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    Wayne Carini 1953 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    Wayne Carini 1953 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips



    Here's a walk-around video I mad showing the before condition of the Hudson and explaining the technique for using #7 to restore the original paint.





    Here's the TV commercial we did with the Hudson and using #7 plus Pinnacle products, which are the products I actually did use to restore the paint over the entire car.






    1953 Hudson Hornet
    Here's the before and after pictures. This is a car that Wayne has been chasing since he was 16 years old, that's over 40 years he's been trying to purchase this all original 1953 Hudson Hornet with the original paint.

    Wayne asked me to use my method of restoring antique, original paint to preserve the paint on this car and in the process teach his painter and head detailer to do the same.

    This was a landmark event in my detailing career and since I'm sending the link to this thread to Wayne I would just like to say,

    Thank you Wayne for trusting me with your very beautiful 1953 Hudson Hornet.


    Restoring Antique Single Stage Paint all starts with Meguiar's #7 Show Car Glaze


    #7 is an anomaly in the car detailing "products" world. There's no other product I know of that has endured over time as long as #7. None. except for #3, 5 and as of today, #1

    #7 is water soluble so anytime you use it you should coat the paint with something that is NOT water soluble, i.e. a wax or paint sealant.

    There's really no one left alive except for maybe Barry Meguiar that knows or remembers any of the history behind the very early products and how Meguiar's Furniture Cleaners and Polishes morphed into Automotive Cleaners and Polishes but suffice to say, as I document in my how-to book, early cars were coated or painted with coatings from the wood furniture industry because there wasn't any auto paint manufactures around back then and that's because we didn't have cars.

    So when they started putting shellac, Lacquer and varnish on the wooden part of early cars to keep the wood from rotting and on the metal parts to keep the metal from rusting, it only made sense you could use "Furniture Polish" on a car to clean it up, make it look good and preserve it.


    Early Furniture Cleaner & Polish




    Early Automotive Polishes





    The introduction and progression of #7






    It's the only product like it on the market that's been around as long as this thing we call the "car". And that means it's been around as long as single stage automotive paints.

    It's main strength now days is for restoring oxidized, dried-out, brittle antique single stage paint like I did for Wayne Carini on his all original 1953 Hudson with the original single stage paint.


    I really like Wayne Carine and enjoy working with him because he's the real deal. He's a car guy through and through. I would only do what's was right for his car's antique paint. I explain why in this article,


    The Mindset of a Professional Detailer



    Rub and Soak - The Saturation Step

    And just like I recommend in my major article on how to restore antique paint, early in the morning I rubbed the antique paint down with a heavy saturation of the #7 polishing oils.

    Then let the Hudson soak in the #7 oils while I trained Wayne's Painter and Detailer in the art of polishing paint using a Ferrari F430 and a 1959 Corvette for our training cars. Towards the end of the day, after the Hudson soaked in the #7 for around 6-7 hours we then removed the #7 and used Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover and Advanced Finishing Polish to gently and carefully bring the paint back to a clear, high gloss.


    Before
    Here's the Hudson outside, if you look you'll see Wayne is in the driver's seat moving the car out of where we were filming and into the wash and wax bay.




    Dull, oxidized paint. If you look at the bumper that's me taking this pictures. :D




    Rear shot, the 1959 Corvette we're going to use for a training car is to the right...




    Dull, oxidized paint...






    Same shot from above only I cropped out a 800 pixel section from the full size shot.




    Here it is moved into the bay...






    To some people, this car doesn't look to bad and in reality it wasn't horrible but it garage kept all of it's life.

    It's still oxidized, dried-out and brittle and needs to be approached just the right way or the green top layer will be removed and the black primer will be exposed.







    Here's a thin spot where you can see black primer showing through...




    Here's some shots showing the oxidation that has occurred over the decades even parked in a garage....





    Terrycloth Wash Cloth - This is your Abrasive

    In my article, I use and recommend terry cloth wash cloths to apply the #7 and the reason for this is because the nap, that is the tiny little cotton loops will work to not only agitate, loosen and abrade dead paint off the car they also help to really work the oils into the paint.

    Microfiber towels would be too gentle. Microfiber towels would however be the right tool to remove the future polish and wax we apply.







    Heavy Saturation of the #7 oils
    The car is literally soaking in a heavy saturation application of the #7 while we go off to buff out a Ferrari and a Corvette.

















    I continue to use a single side throughout the entire application of the #7




    Later in the day, after we wiped off the #7 that's when I switched over to Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover and Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish. We used the swirl remover for the roof, sides and back of the Hudson. For the front clip however, because the paint was incredibly thin, ONLY Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish was used and it was hand applied ONLY.






    I don't blame Wayne for being watchful over the process, one mistake and the original paint would be ruined. The goal here was to PRESERVE the original paint. The last thing Wayne or any car collector would want to do is to repaint this survivor 1953 Hudson Hornet.








    Now you can see the paint is turning clear as we bring out the full richness of color...






    Machine Polishing
    After wiping the Meguiar's #7 Show Car Glaze oils off the paint THEN I hand rubbed the paint on the hood and front fender using

    First - Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover
    Second - Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish
    Third - Machine applied Pinnacle Souveran Paste Wax

    Machine = Porter Cable 7424XP and 5.5" Lake Country Flat Pads



    Finished!

    In this shot you can see Wayne's hand as he's walking down the side of the car inspecting the results and giving the paint a final wipe....




    And this my friends is one of the most rewarding pictures I've ever taken. This shot was taken after we finished polishing every square inch of paint and then applying a coat of Souveran Paste Wax.



    This is what I'm talking about....









    Wayne, anytime you need something important taken care of for yourself or a customer, just shoot me an e-mail.


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    Re: Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    Great Job Mike, the car is a beauty. Any interior shots?
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    Re: Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    Excellent job Mike. You can definitely see how the paint looks much deeper. The car almost looks like it is dripping wet paint. The richness of the color is amazing.

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    Re: Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbull2984 View Post
    Great Job Mike, the car is a beauty. Any interior shots?

    Yes but I have to move out to the studio for a hot project tomorrow...

    I have over 500 pictures from my trip to Wayne's shop and it takes a little time to go through the pictures, pick out the ones that are in focus, framed-up and tell a story. Crop out the fluff, resize to 800 pixels wide, upload to the gallery, insert to a thread and then add text. It's worth it... but it does take a little time...


    I will be posting a complete thread for this project showing Wayne's painter and detailer and myself working through the steps to restore the very thin paint on this car...






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    Re: Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    Very nice work Mike. Im sure Wayne was thrilled to have you on board to polish his vehicles.

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    Re: Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    The Hornet is in new add. for his new season.Just saw it.
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    Re: Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    Wow Mike that hornet look AMAZING!
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    Re: Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    Incredible restoration. Thank you for these pictures and I look forward to the full story as your time allows. I'm guessing the steamer trunk full of products you took to Mr. Carini's shop weighed as much as you do. Fit in the overhead bin? UH, no.
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    Re: Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    WOW Mike! Great work.
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    Re: Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

    That is a beauty right there! Nice work!

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