Spent most of the day today working on my son's newly acquired 2011 5.0. I was supposed to have jury duty today, but got an email stating they had enough jurors. Since I had nothing planned, my 17-year old and I tackled a big project. We started with a full wash - got the car clean and then pulled it into the big garage. It was mid 90's here today and we were loving the air conditioned garage!
Next step was claying the car. My son had never clayed a car before, so I started and showed him the basics and then let him do the rest. We were using a Chemical Guys clay sponge bar for the first time (as apposed to traditional clay). It worked very well!
Next came rounds of minor correcting/polishing. I used my Griots 6" and 3" polishers with 5 rounds of products. First up were Meguiars products: medium cut, fine cut and finally swirl remover. I applied/buffed and my son removed. After 3 rounds of Meguiars, next came Liquid Glass. Round 4 was the precleaner, applied with the buffers. Fifth and final round was the Liquid Glass Polish. While I finished polishing, my son cleaned the glass, trim, wheels and tires.
When we finished for the day, we stepped-back and marveled at our efforts and the resulting shine. I told my son that the car looks so good now that I was keeping it for me and he'd need something else.
In the end, we had some good father/son bonding, my son learned some car-care skills and his ride shines almost like new. Tomorrow might be another project by tackling the interior.
Had to run to Oreilly's to get some compound - we took the R. I drove there and my son drove back. It's always a treat to get the R out of the bat cave.
Son removing compound: