Just thought I'd share the following with anyone interested.
I am the original owner of a 1988 Nissan Pulsar NX SE and it's silver. I am meticulous with it, but over the last 19 years, the paint (on the T-tops, rear hatch deck, and especially on the hood) has become faded and dull and mottled looking. I'm not sure if this is a particular problem with metallic paints; I've never had metallic paint before this car and I've never owned a car as long as 19 years before.
I'd been toying with the idea of getting the entire car repainted (and I still might, at some point), but I'd like to keep the car as original as possible.
I did a bit of "homework" and came across the Mothers Ultimate Wax System. It's a 3 step process, but if your paint finish is really poor, they recommend a clay bar treatment first. So...that's what I did. During this past week that I had off from work, I did one step per day (I did it by hand; no orbital buffer was used)
1. Mothers clay bar treatment
2. Step 1 of the Ultimate Wax System: prewax cleaner
3. Step 2 of the Ultimate Wax System: sealer and glaze
4. Step 3 of the Ultimate Wax System: carnuba liquid wax (you can also opt for paste)
Well...the hard work paid off. The results are just incredible.
1. and 2. My car's hood before any of the above steps were done. As you can see, the hood is pretty bad:
3. and 4. Here is the hood after the treatments:
5. and 6. Here are a couple of "full shots" of the car. I normally have a nose mask on the front, but I was cleaning it and hadn't put it back on yet when I snapped this photo.
If these products can do this to 19 year old paint on a car driven every day, then I'm sure it would make a car several years old look like it just came from the showroom. I highly recommend the System to anyone who wants to "spiff up his/her wheels"! I ordered everything from the Mothers Online Store.
Disclaimer: No...I am in no way affiliated with Mothers!