This car belongs to a friend's sister, who is not big on washing her car. While this thing only has 12k miles on it, it looks like it has been through the wash about twice in its lifetime. We spent about 7 hours getting the car looking good again. We failed to snap any before pictures -- but trust me, it was pretty bad. Completely covered in dirt and dust, with minor swirls and a few deep isolated scratches.
We were a little afraid of running into soft honda paint, but that really didn't seem to be an issue. The paint cleaned up very nicely. Our process was:
1) Clean tires and hubcaps with APC+ and hot water.
2) Wash car with Gold Class and a Meguiar's MF wash mitt.
3) Clay with Last Touch 1:1.
4) Polish with Ultimate Polish on a Lake Country Tangerine Hydro-Tech pad.
- This was really a pleasant surprise. This combination, along with Speed 6 on the Griot's DA really cleaned up the paint nicely. It took out the minor swirls and really amped up the gloss with only a few passes. There was no need to get any more aggressive than this, so we didn't even open up the bottle of Ultimate Compound that we had ready. The UP really added a subtle gloss and darkening effect to the paint.
5) Wax with Ultimate Paste Wax.
6) Endurance gel on the tires.
Interiors were vacuumed, wiped down with APC+. The dash was treated with Vinylex, and the glass cleaned with D120 Glass Cleaner.