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Old June 6th, 2004
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Here's my sisters 1995 SE. It had some wicked tar, and the paint was almost orange. I used to have some before shots, but dang if I can find them. I clayed the car with Mother's clay kit, 3M Adhesive, Wax & Tar Remover on the tar, then I used DACP by machine with a polishing pad, and then waxed with Souverän paste.





Here is an engine before/after. I used Meguiar's All-Purpose Cleaner Plus to clean, and then Engine-Kote to protect it:



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Wow! You did a great job detailing that bonnie. Engine looks really impressive, must've taken some time to get all that accomplished. Nice work B) .


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Wow! Excellent work, I bet your sister went home happy!
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Old June 6th, 2004
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Nicest red one I seen for a long time. How long did it take you to clean the engine?
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Those pictures are deceiving. Don't get me wrong, the car looked very nice, and the red really came back out. However, the car has substantial swirling that the DACP and PC (and my skills at the time) were not able to tame. They were better, but most of the swirling was quite severe. It might not come out safely at all.

Also, the tires were crumbly on the sidewalls due to neglect/age. The tar was the biggest improvement, from being caked on the lower rockers (it had been on there for years, so it was quite familiar to see it there) to being completely removed. But in pictures, it was hard to see the tar, it just looked like a dirty car.

The engine I did first and did not take that long. The goal was to get it to look about >90% great, not to detail every little piece. So, I let the engine cool down (though if it is cold, driving for 2-3 minutes to warm it up a tad can help, but let the exhaust manifold cool, it cools quickly), then hosed it down (my hose had hot water when I lived where that pic is, so that helps a lot and reduces the thermal shock factor), then sprayed it down liberally with a 4:1 dilution of Meguiar's All Purpose Cleaner Plus. Then I took a long-handled brush (Turtle Wax washing brush, no way I'd wash paint with it!) and scrubbed thoroughly (sp?). Then hose down again, and then I repeat, noting where it didn't get as clean and focusing more on those areas. After that, I start the car up, drive it around real quickly to splash out any pooled water (jerk the wheel, brake, etc) but trying hard to be quick so the engine doesn't heat up. Then, I spray down thoroughly with 1:1 Engine Kote. I like it 1:1 as I can spray more for better coverage without it caking up. A fine misting sprayer is a must. Crappy spray heads won't cut it. Then, let dry and viola... I do it first so I can work on the rest of the car while it is drying. I spent maybe an hour on the engine bay.
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Great looking car. I understand that the pictures deceive, but the outcome is still pretty impressive. Got any extra time? My car could use that treatment.

I've had to do similar things with my sisters' car but I'm not patient enough to put in the work to get that kind of result. She's got a '98 Grand Prix GTP and it usually looks worse than my '90 Beretta that has 185K miles...
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My mom has an 04 Bonnie, those are nice cars...they will flat out haul butt too!
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Wow very nice 95 Bonnie... I'll be there in the morning to pick it up...LMAO..

I see this car has a sunroof and leather as well... I'm thinking thats an SE bonneville with the SLE package... Look at the RPO list on the spare tire cover and see if it had a code H4U <--- This is the option code for the Sport Luxury Edition... Only lettering on a bonneville that neans anything... SE,SSE and SSEi stand for nothing except trim level..

BTW that car still looks great.. B)
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Originally posted by Jrs3800@Mar 2 2005, 10:41 PM
Wow very nice 95 Bonnie... I'll be there in the morning to pick it up...LMAO..

I see this car has a sunroof and leather as well... I'm thinking thats an SE bonneville with the SLE package... Look at the RPO list on the spare tire cover and see if it had a code H4U <--- This is the option code for the Sport Luxury Edition... Only lettering on a bonneville that neans anything... SE,SSE and SSEi stand for nothing except trim level..

BTW that car still looks great.. B)
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Yes, I believe you are right on about it being an SE with the SLE package. It's not my car so I can't check the build sheet, but it was ordered new to a family member and I believe you are right on.
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