I did the estimate on this '03 Cadillac CTS about 10 days ago. From 50 feet away at his complex, I knew it was his car (he told me it had swirls). He just bought the car and the dealership gave him a pretty good price due to the paint-they claimed that is how the car was traded in. If that is in fact true, it stuns me that any dealership would put a car this bad on the lot without even making an attempt to remove the swirls. The car had been repainted on all but the passenger side doors, roof had visible sanding marks under the paint. Obviously it isn't a car worth spending $1000+ making perfect because there are issues that will require repainting to correct. He said the main thing he wanted removed was the rotary swirls and if anything else came out in the process he'd be more than pleased. After washing with ONR and claying with Opti-Clay, I got a good look at how truly bad the paint was: Whoever buffed this car out takes sucking at using a rotary to a new level. Got busy with Meguiars #105 and a yellow Meguiars polishing pad at 1000-1400 rpms, on the trunk, hood and C pillars, I had to step up to an American Buffing orange waffle cutting pad at 1000-1400 rpms, then back down to the first combo to remove the light buffer trails I was leaving with the cutting pad-buffer trails that were significantly fainter than what was original on the car and I am sure #105 is more aggressive than whatever was used on the car. This after shot is a pretty direct comparison to the last before shot, I had done the #105 orange/yellow passes and then #205 using a yellow Meguiars polishing pad at 1000-1500 rpms (finishing with light pressure at 1000 rpms). These half 'n half shots are after the #105 orange then yellow pad steps: Before: After #105/205 steps #105 only: #105/205 I then took a 30 minute lunch and let the paint bake in upper 90s temperatures. Came back and got busy with 3M Ultrafina using a blue Ultrafina pad at 1000-1800-1000 rpms. All polishing steps, no wax. I then washed the car with ONR to remove the dust and then waxed it with Clearkote's Carnauba Moose. Total time on the car was about 7 hours, nothing done on the inside except cleaning the glass. Obviously the paint isn't 100% perfect but short of a repaint it won't be. There are still a few light spider swirls remaining in a few areas (only visible at odd angles) that he said he could live with rather than pop for a few hundred $$$ more of polishing. Plus the car sits outside 24/7 and he works at a hospital (cardiac therapy) so the odds the car won't remain perfect long are pretty high. However, for the time spent and how bad it was to start, I was very pleased with how well it came out and my customer was absolutely thrilled.