After painting my new (to me) half doors and hanging them on the Jeep I noticed that the paint on the doors was "blacker" than the paint on the jeep. The paint was matched via the paint code and was PPG so I wasn't worried about a different mix. Geo showed me how to use a clay bar - which I feel like a complete dumbass not knowing the magic of those things before. I used some Rustoleum wax and tar remover as lubrication and took off a bunch of overspray that was on the hood after some rock rash repair to the lower rocker (before sliders... duh)
The overspray bothered me but I never followed up on how to get rid of it. After a good rub down with the clay bar the paint was as smooth as glass. I followed it up with some Meguire's cleaner wax. Today I went to Autozone and picked up a clay bar to use on my tow rig and found a product made by Turtle Wax called "Black Box"
From Turtle Wax:
"An all-in-one solution to one of the most frequently asked questions in car care: What should I use on my black car? The Black Box is a unique blend of newly developed products and the process gives the deepest, wettest black shine."
The Black Box kit contains a bottle of cleaner, a bottle of Carnauba wax, and two bottles of spray detailer -- all tinted with black pigment, sort of like shoe polish for your car -- plus 2 foam applicator pads. You'll also need some microfiber towels. Application is easy: Rub on the cleaner with a foam applicator, allow it to dry, spray with the detailer and rub off with a towel, then repeat the process with the wax.
The instructions say to use gloves because everything turns black and I blew that off.... it really does turn everything black so don't wear your favorite shirt
It came off my hands easy enough with a little scrubbing and the microfiber towel that was blue is now black, it is in the washing machine so we will see how it turns out. The kit does not come with a microfiber towel so if you don't have one (or several) pick some up.
Carnauba wax usually requires some serious elbow grease, but the spray-on detailer makes removal as easy enough. I finished it with some Meguire's NXT 2.0
I was really amazed at how easy this stuff was to use as well this stuff worked, the paint looks brand new.
You can see in this photo that the doors were darker than the paint on the front panel.
You can see that the paint on the front panel was hazy and dull, after the cleaning and waxing they are deep black, almost wet looking. You can see the clouds in the sky in the hood's reflection.
Once we wet sand, compound and polish the new paint on the doors they should look just as good if not better due to a better paint job than the rest of the heap.
We used some thinner on the Xenon flares (just a little bit on a rag) and it really cleaned them up, there was some funk on all four fenders. Once they were clean I used the same kit on them and they are almost as black as the rest of the jeep. They were black but a dull black vs gloss black, I thought about painting them but figured they would get scratched up so it would be a waste of time, now I know how to make them look damn good with little effort.
I decided to do the same thing on my F250 and am about 3/4 through. I will finish it tomorrow and get some pics. That thing has been neglected since I bought the JK, it has been quite some time since it has had a good wax job and I have never used the clay bar on it. There was a bunch of crap on the paint and it came right off with the clay bar, if you don't have one of these dudes pick one up. There is a kit with a microfiber towel, two clay bars, some spray detailer, a little bottle of cleaner wax and a little black box to store the clay. If you don't want the kit you can also just get the clay. I used some drinking water (my water is hard and spots real bad) with a little dishwashing soap to degrease the surface and keep everything slick.
"Removing above surface bonded contaminants and restoring a smooth surface to your paint finish is easily accomplished by using Meguiar’s® Smooth Surface® Clay Kit. Our non-abrasive clay bar safely, easily and instantly removes bonded contaminants as you rub it across the surface of your car using a mist & wipe product, like Meguiar’s Quik Detailer® as a lubricant. Meguiar’s Smooth Surface Clay Kit contains everything you need to create a smooth surface! Clay Kit includes: two 50 gram clay bars, individually wrapped & in a moisture-seal case, Quik Detailer for use as a clay lubricant, Cleaner Wax sample & Meguiar’s Supreme Shine® Microfiber Towel."
I know it's a Jeep, and it does stay dirty most of the time - nice to give the paint some TLC once and a while, I forgot how good it can look when nice and clean.