So long story short, I pay to park my car in an old curling rink but apparently I would have been better off parking it in a field with a tarp over it because of how disgustingly dirty it was when I picked it up. #supersalty. Anyway, here are some pictures of my first clean of the year. Products : Mothers Gold Car Wash, 2 bucket method /w grit guards Decon : CarPro IronX, Nanoscrub sponge (fine and medium) Wheels : Just used some old autoglym wheel cleaner /w various raceglaze brushes Polish/Pads : Buff and Shine 5'5 microfiber polishing pads, Megs D300 & Megs 205 Tool : Good ol' Porter Cable 7424xp. Used speed 5 for nearly everything, speed 6 was useful on the horizontal/flat surfaces and made short work of the swirls. Keep in mind however, speed 6 seemed to produce quite a bit of dust in comparison to the near non-existent dust on speed 5. LSP : I topped it with 3 coats of Sonax PNS, which is total overkill, and 2 coats of CG Petes '53 To begin, and to restate, the car was in a p*ss poor state when I picked it up. I'm pretty sure they threw the car outside for a few weeks, which doesn't sound like much but we had a very interesting spring in Sask to say the least.. It was covered in bird poop, tree sap and dust.I must apologize for all the portrait pictures, I'm terrible with phones [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] I usually like to start with the wheels, used the AutoGlym wheel stuff and light agitation. I don't love these wheels, nor are they in good condition, but they look much better [/URL][/IMG] So, after rinsing a few times to get the bulk of the crap of my car, I started the two bucket method with a good ol' chenille mit and some microfibre cloths.Water shows in the pic that there is nothing left on the paint for protection [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] After much of the dust/dirt/bird poop/ tree sap etc. was annihilated from my paint, I covered the car in CarPro IronX. This product is famous for turning purple when interacting with iron particles/fallout but my car is purple and was incredible hard to see it work, nonetheless capture on my phone! Anyway, it's a pretty harsh smelling chemical. Would definitely recommend using a mask or do it outside cause it's nasty. [/URL][/IMG] I apologize once again, I have no idea how big much stuff I can fit in one post, or should. After the IronX, I began the clay process with a nifty little Nanoscrub Sponge. I decided to give this a try, because I'm pretty clumsy at times and love to drop clay constantly. This little thing is a lot easier to hold on to, and can easily be rinsed/cleaned and reused if dropped! For clay lube, I just used some car wash soap/water to keep it moving. [/URL][/IMG] It was considerably cold when I was working on the car, only around 5-7 celsius (Sorry American Overlords). Went inside for a bit just warm up my fingers, obligatory cat pick for points... [/URL][/IMG] Went back outside, and took a look at my paint. Didn't expect it to be anything other than swirls after the way it was picked up.. [/URL][/IMG] Sorry for the blur, I'm no photographer and don't pretend to be. [/URL][/IMG] A Few random scratches/ rubs [/URL][/IMG] Driver fender, near corner lamp [/URL][/IMG] Even some rough taillights [/URL][/IMG] A Couple crummy 50/50 shots.. taillights camp out alright, I hit them with 205 after the D300 for final clarity, no pic of final but you get the idea.. [/URL][/IMG] My passenger fender. These always seem to be in pretty rough shape. [/URL][/IMG] A little better [/URL][/IMG] Nearly everything came out with 1 pass of d300 and final pass of 205. Pretty easy paint/polish and machine to use! Whole care acheived probably 85% which I'm pretty dang happy with. Didn't really take too many after shots, as I find it strange to park somewhere and take pictures of my car.. [/URL][/IMG] Here, coated with the PNS and Pete's '53, don't mind the few petals on the car from the trees. Thanks for looking. If there are any questions/comments/concerns feel free to post and I'll try to reply clearly.