We bought this car just as 'the beast from the east' arrived in the UK, so it's only recently that I've had much chance to get my DA polisher out and start to work my way round the car to put right years of neglect by the previous owner. It's obviously been washed in an automatic car wash judging by the swirls in the paintwork as shown below:
This is typical of the whole car; looks good from a distance or in the shade, but once the sun hit it then it looks awful as above. At least a quick fix was a coat of 'glaze' then some Bilt Hamber Double speed wax to protect it while I found time to work my way round the car.
The paint is really hard, so I had to get some extra heavy duty 'microfibre' polishing pads to use with some Meguiars DA microfibre compound. This has taken the swirls out of the paint and I've done some localised wet sanding to remove/reduce some deeper scratches so the Meguiars has then polished out the sanding marks.
I've still got the roof panel to do, but I've gone round the whole car over 3 sessions of approx 5-6 hours each. I still want to go back over some scratches on the bonnet and boot lid, but it's getting there. Even in full sun there are now only very minor marks visible in the deep wet looking gloss.
Work I did yesteday on the back bumper, numberplate area:
The offside, post 2 stage polish and after 2 coats of DSW:
I also gave the interior a second treatment with 'Airvidox' to try to get rid of the last traces of cigarette smell. The first treatment made a big difference, but I didn't circulate it through the air con properly, so this time I managed to do it right. It'll smell like a swimming pool for a few days first, then hopefully the last trace of cigarettes will be gone.
That just leaves the 'metal' centre console to try to sort out some nasty scratches...I'll put some close up photos first before I remove it and try to sand the scratches out. If that doesn't work, then I'll search for a good used part instead.