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The title says it all folks. In this 10 video series (1 hour and 18 minutes), you will witness me using various Adam's products to restore half of the hood on my 1979 Chevy El Camino. This car has not been washed in over two years. I usually let the rain take care of the dirt and it shows. This car is my daily driver and usually sits outside year round in the elements (that's 4 seasons in the state of Kentucky).

 

I have used the hood of this car for everything including cleaning my Corvette floor mats, various bench projects and as a storage area for my bar-b-que cook outs. It works as a good ladder in the garage too! Basically, every kind of abuse that a car's finish can see has been seen by this hood. If I can bring the shine back from the dead using Adam's products on this finish, your cars should be a walk in the park.

 

One important thing to note. This is the way I do things and is not a set in stone template of what you have to do. This is more of a documentation for folks who have little to no experience in professional paint care, and are looking for a direction to go in order to get started. You should use this as a foundation to learn about the products used in the video, but feel free to deviate as you become more familiar with the Adam's line. As you become more experienced, you may want to add to or take away from my process to make it more that of your very own. You can also feel free to do just as I do, as you will witness from the videos is a very effective method in restoring a superb shine.

 

I will add some text before each video which will be very important for you to read before watching the video. This should clear up any confusion that may occur from watching a particular video.

 

With that said, get your 3D glasses on and sit back in your easy chair. A "Junkman in His Garage Production" is about to spill onto your screen.

 

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Here are the videos!

 

 

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWlpT_QMGCU&feature=plcp&context=C35c9b29UDOEgsToPDskLLpdymruzWtxA32mMwesCL]Part 1 - Adam's Polishes Intro - YouTube[/ame]

 

Just what is says!

 

 

 

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pq8IiDLAxY&feature=plcp&context=C331f4c9UDOEgsToPDskKOdWHXLHjnxeDJm1XU-2Es]Part 3 - Rinse & Paint Inspection - YouTube[/ame]

 

In this video, I rinse off the big dirt and dust. This is the very first thing you should do when washing the car. As I inspect the paint, you will actually hear the grit in the paint as I rub my hands across it. Normally, you never want to do this to your finish as any kind of rubbing on the car with your hands will cause immediate scratches. Since the paint on this car was in such bad shape, I did it for demonstration purposes only. Once your paint has been corrected, never do this or allow folks to do this to your paint.

 

 

 

 

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHS9_6ycJuA&feature=plcp&context=C32ffa1aUDOEgsToPDskJONpytc8GSoHp7X7JfHfft]Part 4 - Clay Bar & Foam Gun Discussion - YouTube[/ame]

 

This video shows the technique used to determine if your finish needs to be clayed. A vehicle that resides in a garage is NOT going to have to be clayed as often as one that sits outside all year. Thus, claying is not a necessary step of paint correction unless it fails the clay bar test.

 

This video also discusses and demonstrates the use of the foam gun. As stressed in the video, the foam gun is not a high pressure device that blast dirt off the car. It is a device that soaks the car down with foam, which loosen the dirt and makes it safe to remove without scratching the finish.

 

 

 

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc8InoK9zpE&feature=plcp&context=C3554376UDOEgsToPDskLGEQafCNmUcU5-M_8jZh8J]Part 5 - Two Bucket Wash & Claying - YouTube[/ame]

 

In this video, I discuss the practice of using 2 buckets to wash your car, utilizing the Grit Guard system. I also demonstrate and talk about the proper way to clay your finish.

 

One thing that I forgot to show in this video is my drying technique. What I usually do after washing the car is disconnect the spray nozzle and turn the water down to a slow flow. I run that over the car which causes all of the water to pool and run off the car. Once most of the water has done this, I use a leaf blower to blow it dry. I then finish up with a microfiber towel if necessary.

 

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnPEYo6_3ZI&feature=plcp&context=C3b5c037UDOEgsToPDskIoMMfl02FSLV_eq2IZVTyV]Part 6 - Claying Inspection, PC & SHR Discussion - YouTube[/ame]

 

 

In this video, I inspect the results of my claying. I also assemble my PC and discuss the use of the PC and Adam's Swirl and Haze Remover (SHR) as compared to Adam's Fine Machine Polish (FMP).

 

Important Note: In my experience up to this point with using both the SHR and FMP, I have found that FMP did more to remove swirls and scratches than SHR. This is in direct conflict to what is stated in the Adam's website, and in the makeup of both products. In fact, the SHR is actually the more aggressive compound when you look at the molecule makeup. You should thus ALWAYS follow SHR with FMP. The reason I may have experienced different results could have been due to a multitude of factors including temperature, the condition or hardness of the clear coat that I was dealing with, or the amount of damage that I perceived was on the car.

 

With that said, you should follow the posted information on the website and assume that the SHR is more aggressive than the FMP. If in your comparisons you experience something similar to what I did, post your experiences here. Normal use according to the posted instructions will have you follow SHR with FMP, in order to lessen the damage done by SHR. You can try my technique, but you should follow Adam's instructions if you don't have the success that I did. Remember, Adam knows his products in a whole lot more detail than I do! The more I use them, the more I learn and thus my process will constantly evolve and improve.

 

Another thing that I did in this video which is not the norm is the amount of product that I used. Normally, I would have used half of the amount that you will see in the very last shot of the video. If I was in direct sunlight or if the surface of the car was hot, that amount of SHR would have created a stubborn mess. However, I was indoors on a cool night which are the conditions where I have had the most amount of success when correcting paint on a car. Because of those conditions, I was able to use more product and work the product longer which cut down on the amount of passes that I had to make. Do not use that much product unless the conditions are ideal for you to get away with it. Outside in your driveway on a hot summer day IS NOT the right condition.

 

 

 

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMbZN6aaerg&feature=plcp&context=C32cd193UDOEgsToPDskKtN-woZvNUbDOwpCBt5Gq5]Part 7 - Applying Polish with The PC - YouTube[/ame]

 

In this video, I address how to apply polish with respect to technique and pressure. Working with polishes using the PC should be done at no higher a setting than 5. If you go higher, you need to be experienced in knowing when the product has completely broken down, which it will do much faster. If not, you will end up doing more damage to the finish than correcting. Working at a speed higher than 5 also makes the PC vibrate quite noticeably.

 

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAZI8VeIGio&feature=plcp&context=C3ff34eaUDOEgsToPDskL_cpCa7d0Utey5BgpeDFUv]Part 8 - Polishing Inspection and Discussion - YouTube[/ame]

 

In this video, I inspect my polishing and discuss my results. I also recap my process thus far.

 

 

 

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlXJQR5ge9s&feature=plcp&context=C3a9ce59UDOEgsToPDskI-mGyU7i84qtjHHHX8Ds1z]Part 9 - Laying the Machine Superwax - YouTube[/ame]

 

Just what it says. I apply the machine Superwax, let it dry and wipe it off. I then inspect it in detail. One thing to note, I used more product than normal because of the condition of the paint. You will probably not be restoring paint on a car in this condition and thus, should only use as much product as the instructions call for. This was a unique situation that called for a little bit of an unorthodox approach.

 

 

 

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-5gvQtXVL8&feature=plcp&context=C3a391a4UDOEgsToPDskKSydLUHnV1okelw-1ooSXQ]Part 10 - The Conclusion - YouTube[/ame]

 

I recap the entire process as I do it. Again, my way is NOT the only way, nor is it set in stone. As I improve and become more familiar with Adam's products, my technique will probably change. This however, should give you a foundation to start creating a process that works for you. Experience is the key. The more you use these products, the better your results will be.

 

 

 

 

Some photos from the experience:

 

 

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That's it boys and girls. Feel free to give me your input and question anything that you saw. All suggestions or questions are welcome so ask away!

 

The Junkman :thumbsup:

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All tips and tricks aside thats really cool of you to take the time to put these together... I'll be referring people from other forums to those vids when they ask me for tips on how to polish w/ the PC.

 

I always find myself wishing I had in depth videos to refer them to b/c theres just too much info to type out in a PM.

 

Great work!!

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All tips and tricks aside thats really cool of you to take the time to put these together... I'll be referring people from other forums to those vids when they ask me for tips on how to polish w/ the PC.

 

I always find myself wishing I had in depth videos to refer them to b/c theres just too much info to type out in a PM.

 

Great work!!

 

You ain't lying, that's a whole lotta typing!

 

Holy crap, that's some amazing work, AJ -- not just the videos but also the results you got on the El Camino. Great stuff, and a true asset to the forum. :cheers:

 

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Thanks Rich. :thumbsup:

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I just finished watching the videos and they are great! I was only confused at first when you said that S&H was less aggressive than the FMP until I read what you wrote. Can't wait to see the wet sanding video. I don't think I'm ready to try that, not on my car anyhow but it would be nice to see an in-depth video like this one. Keep up the excellent work. :thumbsup: On a side note this past winter a salt truck chucked salt at the side of my car as I drove past. I could hear the rock salt slam into the side of my car. The only real damage done looks like it chipped my paint just below my driver side window. I'm still contemplating on how I'm going to get this fixed.

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Just watched the videos and wanted to say Thanks!. Informative and entertaining (as per your usual). :2thumbs:

Like Dylan, I'll be referring folks to this post that are new to the PC or thinking about getting one so they can what can be attained.:pc:

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Heyy Junkman loved the video. And i know what you are meaning about the railroad grime on your paint with a white car. Back 2002 my dad bought a white Silverado and the first snow we had the salt on the road make it pop out like no tommorow. We took it to a body shop and they called it Rail rust and they used Rail rust to try to remove it but it nevered work. Then two years later we got a 2004 Silverado so i guess its somebody elese problem. Another question can i fix the spots on my hood in the Pix if i get a PC. They are just all over the hood i cannot figure out what they are or what has caused the problem. I also got some more picures under a Thread called i need some Help. Thanks 97Chevz71 out :pc:

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Heyy Junkman loved the video. And i know what you are meaning about the railroad grime on your paint with a white car. Back 2002 my dad bought a white Silverado and the first snow we had the salt on the road make it pop out like no tommorow. We took it to a body shop and they called it Rail rust and they used Rail rust to try to remove it but it nevered work. Then two years later we got a 2004 Silverado so i guess its somebody elese problem. Another question can i fix the spots on my hood in the Pix if i get a PC. They are just all over the hood i cannot figure out what they are or what has caused the problem. I also got some more picures under a Thread called i need some Help. Thanks 97Chevz71 out :pc:

 

You need to link me to the thread where the other pics are. These pictures here are either not close enough or too blurry. I can't tell if those white specks are paint chips or stains. I need to see some in focus close ups. Use your camera's macro function to shoot them.

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Here you go if this does not work for you. i just put the battery to my camera to be charge so if i need to get more pics i will thanks for helping.

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http://www.adamsforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2154

 

Can you physically feel those spots in any way, or can you rub them and the spots feel no different than the area around them? Still can't tell by the close ups as they are not in focus. Here is a in focus close up. In this picture, I can tell how bad the scratches are and I can also see that the mirror is dusty:

 

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That's a in focus close up. Use your camera's macro function to get shots like these.

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Tell me wht you think. it is smooth to my touch. this is what is basically what is all over the hood. :pc:

 

If clay barring doesn't remove that, then I don't know what will. It almost appears to be spots where the paint is missing. Try claying that stuff and let me know what happens. If it has been there a while, then it might be permanent.

 

I'm sold on the PC7424 after watching your video(s).

 

I placed yet another order (my 3rd) for more outstanding Adams products after watching Junkman2008 perform his amazing skill :king:

 

You won't be disappointed! :thumbsup:

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If clay barring doesn't remove that, then I don't know what will. It almost appears to be spots where the paint is missing. Try claying that stuff and let me know what happens. If it has been there a while, then it might be permanent.

 

 

 

You won't be disappointed! :thumbsup:

 

JUst clayed the truck in the begging of March. And i dont think the clay is missing it just looks like something is in the clearcoat. But i will clya the hood again and see what it does. The one that is weird is when i put some butter wax on th hood they seem to be not as noticable.

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Hey Junkman, just started watching your video's and just wanted to say thanks. You saved my PC, totally did not see the washer and of course I just glanced at the instructions. The washer is on and the instructions are being read. I am ready for this weekend. Thanks again, going back to finish the videos.

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