To start off, my truck is a 1988 Mighty Max. I purchased it for 600 dollars from the original owner about 3 years ago. Bone stock, minus the stereo. He took very good care of it mechanically and kept it clean for the most part. It is originally a California truck but made its way to Kansas in the mid 90s.
I bought it because my integra became undriveable unexpectedly, and I had to have a running vehicle. I was not a fan of this truck at all when I first had it. I just drove it and maintained it. I bought another integra after driving this for a few months and it sat, and sat. Well that integra got stolen, and to this day has not shown up. So I was back in the max. My biggest issue with this truck is how the paint looked. It was pink, not red. And I decided it was time to fix that. This is not my first mini truck, and I knew i would actually like it if i cleaned it up.
I used Meguires cleaner paste wax, after clay baring, and came out with a decent shine. I guess I should mention that at this point in time the most detailing I had done was typical hand waxing and clay baring. I liked it so much I had the windows tinted the next day.
This shine faded very quickly unfortunately. This is probably two weeks after the first coat of wax
I was at the Mitsubishi dealership one day buying some parts and I ran into a old friend that was a detailer there. Long story short I ended up getting a job there doing the same thing shortly after that. I buffed my truck my first day with some generic swirl remover. I was ecstatic with how well it came out.
The next weekend I put a fairly heavy layer of Meguires no. 7 on my truck and let it sit overnight. I did this because the no. 7 has feeder oils that soak into the pores of the paint and condition the paint. I don,t have any pictures of this. The next morning I took the no. 7 off and waxed the truck with Meguires gold class paste wax.
I got better with the buffer and decided it was time to cut and buff my old single stage paint. It took me quite some time to feel comfortable doing that. But it was worth it.
Here is a side by side comparison. The truck got lowered at some point too.