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Old 09-02-2010, 08:45 PM   #1
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My friend called me and said that he had tried to return his Tacoma at the end of the lease and that the dealership was going to charge him so much for damage he decided to buy it out and sell it privately. He was, however, convinced that he would have to paint it before selling because of the condition. We agreed on a two stage polish as he was selling the truck so it didn't need to be perfect. Keep in mind that all this truck was used for was to haul his dirt bike out to wherever he was riding when viewing the pics.

Engine, jambs, body seams etc cleaned with citrus cleaner and RG Brushes
Washed with BH Auto Body Wash
Rear bumper polished with P21S Polishing Soap
Tires and inner fenders cleaned with AG Powermax3 mixed 4:1
Wheels cleaned with CG Diablo
No clay this time as he was selling it
Polished with Flex 3403
First stage was done with SIP and a variety of pads incl Uber Orange, Menz Burgundy and Menz Orange
Second stage was done with PC7424/ Menz Power Finish and Uber Green
LSP was Blackfire AFPP
Tires dressed with DG253

Total time - 14 hours over 2 days

As delivered




Dirty jambs






Driver side front door


Drivers side rear door


Drivers side box


more from drivers side box


Passenger side rear door


Passenger side front door


Passenger side front fender


Hood


First rainy day in 71 days!


Drivers side rear door before


and a 50/50 of the same panel


PTG on roof - yikes. Most readings on the truck fell between 100 and 117


PTG reading on drivers door. May have been repainted!


Drivers side front fender


same panel 50/50


and finished


Tail light before....


and after


Hood before...


and after


Headlight before


and after


Some more afters










Deep scratch on Passenger side pillar. This was after three hits of of polish.


Some small rids remained but not many. We couldn't find them outside in the sun.








Some gouges on tailgate we couldn't do anything with.




Close up of said gouge


Etching in passenger side door






Money shot!


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What did you use on the head lights and tail lights?
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What do you charge for just the polishing?
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:31 PM   #4
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What did you use on the head lights and tail lights?
SIP on the rotary followed up with Power Finish on the PC

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Came in around $575 - 14 hours
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Ken, you gonna carry some sort of magic washer for the pads??
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