The last couple weekends, a paving crew has been applying asphalt sealant to the parking lot where I’m temporarily residing. Half the lot was cordoned off to protect the parked cars but that didn’t stop a barrage of errant airborne droplets of black residue from finding a final resting place on my ride. I figured if I got to them in time, the myriad of cleaners, along with a little elbow grease, stored in my trunk would dispatch them forthwith but the hundreds, if not thousands, of pinhead sized dribs of pavement product turned out to be impossible to remove. Bug and tar remover, which dispatches common road tar with ease, didn’t faze it. Neither did a cleaner wax so I figured the culprits who dispersed this plague take the hit for professional remotion.
After repeated attempts to get the company (Geo Pave) to contact me with no result, I felt a personal appearance was warranted. They were just a short distance away and as I drove there, I mentally prepared to do battle with with one of their representatives who would try to low-ball my claim but that was not to be as it turned out. After inspection, they agreed to have it cleaned at their expense.
I was sent to Red Arrow Car Wash where the head honcho knew exactly what was necessary. The entire vehicle had to be gone over with a clay bar to expel the demons noir then waxed which would take three to four hours. Since I had the day off (which is all too common right now) it was all theirs.
After a few laps around the neighborhood, lunching on Wendy’s chili and baked potato topped off with an ice cream cone from MacDonald’s for dessert, I returned to sit out my time in the car wash lobby and listen to a podcast of Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Eventfully, my car was pulled up front and I was eager to check it out.
Wow, what a transformation! The paint looked like new albeit marked with the scrapes and bruises of being on the road for a few years. This gave me cause to Google this magical elixir (clay bar) to see how it works. It actually looks fairly easy to apply and inexpensive to boot. If you’re a DIY type of person and wishing to restore your chariot, short of a new paint job, check it out here.
BTW, the work on my Sable ran $213.95.
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