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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Exfoliated

June 18, 2012

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Exfoliated

Considering its age and the hard use Project Miata, our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata, gets, it was time for a little TLC. So on Sunday I washed, clayed and waxed it and in the process remembered how much I dislike detailing cars, even ones with minimal surface area like the Miata. The hours consumed, the tedium, the subsequent fear of birds defecating anywhere within a three block radius.

Ah well. It does look better now; a bit of gloss returned to the coat and many tiny scratches and blemishes ironed out thanks to the clay bar, aka magic eraser. If you've not used a clay bar, give it a shot -- the smoothness it imparts makes the wax go on and off sooo much easier. 

Its decklid is beyond any kind of hope, but waxed it anyway in a (probably futile) attempt to stem the rate of oxidation. After all, a little patina on a well-exercised car is good provided it doesn't evolve into neglect.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 137,576 miles.

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