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I did a little rubbin' on a pair of black Cadillacs a few weekends ago, a CTS and an STS.

 

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I began with the CTS, which needed a LOT of attention as far as the paint goes. It had seen some serious abuse in it's past life.

 

My process on the CTS was:

 

-2 bucket strip wash (3oz of APC added) with grit guards and 9X9 wash pads

-GWC on wheels with Boar's Hair Brush/Trim and Lug Brush and full strength APC on tires with Fender and Tire Brush

-Clay bar

-3 passes of SSR on green pads via FLEX 3401

-2 passes SHR on orange pads via FLEX 3401

-1 pass FMP on white pads via FLEX 3401

-IPA wipe down

-MSS on grey pad via PC 7424XP - allowed to cure overnight (about 14 hours)

-BG on red pad via FLEX 3401

-APW by hand with Americana applicator

-Engine bay wipe down with WW and dressed with In and Out Spray

-Tires and trim dressed with VRT

-Wheel wells dressed with Invisible Undercarriage Spray

-Interior wipe down with WW

-Leather cleaned with Leather and Interior Cleaner and dressed with Leather and Interior Conditioner

-Carpets vacuumed and spot cleaned with Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner and Carpet Cleaning Brush

 

The STS was in better condition, paint-wise. My process was nearly the same, but it didn't require nearly as much time and effort as the CTS did.

 

 

-2 bucket strip wash (3oz of APC added) with grit guards and 9X9 wash pads

-GWC on wheels with Boar's Hair Brush/Trim and Lug Brush and full strength APC on tires with Fender and Tire Brush

-Clay bar

-1 passes SHR on orange pads via FLEX 3401

-1 pass FMP on white pads via FLEX 3401

-IPA wipe down

-MSS on grey pad via PC 7424XP - allowed to cure overnight (about 12 hours)

-BG on red pad via FLEX 3401

-APW by hand with Americana applicator

-Engine bay wipe down with WW and dressed with In and Out Spray

-Tires and trim dressed with VRT

-Wheel wells dressed with Invisible Undercarriage Spray

-Interior wipe down with WW

-Leather cleaned with Leather and Interior Cleaner and dressed with Leather and Interior Conditioner

-Carpets vacuumed and spot cleaned with Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner and Carpet Cleaning Brush

 

CTS pictures are first. Heeeeere we go!

 

Engine bay before:

 

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Truck lid before:

 

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"Buffing" gone bad:

 

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Washed and clayed:

 

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Interior done:

 

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Hood taped off and ready for a test section:

 

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Test panel finished:

 

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50/50 after I pulled the tape:

 

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Engine bay finished:

 

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After polishing and MSS removed:

 

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Face Melter!

 

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At this point, the CTS (on the right) has had MSS removed, the STS hasn't been touched. Notice how much deeper and richer the black paint on the CTS looks:

 

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STS hood before:

 

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Turned on the flash for dramatic effect lol:

 

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Apparently this is the only after picture I took of the STS paint:

 

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MSS in action:

 

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BG in action:

 

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Took a quick break to catch the "Super Moon"

 

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Tucked away in the garage for the night, MSS curing away:

 

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My little helper:

 

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STS hood:

 

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CTS hood:

 

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Done and ready for pick up!

 

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Thanks for watching!

 

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nice work im jealous of the garage mine is at least half that size lol

 

I'm in the process of getting into one that is a little larger. ;)

 

I was wondering if I would ever get to see these! Nice work brother!

 

How was Mexico?

 

Thanks. It was awesome! After one day at work, I'm ready to go back!

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Nice job!!

 

One critique it looks like you put on a TON of MSS in that roof shot. Not sure you need that much but hey can't argue with the results.

 

That is actually the hood of the STS, which is a MONSTROUS panel. The picture is slightly deceptive with all the reflections of the overhead lighting as I only used one 3" line of MSS across the pad for the entire hood.

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Awesome work Nick! They look great!

 

I have a black 2006 CTS that I plan on correcting soon. Any tips or suggestions from working with these two? Did you take any special care around the door handles, door trim, and windshield trim along the a-pillar? I'm not sure if I can touch these areas up with the PC or should steer clear.

 

Thanks in advance for the info! Keep up the nice work!:2thumbs:

 

AJ

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Awesome work Nick! They look great!

 

I have a black 2006 CTS that I plan on correcting soon. Any tips or suggestions from working with these two? Did you take any special care around the door handles, door trim, and windshield trim along the a-pillar? I'm not sure if I can touch these areas up with the PC or should steer clear.

 

Thanks in advance for the info! Keep up the nice work!:2thumbs:

 

AJ

 

AJ, I used the 4" focus pads to stay away from the trim in those areas, with the exception of the space between the sunroof and the top of the windshield. The big pads fit in that area just fine. If you don't have the 4" pads, using some of the hand applicators will work as well.

 

It has already been mentioned in here, but they correct fairly easily, as do most GM vehicles. Best of luck to you! :pc:

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AJ, I used the 4" focus pads to stay away from the trim in those areas, with the exception of the space between the sunroof and the top of the windshield. The big pads fit in that area just fine. If you don't have the 4" pads, using some of the hand applicators will work as well.

 

It has already been mentioned in here, but they correct fairly easily, as do most GM vehicles. Best of luck to you! :pc:

 

Thanks for the info and encouragement! I guess I will need to get a set of 4" pads on the way! :banana: And a few other goodies!

 

I'll post some pics once I get her done!

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