More work has been done to the car recently.
First off, I've recently received my stock-styled aftermarket rear spoiler. The OEM versions were made out of urethane on a steel mounting plate.... the problem was the the plate would rust if a hole was made in the urethane and would not only rust apart but would also warp the entire spoiler. Not good.
....so one of our members took a good spoiler and had fiberglass copies made. The process took over a year but we now have NEW rear spoilers. And I has one! I primered and painted it so I'm just waiting for the paint to dry so I can mount it to the car.
My other recent project has been to bring my paint back to life. I've found a technique thats actually working. Its a repaint job under a layer of nasty oxidation and debris. From sitting out in the Florida sun, lots of oxidation formed and the lack of a decent wax allowed nasty crap into the pores. So heres what I've done so far:
-wash car with regular car soap.
-Wash car with Dawn detergent to remove old wax and silicas.
-Rub down with Turtle Wax Polishing Compound. Let sit overnight.
-Use adhesive Tack Cloths (about $1 ea at Wal Mart) to buff off compound and debris layer underneath compound.
-Wash with Dawn detergent to get rid of adhesive residue.
-Use a sanding sponge (320 grit, $3 at Autozone) and plenty of soapy Dawn water to wetsand entire car. Take lots of time and keep sanding till the surface is smooth. Enjoy red soapy mess that kinda looks like curdled blood.
-Wash car again with Dawn.
-Rinse with Hose water.
....and thats as far as I've gotten. My next step is to take it to a car wash and wash and rinse it again to get more of the paint debris off. Then I'm going to fix some of the paint chips as best I can (since I don't have a 100% paint match anymore), and then coat it in this stuff:
Its called liquid glass and its very highly thought of here on this forum so I thought I'd give it a shot. Its also expensive at $23 a can, but I hear it should last me 5-10 years so I think its a good investment.
Anyway, here are a couple pics of the car after wetsanding. I managed to get most of the oxidation off and some paint that must have rubbed onto the fender from another car. Cleaned up nicely, methinks.
And a spot on the door thats been scratched up pretty bad... its getting painted, maybe today even.
As you can see, the paint on the plastic filler panel on the rear bumper is really coming off in huge flakes. For this, I'm going to just drop the entire bumper, disassemble into its components, and then repaint it all. Then it'll go back on. Looks like crap right now, but it'll be alright after its painted up.
My next couple things to do are are going to be mounting my rear spoiler, tack clothing the car again to finish getting the debris off, one more Dawn wash, and then Liquid glass. After that, the rear trunk emblem that I Sharpied is going on and then I'm going to focus all my energy on the interior... just waiting on parts for that right now though.
Edit: And the spoiler is mounted. The color is definately off from the rattle can being the factory Duplicolor and the car being a bad repaint. Oh well, I'll live.