Ok so the story goes like this: my neighbor's daughter with a CR-V backed into my neighbor's other daughter's (her sister's) trunk. The CR-V didn't have a scratch, the Corolla needed a new trunk. After telling us the body shop estimates around $950 (and the sister would have to pay for it out-of-pocket) my wife and I figured Corollas are a dime a dozen so odds are the part was available from a junkyard. Sure enough we helped them find a same gen. trunk lid, in the SAME color, and WITHIN driving distance. They had a local mechanic put it on for a reasonable price. The paint on the new one wasn't in as good shape as the rest of the car (which wasn't saying much). Also the salvage yard wrote on it with a yellow paint pen which left its own damage. The idea was I'd help them get the new trunk lid to match the rest of the car. Note this detail was NOT meant to achieve perfection, just to get the car looking better all-around. *Note my usual wash gear was left at a friend's house so the wash was done with generic stuff, figured it was OK for this car. Products used: Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner P21S Total Auto Wash Generic wash soap, mitt, towel, brushes Nanoskin Autoscrub fine pad Uber Classic Microfiber Towels Nanoskin Glide (lube for the autoscrub pad) Menzerna SI1500 Polish (trunk lid only) Menzerna SF4500 Polish Collinite 845 Adam's Super VRT I did the jambs, engine bay, and wheels first followed by a wash. I did something different for the prep and polishing steps this time. I did a car in June that needed three steps and by the third step I though, "Oh [censored] I've got to go all around this thing again." So this time on a per-panel basis I did the Autoscrub pad, wiped, changed to the polishing pad for SF4500, wiped, and did the Collinite. I liked working this way and will probably do it again (maybe save the wax for last next time). Here's why you clicked on the thread: Trunk jamb before and after: Fuel door jamb before and after: Engine bay before and after: Hood before and after: Trunk lid before and after: Whole thing after: So I'm really happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately, at the right angle and in the right light you can see an outline of the numbers on the trunk (you really have to be looking and know they were there). I'd have thought a salvage place would take better care of the things they want to be saleable but, it is what it is. Cheers.