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    An experiment with an old bug

    Buddy of mine had asked me what I thought about polishing his rusty, faded '65 Beetle, said I'd give it a whirl.

    I did some reading on polishing "patina" and there's so many different methods guys use, so instead I decided just to try it my way. Did a really nice wash which was a foam soak then hand wash, he said I didn't need to wash because it was clean...far from it.

    Anyways I went in with the plan of only doing a light polish using white pads and CarPro Essence Gloss enhancer, followed up by a spray sealant using Kenotek Showroom Shine(my favorite spray). With it being a single stage BARELY there paint I felt this was the safest method...looking back I could have done a light correction to get some of the scratches, but he was over the moon when he saw what I had done. Here's the pics.

    Beetle by John Wilkinson, on Flickr
    Beetle by John Wilkinson, on Flickr
    Beetle by John Wilkinson, on Flickr
    Beetle by John Wilkinson, on Flickr
    Beetle by John Wilkinson, on Flickr
    Beetle by John Wilkinson, on Flickr
    Beetle by John Wilkinson, on Flickr
    Beetle by John Wilkinson, on Flickr

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    Re: An experiment with an old bug

    Without a doubt this is the most unusual polish job I've ever seen.
    Rick....now in North Texas

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    Re: An experiment with an old bug

    Wow, it looks great. Very interesting subject.

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    Re: An experiment with an old bug

    That's pretty cool,I see some guys clearcoating over the patina which I think is cool as well
    “I have trouble with names and faces, but I never forget a car.”

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    Re: An experiment with an old bug

    It looks AWESOME!!!!


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    Re: An experiment with an old bug

    IMO, I probably would have done the #7 24-hour soak first to try to gorge the remaining paint with oils. But looks good...

    Before you start on the mercury, you should take a gander at these articles:

    The #7 Rub Down Technique by Mike Phillips

    The Secret to Removing Oxidation and Restoring a Show Car Finish to Antique Single Stage Paints

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    Re: An experiment with an old bug

    Interesting!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: An experiment with an old bug

    Quote Originally Posted by 2wookies View Post

    Buddy of mine had asked me what I thought about polishing his rusty, faded '65 Beetle, said I'd give it a whirl.

    I did some reading on polishing "patina" and there's so many different methods guys use, so instead I decided just to try it my way. Did a really nice wash which was a foam soak then hand wash, he said I didn't need to wash because it was clean...far from it.

    Looks great! I love these kind of detailing projects.



    Quote Originally Posted by 2wookies View Post

    Anyways I went in with the plan of only doing a light polish using white pads and CarPro Essence Gloss enhancer,

    I haven't used that product yet but I have been testing this out and so far I like it.

    CarPro Essence Xtreme Gloss Enhancer



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    Re: An experiment with an old bug

    Thanks guys, this was such a fun job. Went in with very low expectations, and the outcome really floored us.

    Also the garage I was doing this in is more of a fabrication shop 99% of the time...they were actively fabrication metal with torches and grinders, owner didn’t care though.


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    Re: An experiment with an old bug

    Very cool subject, project and great work and results! Really neat!
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