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puzzlemaster94

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What was your process Evan? Some areas look good, some areas look like there could be improvement with some tweaking.


I took the seats out, sprayed a little cleaner and vacuumed. Could of done more, but it was getting ready to rain lol


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Half of car repainted & wetsanded: 2012 Sti Paint correction & wheels off & Cquartz Coating... DetailedByPrecision - Bay Area







This customer had an interesting story to share about his car when we met up. The previous owner rented the car out through on of those car renting sites. The renter crashed the car and ruined the whole driver side and passenger fender and door. The previous owner sold it to my customer and my customer got it repaired and repainted. The repair turned out good but the finish of the repaint required sanding to level the orange peel. Since I was going to polish the repair areas I recommended the rest of the car get polished as well in order to not make the unpolished panels stand out. The wheels were to be removed from the car and coated along with the paint.






Started with wheels & tires. Then Foamed with CG Maxi suds




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After washing the car, I was able to take a closer look at the car. There were plenty of overspray I needed to address.




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Severity of orange peel, overall condition of car, and swirled out mess on soft OEM paint.





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Oem paint readings(1st pair) & Aftermarket paint readings. Lowest and highest readings





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Starting to address the dirts in the paint, the dry areas, machine sanding, and blocking by hand as well for certain areas. Scuffed all the panels, then chased after dirts, and some minor fish eyes. Afterwards thoroughly went over it again to achieve a uniform white sheet look to it to ensure paint is flat and no hills or valleys.






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I noticed the hood scoop was dull so I removed it to clean and dress it before I rinsed the car down to prep it for Iron X decon and claybar




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Now the fun part begins after the long hours of prep work. The OEM paint was soft and finicky. It would cut really easy but the funny thing is the paint only like SMAT products. DAT products did not wipe off easy and left micro marring. I dialed in my test spot process for the OEM paint using Boss 21/HF DA paired with D300 W/LC orange, M205 W/LC white, and Essence was a life saver. The noticeably subtle white faint haze specifically for black cars would be a huge problem if I didn't have Essence in my arsenal. I tried a lot of finishing combinations using SMAT & DAT products and none played nicely. For the Aftermarket paint, it was on the hard side. Boss 21/HF DA paired with M101 W/MF pad, Menz203 W/LC white, Essence.




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Headlights required a complete restoration. Sanded with 800/1000/1500/3000. Protected with Opt Opti Lense.




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Finished pics of the whole job.






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Total hours: 30.

What I learned from this job:

You can never have too much sanding tools.

Not all sanding paper/disc are made equal. Some wear out a lot faster depending on brand

Test spot is invaluable to save time and materials

Always carry SMAT and DAT products in your arsenal

Essence is a game changer

Need a better alcantara cleaning product. (Appreciate recommendations)

Sonax leather foam works really well but pricey

Need to find another product other than 303 Fabric Guard


All i can think of for now... I'm sure I missed a couple more. If you guys have any favorite GO TO products that I can possibly replace the ones I listed please give me a shout out! Thanks for viewing. This was a pain in the butt job but very rewarding as well when everything is all done.
 

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2009 Smart Car Brabus: Wash, Decontaminate, Protect






This customer was a referral from the scion Xb job. The owner of the smart car wanted to sell the car. I talked with him about a couple things he could address to get a higher resale value out of the car. I went over the car with him and he specifically stated which areas he would like to be improved. Decided on my most basic exterior package, with pushing out a huge dent from the front bumper on driver side, and touch up some areas.




Took care of the wheels and tires first. Applied sealant to wheels to help clean up easier next time.




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Took care of the fabric top before washing it. (reason is because it takes very long to thoroughly rinse the foam off from the soap)




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Washed it, decontaminated with Iron X, then clayed.




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You can slightly see the dent near the body line. Touched up whole car




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Final finished pics:




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Total hours: 7hr

What I learned from this job:

The gas lid unlocks and locks with keyfob

Gained more experience and knowledge regarding when to use cold water to shock the paint when pushing out dent with heat gun
 

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How to clean a fabric top using Raggtopp Fabric and Vinyl






My personal preference is to clean the fabric top first before washing the car. I don't like the idea of introducing a lot of foam/suds from the car soap thus requiring lots of flushing. This way I can tackle the situation while isolating everything else around it.




Start by working in sections. (This part is very important). I rinsed the top and applied cleaner. Agitated with a medium stiffness brush in circles. Here I am working on a section.




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Same section. Afterwards you want to rinse to your left(closest to front windshield) instead of to the right. You will see why afterwards.




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Rinsed and all clean. Working on 2nd section now. For the 2nd section you want to rinse to your right instead of left because you don't want to reintroduce dirt back to the side you just cleaned.




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3rd section. Continue rinsing to the opposite side you've already cleaned until you finish the whole top.




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That pretty much wraps up one method I personally like to use and follow. If desired, can apply a hydrophobic product for the fabric material. IE: Gtechniq fabric guard, 303 Fabric guard. Thanks for viewing.

 
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