Paint Correction on 1958 Porsche Speedster – /DRIVE CLEAN

Paint correction is one of the most difficult—and most satisfying—detailing skills to master. In this episode, we show how to restore paint that’s been damaged as a result of poor washing habits. The techniques we review can be performed by anyone with a dual-action polisher and microfiber-cutting pad (as microfiber pads are extremely safe, even for novice detailers). We also review scratches on the microscopic level and illustrate how abrasives work to remove or diminish paint scratches and imperfections.

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49 thoughts on “Paint Correction on 1958 Porsche Speedster – /DRIVE CLEAN

  1. What a pleasant voice you have, I love listening and watching your videos.

  2. Oh my god, this video is a detailer's dream come through! I watched countless detailing videos and let me tell you, this one is by VERY FAR, THE BEST!!!!
    good job to everyone involved

  3. once again amazing finish how do you do that car looks like more than porsche

  4. basje1 says:

    Finally a good, to the point video on how it all works!

  5. The best video Larry has ever made. What a great guy.

  6. Hi,

    First of all, you could say he did an excellent video showing us advice and details.

    I have a curiosity, during the process, how many times did you wash the car?


  7. Sonny Nguyen says:

    Thanks Larry. I've learnt so much from this video.

  8. was this video made before the rupes came on to the scene?

  9. icYHal says:

    Doesn't the dishsoap start degrading the clay bar as well?

  10. don't ever use dish soap on paint! bleaching agents will stain the surface. obviously this guy knows what he's doing..

  11. Chris Bou says:

    How do you compound, polish, and wax the paint in between the emblems ?

  12. thanks

  13. What a SWEET car! Great job!

  14. Very well explained……answered most of my questions.

  15. Congrats Larry amazing job!!!

  16. K.J. G. says:

    Great video, very helpful. Will you ever be doing a video on paint correction then adding a ceramic product like opti coat? I would love to DIY it myself, but I am a little apprehensive…

  17. Robert DIY says:

    Very nice results. I did a good job on my black car before I watched this video. Very nice.

  18. Ctyler93 says:

    The only product that I've seen with numbers representing the abrasives is menzerna anyone wanna help me with this one?

  19. Edwin Duran says:

    Can you apply the carnauba wax with a Porter cable ?

  20. nikniklo says:

    Wow! Outstanding video! I learned so much! Thanks Larry!

  21. Nice product, but its NOT a speedster :-)

  22. T. D. says:

    Why show the car in such a dark garage, surely it would be better to show it in a bright area……..the black and white video at the end was shit

  23. Spectacular job. Looks out of this world when he finishes.

  24. mrelvisp100 says:

    So is the paint hard or soft?? it didn't get explanet as promised :/

  25. Mo McCo says:

    This guy! Restoration artist? Preservist more like :) Love watching this stuff!

  26. DJ4C0B says:

    Dat shine

  27. hansel027 says:

    thank you for sharing your knowledge on polishing! iv'e learn alot. 

  28. Splitclaw says:

    Man I wish I had seen your videos before I washed my car with a new paint job, it has been one week and I already put fine swirls on it.

  29. Now I want to respray my Citroen 2cv in black. This is going to be expensive…

  30. Excellent video!  For what  I learned I'm very thankful and will have for future use on my vintage cars.  I loved the gadgets and I'm impressed at their importance in having the best finish possible. I've owned three 356 porsches, one coupe and two convertibles. I mean no disrespect but the black car is a cabriolet NOT a speedster. They are both 356A but different cars.  Many Thanks.

  31. lolspain86 says:

    So when the paint has been restored, what should i do? Just wash the car and repeat the process 2/3ish times a year? Or am i just to polish it ? :)

    Thank you for nice videos, and hopefully an answear;)

  32. John Smith says:

    Sweet beetle.

    Joking, I'm juuuust joking.

  33. Loque says:

    Great video, thank you! If anyone has tips for preserving that finish after doing this I would love to know!

  34. It's a cabriolet, not a speedster!

  35. joevs21001 says:

    Larry is the absolute REAL DEAL.   He does such an excellent job on his videos and I have e-mailed him a few times and HE DOES ANSWER your questions.   Thanks again Larry for another fantastic episode of "Drive Clean".   Keep up the great work you do and thanks for providing such good information to the masses and home/weekend enthusiasts and hobbyist detailers.

  36. Itsme Me says:

    Larry, there are so many videos regarding paint correction on youtube, and 99% of them irritate me within the first 10 seconds. You my friend, do not. And I want to say thanks for providing such high quality videos for everyone. Well done.

  37. be careful with pad colours. the industry norm is orange, white black, most companies have got multiple colours that do not match any of the others..for example ammo's red pad is equivalent to the chemical guys sealant or wax pad.  Meguiars red is their hardest cut pad-total oppisite of chem guys.    so make sure you understand the colours of each company.

  38. nezerac says:

    nice. First time I've ever seen larry use a direct drive on ANYTHING!! Must've been really bad. lol.

  39. Bob Hannah says:

    Larry, I hope you realize how much some of us appreciate this kind of in depth information laid out in an intuitive template. Kudos to you and the others involved in this production. Truly masterful.

  40. jay22nup says:


  41. Looks awesome Larry! You are truely an insparation for less experienced detailers like me! Thank you for these videos :)

  42. I love these videos…one of my fav video channels only second to Chris Harris

  43. I hope the dish soap was frangipani scented.

  44. this guy is so great!

  45. Superb! Priceless tips and techniques every time. Thanks a lot.

  46. smohan123 says:

    Larry, what are your thoughts on spray waxes?

  47. Paul Rhodes says:

    Thank you for another amazing video Larry have a great week.

  48. This is great video, loaded with information, beautifully shot, and I love the sound track. Good work guys. Thanks for your hard work.
    Also fuck all the people complaining about what the car is called.

  49. Love the videos, Larry. Thanks for sharing great tips and info!

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