As it was sunny today I thought I'd make the most of it and I've spend most of the day polishing.
I started off by washing the car to reveal what I was dealing with. The paint felt very rough and matted so I started off with half an hour with a clay bar and some Meguiars speed detailer. After this the paint was silky smooth and looked a lot better.
I followed up with a whole car "T-Cut" session. A lot of the paintwork was very dull so I knew I needed something quite aggressive to cut throught all the oxidation. It took a heck of a lot of polishing to get all the T-cut off but the shine was definitely back.
To top the shine off I gave the whole car a good dose of Auto Glym super resiin polish.
After that lot it was looking fairly good. I was just concerned about the number of fairly superficial scratches that really messed the finish up. It was clear the car had white primer and it really showed through in about a million places. The front of the bonnet was also peppered with stone chips and showed its 141k miles. The sills are also well battered by stones and grit from the road and really need respraying.
I thought a trip to Halfords would be a good idea so I could get a spray can for the sills and a touch up for elsewhere. It turned out I could get a spray can for £12, a touch up for £9 (I would need both)or a half-litre in a screw top jar for £15. I could use that with a very fine brush for touching up and I could put it in a spray gun for the sills. Thats the option I chose.
I thought I would have a little look round the wax/polish isle while the paint was being mixed and I saw some of that coloured wax polish. There was also one with a little wax "chip-stick" with it. I thought this was worth a try so gave that a go too.
It turned out the blue wax crayon (which the chip-stick actually is) wasn't dark enough to properly cover the tiny scratches and chips all over the car. I asked my eldest lad (6) if he had a purple or black crayon I could borrow. 30 seconds later he was handing over a selection of crayons!
After 30 minutes and a lot of excited scribbling and polishing, I can really say the entire car is now 90% scratch and chip free!!
WAX CRAYONS are AMAZING!
Even the front of the bonnet (which was a MESS) now looks perfect unless you get REALLY close. I am totally amazed and unbelievably happy at such an easy result. I was considering getting the front of the car (and possibly the doors) resprayed but wouldn't consider it now at all.
I'll still spray the sills because that really is bad but the rest of the car looks great. Once the dentman has had a go the car should be great.
All in all a very good day. I'll post some pics up later.