I have a compulsive need to try and get a showcar, borderline concours finish for my daily driver Mustang.

Grabber Blue is my favorite blue, but it hit me today that it’s got one horrendous flaw as a daily driver: When swirl free and polished up it looks absolutely stunning. But because it’s non-metallic, there’s absolutely nothing to hide the lightest of swirls and scratches

These are the swirls and scratches that drive me crazy and make me think I’m driving a hoopty; even if the car looks better than pretty much every mundane commuter car on a given day.

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What happens is the lighter and more visible marks hide deeper and more numerous swirls and scratches and it’d take multiple passes with my DA to get them out, unless I burn through the clear then I’ve got a whole other problem.

Honestly, this is because of my overly critical nature of taking everything and anything I do too seriously. I think of my cars as an extension of myself (image, value, happiness): if my car looks like crap, I’m probably crap for some reason. But there’s no way a car that sees all seasons, road debris and freeways regularly will ever be perfect. Yet I strive to get as close as possible. 

Unfortunately, corporate america (again) is so draining, I can’t find the time or energy to spend a couple hours and do a full paint correction and detail, and that makes me sad. I just cannot find my compromise.