Pat Yanahan has for several years conducted workshops on the topic
of undoing the minor ravages of time on our cars: scratches, swirl
marks and stone chips in paint, drying-out and fading of leather, hazing
of plastic. Eager to document this year's session for the club web
site, your Webmaster volunteered his not-exactly-a-356 as the
demonstation vehicle. Pat, who takes an inclusive view of Porsche
ownership, graciously accepted, and in short order he showed the
assembled guests how easy it is, with the proper techniques and tools,
to make a twenty-five-year-old paint job look as good as new.
The key to shining paint, Pat told us, is not wax but an absolutely smooth surface underneath the wax, free of swirl marks, scratches, oxidized paint and mounds left by touch-ups. Most of his demonstration was devoted to showing us how to achieve that goal by careful application of touch-up paint and proper selection and use of mild abrasives, including 3M Imperial Hand Glaze, Blue Magic metal polish and 2000-grade sandpaper.
Pat's friend and fellow concours-preparation expert John Diwik, who was present at the workshop, has kindly provided us with a written guide to car care products.
For the occasion, Pat's luxurious and well-equipped garage was transformed into a classroom.