I’m pretty sure Matchthebox liked my stripped-paint Zamac 180SX. Since I messed up on my custom and had to strip it back down while he happens to be in town and ready to hunt at my favorite local diecast shop tomorrow, I figured I may as well give it to him. But after giving it a final cleaning, this happened.

Talk about mirror smooth!

What did I use to get this finish? I used a little bit of scratch and swirl removing paste that costs under $3.

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It didn’t even require canned chrome! Basically I grab this eyeglass cleaning cloth, squeezed too much out, threw the glop on a sticky note, and started rubbing this paste onto the surface of a stripped Zamac car that originally looked like this.

It removed a lot of surface contaminants and really made the cloth dark. Just make sure you wear gloves or else your fingers will end up looking pretty ugly. I later remembered I had a cloth rotary bit from the hardware store and gave it a go. It only cost $2 and was even more effective. Also gave it a quick final rub with carnauba wax to hopefully give it a good surface seal.

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Now enjoy some pictures of this mirror-smooth Zamac 180SX before I say goodbye. It’ll be up to Matchthebox for more pictures.

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I’m pretty sure Camshaft Chris once got a similar finish with a similar product from the same brand. But hey, the product I’m using is dirt cheap! You can’t even buy two warehouse club hot dogs combos with that kind of money!


Bonus: progress on Project 180SX 2.0

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May as well crack my other white Advan 180SX open and get a head start since it’s not too hard to find.