So in the time that the car is in Mexico, I am going to clean and polish all the parts that are going back onto the car. The biggest things are the bumpers. I got them fairly cheap used. The rear having a few dings n the canter section and paint from overspray when a previous car was painted but the bumpers were not removed. (Its 6 bolts!!! How lazy of someone!?!) So all this time I have been living with the off white or maybe yellowish tan paint that was on the rear bumper. Not anymore!
I started with #0000 grade steel wool which is ultra fine steel wool. Leaves no scratches and is able to get paint off with a bit of elbow grease. Some people use water with it but I used Diet Coke. Yup Diet Coke! The acid in it is good to remove grease, grime, dirt and rust and it lubricates the surface leaving a smooth finish very much like wet sanding.
The results: Amazing!
The bumper had ALOT of grime and looked weathered. Now aside from some of the pitting, the bumper looks great. The shine is amazing and it will look GREAT on a freshly painted car. now on to the front bumper which is in VERY good condition and should clean up perfectly!