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I looked at a Black XLR at a local Jaguar dealership and two at the Cadillac dealership, blue and silver, very sharp looking but was disappointed in the paint jobs on all three. They were loaded with orange peel and I mean every panel. Just wondering if the owners on this forum have this problem? For the money involved in buying an XLR I was hoping that the paint job would be first class, very disappointed. :nodno :(
 

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No problems here. The crimson pearl on mine is smooth as a baby's butt and draws stares everywhere we go.

I just finished applying a fresh coat of Cherry Wet Wax and the paint looks dripping wet and three feet thick. :cheers
 

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Glad to hear that you don't have the dreaded orange peel, who makes the cherry wet wax, never heard of it. Your XLR and the sceanery is very :cool :cool :thumbs
 

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Here's a link to the website where I buy the stuff. This particular page has a "starter kit" with their soap, wax and spray cleaner for those in between wash detailings.

Opinions on car waxes and polishes are like anything else, everyone has their favorite and the reasonings are endless just like the opinions.

To me, this product is easy to use, leaves a great shine that has a reasonable life span and the Miracle Mist product is first rate for those times when you want to freshen up the surface.

I try not to wash my car any more than I have to. As long as there is not mud on the fenders or other debris visible on the surface, I take a duster to it and a quick cleaning with the Miracle Mist and she is ready for anything. Takes me 20 minutes from beginning to end and it looks like it rolled off the showroom.

If the front end picks up a few bugs or the fenders pick up a little mud I simply spot wash them off and re-apply the Miracle Mist.
 

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Interested!

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Here's a link to the website where I buy the stuff. This particular page has a "starter kit" with their soap, wax and spray cleaner for those in between wash detailings.
But where's the link, amigo?
 

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By the way, the wife and I are headed to Carmel this weekend. I'll try and grab a few new pictures. I'll buy lunch for anyone who wants to join us.
 

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Orange peel paint

[QUOTE=bnzman7]I looked at a Black XLR at a local Jaguar dealership and two at the Cadillac dealership, blue and silver, very sharp looking but was disappointed in the paint jobs on all three. They were loaded with orange peel and I mean every panel. Just wondering if the owners on this forum have this problem? For the money involved in buying an XLR I was hoping that the paint job would be first class, very disappointed. :nodno :([/QUOTE]

Every XLR I have seen, including my purple Nieman Marcus edition is totally covered in orange peel. I took my car to a Hot rods and custom stuff, in Escondido Calif. They sanded my car down and put 5 coats of clear on it. Then sanded it with 1500 wet paper and then 2000 wet paper. The orange is totally gone and the paint looks so deep, it as if you could put your hand into it. It is unreal how great it looks. The surface is a flawless mirror, perfectly flat. It was totally worth the price of admission to have it done. I will add some pictures soon. :party :party
 

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Who makes the cherry wax? do you have a web address? Thx Kyle

See post above with link. It's marketed by Coats Car Care Products.

Liek I said earlier, I'm sure there are better products, however to me spending a day detailing a car is worse than a trip to the dentist so I want something that is easy to apply, looks good and wears well.
 

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Can't find Pacificos in Houston

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Man, I got to stop drinking so early in the morning, a few Pacificos and I'm done for the day...............

here's the link, if you go to their home page you can navigate around from there, however if you want to try the stuff the starter kit is well worth the cost.

http://www.coatsproducts.com/search_result.asp?description=cherry
I tried to give up beer for my doctor, but the Balvenie single malt was just killing me! :glol :glol Can't find Pacificos in Houston. Time for a road trip.... :yesnod

Regarding "Orange Peel": I'm assuming that you guys are talking about the small, but regular distortions in reflected light off the car's finish that is especially noticeable when the car has been freshly waxed.

My Xenon Blue XLR definitely has orange peel. It is especially noticeable when very clean and parked next to my red C4, which doesn't seem to have it. Finish problems are especially bad on my '05 Escalade which has an almost mottled surface.

Kyle, what causes orange peel, and what did it cost you for the re-finish? :confused
 

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Mswaim: Thanks for the link, just ordered some :thumbs

Kyle: Your XLR must look like a custom car now with the paint fixed, that's the way it should have come from the factory. :cool :thumbs
 

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Paint imperfections

Hey Aviator, I have the Xenon Blue also, and noticed, what I thought were swirl marks in the paint from the Dealer's buffing/waxing, is that what you're referring to as "orange peel"?

She looks awesome with a fresh coat of Zymol, anyway! :yesnod

--Bob (Dadonator)
 

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Orange Peel

"Orange Peel" is best seen when the surface is clean and shiny. When you look at a light reflection, instead of seeing a mirror-like image, you will notice small irregular distortions, generally circular in shape, but when grouped together they resemble the surface of an orange. The surface is still very shiny and looks great from a distance of 4 feet. Its mostly a reflected light thing.
 

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Uh Oh

Then, I guess I've got it too :( !

It seems nuts to sand and repaint a brand-new car, but there is a custom shop near me that does unbelievable paintwork...I am curious what it costs for an awesome paint job.
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The problem is painting fiberglass. Cadillac has tried to get a better paint job by painting all the panels in a horizontal state, then attaching them to the car. Corvettes, which are built at the same plant, do not have the extra step of painting the panels horizontally. It sounds like not all the paint jobs are as good as Cadillac hoped and promised, but considering the surface they have to work with the XLRs I've seen at the dealers the cars look pretty good. One solution is to stand 10 feet from the car or take off your glasses.
 
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