Last week I ordered a 10″ electric orbital polisher and an array of bonnets to take on waxing the Westy on my own. I’ve washed my own cars countless times, but this was the first time I’ve ever waxed and polished it. I figured buying all the stuff was cheaper than even one professional job. Over time, I figured I’ll get better at it, or just go back to paying someone else.
The real work was cleaning the pop-top and luggage rack. It’s white fiberglass and had years of black dirt settled into the pores. Using a concentrated mix of Simple Green and a plastic scouring disk attachment on my drill, I was able to get the top back to white. The scrubbing made a world of difference, but I still need to do something about the oxidation.
Pop-top and Luggage Rack Before
Pop-top and Luggage Rack After
The body of the Westy looks good from afar, but far from good up close. It’s in decent shape for a 31 years old. When the light hits it just right, you can see a million little dents, nicks, and tiny rust spots. The yellow paint gets pretty dull and loses its luster in the punishing California sun.
After a thorough washing, I applied a coat of Carnauba wax and buffed it out with the fleece bonnet. I was surprisingly disappointed with the result as it didn’t shine. After reading some directions, I ran over it with a microfiber bonnet to get it to really sparkle.