The 1965 Land Rover you see here typically has a military grade green exterior.  The paint was trashed and truly needed to be stripped, prepped and repainted.  Instead we decided to take a different approach and embrace the years of neglect, hardship from off-roading and being left outside for its entire life.

Please note, the intent of this process was to remove some of the paint so that we could expose the underlying aluminum.  Once exposed the intent was to smooth the paint out and then compound and coat it.
Time to complete passenger lower half of vehicle: 4 hours.

Washing Tools Used
  • Pressure Washer found at local self-wash facility
  • 3x Buckets
  • 3x Grit Guards
  • Adam’s Polishes Car Wash
  • Adam’s Polishes General Purpose Cleaner
  • Griots Garage Microfiber Wash Mitt
Polishing Tools Used
  • Griots Garage 6” Random Orbital Polisher
  • Chemical Guys Hex-Logic Medium-Heavey Cutting Pad
  • Meguiar’s Fast Cut Microfiber Compounding Pad
  • Menzerna Fast Gloss 400 Compound
  • Menzerna Power Lock Sealant
  • Assorted Microfiber Towels
  • Meguiar’s Gold Class Quick Detailing Spray
  • Chemical Guys Medium Clay Bar (Gray)
Process Used
  1. Pressure Wash: Taking the vehicle to a local coin-operated pressure washing facility, we removed 15 years of moss, dirt and dead paint.  The intent was to knock loose anything that was going to fall off during the compounding process.
  2. Soap Wash: After returning from the car wash facility we proceeded with a modified version of the weekly car wash.  Modified because the paint was trashed and not going to get any worse.  The goal was simply to remove remaining dirt on the body.
  3. Clay: We clayed the vehicle using detail spray and a clay bar.  Surprisingly little dirt remained on the vehicle.
  4. Compound:  Using the DA polisher we proceeded to compound the paint using a variety of pads, working in the cross-hatch pattern with detail spray as lubricant for the cutting compound.
  5. Coat: Finally once compounded we threw a quick sealant on the vehicle for a bit of protection till we can polish the vehicle another day.
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