Originally Posted by tl_boy
Thank you for the great post. I have copied and pasted this into a word document because i think its so good.
I need some advice. I have very little knowledge on car detailing, and have never had my car detailed. This is not for the E90, this is for a 1999 Acura TL. It is black metallic. I have waxed it maybe twice in 6 years, and never done any polishing, claybar, or anything other than car wash.
The black is very dull and there are lots of little knicks and paint chips on it. I would like to take care of these knicks and paint chips and have touch up paint, but I would also like to restore the gloss, and blackness of the car.
So for an old car, what is good to be done?
Also, I have a 5"x6" or so dent, do you think i can put bondo in it, paint over it with touch up paint, and then wet polish and it will be like new?
Also, I didn't see the part on how to wet polish.
Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you found the guide helpful.
For the dent, you may want to try a Paintless Dent Removal service before trying anything else. If the PDR does not work, I'd let a good bodyshop take care of it.
As for touching up nicks, you will need to wetsand as part of the process. Unfortunately I have not written a wetsanding article.
In terms of what to do about the dullnes, just follow the guide. Wash, clay, polish with Menzerna IP via a PC polisher and a foam cutting pad. Once the dullness and swirls are gone, followup with a finer polish like Zaino ZPC and a polishing pad. Once the gloss has been fully restored, protect it with Zaino Z2.