Monday, September 8, 2014

Turtle Wax, Cars and Cake


It is now time to have my car go through Illinois State Inspection again, and I craftily thought that if I got some primer and paint from Home Depot, the car would look more likely to pass. I probably should have done a couple more coats of the spray paint, but I got tired of breathing through my NIOSH respirator, and after doing some strokes to make it look vaguely like the decal on a Pontiac Firebird, I called it a day. However, the new paint had a lot more glitter in it than the old can did, so I wanted to do something to sort of glue it together and make it a bit more water-resistant, and be a flexible final coat instead of a brittle finish. So I went out and got a can of Turtle Wax. Turtle Wax has probably been around since the first Ford rolled off the assembly line, but the new formulation smells better than the old stuff, and it goes on smoother too. I was using it off-label--you aren't supposed to apply it to matte paint, but since I knew it wouldn't be shiny I was very happy with how it smoothed down the sharp edges of the paint and filled in some of the holes a bit. It is tedious if you are buffing it out by hand, but on a normal car it looks amazing. On my car it just looked less like the car had leprosy.

In other news, J baked a bundt cake using a regular cake recipe, and it wasn't quite a good match for the pan:

(Miranda Pederson, Daily News)

It was however, totally delicious-- and I said that J should just fill in the holes with whipped cream or lemon pudding, instead of corvettes. He made a lemon-sugar glaze to go on it and the unorthodox appearance of the cake didn't matter at all then. :D

4 comments:

  1. It looks okay. I've been taking the paint off the side of my car squeezing it into our garage and this looks like possibility. Sand, mask off, spray, etc. Although, I'm in love with the 'flat camoflage' look at LOT of the older cars around here are starting to sport. Go you! ^_^

    Do they really grade you on paint peeling back there? O_o So many cars out here have those "been through the car wash too many times" damaged paint jobs, it's preposterous.

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    1. They don't actually care here about anything but computer codes for your emissions, but in NJ they were quite picky and "presentation" was important. (the very last time I went through NJ the car in front of me was a Mercedes Benz in epically bad condition; so I got waved through, dents, paint, questionable co2 levels and all.)

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  2. Pudding, the age old cake fix, LOL! When we are out of bread at the end of the month, we take the French route and make cake. Still, a couple of match box corvettes would have been awesome!

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    1. Matchbox corvettes would have been awesome--and before I moved I had one, but the matchbox cars and a lot of dinosaurs didn't make the move! And yes, we used to stock up on cake mix whenever the boxes hit 99 cents for just that reason--it's cheaper than bread. And it keeps great.

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