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Old 04-20-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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Project Revive Matte Stripes = Success !!

Ok guys. So the other day, I was looking at my matte flat lack stripes from the factory and finally realized that I could not take any longer how terrible they looked. Just to give you guys some background knowledge, My car is 3 years old. When it was around 1/2 a year old, I waxed my car for the first time using Mothers Caranuba Wax. Not knowing that waxing matte stripes would damage them, I went ahead and waxed them. Then over the following marks, I could see that they had swirls in them and wax reside. Realizing that, I did not wax them ever again to this day.

So now, 2 years later, I started to notice the wax build up a lot more and wanted a fix to it. I searched up the forums here on Camaro5 and came across the technique used by Adams Polishes. So I contacted Nick at Adams to get more info on this technique. The method used was to apple Brilliant Glaze on the stripes and then wipe the excess off. Then after that, apply Super VRT and then wipe the excess off.

Lets just say that I am now hooked on Adams! These were the first products I ordered and man was I amazed. Just after I applied the Brilliant Glaze, my stripes were back to life. It didnt even need the Super VRT but I did it anyway so I can get the protection. I started on the back stripes which were small and as soon as I was done applying the Brilliant Glaze on the driver side stripe, I looked at the applicator and was amazed of all the dirt that the Brilliant Glaze lifted off my stripes (keep in mind I had just finished cleaning the car). I am truly amazed, and just finished ordering a whole set of goodies from Adams!!

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Now here are pictures of the driver side stripes completed (Brilliant Glaze followed by Super VRT). Didnt take pictures of the Brilliant Glaze by itself because I didnt want to keep on taking the car in and out of the garage.
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And now, here are pictures of both sides completed.
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I want to thank Nick at Adams for helping me out with this project. I am completely amazed with how well these products worked on the stripes and brought them back to life. I am looking for a long future with Adams
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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Awesome job.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:18 PM   #3
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Glad I could help Mike, HUGE turnaround on those stripes!

They were definitely due for some TLC. Thanks for posting the pics!
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:12 PM   #4
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Look good!
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:41 PM   #5
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:09 PM   #6
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Awesome! They look great now.
Thanks for the write-up.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:40 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I was even amazed when I only applied the Brilliant Glaze. They were all cleaned up. I didnt even need the VRT but that is the main product that will protect them. Well made product! I cant wait to use the Brilliant Glaze on my paint
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:43 PM   #8
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Now I want to get stripes so I can have them look that good!
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:44 PM   #9
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Another product added to spring shopping list! My wife and my bank account are BOTH going to hate me!

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Old 04-20-2013, 09:44 PM   #10
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Looks good. Turtle wax ICE also works great on the stripes and takes about 2 minutes. Wipe on wipe off.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:52 PM   #11
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Another product added to spring shopping list! My wife and my bank account are BOTH going to hate me!

Thanks Mikester
No problem And trust me, the Brilliant Glaze and the Super VRT will go a LONG way! I did the stripes and I barely lost anything in the bottle. Plus, the Brilliant Glaze can be used on the paint as well and I heard that it works amazingly. And the Super VRT can be used for trim around the car as well as tires!
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:53 PM   #12
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That's a great 50/50 shot. Good job!
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:11 AM   #13
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That's a great 50/50 shot. Good job!
Thanks. It came out really great! Did more than what I expected!
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:41 AM   #14
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And the Adams army grows
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:08 PM   #15
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Night and day difference looks fantastic.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:16 PM   #16
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Looks awesome !! Nice work

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Old 05-25-2013, 10:51 PM   #17
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Regarding Turtle Wax Ice I tried it once a couple years ago and the black stripes looked HORRIBLE. Took a lot of work to get them back. Ice went in the trash can. Use the good stuff, it's worth it.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:56 PM   #18
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Looks great that first one is a great comparison. Like you my SVRT was my first purchase and it got me hooked. Shortly after I bought all my wash products and then my machine polishing and what originally was a good fix for my stripes has consumed my bank account
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:41 AM   #19
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I waxed my strips once and that was a big mistake, once you strip them off with a cleaner, dawn worked well after a couple applications. I stretched a sheet of clear plastic under the hood and over the rest of the car sides and just dawned the crap out of the stripes and once dry rewaxed all around them and then applied a sealant then caped them off with Turtle wax ice synthetic wax and have been using the ice syn wax ever since with great results. Live and learn
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:52 AM   #20
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And where do we buy this Adam?
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:14 AM   #21
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My stripes currently look even worse than yours did. Just got my Adam's Brilliant Glaze and VRT in the mail yesterday. Can't wait to give it a shot.
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