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This Porsche Boxster belongs to someone that lives in my town that drives by the shop often. After seeing the variety of cars we work on, he decided to stop in to see what we could do with his car to get the paint looking its best. I could tell he was very meticulous about the car, but had been using the wrong products and tools to take care of it, resulting in heavy swirling which I couldn’t help but notice when he pulled up.


After explaining my plan of attack, we scheduled the appointment and also discussed applying a clear-bra (paint protection film) to the entire front end of the car (complete hood, complete front fenders, complete front bumper and side mirrors) to protect the paint from stone chips. The great thing about covering the entire front end is that it would barely be noticeable, unless you were within a couple feet of it. Typically on a standard film install, the line across the hood and fenders are noticeable, but since the entire panels were covered, there wouldn’t be any lines/seams.


Here is what the car looked like upon arrival:

































As you can see, it was heavily swirled and was going to need some extensive paint correction to get it looking like new again. I wasn’t able to take many during pictures because of my busy schedule, but I will give a quick overview of what was done







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I pulled it in the shop and started by giving the wheels, tires and wheel wells an extensive cleaning. Next, I gave the exterior a handwash and claybar treatment to remove any bonded contaminants from the paint. In order to strip any previous traces of wax, sealants or quick detailers, I rewashed the exterior using a citrus degreaser until the paint no longer beaded water (a good indication that there is no protection present).









After the wash process, I masked off all critical areas with masking tape and started compounding to remove the most serious defects. For this step, I used Meguiars 105 Compound using a Surbuf pad via Porter cable 7424XP. The compounding process took almost 2 full days because of the severity of swirls. This step left the paint looking very dull and hazy, which was to be expected from such an aggressive combo. Knowing that we were going to apply paint protection film to a large portion of the car, I wanted to ensure the paint was as perfect as possible before the install.


After compounding, I gave the car a thorough wash to remove any dust and product spatter from all cracks and crevices before moving onto the next step. Next up, I polished the complete exterior with Menzerna Power Finish using an orange foam pad via Porter Cable 7424XP to restore depth and clarity back to the paint. This really made a huge difference, but I decided to bring it one step further and perform an additional polishing step.


For the final polishing step, I polished the complete exterior with Menzerna 85rd using a black foam pad which really made the metallic flake pop. I gave the exterior a quick wash with degreaser to remove any polishing oils from the paint to make sure there was a perfect foundation for the film install the following day. After the film was installed, I applied Blackfire Wet Diamond Sealant to the exterior and clear film, then finished up the wheels, glass, exhaust tips, etc…






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this car looks brand new?!? how would i get such a extensive cleaning done in florida? My car in nowhere near how bad the boxter was when it came in but there are some light swirls and blemishes just from use.. Amazing work guys, from someone who is very anal about thir car and only cleans it myself would be happy letting you guys work on the car.
 

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Looking great Rick! There's one thing I've learned and it may help any potential clients before they ask for a ballpark quote either via email or by phone. Paint Correction like you just witnessed above is like Exploratory Surgery. By that I mean most of the clients who call to get there cars brought in almost always say they have swirls and scratches here and there. I won't say they're all wrong, because some actually do have minor imperfections; but for the other 80% that told me they had light marring it was actually a horror story on the paintwork aspect that the client usually didn't even recognize until I prepped and stripped off all contaminants and any masking polishes and/or waxes. Then when I sent them the pictures before polishing commenced either under strict lighting or direct sunlight they couldn't believe how bad it actually looked.
 
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