Friends of mine are planning on offering up their 2005 Ford Escape for trade on either a new Mazda CX-5 or Subaru Outback, so they asked me to perform an "economic" detail prior to them shopping it around to local dealers. No problem. Once I began, I noticed that there was a lot of dried sap on the car. A lot. Seeing as they didn't want to shell out for an extensive detail, I opted to concentrate my efforts on the hood. With the hood nice and shiny, it should show well when the dealer gives it the once-over. That's my thinking, at least.
I loosened up the sap using Stoner's Tarminator spray and then used a sharp wooden pick to dislodge it from the clear coat. I then used Menzerna PG 1000 Rubbing Compound to remove the swirls and scratches and followed up with Menzerna SF 4000 Superior Performance Polish. The hood looks terrific. The interior came out nice as well. Other products used include Chemical Guys Citrus Wash & Gloss, 1Z Einszett Cockpit Premium, Griot's Garage Interior Cleaner, Griot's Garage Carpet Cleaner, Lexol Leather Cleaner, Stoner Invisible Glass, and Griot's Garage Long Lasting Tire Dressing. All up, I have between six and seven hours invested in this Escape, and I'm happy with the results. I'd love to go another 8 hours, but it's just not necessary for a car that is going to be traded in within days. I'm hopeful this detail will help my friends get a bit more cash for it on trade. Enough chit chat, here are some photos from the day.
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