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Old 27-10-2017, 11:57 PM   #1
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In which steelghost gets a bit Glare-y, but things Brite(max) up in the end :)

I've been meaning to give the bonnet of the family bus a bit of a seeing to for a while, and this Thursday just gone the stars aligned in that the kids were a way with their grandparents, I was off work, the wife didn't need the car, and the weather (cool, overcast) was pretty much perfect for detailing. So given that I spend more time on here than actually doing any detailing these days, it would have been rude not to grab the chance...






The bonnet is not in terrible nick (bar stonechips) but has a few notable marks as well as a reasonable degree of wash damage, mostly inflicted by the local Toyota dealership when they didn't listen to my "do not wash" instructions. I've tried to capture the worst of these above but the light was not conducive to very clear images. The above are all "fingernail catchers" so this was partly about minimising those, partly about restoring a good gloss to the rest of it as the bonnet is one of the main "show panels" on any car.

So, prep was ONR wash of the bonnet, iron removal (although there was nack all there in the end) with Carchem Revolt, clay cloth with ONR as lube (although again not much contamination there to begin with according to my fingertips) and finally once dried, wipedown with panel wipe. So here we are, all set up to try to keep polish residue out of the scuttle:


First coat of Glare Knockout going on...looks like toothpaste but can be worked in really well....


Polish residue prior to buffing off:

A couple of the more serious defects - I wasn't really expecting the Glare to do much for these and after the second coat of Knockout I swapped over to a purple Scholl spider spot pad and gave it a couple of hits with S20 Black. It didn't get rid of them completely but they were substantially reduced, especially if you weren't trying to find them.

This is actually the first defect pictured above, after hitting it twice with S20:

As seems to be the way with Glare, you get a bit worried after Knockout and even Spider that it's not really making any difference. But then you apply a coat or two of Micro and things start to come together, then you get the Pro+ on and it's just "wow"

Looking for swirls with my LED torch:

No swirls here!


A few reflection shots because, why not






A few more goes trying to spot any swirls with a different light:



Still looking swirl free to me!


So, a couple of hours later (recommended curing time for the Glare Pro+ polish) the car was drawn into the garage for part two. Whilst the look of the newly Glare'd panel was great, I knew I would be disappointed in the water behaviour, I do love me some Mad Beedz (TM) . I busted out the bottle of Britemax Blackmax that had been waiting patiently in the box and applied it to the bonnet with an MF applicator by hand. Here it is curing:


I have to say, I expected to like Blackmax from the various reports on here, but I wasn't prepared for it to be quite as nice as it is to work with, nor the extra little burst of richness it seemed to give the finish, even on freshly polished paint. So, what else to apply after Blackmax than a bit of Vantage (two coats ):


So a last attempt to find any swirls:






Still looking pretty good I'd say! I apologise for not getting any "before" shots, but basically this was going from a moderately swirled up panel to not being able to spot any at all, all without taking any clearcoat off the panel (bar the spot reductions of the RDS).

It remains to be seen how long the filling effect lasts, and I'm aware that I could have done the whole panel with "normal" polishes in the time it took me to apply the 6 coats of Glare (Knockout x 2, Spider, Micro, Pro+ x 2). But I like the fact that I can repeat this as often as I like to get rid of any swirls and not worry about levels of clear

Of course now most of the panel is lovely, it's shown up several small stonechips I hadn't previously noticed

Next stop, the roof! Sometime in late 2018 at this rate

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!
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Old 28-10-2017, 12:28 AM   #2
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Great job SG, those look like cracking results!


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Great results there. Got to agree about using filling products as opposed to removing clear.
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I picked some Glare up a couple of weeks ago. Used the knockout by hand to get some of the oxidation off my headlights then had a bit of a play on the bonnet. Didn't spend as long or get the results you have but it was just playing around.
Yours looks great so I've got something to aspire to.
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NO Bilt Hamber in sight. HAHA. Nice job
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Fantastic results. I was originally going to buy Glare instead of Britemax, but ended up buying both and doing the same combo. The Britemax finishes it off with a little bit extra and gives the beads.
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Old 28-10-2017, 11:58 AM   #7
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Nice result there
Gotta love a bit of Glare
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Good write up. Goes to show what's achievable with a little effort.
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Good work
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! That is a very nice job. And at no cost to the clear.

I think I know what to try next...

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