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    1954 Hudson Hornet polished with Rupes UHS

    1954 Hudson Hornet polished with Rupes UHS


    Before Pictures

    I practice documenting the true and accurate condition of all the cars that go through any of our garage projects and this last Saturday, during Autogeek's Cars & Coffee with Dennis Gage I took some great pictures using full overhead bright sunlight to capture the current condition of the paint on this classic and rare 1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible.





    Since Dennis was here I asked him to give me a hand... literally....









    Thanks Dennis!



    Here's a few more shots....


















    And a few more....


    The swirls have built up over the last decade or so since the custom paint job was sprayed on this car. This is normal as show cars tend to get wiped a lot but rarely re-polished the correct way.

    Here's the rear driver's side fender...




    Same area on the car only I've zoomed in....





    Driver's door....









    The other side and in fact the entire car pretty much is in the same condition.


    So as you can see this car needs some polishing to restore it to a show car finish worthy of the Hudson marque....


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    Re: 1954 Hudson Convertible - Rupes Extreme Makeover - Live Broadcast

    Last night Todd Helme, the Technical Sales Manager for Rupes North America joined us for a Live Broadcast and after the broadcast we used the new Rupes UHS System to buff out this Hudson.

    Both Todd and I did Test Spots and from experience we both agreed the custom paint job on this Hudson was on the hard side. That made this a perfect demo car for the new UHS polishing compound and UHS foam buffing pad.

    Below are the pictures off my camera in the order they were taken....








































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    Re: 1954 Hudson Convertible - Rupes Extreme Makeover - Live Broadcast












































    Next up... the beauty shots!


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    Re: 1954 Hudson Convertible - Rupes Extreme Makeover - Live Broadcast

    Here are the beauty shots...

    No more swirls or holograms, just a totally clear clearcoat finish that allows the beautiful metallic flake to pop as it shines through....




















    A huge thank you to Bill for trusting Autogeek with your classic Hudson Hornet.

    Thank you to Todd Helme for joining us for this project and sharing tons of information about the Rupes Paint Polishing System.

    Thank you to all the guys that attended for their passion for perfection.

    Thank you to Bob, Yancy, Meghan and all the staff here at Autogeek that work behind the scenes to make projects like these a success.


    Products Used

    Tonight we used the new Rupes UHS Polishing Compound and Foam pads plus the Rupes Bigfoot Orbital Polishers.

    All Rupes Products

    To seal the paint and create the incredible glassy looking finish we used Pinnacle Black Label products.

    Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Paint Coating

    Pinnacle Black Label Surface Cleansing Polish





    Thank you everyone! Comments, questions and feedback welcome and encouraged!


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    Re: 1954 Hudson Convertible - Rupes Extreme Makeover - Live Broadcast

    We used this car for our "Cars & Coffee Tech Session", which makes Autogeek's Cars & Coffee unique among all the cars and coffee shows that take place early on Saturday mornings across the country.








    For our Tech Session we demonstrated,

    1. How to inspect the paint with your sense of touch and using the Baggie Test.

    2. How to inspect the paint using overhead sunlight, overhead florescent lights and swirl finder lights.

    3. How to use a Porter Cable 7424XP dual action polisher with Pinnacle Advanced Compound to remove the swirls.

    4. How to use a Porter Cable 7424XP dual action polisher with Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish to maximize the gloss and clarity of the clearcoat finish after compounding.

    5. How to use the Porter Cable to machine apply Pinnacle Liquid Souveran Carnauba Wax by machine.






    Here's the before shot of the swirls on the hood.....





    Here's the AFTER shot for the section used for the demonstration.






    This Thursday.... we finish the job.


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    Re: 1954 Hudson Convertible - Rupes Extreme Makeover - Live Broadcast

    Be some of the first people in the U.S. to test out and and use the new Rupes HHS Easy Gloss Compound and matching foam buffing pads.








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    Re: 1954 Hudson Convertible - Rupes Extreme Makeover - Live Broadcast

    And of course, the complete range of Rupes Polishers including,

    Rupes Bigfoot 21
    Rupes Bigfoot 15
    Rupes Duetto 12
    Rupes Mini 12
    Rupes TA50



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    Re: 1954 Hudson Convertible - Rupes Extreme Makeover - Live Broadcast

    LIVE, unbelievable!, I'll be there (here, I mean) watching every moment.

    Counting hours for this meeting,

    Good luck to all,

    Kind Regards.
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    Re: 1954 Hudson Convertible - Rupes Extreme Makeover - Live Broadcast

    Quote Originally Posted by Tato View Post
    LIVE, unbelievable!, I'll be there (here, I mean) watching every moment.

    Counting hours for this meeting,

    Good luck to all,

    Kind Regards.

    Yancy will share the link to watch the live broadcast as soon as he's updated some graphics and files.

    It's been a while since we did a live broadcast so share the link to this thread with all your friends and mark your calendars for this Thursday starting at 5:30pm Eastern Time.


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    Re: 1954 Hudson Convertible - Rupes Extreme Makeover - Live Broadcast

    Looking forward to try out this new system from Rupes

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