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Meguiars 3 step
Matt S Offline
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I did the whole 3 step thing over summer and meant to post it..a perfect new place to do that now! You can also read about this on their website but here's my condensed version and my opinion of the results.
You should probably use a couple sets of towels, one for each step. I split the work across 2 days: wash, clean and polish one day. Then washed again and waxed the 2nd day.

Step 1 : Wash the car and dry it good. Use compressed air to get all the water out from between light lenses and the rear window molding.

Apply the paint cleaner according to directions, don't let it dry. Apply some to your applicator and then gently wipe on the car. Circular motion or not, it didn't seem to matter. Working with small areas, wipe clean with a good terry towel. Just don't let it dry. And don't get it on any black stuff. This is a mild abrasive so don't go nuts rubbing, you just want to clean up the paint and any acid etching on the clear coat such as bird droppings and water stains. It was suitable, though after a few passes, in removing most of the police dog nail scratches in my paint. In another spot, one pass of Scratch-X did the trick as it's more abrasive so there's that to do now if you have to take some major damage out.

Step 2: Now that you've cleaned the paint, rub in the pure polish. This has no abrasives but you have to cover every spot pretty consistently. DON'T pour this directly on the paint, you'll have a slight line that will need to be rubbed around. Again, work in small areas and wipe clean before it dries.

Step 3: Apply wax. You don't need to rub hard or anything, no circles are required, just cover everything and let it dry to a good powder white. I used the Meguiars synthetic paste, as they suggested paste is better for dark colors, liquid for light. It's the ONLY wax I've ever had that was difficult to remove from my hands even in hot water with dawn.

I was really impressed with the deepness of the red, and how much metal flake was apparent in direct sunlight. It really did sparkle, and all of the spider webs and hair-line paint features were gone. I did this all by hand, I imagine it would be even easier and better looking if you knew how to use the right tools. I was so impressed with the deepness of the color that I did our truck, which is the new Sonic Blue and it really turned the blue a shade darker, yet more brilliant in the sunshine.

Days after application the car sat for a week in 100* direct sun at a dusty campground and there wasn't any noticable wax smudge you'd get with any natural wax. And all the dust, road grime, 1800 miles of bugs and bird droppings washed right off with ease when I got home. Most of it came off just hosing the car down!!

Today the rain still beads up and sheds like it did back in September.
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BJL Offline
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ive been meaning to buya dn use that stuff on both the Tbird and my truck, i go to the store and reasd the bakc panels, look at the price and just wonder...., hopefully i van use it after my "quick job" body work is fixed on ym fender so i can wax the car agian.
thanks for puttign this up, it will help other in question in the future
Brian J Larkin
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cm Offline
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police dog nail scratches/
|| 85 TC 5 speed ||
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Matt S Offline
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Yeah do a search of my trip though South Dakota on my way to Carlisle this past June. The Welcome Wagon ain't so welcome if you ask me. No offense to anyone who lives there but I sure am not ever going back to that state.
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tps87turbo Offline
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Matt, Glad to hear that the car turned out so good. I know 1st hand the difference a good cleaning & wax can make on a car. I do my red one every year & it takes at least a good two days to complete just the outside. Then there is the follow-up every 4-6 weeks to keep her lookin good. I too use the Meguairs producs (Maybe because I had a Car Crazy Inetview?) & like them very much. The Gold Class Carnuba wax is awsome & the NxtGen products are equally as nice. I also use the 3M products when I wet sand & buff my car after every paint job. wheich takes me about 2 months to complete.
Tony Sceia -

HIS Red 88 TC
http://turbotbird.com/showroom/data_r-z/...a_88tc.php
HERS - Blue 87 TC, fully loaded with every option, Work in Progress
87 Gray TC Parts Car - Gave to BJL and is now his daily driver
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Kev Offline
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That big long spill and no pictures?! Are you trying to make me go crazy? I've been using this 3M stuff that is like a 1500 grit liquid sandpaper since I have no clearcoat left. I use the steps that you describe: wash, dry thoroughly, then liquid sandpaper. Then I use the Mequires Gold Class Liquid Wax to finish it all up. The liquid wax goes on well and comes off easier than any other wax I've ever used. I'll never use anything else. Pics of my car can be seen here.
http://www.turbotbird.com/showroom/KnVs_88TC.html

There are more pics here if you don't mind cardomain's popups
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/451092
Kev
1988 TC 5spd
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John Crumm Offline
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I have a 88 T-Bird Turbocoupe, and I used the Meguiar's Wax Cleaner, U can use the 3 step, but it doesnt matter. For an Uber easy way use the Wax Cleaner. Then Use a Wax From Meguiar, I used the Tech Wax Line up of the Next Gen Wax From Meguiars. I made that factory Paint From Ford look great, even when I was missing a little bit of clear coat from the top on the hood of the car. I love Meguiars line up. They are the BEST!!!
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John Crumm Offline
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I thought this would be pretty cool to let every1 know. I was trying to find a body kit for my Turbocoupe and came across a fron end kit that replaces your header panel, lights, front bumper with a complete 1 piece that makes it look like it is in Nascar. Trying to find out where I found it. I will post later when found, for whoever is curious. Choi.
Johnathan M Crumm
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1BadBird Offline
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#9
Kev, Great looking ride!!! Love these cars in Black!

John, Please post where you found that front end! When you find it again. I might not have to do mine from scratch Wink

I use the Meguiars NXT line on my Durango. Can't use it on my Bird yet though Sad I love using Wizards Soft Gel wash as it cleans without stripping any wax off the car and the water runs off with little to left to wipe off. I used this stuff on the 03' Focus I had and it really made the Dark Blue seem wet and very deep.
86' Blue Turbo Coupe (resto-mod in progress)
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I was looking for a 'glass front end for my '87 'bird before I found how bad the underside of it is. I'm glad I found that before I found this:

http://hairyglass.com/thunderbird.html
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