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    My 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    So this past weekend I polished up my 99 Grand Prix, which just hit 98k miles on it. I bought this car off the show room floor from the Pontiac dealer back in 1999 with 12 miles on it. It has been my daily driver. It has some appearance modifications and some performance modifications that I have done throughout the years of owning it. The car had been previously wearing klasse. Which held up rather nicely. It was on the car for 7 months and I probably could have squeezed another 2 months out of it. The benefits of living in sunny Southern California and a dry fall/winter. Well I had the itch to do a little polishing and give the daily some love. So this time I reached for my tried and true Meguiar's products.

    I got a late start on Saturday so I usually reach for M21 but I decided to go with ULW to take advantage of it's WOWO application. I went into the late night and I needed to get some sleep lol

    Here is what I used on the car

    Saturday
    Wash - D111 Shampoo plus
    Clay - Nanoskin autoscrub sponge with D155 last touch as clay lube
    Compound - D300 on a 3" MF cutting disk for spot corrections
    Polish - M205
    Sealant - Ultimate Liquid wax
    Tools & Pads - PC 7424XP, 5.5" Lake Country hydro tech tangerine polishing pads, 3" MF cutting pads, 3" Lake Country tangerine polishing pads

    Sunday
    Glaze - M7. I wanted to give M7 a try on my car even though it is silver. Another successful use of it with a thin application making it easy to remove.
    Carnauba Wax - M26
    Wheel Wells - D4510 plastic & vinyl coating
    Exhaust tips - I repolished with DUB metal polish but this time I used 0000 steel wool to remove some of the built up carbon on the inside of the tip and repolished. Looks much better than the first time I used DUB.

    I didn't get to many before photos since the car looked good and had minor swirling. Photos were taken with my iphone so not the best quality. Sequence of products used M205 > ULW > M7 > M26

    After some M205.

    After some ULW



    After some M7 and M26 on top of ULW



    2 area's of the typical clear coat failure these cars get . I didn't polish these areas at all. The car will eventually get a repaint as the front and rear bumper are fading along with the driver side fender exhibiting clear coat failure as well.



    Pulled the car outside


    Some reflection shots




    Metal flake in the paint looks great.


    Some gloss



    Gloss and full view of the tips after repolishing with DUB metal polish


    This was the after shot the first time I used the DUB metal polish on the passenger side tip


    After some 0000 steel wool and some repolishing the passenger tip looks like this


    Driver's side

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    Re: My 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    Monday as I was heading out to work I was pulling out of the drive way and I noticed that unlike klasse which gives the car that glass like look, with ULW, M7 and M26 the silver color appeared brighter to me along with the glass like look.

    Under direct sun



    Stopped to get gas on my way home around 7pm. Check out the reflection shots.


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    Re: My 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    I forgot to mention that I have ultimate black on the plastic cowl in front of the windshield and behind the hood. On this plastic trim it's held up good and it is going on 3 weeks. On the trim around the windows ultimate black did not last one wash. I prepped it just like I did with the front cowl using D103 and wiping off any excess after it sat for a few minutes. It just didn't take. So for these trim pieces around all the windows I went with a non-meguiar's product, wolfgang exterior trim sealant. I can't comment on durability as this is the first time I used it.

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    Re: My 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    Great write up Mike! Unlike mine, your car sure looks good for a 15 years old paint.

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    Re: My 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    Man oh man shes puuuuuuurrrrrtttttyyyy.....


    Nice synopsis and direct product comparison with the Klasse..... thats a system i always was curious about but never got around to using...

    Looks Dynamite and blindingly glossy for 15yrsold!


    Nice work ... we know youre already proud of the old girl without any praise
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    Re: My 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    Just goes to show what can be done when the owner actually takes care of the car. 15 years on and it looks this good? That's just fantastic - nice work!!
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    Re: My 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher.Brown View Post
    Man oh man shes puuuuuuurrrrrtttttyyyy.....


    Nice synopsis and direct product comparison with the Klasse..... thats a system i always was curious about but never got around to using...

    Looks Dynamite and blindingly glossy for 15yrsold!


    Nice work ... we know youre already proud of the old girl without any praise
    Thanks Chris. This was the first time I have ever used klasse and it lived up to what it can do. Although it is a nice product, Meguiar's is still my go to.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    Just goes to show what can be done when the owner actually takes care of the car. 15 years on and it looks this good? That's just fantastic - nice work!!
    Thanks Michael. I'm a car guy and I can't stand when I see an owner that has not taken care of their car.

    I do like the reactions I get when people see it and they ask me how I get my car looking so good. I even get offers to buy it by the security guards when I pull into work. Makes it even more worthwhile taking the time and effort to make it look great .

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    Re: My 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    Today was the first time I used D156 as part of my maintenance spreadsheet that I created so that I can keep track of when and what I use on the car.




    Also cleaned up the engine as I replaced some old worn out parts with new ones. The engine wasn't too dirty so I just removed a little dirt and grime. By the way the engine has 98K miles on it.

    Used:
    D103 with a brush to agitate
    Rinsed with water
    Dried with an air compressor and microfiber towels
    Dressed all plastics with D4510 plastic & vinyl coating. Love this stuff. Makes things easier to dress especially those hard to reach areas.
    The metal braces and front engine mounts were cleaned up with white wax.




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    Looks pretty good as usual mike! That's something else keeping a log of when u washed and what u used. Most people only keep that for only the maintainance. Ur prob gonna have one of the highest resale of any car with all the info u keep on it.

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    Re: My 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    Looks great! Great job!

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