In Part I of this post Andrew had just started to polish the hood on his 944 and the difference was stunning (click the image to the left to see). In today's post Andrew finishes the polishing and walks us through the process for sealing and waxing with amazing results.
is a student at Miami University, studying Technical & Scientific Communications with a double Minor in Marketing & Entrepreneurship. He enjoys maintaining his 1986 Porsche 944 and is looking to sell his near-mint 1975 Porsche 914 to a good home! (more on this in a later post).
After completing the entire hood with the orbital (using the SSR 2.5) the red is already on its way back to the original luster and shine it had when it came from Stuttgart some 22 years ago! This next shot is the hood after polishing it twice.
It’s almost new looking! After that, I polished the rest of the car once over with the Poorboys SSR1…
But I’m STILL not quite ready to wax yet! Now that the paint is free of dirt and oxidation, I want to lock in the shine – and with Porsches, to simply shine isn’t enough. They have to shine with Klasse (bad pun!).
Klasse All-In-One (AIO) is a great polish and protector for paint’s surface, especially older single-stage paints found on cars like mine. Their Sealant Glaze is the penultimate icing on the cake, second only to a nice wax. It can infuse the dullest of colors with a mirror-like brilliance, and it only gets better with each successive coat you apply! Normally I will apply two coats of the AIO and follow up with two coats of the sealant. However, I was running out of daylight, and the last time I washed and cleaned my car past sunset my family was a little concerned.
But I digress, the clay bar did such a fantastic job cleaning the paint, one coat from the AIO and the Sealant was all it took to brighten my paint! I used the orbital once more, but attached a softer polish sponge/cloth for both the Klasse products. NOW, we’re ready to wax!
Waxing your Porsche
I’ve used everything from Turtle Wax to Meguiar’s to Zymol, but there’s only one wax that I’ve found to stand above all others: P21S Concours Carnauba Wax.
This stuff is AMAZING, period. Amazingly easy to apply and remove, it produces amazing results on every car I’ve waxed with it, it even FEELS amazing! Best of all, there is no residue on rubber or plastic, something any Porsche owner can appreciate, but especially those ‘80s Porsche owners with rubber bumpers/bumperettes and trim!
I drove back to campus, hoping to take some pictures at a local park, only to find that the weather had other plans. Not one to be deterred, I took some pictures anyway! It’s no fun when all your hard work gets rained on less than an hour after you’ve finished, but seeing the water bead up on the surface still looked fantastic! Here’s my finished product, bad weather and all!