Now He Is Mine

You guys know me and you know I like my cars to look a certain way. And by certain way I mean clean paint with a good shine and when you touch it is feels soft and silky. Roxy was like this almost always, and Bruce was too. I finally got the chance to do that with the Roadster, and I have assigned him a name.

Meet Hank

Unlike Bruce, this MINI did not have any of that crappy clear bra and old, brittle vinyl stripes (or 69’ing lizards on the roof). In fact, again unlike Bruce, this MINI has been much better cared for. Probably professionally detailed at least once, maybe more. Definitely garaged. Here is what I did to him today.

  • Full exterior wash
  • Full exterior claybar
  • Meguair’s polish with the DA on the boot and bonnet
  • Meguair’s NXT wax on the whole car
  • 303 on the roof (2nd treatment), plastic trim and interior door panels and dash
  • Armorall on the tires

After using clay on the paint, it was practically clean when I was done. Definitely had this done before, and sometime this year more than likely. I was really amazed. I polished the boot and bonnet because, at least to me, the paint was looking a bit dull. The DA brought it right out!

And, if I can say a word or two about 303. Quite possibly my new favorite thing! After I used it on the top and was shocked at how good it made it look, I went ahead and used it on the plastic trim, door panels and dash. I’m normally an Armorall guy, but this stuff has changed me! Easier to apply and it looks better after. Sure, I don’t get the shine, but it makes that stuff look black. Like, really black. Like brand new on the dealer lot black.

And now he is ready for AMVIV. And a proper photo shoot that I expect to be doing this weekend. I’ll let you guys know when those photos go up on Flickr.

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