Project VW Rabbit GTI: Preserving the Original Paint With Some Detailing

Before we started to spend serious time and money on our Callaway turbocharged Volkswagen Rabbit GTI, we wanted to give it an initial detail. The reasons are twofold: First, we hate working on dirty cars and, second, if this thing cleaned up as well as we thought it might, we would go at the rest of the restoration with a bit more care.

First up was to clay bar the whole car. We used a kit from Mothers. The clay bar process quickly, easily picks debris and grit from the paint. Just lubricate the clay bar with some quick detailer and wipe across the finish. This should be the first step in every detailing job.

We then used an orbital buffer and coarse pad from Griot's Garage along with Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Ultra Finishing Polish. 

This magic combination was working well, and we are making real progress.

As expected, this mostly original-paint GTI looks almost new after a quick buffing. This fact adds significantly to the value while lowering our overall expense as won’t have to paint it. 

As work proceeds, we’ll respect the paint. This is a unicorn that can be saved. 

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300zxfreak New Reader
7/10/20 5:55 p.m.

A new mantra for the ages: "Respect the Paint". I love it.

7/22/20 1:37 p.m.

Just love that there are now people restoring these classics, one of the best driver cars to be made.

Couple of corrections to the SPECS:

Origin is USA in this case, Westmoreland Pennsylvania.

And Power was only 90HP in the USA built GTI. It was the European GTI that had 110.

8/16/20 5:52 p.m.

In reply to gereonb :Euro 1.6 had 110, 1.8 had 112  


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