This was not only the first car I ever detailed, but the first time I ever used the XMT line as well as my Porter Cable 7424. It was a whole lot of firsts! It convinced me to keep working on detailing cars and learning from Autogeek. The results from this truck also directly led to my first two paying details after people saw the amazing results I achieved!
From the pad cleaner to the last step product, XMT makes it easy. This was all done with Autogeek's XMT Heavy Swirl Removal Kit, consisting of the Pad Conditioner, Pad Cleaner, XMT 4, XMT 1 and the XMT Carnauba Finishing Glaze.
I started with the hood of a 1999 Ford F-150 that had been oxidized and marred badly when the owner tried to repair it with a wool pad. You can see a small test patch where we used XMT 4. Note that the cloudiness is actually the surface of the paint in the flash of the camera, not any sort of wax or polish that has hazed!
After two passes with XMT 4 on an orange pad, we were here:
After one pass with XMT 1 on a white pad, here's the 50/50 shot:
Finally, I topped the hood off with the XMT Carnauba Finishing Glaze using a gray pad:
You can also see the depth and luster that XMT 1 will add when stepping up from a more abrasive polish in this shot. The left side is after XMT 4, where the right side was with XMT 1 and the finishing glaze:
Finally, we are left with this. It doesn't look like the same truck, does it?
And a couple of sun shots to show off basically what amounts to a brand new paint job:
He was going to sell the truck before this, and get the hood resprayed before he could even think of selling it. Now, he's keeping it!
The "product shot" showing the entire line that I used: