought my griots for 90 bucks shipped brand new from advanced auto parts.

Sorry this is off topic.^

Did you see any holograms from one stepping with such a powerful abrasive?
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The PC is great but for the same price the griots is more powerful and with a lifetime warranty. I actually bought my griots for 90 bucks shipped brand new from advanced auto parts.

Sorry this is off topic.^

Did you see any holograms from one stepping with such a powerful abrasive?
I agree with you. I'd buy the Griots if it were between the two and I was starting over today. I'm just tired of everybody jumping on the Griots and acting like the PC is anemic. They're both plenty capable.

Back on topic...no, no holograms at all. I've never put holograms into paint with a DA. I would not consider it acceptable to leave my hands with holograms , which is, in my opinion, as bad or worse than swirls. I always notice holograms on a car from a much further distance than I could see swirls or scratches, so I'd have gone backwards from what the customer wanted.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:32 AM   #15
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Nice save Matt!

I did one of those last summer as well that was in very similar shape. Lots of ground to cover on those boats!
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M101 as a one step... see it is possible! Hard paint = bring out the big guns

Great job!
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:59 AM   #17
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Great job!
Yeah where were you? Could've used another pad on the paint, but nooooo, Roshan is too busy.
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Yeah where were you? Could've used another pad on the paint, but nooooo, Roshan is too busy.
He's dentisting it up, brahhh.

So Menz FG400 on a microfiber didn't even put a dent in it? How hard is that paint, jeesh. That's making me have second thoughts about my big detail in November since I plan on having my first step just be Menz SI 1500 on an orange LC flat foam pad. Now I'm wondering if that'll even knock out the swirls I've accumulated.
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Yeah where were you? Could've used another pad on the paint, but nooooo, Roshan is too busy.
You know, I never got to use M101 with the Rupes. I ran out of the jesus juice before I got my italian hottie. Would've been interesting to see the correction vs finish of M101 on PC vs Rupes.
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