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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #75 on: July 03, 2021, 06:40:06 PM »
Look forward to seeing it.  No doubt this thing is going to turn out great.  I always thought the truck was tastefully done.


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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #76 on: July 04, 2021, 01:31:24 AM »
Finally got to some real paint work on it.




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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #77 on: July 04, 2021, 09:10:06 AM »
Finally got to some real paint work on it.




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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #78 on: July 04, 2021, 09:41:51 AM »
Finally got to some real paint work on it.




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It’s sitting in the basement.  I got it for one of my new work trucks with the plan of doing it before it hit the road for the first time.  Then the truck showed up and I decided I did t want it.  So I took the last new truck we got which is a similar truck but has already hit the road.  So now it requires more work and I haven’t had the chance yet.


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2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #79 on: July 04, 2021, 07:14:47 PM »
ST received some paint cleaning, minor corrections and ceramic coating.

What was used.

Nano Coatex premium car wash soap
Nano Coatex Iron Remover
Poor Boys Bug Squash
Meguiars MF wash mitt
Meguiars mild clay
Optimum No Rinse @QD ratio
Rupes Bigfoot 15 DA with white Lake Country 5.5” pad
Porter Cable 7424xp DA with white Lake Country 3” pad
Meguiars M205 light polish
Poor Boys Paint Prep
Poor Boys Ceramic Coating
Poor Boys Trim Ceramic Coating
Nano Coatex Glass Coat Prep
Nano Coatex Glas Coat


Prep was was the usual two bucket wash. Nothing fancy, just did a wash and rinse followed by Bug Squash on the front to get bugs guts off and Iron Remover to get some brake and rail dust out of the paint. Another rinse and then ONR and clay to clean the paint before polishing

Clay did take some stuff out.




Next was M205 on a white 5.5” pad with the Rupes polisher. Normally for light correction like this, I would use a 6.5” pads, but with all the curves, the smaller pad was more effective. I did minimal pad cleaning between panels, so opted to swap pads more often. I got the paint to a pretty decent spot with this combo, so I swapped to the PC DA and a 3” pad to get some tighter spots and the black door/window trim panels.






The whole car got a wipe down with Poor Boys Paint prep (really just a ISO mix with a bit of lubricant).



I applied the PoorBoys Ceramic Coat on the hood and front clip first and than went around the rest of the car. Roof was last and the a second coat on “high traffic” areas and the front clip. Overall the application was very easy and I just took my time and inspected a lot, watching for high spots that needed to be leveled. It was pretty easy to feel where you had good coverage.

Next up was the trim coating. Same basic process as the paint coating, although it seems to be a bit “thicker” of a application. Went on pretty quick and easy and seemed to add a touch of gloss to the trim.

All of the glass was polished with a orange pad and M105. Then hit with Nano Coatex Glass Coat prep. The windshield and sunroof got 3 coats, while the side and back glass got two coats. Pretty easy stuff to work with overall.

Now to let it all cure and then I’ll pull it out of the garage for some pics. Very glad to have it done and looking forward to using some of this stuff on the truck! 


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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #80 on: July 05, 2021, 08:32:02 AM »
That paint looks perfect.  I’m looking forward to the after pictures.


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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #81 on: July 05, 2021, 06:26:58 PM »
Horrible lighting, but it’s gonna rain so it won’t stay clean for long.






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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #82 on: July 05, 2021, 06:59:18 PM »
Lookin good!  Those lug nuts need to show up so we can see what the new wheels are going to look like. 


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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #83 on: July 05, 2021, 07:15:26 PM »
I think the wheels and the lowering springs are going to make a nice improvement.

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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #84 on: July 05, 2021, 07:20:24 PM »
Looks pretty darn evil to me. Nice work!

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2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #85 on: July 06, 2021, 09:19:11 PM »
The sun came out.







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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #86 on: July 07, 2021, 05:50:42 AM »
Nice work! Love that color!

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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #87 on: July 07, 2021, 09:12:05 PM »
Thanks Tom!

Gotta say for $1550 all in (with brand new tires), I’m pretty happy. 305’s would have been a better fit for these wheels, but all well.




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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #88 on: July 08, 2021, 01:24:13 PM »
Thanks Tom!

Gotta say for $1550 all in (with brand new tires), I’m pretty happy. 305’s would have been a better fit for these wheels, but all well.




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Alright.  I really like that.  I feel like those wheels probably look 10 times better in person too. 

How’s it ride?


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Re: 2021 Explorer ST
« Reply #89 on: July 08, 2021, 02:20:39 PM »
Thanks Tom!

Gotta say for $1550 all in (with brand new tires), I’m pretty happy. 305’s would have been a better fit for these wheels, but all well.




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Alright.  I really like that.  I feel like those wheels probably look 10 times better in person too. 

How’s it ride?


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Maybe with some better light they would show better in a picture. They look pretty good in person. I’ve ordered some 5mm shims for the rears as they sit in a bit further than the fronts (so does stock).

The ride is closer to the 21’s than I thought. I was pretty worried at first and the. Realized that they set them at 50psi, lol.


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