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    2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional

    2005 Pontiac GTO - Cyclone Grey Metallic - A Miracle Detailing - Cquartz Professional ceramic coating

    A 6.0-liter V8 rated at 400 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque with a close-ratio manual transmission.

    A 15-year-old vehicle that had been neglected and had been subjected to severe wash abuse.
    This one was a challenge to restore it to..."as close as possible to a showroom new finish".

    The paint was covered in some type of heavy "crud"...I'm not sure what it was or what to call it.
    It was a heavy thick layer of some type of "funk" that was stuck on top of the tons of swirl marks.

    After trying a few different pad/product combinations. A 3-4 step process pad/compound/polish worked.
    NOTE: Every paint is different - Always test first. IMHO a Paint Thickness Gauge (PTG) is a must-have tool.
    There were places on the paint that was already thin. These areas were barely touched. Clearcoat is precious.

    Machine: Rupes 21 with a 5" backing plate and IBrid Nano.

    Correction:
    In some extreme areas CarPro Merino Wool Pad w/ Meguiars M101 (measure, polish, measure, polish, repeat...)
    In most other areas Meg's microfiber cutting pad w/Scholl Concepts Shock 2 Cut Extreme Compound was fine.

    Polishing:
    Scholl Concepts 5 1/2" Purple Spider pad w/Scholl Concepts S2 - Extra Heavy Cut (not the same as Shock Cut)

    Final Polishing:
    Rupes Yellow Fine Foam Pad - 5" Dia. w/CarPro Essence: EXTREME Gloss Primer


    Last Step Products:
    Cquartz Professional ceramic coating on paint and wheels
    CQuartz Dlux Wheel & Trim Coating on trim
    CarPro Clarify Glass Cleaner on windows
    OBSSSSD Tire Dressing - Matte finish

    360 walk-around video - Please click bottom Gear for Quality 1080p w/audio


    At this point, I thought I'd start with this 50/50 roof pic. Every part of the car looked like that.

    The Merlin Shot

    Left side

    Right Side

    Another hood shot.


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    1. When you moving up north to do mine?
    2. I hate that color so much but you sure make it look pretty

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAGT View Post
    Q:
    1. When you moving up north to do mine?
    2. I hate that color so much but you sure make it look pretty
    A:
    1. When it's 74 degrees every day in the winter.
    2. I called it "The grey ghost". Red gets tickets.

    Thank you for your kind words.

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