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Last year I purchased a 1952 Chevy Styleline Dlx that is all stock with 87k miles and original paint.  The car looked like it had rarely been washed and waxed and when it was it more than likely went through an automatic car wash in the past 40 years or so.  the paint was heavily oxidized and has lots of small marks/scratches, etc.  I have been a little hesitant to try and polish but it finally got to me and I decided to see what could be done to at least make the car look black instead of 50 shades of gray. Did half the trunk as an experiment.  Clay barred, finishing polish and paint sealant. It is far from perfect but since the trunk was pretty bad, I am more than pleased with the results.  Now to do the other 95% of the car.  Cant wait to see how it finishes.

trunk half polished.jpg

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Nice work on an old sweetie Kurt! 


If it is the original paint, you may want to search 'mike phillips antique single stage paint'.  He uses products and techniques that add some oils back into the paint.  It is labor intensive, but the results are amazing.

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