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Hey guys, chrisfix here and today, i'm gon na show you how to detail and clean a dirty, neglected car like this, that i just purchased for five hundred dollars. If you missed the last episode i'll link it in the description, i showed you guys how i bought this car for five hundred dollars. It wasn't running or driving, so i showed you how to diagnose the issue and then how to fix it all together we have four hundred dollars in parts and five hundred dollars for the car, so nine hundred dollars total and this car runs and drives beautifully, but Is very ugly on the outside look at this paint work. This paint work is shot.

It's oxidized, it's faded. It's all swirled up, so i'm gon na show you how to detail this and paint correct it. So we go from this to this deep dark. Luscious dripping wet, look and paint, and just look at that difference.

This paint is really bad, but we're gon na make it look amazing and the best part is you could do the exact same thing, i'm doing after you're done watching this video and we're doing all of this at home by hand with simple common products like these? Nothing expensive: that's gon na break the bank that way you're able to go out and get the same, exact results as this with your vehicle. So not only are we going to fix this faded paint and do a paint correction, but some paint work is beyond fixable. Like you can't fix this, there's no amount of buffing or compounding that's gon na get this out. This is just down to the metal because of sun fade because it wasn't taken care of.

So i'm going to show you how to spray-paint this with a color correct spray paint. So we could go from this to this again at home in your driveway, so this is gon na. Be really awesome, but that's not just it. A lot of cars have this faded plastic on the wing mirrors or the faded plastic that looks all gray down below on the runners or body trim, and i'm gon na show you how to restore this plastic.

We're gon na bring this plastic back. We're gon na. Go from this to this and check this out now this will last at least two to three years and i'll. Show you how we're gon na do that and that's not all.

I'm also going to show you how to clean and detail wheels and tires and, more importantly, how to get those stubborn dirt stains the brake dust stains that get into the wheels how to remove that. So the wheels look good again and then we're gon na. Do some headlight restoration, the headlights are a mess on this. The light output stinks but, more importantly, i'm gon na show you how to get this done really quickly and put a coating here.

That's gon na last around two years. That's a really easy to apply. It's not like spray painting where you can mess it up. I've been messing around with it.

I think you guys are gon na like the results and then finally, we're gon na go and clean the interior of this car, because it is a mess. It's not comfortable to drive and we want to be comfortable driving our own car. Now, a lot of you guys in the last video asked me in the comments. Where did you find a car for five hundred bucks? How can you find a project car? So let me show you, and it's actually really simple to do this.

All you have to do is go over to your computer. Go on to the internet and search Auto Tempest this site is super helpful because it searches all the different used-car for sales sites in one search that way, you're not wasting time. So, let's scroll down here and now we want to put minimum price 200 or 250, because you want to weed out all the people who put $ 1.00 that are looking for a trade or that are looking to part out their car. It's just a wasted search! So make sure you put 250 for the minimum price, that's a little trick and then 1,200 bucks for maximum price.

A $ 1200 car is 90 % of the time. Gon na be less than $ 1000. You always negotiate on these, otherwise everything's good to go. Let's hit search and check it out.

Look at all these cars. Look at this a Volkswagen Beetle, 700 bucks asking has 87,000 miles and something's wrong with the charging system. That's a good find, but there's a ton of cars here and you just look at the descriptions and you click on whichever ones that you want. I mean the list just keeps going and here's the car that I ended up finding and it's that easy to find your very own project car he's asking a thousand dollars.

His description said that only the fuel pump was bed, so I went to go, see it and I got it for 500 bucks. So there you go now. You could find your very own project car. That 250 for the minimum price is the trick.

So make sure you do that I'll leave a link to this website in the description Auto Tempest has been awesome thanks so much for making the website and supporting the video and, if you're, looking for a project car. This is the way that I find mine. So, let's get back to detailing this Trailblazer and the first thing we're gon na do is fix the broken and missing interior pieces. So right here we had that plastic trim missing same thing on the driver's side and finally, we have a center console which doesn't want to latch.

So let's go and fix that. So you can see the hook on the latch is broken off. So, let's unscrew these two screws that hold this plastic latch in and then out with the old broken latch and in with the new one now tighten bolts screws down so they're snug like so okay, let's try it out boom five dollars and thirty seconds later we Have a center console door that closes and that's really nice. This would be a pain to drive with that open.

So with that done and now, let's move on to replacing the door trim now installing plastic trim like this is super easy. There are four tabs that you want to snap in so just get it aligned and give it a good push till it clicks and that's all it takes to install a piece of trim like that and same thing for the other side, except on this side. We have a seat memory, button that clicks in first and then we could push the door trim piece into the handle so that it clicks in and just look at how nice this is coming along. We have both of our pieces of trim in.

We have the center console working now. Let's clean up the interior cleaning, the interior and getting great results is simple: first vacuum all the dirt out of the carpet then grab your favorite carpet cleaner and spray down the whole carpet. Next, grab a plastic brush like this and agitate the carpet cleaner, deep into the carpet, brushing that carpet is going to give you the extra clean results that you're wanting so be sure to use the brush, then grab a towel and wipe down blot and absorb the Carpet cleaner and all the dirt that comes with it and finally vacuum the carpet up once more to get any towel lint and any dirt that we freed up out of the carpet and check out these results before and after next. Let's do the seat trim, which is covered in dried mud, so grab your soapy water and spray down.

The plastic then clean it up with a paper towel, and this is coming off pretty easy, which is good, so here's it before and after this is coming out. So nice and we're doing quick and easy detailing nothing, crazy, no super cleaning. So let's do the other side and here's it before and after and just a little bit of vacuuming makes a huge difference. Now I clean the rest of the interior in the front.

Let's go head to the back and I'm going to show you the mess we have back here, that we need to clean and with a little editing magic boom check it out nice and clean so with the interior, all nice and cleaned now we're gon na clean Up the exterior - and this is gon na - be really cool. We have this old faded paint that looks horrible and we're going to bring it to life using a little bit of compound and polish, let me show you how now before you do any paint correcting the first thing you need to do is clean the car, so Spray it down with some water to get the dirt off then get some car soap on the car. And if you don't have a foam cannon, just use a bucket of soapy water, then wipe down the entire car with a microfiber wash mitt. Make sure you work from the top to the bottom and remove as much dirt as you can then rinse down the car to get all that soap and loose dirt off and finally dry the car.

So we could get started on the paint correction, alright and with the car completely dry and clean, let's go and make this paint. Look amazing and I put a piece of tape right here, so you can see the difference between before and after so we're gon na clean this side. We're gon na keep this side the same way to see the difference, so the process is gon na be to use compound first. This is the most aggressive.

This is gon na, take off the most oxidized clear coat, but we can't stop there. Next, we're gon na use a polish. This is finer, it's less aggressive and it's gon na make this shine up really nicely. It's gon na give it that polished, finished, look and then finally, we're gon na put a protective layer of wax to coat our newly finished and shiny, clear coat.

So let's get started with the compound and we're using a microfiber applicator pad, which is going to allow the product to be rubbed into the paint. Don't use a microfiber towel because it'll absorb too much of the compound and it won't work as efficiently so just spread. The compound out in a circular motion and then with medium pressure, buff the compound into the paint, and you can really see that oxidized layer coming off onto the applicator pad so now buff off the compound with a clean, microfiber towel and already look at that shine. Next, we're onto the polish so flip the applicator pad over for a fresh surface and add some polish and we're gon na polish.

The same way we did the compound. The only difference is the Polish is a more fine abrasive. So just like, when you sand, you go from a coarse grit to a fine grit same thing here and it's super simple, just buff it into the paintwork using medium pressure and that's all there is to it. Then we can buff it off with a microfiber towel and the results you get from polishing are permanent, it won't wash off with soap or water.

And finally, our last step is to use a sealant or wax to protect the freshly polished surface so wax on. Let it dry for two minutes, so it's hazy and then wax off. Finally, let's remove the tape and see the comparison, what a difference before and after I can't believe that look at this look at this reflection on this paint and then look at the old paint. What a difference that is, and that's just a little bit of elbow grease, we went compound, we went polished and then we waxed it, and that is what we got.

Okay man, this looks so good. This car is gon na look dripping away. Let me finish with the rest of the car hmm now this compounding polishing and waxing process is super simple, but it's definitely tiring. You need a medium to heavy pressure when you're compounding and polishing, so doing this by hand is totally doable but again, you're gon na get a good workout in for the day and take a look at this car.

Look at how good this paint work looks. It looks amazing - and I don't know if you noticed, but this truck is missing center caps, so for five bucks each I got them from the junkyard and that's much better. We're still gon na have to clean those. But right now it's focused on the paint.

Look at this paint work. Look at how awesome this came out. That is incredible. I love it this transformation.

I love seeing transformations like this. It's so rewarding, and it just feels so good to be able to do this yourself. Look at that. I love it.

Okay and one thing I did notice right here - you can see on this door trim right here is some chipped off paint. It stands out like a sore thumb because it's white underneath so let's fix this and we'll start by cleaning the chipped paint with alcohol. So our paint could adhere to the surface properly then get your touch-up paint and I like working from the bottom up, so we pull the paint up against gravity. If you start from the top down, you end up, getting paint runs and that doesn't look good.

Also, don't set your standards too high when doing this, the damaged area won't disappear, but the idea is, this is gon na look a lot better than if we left it so a little touch-up like that makes all the difference. It's not perfect, but I mean this bodywork isn't perfect, look, there's little chips here and there and that's just I mean it's a 500 our cards. It is what it is, but this is a million times better than what it was before. Remember, there's that stain over here it's like a multicolor stain, that's all gone and this paint work is just shining like crazy.

It looks amazing. Look at the reflection it's incredible now. This side was pretty simple to do. The paint work was faded, but it horrible and it came out amazing, but the other side is where we're gon na have a difficult time, because not only is the paintwork really bad like right here, but we have well almost non-existent paintwork.

You can see it's all chipped up and we're down to the primer. So what we're gon na do here is paint this and we're not just gon na paint. This right here, we're also gon na paint. This door trim that I picked up from the junkyard off of a red trailblazer.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a black one. Our car only came with the rear door trim our front door trim was missing and it doesn't look that great. It's not a necessity, but since we're painting stuff anyway might as well knock this out as well, so we're gon na paint that and we're gon na paint up there very easy. Let me show you what you need.

Here's everything you're gon na need we're gon na use, sandpaper we're gon na sand stuff down, make it smooth and then we're gon na clean it off and then spray-paint it I'll show you the entire process. So, let's get started so the first thing we need to do is figure out where exactly we're gon na spray paint. Obviously, we know we're gon na paint up over here, because we want to fix this, but we don't want to just have a hard paint line here and a hard paint line right. There you'll see a big difference between the old paint and the new paint.

Even after we compound and polish this, this paint is still a little more faded than fresh paint. So what we want to do is we want to work with the body lines. We want to find a spot like right down here where it gets tight, where we're able to use this panel gap here and mask this off. We're able to use this tight spot here and then blend it old paint to new paint.

So you can't really see a transition and if you do see it, it's in a really small tight spot. So it's not completely obvious same thing coming up over here. Obviously, painting all this and then coming up right about here, perfect, we'll use this panel gap right here, we'll mask this off and we'll use this hard body line right here, because you won't be able to see a big difference between this and this with a hard Body line you can't see that paint line so we're using the contours of the car to figure out exactly where we're gon na paint, so we're gon na paint. This whole top section right here up to here.

So let's mask this off and I like to use garbage bags, which I cut open to cover the rest of the car, so just tape down the bags and close the door and make sure you could accurately tape off anything. You don't want painted take your time with this, make sure the tape lines are straight and even and remember anything exposed is gon na get paint. So now, right here, if we were just going to put a piece of tape right across it, would create a hard tape line. There would be an obvious line and it just wouldn't look good.

So what we do is take a piece of paper, something that you could fold in half and create a rounded tape line. So we're gon na keep this right here like that, and what that's going to do is the spray-paints going to roll over it and it's going to create a smoother transition that will feather in later on. So, let's tape down our paper good and the last thing to do is covering the mirror like, so so those are some tips to make it really easy to tape everything up and make sure you don't get overspray. So the only thing that's visible is the part that we're actually going to paint everything else is covered, because if you don't it's gon na get overspray on it.

Speaking of overspray, I moved all the cars down the driveway away. The wind is blowing that way. So we won't have to worry about getting paint on our cars. Now, let's begin sanding this down, so we could paint.

So, let's start with a hundred eighty grit sandpaper and grab yourself a kitchen sponge and the trick here is the sponge has enough play in it. So that it won't create a hot spot when you're sanding so wrap the sponge, like that and the idea, is you can't press too hard in one spot? The sponge is gon na distribute that load evenly across the entire body panel, and this makes it easier to send and get the smoother results. You want so sand down the entire rough surface until it's completely smoothed out good and I can't feel any bumps on the body panel so we're good to go now. We could wipe this down with some alcohol and move on to the finer 320 grit sandpaper, which is gon na, remove the 180 grit scratches and make it even more smooth.

Then do another alcohol wipe down - and let's finish this off with 400 grit, which is as fine as we want to go before painting this will give the body panel to smooth this. We need, but also have the 400 grit scratches to allow the paint to adhere to the body panel. Now we could do one last wipe down of the body panel with the alcohol and make sure you wipe down the entire panel that we're painting and now we're ready to paint starting with primer primers used, because it adheres very well to the freshly sanded surface. And it's designed to dry to a smooth surface, so your color layer could look good just make sure you don't spray it on too thick, but at the same time make sure you have complete coverage and after letting that dry for a few minutes now we could Spray on the color coat again use overlapping layers and don't too thick or it's gon na run after the first coat.

Let it dry for a few minutes and then spray another coat covering the areas you might have missed then give it a few minutes to dry and hit it with one last coat for a total of three coats after letting it dry. For a few more minutes, the last step is to egg clear coat and when picking your clear coat make sure it's the same type of paint as your color coat and just like before spray light overlapping coats. And let it dry for a couple of minutes and for the last coat I like to slow down my hand and put down a slightly thicker coat finishing with a thicker coat. Is gon na have less orange peel when it dries, but be careful because you don't want to make it too thick because then it could run and that wouldn't look good and with that last layer of clear check this out, this looks so good, so we're gon Na go and let this dry and as we let that dry, let's go and paint the door trim.

Now we don't want to get paint on this, so you could either tape it off or instead remove it and to remove it grab some braided fishing line and I'm using 50 pound test, and what we need to do is push this line underneath the emblem and Then move the fishing line back and forth in a sawing motion, and this is going to stall the glue off from underneath the emblem. This is a cool little trick to get emblems off without damaging anything and then once you get to the end, the emblem is free and you could remove it and that's all there is to it now: let's send down the door trim with 400 grit sandpaper to Smooth the surface and give the paint something to bite on to then wipe it down with some alcohol to clean the surface, and we are ready for paint so we'll start by putting down some primer. So it covers the part completely. Then we can hit it with three layers of our black color coat and finally spray it with some automotive clear coat for that nice glossy shine, and I think you guys see how this works.

That's all there is to it now. We just need to let it dry alright, so we let this paint dry for 24 hours and the outside shell of the paint is hard. Dust won't stick to it so now's the time when we want to remove all this stuff and when peeling the tape away, always peel at a sharp angle, away from the part that you painted. So it creates a nice sharp paint line, and the nice thing about using whole garbage bags is the cleanup is quick and easy.

Now we have one last piece of tape to peel off beautiful, okay, so, with everything removed, remember this is 24 hours later we want to do something that you probably won't expect, and that is sand our freshly painted surface with 5,000 grit sandpaper and the reason why We're gon na do this is because, no matter how good you are at spray-painting, you're, always gon na get a little bit of orange peel. It's not gon na be perfectly flat and you're, always gon na get a little bit of a haze. So we want to buff that haze out of it, so to start we're gon na hit it with 5,000 grit, so grab your soapy water and spray down the sandpaper, as well as the surface you're gon na, send then keep the sandpaper flat against the surface and Use a medium pressure to smooth down that orange peel. You can even start with a thousand grit and work your way up to five thousand grit, but this paint came out so good.

We're just gon na start at five thousand and another important spot that we want to focus on is right here, where we have our new paint and our old paint. We want to make sure we blend this in so grab your sandpaper and send the new paint and overlap onto the old paint, and this will help you blend it. So you can't really see new versus old, then wipe it down and see how it looks and that's all there is to it now. You can't even see a transition between the old paint and the new paint that looks awesome and you can see this has a nice uniform haze and now the next thing to do is we're gon na start from the front and work our way back and just Compound and polish, the car, and just to remind you, we're doing all of this by hand.

So you could get the same. Exact results at home with no special tools, so just like before start with compounding the paint and buff it in there good. With a medium pressure on the pad, this paint is pretty bad on this side, so it's gon na take a little bit longer, so don't be afraid to compound the paint again good. Now we can move on to polishing same as before, use medium pressure and buff.

The Polish into the paint then buff it off and finally, let's get a layer of wax on here to protect the fresh surface, wax on and wax off, and that's all there is to it check this out. Look at this shine. It is incredible compared to that old oxidized paint, so you know how to do it. You get the idea, I'm just going to show you a before and after on each panel as I go along, so you don't have to see the entire process and then I'll cover what to do on this piece right here that we painted so check out the Difference on the front passenger door, the rear passenger door and the rear quarter-panel.

Would you look at this guy? This is incredible. Look at the difference in this shine. Holy smokes! Well I'll talk about a transformation. This thing looks dripping wet okay, so we have compounded, polished and waxed everything down below and up top, except the part that we painted.

We do not want to do anything to that until now. So let me show you what we're gon na do. First compound the new paint, just like we did with all the other parts of the car and then polish the paint the same way we did before as well, and we're gon na stop right there. We don't want to put a wax or a sealant or a ceramic coating on this yet because that paint is still curing, it's still breathing and we want to cure completely.

You want to wait about thirty days before you put a layer of wax or anything like that on top here, so just leave it compound. Then polish and we're done and check this out. Look at this. Can you even see the difference between the two paints? You can't even see where the transition is between the new and the old paint new and old paint.

It looks identical. This looks so good and the same thing right over here can't even see that paint line, because it's hidden in that body line. So that's perfect and this truck is coming out. Amazing.

Now, there's a few other quick things: we have the faded plastic, we have the wheels and we have the headlights that we need to fix up. So let's get started with this faded plastic and turn it back to black. Now the trick to restore this and keep it looking good for years to come is to use a ceramic coating like this. I've been messing around with ceramic coating, and normally people put this on their paint, but what I've realized is it works really well on plastics and the trick is preparation of the surface so grab some soapy water and a plastic brush like this spray down the entire Surface with soapy water and use a brush to clean the plastic, you only want to use a brush like this.

If the plastic surface is textured, if it's smooth just wipe it down with a microfiber towel, but on a textured surface like this, the brush is going to get into all those little crevices and make a huge difference in how clean you get. It then hose away. All the dirt you just brushed up and finally, let it dry completely now any time before your ceramic coat. You want to make sure you rub down the entire surface with alcohol and that preps the surface.

Now these ceramic coating kits come with everything you need. So, let's grab all that stuff out of here and all you need to do is grab the foam. Applicator grab the microfiber towel, they give you and then you take your ceramic coating and you put a couple of drops right on the foam applicator just like that. Just get a bunch on there normally with paint you wouldn't put this much, but with plastic.

This is gon na absorb it. A lot watch this and crazy. How much this plastic soaks up the ceramic coating also check out how good this is coming out. This is so simple: all you need to do is make sure you don't miss any spots, and you guys know I like comparisons before and after look at that difference.

This looks amazing and the best part is with the ceramic coating. This is going to be deep and dark like that for a long time, and you can't tell me that doesn't look way better. It's not faded anymore and it looks great, especially with our freshly polished car. Now it's not the only place you could use ceramic coating.

Another good use is on the underside of door handles where it gets all scratched, just buff a little bit of ceramic coating into here and look at that difference. The scratches are harder to see the plastic is darker and it just looks way better here. Is it scratched up and here's it ceramic coated? Now you could use your ceramic coating on tons of different plastics on your car, like this wing mirror and again. This will stay, shiny, it'll, stay dark and this deep color for a long time - and I think you get the idea ceramic coating, which is normally meant for the paint it works.

Awesome on plastic trust me you're, gon na love it alright. So now that we got our plastics all fixed up now, let me show you how to clean those wheels. First grab your favorite wheel, cleaner and spray down the wheels then use a soft bristle brush to agitate the cleaner and remove all the brake dust and dirt. On the wheel and tire, one tip is to make sure you don't let the wheel cleaner dry onto the wheels if it dries it's gon na stain them badly, so brush the entire wheel and then spray it down with the hose and just look at all that Dirt coming off the wheel now, while this looks pretty good, I could see some standing that didn't come off the wheel.

So let me show you how to remove this see all that discoloration and standing in there, even if we take a microfiber towel and we try to wipe this away. It's just in that paint. Now most wheels are painted so that standing is embedded in that paint. So, using the same exact compound as before, put a little on a microfiber towel and buff it in there good just keep buffing it until the stain is removed and check it out.

All of that staining is now gone. The slight abrasive in that compound removed it and your wheels look good as new now do. Let me be clear. This right here is not a stain that is damaged, clear coat.

You can't remove that. You can't fix that. Well, you can. I have a whole nother video on it, but you can't just use compound on here and it disappears.

You actually have to sand this down and respray. So for stuff like this, you can't fix it, but for the standing that you saw over there, you could compound that out now. The last thing I like to do to set these wheels off is use a low gloss, tire shine so spray it on the tire - and this is actually an all-in-one tire cleaner and shine. So it could get onto the wheels without causing any problems.

And then I like to wipe it off, which gives it that perfect amount of shine and no chance of tire sling and not bad right. I love that low gloss Sheen. It looks great. The tires look brand-new compared to a high gloss Sheen and it helps with our high gloss paint that we just did because the wheel isn't out shining the paint.

So now we have two things left one. I'm gon na show you how to restore the headlights and then put a protective coating on there and two we're gon na be putting our door trim back on the door and then we are done so. Let's finish up, and let me show you how to restore these headlights now to restore headlights, there's a ton of different methods. You could go out and buy one of these headlight restoration kits, that's fine.

They work, but what I like to try to do is not have you guys, spend a ton of money so we're gon na use the same compound polish and our 5000 grit sandpaper that we've been using all day so grab your soapy water spray down the headlights And then sand down the lens to remove any oxidation and just make sure as you're sanding, you don't hit the paintwork here with the sandpaper, otherwise you'll have to buff this out as well. You could tape this. If you want I'm not too concerned, I'm just gon na be careful so sand the lens until it's uniformly hazy, and then we can move on to the compounding step, just like compounding the paint buffed the headlight lens, but use a little bit more pressure than usual. Really work it into the lens and then finally buff in some polish again buffing with some decent pressure to get those scratches out of the plastic and look at that.

That looks so good at this point. If you want, you could leave it, but this haziness is going to come back in a couple of months because the Sun is beating down on it and there's nothing to protect it. But if you want the last at least a year - and you don't want to buff it every couple months, I've been messing around with some ceramic coating on the headlights and I've been having awesome results. So wipe the lens down with alcohol and then get a few drops of ceramic coating on your towel and apply the coating to the lens making sure to overlap and wipe in different directions.

So you don't miss any spots now check out this awesome transformation and it's amazing how clear headlights make any car look so much better all right, so we have one more thing we need to do and that is to install that painted door trim to the side Of the car, so how we're going to attach this is on the backside, we're going to be using some plastic emblem and trim adhesive. This will go right around the outside of this plastic trim and then all we have to do is tape it in place and let it sit for 30 minutes. So let's place this down on a soft surface, so we don't damage the fresh paint and we want to clean the back here with alcohol where the adhesives gon na go now. Let's add the adhesive and put a thin bead.

We don't want to add a lot just a little bit around the whole perimeter. The adhesive should get spread out when we press it flat against the door, and it should look just like that. Now we want to clean the surface, we're gluing it to with you guessed it alcohol and to make sure the trim goes on level, I'm using some tape to help guide me also. We need a couple of pieces of tape ready that way.

We can hold the trim in place after we press it on now. You want to very carefully align this trim because we have one shot at this and once it's aligned press it on there. So all the glue makes contact with the door. Finally, let's tape the trim in place, so it doesn't fall off and this needs to sit for 30 minutes to cure.

And while we wait, we might as well glue the emblem on which is way easier, because it's small - and you can't put this on crooked - just make sure you press it in all the way. So the glue makes contact alright 30 minutes later, and this is dry. We could remove the tape now speaking of tape. You can see the ends here.

I taped off even more because the ends were starting to peel back a little bit and I wanted to make sure they were flush. But now we can remove the tape and carefully do this. Don't just start ripping it off. Remember you have freshly painted services and also freshly glued surfaces, and with that we are done.

Look at this car shine. What a difference - and let me remind you this - was a neglected, non-running, 500 dollar car and now not only does she run, but she looks amazing and the best part is you guys could do this at home yourself? I didn't use any fancy tools or expensive products, and I did the entire job by hand that way you guys know that you could get the same exact results and speaking of results check this out check out this paint correction. This is incredible so from restoring the faded plastic to touching up the paintwork here on top of the door to this entire paint correction, the wheels the headlights - I hope you guys learned a lot from this video and, if did remember, to give it a thumbs up. Also, if you're not a subscriber consider hitting that subscribe button for more videos just like this, and as always the tools and products I used in this video are linked in the description, so you can easily find it and get the same results along with that Auto Tempest website I used to find this five hundred dollar car, so you guys could find your very own five hundred dollar car.

14 thoughts on “How to detail faded paint by hand (paint correction)”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tarush Dhawan says:

    Hey Chris! Is the compound used by you and rubbing compound the same? I can't find this one in my area instead I have rubbing compound available. Please clarify!

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Solid P-Kf says:

    Awesome video, really helpful , definitely gonna do it myself!!!
    One question, if your car has metal skeleton can you use also use the same products?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Guy named E says:

    hey chrisfix just had a quick question does the headlight cleaning process you went over in this video work on glass headlights too or not?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arch says:

    I'm starting a detailing business and see people use all these chemicals I see you just use some damn soapy water lmao gives me hope that I can start out with just soapy water instead of these degreasers and cleaners that cost $20 per 16oz!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MjSana says:

    you are crazy my friend , unbelievable videos, this is my 5th time watching it and i learn new things every time

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars david ferguson says:

    You are great. Thank you for sharing all your secrets. I don't normally post, but I've saved thousands for my family thanks to you.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Huynh Mai says:

    How much would you charge to do that for my car? You will make a million bucks business in a year just to restore old cars.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B Teem says:

    I'm amazed at your fantastic job. This goes to show what some hard work will do. Thank you. My son has a good running car and all it needs is to spruse up the outside.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bani suarez says:

    Just gor a couple of questions bro no need to use one of those clay bars everybody talking about??

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars muff patrol says:

    I worked at a bodyshop for 2 years doing stuff like this, along with accident repairs. You made my job look really fun and now I miss it! I mostly miss the spraying with Devilbiss guns, there's a real art to getting a perfect finish on a bonnet (hood).

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Specter97 says:

    Never needed to restore my paint this much but thank you. This is pure satisfaction to watch. I love it

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Lye says:

    Hi Chris I used your tricks on my tamiya mini 4wd cars for painting and plastic repairs lol.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hard Tail Shredder says:

    I’m 14 years old currently but the restoration series Chris makes made me motivated to flip a car right now. I’ll save up $500 and buy a car but I’ll put my dads name on the title. Hopefully I can make $2000- $3000 profit. You’re awesome Chris! Keep it up!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tommywallbanger says:

    I am consider doing this. I'm wondering how long it looks after time. Do you have a video of how it looks after a year or so? Good job though.

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