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This client found us via search for a detailer and was referred to us, once he got in contact, he came down to see what we can do with the car. He had attempted to do some polishing himself and was not able to achieve the results he wanted. The goal was to achieve as much gloss and depth as possible from this Long Beach Blue Pearl paint, being a triple stage: primer, base blue and candy blue pearl on top. Client knew that front end was repainted but we discovered while working on the car that most of was repainted, only roof, trunk and door molding were original paint. The paint shop matched the color well, but didn’t do too great of a job with the finishing touches (multiple runs, not blended well in some places etc). However looked well in the sun. We checked the thickness of the paint and it was in 150micron range, so we were healthy in that aspect. Owner asked us to remove clear bra, which took us about 6-8 hours alone, because the quality of the bra was lacing and left most of the adhesive on the paint.

With all that said, we went the extra step to bring the car completely back to life, not that it was exactly resting near flat line either!


Products used
4” pads on PC and 2” pad on rotary for tight places)
Chemical Guys CitrusWash
Meguairs M105 with purple wool pad
Menzerna 203(power finish) with orange LC pad
Menzerna 85rd with black LC pad
P21S paint cleanser
P21S Total Auto Wash
P21S Wheel Cleaner
P21S finish restorer (exhaust tips)
BlackFire Wet Diamond (BFWD) paint sealant blue LC pad
Meguiars PlasticX on orange pad for tail lights
Wolfgan Fuzion wax


Steps
Did test panel on spoiler, yellow and 105 left too much behind. Wool and 105 got everything in first pass, amazing how good this combo works, don’t think we going to be using powergloss anymore

Whole car except for roof – megs 105 and wool pad, menzerna 203 and orange pad, menzerna 85rd and black pad, P21S paint cleanser, BFWD and blue pad
Roof - menzerna 203 and orange pad, menzerna 85rd and black pad, P21S paint cleanser, BFWD and blue pad
Tail lights - megs 105 and wool pad, plasticX and orange pad, 85rd and black pad

Procedure:
Clear bra was removed. Trunk underside was wiped with quick detailer, all hinge area was cleaned with brushes, q-tips and MF towels. 3 stage polish on whole car starting from back, front bumper was done last since adhesive was removed last. Whole car was sealed and left overnight to cure. Exhaust tips were in good condition so they were only polished with P21S finish restorer

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The wash
Car was rinsed and sprayed with TAW twice, washed with CitrusWash. Car was dried and water was blown out with air compressor from door jams and hard to reach areas, dried all leftover water, did test panel with clay and it was clean. Wheels cleaned with ez-brush and svisswax brushes and p21s WC.








The trunk correction
Started with 3 stage polish on spoiler. Took spoiler off, cleaned old adhesive squares, replaced with new once. Polished underside of spoiler with menz 203, wiped with p21s paint cleanser and sealed it. Left it aside.
Spoiler before


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Dried up wax was in a lot of placaes but that’s from owner waxing it himself. At least it had protection.




Spoiler removed


Took paint readings and they were healthy in 150 micron range






Under spoiler on trunk there was good amount of oxidation, which we wouldnt able to remove without removing spoiler, customer oked to remove it if it was needed.




don’t mind polish on second spoiler, was gona start polishing and remembered to take 50/50 video


trunk sealed


sealant was removed next day from trunk, spoiler was put back on and sealed again





 

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great job.
 

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tail lights




rear bumber before and after (1st polish stage)




passenger quarter panel





Nick going over with 203 and orange after I did 105 and wool, just insurance step that we got all imperfections out



reflection of pass side



Driver side quarter panel and door




 

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After first 2 stages, car was polished with menzerna 85rd and black LC pad and then went over with p21s paint cleanser, BlackFire Wet Diamond was applied to entire car and left it curing overnight. In morning car was rinsed down, dried with towels and air compressor. Wolfgan Fuzion wax was applied at this point (impressed how it comes off with no leftovers like some waxes. Paint deffenetly looked deeper as well





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Thats a very attractive blue. Great job!
 
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