The Nerd's Way To Bring A Car's Crapped Up Paint Back To Life

Did you know you can bring a car's paint back to its original color and lustre with a little skill, knowledge, high-tech gadgetry and elbow grease? Paint correction is one of the most difficult, but most satisfying detailing skills to master. Especially on a 1958 Porsche Speedster.

In this episode of Drive Clean, high-end detailing expert Larry Kosilla demonstrates how to restore paint that's been damaged by simple age, poor washing, neglect or general disregard. As you'll see, Kosilla takes this stuff very, very seriously.

Using a bunch of very geeky detailing devices, Kosilla looks at scratches on a microscopic level, discusses why a car's surface temperature matters, and illustrates how abrasives work to remove or diminish paint scratches and imperfections. Anyone with a dual-action polisher and microfiber-cutting pad (as microfiber pads are extremely safe, even for novice detailers) can master these techniques, but make no mistake; this is a serious detailing nerd-fest.


And if you don't want to take your laptop to the driveway, you can download a how-to PDF.

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The car didn't really look bad from the beginning. It would have been far more useful to not only show a car that really did look bad, as in the paint was faded and discolored, but to also show a more "normal" car- as in something that's more common and less upscale- like say, a 93' Camry or 99' Taurus.

For most people , simply using a $3 can of buffing compound and a $5 bottle of wax will work wonders on an old faded paint job.