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    The COMET Technique by Mike Phillips - 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips

    The COMET Technique by Mike Phillips - 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips


    The COMET Technique for oxidized single stage paint



    NOTE: The COMET technique is ONLY for oxidized SINGLE STAGE paint.

    Do no try this on a modern clearcoat paint you will likely scour the finish.



    Back Story
    This classic Cadillac is a true survivor car with only 63,000 miles and the original paint. In fact, the body panel fitment and alignment is so even and true, I'm confident to say this car has never been in an accident. It has the original single stage white paint, which in 1965 would be some brand of enamel.

    I'm leaving Wednesday morning to teach our Roadshow Car Detailing Class in Tacoma, Washington at Griot's Garage.

    Roadshow Class - Tacoma, Washington - July 27th & 28th at Griot's Garage with Mike Phillips at Autogeek


    So the only time I can carve out to tackle this car is early tomorrow morning. I'm going to use a secret technique that I've shared on this forum in the past to tackle this car and knock this out in lightening speed. I teach classes but I also detail cars, I think it's important for anyone that calls themselves an "instructor" to also walk the walk and even better, share their work for others to see how they tackle projects via a write-up with pictures. I have hundreds if not thousands of write-ups for the cars I've detailed and this will simply be one more for the list.


    BEFORE















    Iron Decontamination







    The COMET Wash Technique for Oxidized Single Stage Paint

    The Cheater Technique for quickly removing oxidation

















    Here's AFTER washing with COMET - The paint is still dull but the majority of the loose oxidation has been removed and the paint is a much brighter white color.






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    Re: 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips

    My back hurts just thinking about correcting that hood.

    Good luck, and looking forward to your write up.

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    Re: 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips

    Can't wait to see how this one turns out.

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    Re: 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips

    That Caddy is in good hands! Anxious to see it when it's done!

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    Re: 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips

    Oh boy! Land yacht!
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    Re: 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips

    I anxiously await. The front end on those 60’s/70’s Caddies are amazing.

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    Re: 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips

    Just finished....

    Ray and I buffed the paint, chrome and glass out in 1 hour and 10 minutes.


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    After doing one step with BLACKFIRE One Step























    Products and number of pads used





    Time to shut down Autogeek's Show Car Garage...



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    Re: 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips

    oh wow. Excellent results for the amount of time put in.

    Your test spot, as I scrolled through the thread several times, reminded me of my own test spot on white paint (and green tape)!

    From this thread on the BF Paint Cleaner Review: BLACKFIRE Paint Cleaner

    Here's my test spot:


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    Re: 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips

    Also - I shared this trick in post #2 here,

    60 year old single stage -planning


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    If you want to wash it, (I normally don't wash classics and introduce water where rust can form), then I would use the old Comet Trick. That is wash the car THOROUGHLY to first remove loose dirt, and looks like there's plenty of it. Then re-wash the car using a fresh clean wash mitt and a couple of cans of Comet.

    The Comet will more-or-less gently remove the majority of the oxidation and get you down to a fresh base.

    Also wash all the glass, chrome and stainless steel with the Comet and remove years of road film, oxidation, tarnish and even light rust.

    You could also use Bon-Ami but I would go with Comet, it's a tick more aggressive and this isn't saying much.

    Also see comment in post #4

    See my answer in post #5



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