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Old 08-08-2012, 11:27 AM   #1
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Hey E46Fanatics,

It's been awhile since my last write up here http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...366&highlight= but I have been a little busy.

I had spoken to this owner over the span of a year and we had finally set up a date to 2 stage polish this Solid Red GT-R some time in the beginning of August. The car was a garage queen and the swirling was not so bad... actually one of the better condition GT-Rs I had worked on but we wanted to get a 9, 9.5 out of 10 correction so we agreed on a 2 stage polish.



Moving on to the write up here is the first walk around the car.








Already noticed a buffer trail that needed to be corrected






As usual starting with the rims, I cleaned the face and behind with a microfiber wash mitt




Used my brush to clean the calipers


A stiff brush to clean the tire wall


And my EZ Brush to clean the inner barrel




The wheel wells were cleaned also with APC and a curved handle brush






The exhaust was not to bad and was sort of an easy clean up






Moving on to the engine, it was not at all in bad shape but just a little dusty and could use a quick clean up and dressing to make it look new again


Dusty


All clean and dressed up


Artsy Fartsy shot


Stop lying




I pulled out another detail brush and took care of the tight areas like the vents etc








Finally getting onto the wash stage the car was foamed down




While the car was foaming I realized I had forgotten to clean the gas tank




I 2 Bucket Method washed the car with my natural sea sponge




And rinsed off my sponge in the water only bucket after every panel or half a panel





Then dried the car with a plush microfiber towel




Brought the car in to clay


And it was not in bad shape at all




After the claying I measured the paint to see what levels I was working with




I found a section that was repainted and learned that the car had come with a huge scratch from the factory and this section was repainted under warranty which I guess also explains the buffer trail I first noticed


repaint


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Old 08-08-2012, 11:28 AM   #2
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I masked all the rubber trim




And now could begin polishing. The combo I opted for was Menzerna SIP with a Orange Lake Country Pad on a Makita rotary. Here are the befores and afters of a few panels

Before


After


Before


After


A quick shot of yours truly polishing


Before


After


Before


After




I alcohol wiped down the car and begin to prepare for the 2nd stage of polishing. The paint was already shining very well but I wanted to push the gloss a little higher so I jeweled the paint with Menzerna Po85RD a white Lake Country pad and my Flex3401.


Here is a the gloss I was achieving with this combination




I gave the paint a 2nd and final alcohol wipe down to clean off the polishing oils then unmasked the car








After unmasking and cleaning off the polishing oils I inspected the paint with my 3M Sun Gun which omits the same spectrum light as the sun.


Perfect




I had to take another shot of the gloss, and this was with no wax on, only polishing




Wax of the day was Swissvax Concorso


Applied




While the wax was curing I attended to other areas like putting Poor Boys Wheel Sealant on the rims and exhaust






Here are a couple after pics of the exhaust




And I cleaned the windows with my Glass Master Pro.




Unfortunately it had rained but I got a small window to quickly take a few after shots which I don't think turned out that bad and actually it was kind of cool to still see the paint looking very glossy on a cloudy day







The gloss was looking very nice in this pic
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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Some nice reflections














I liked the reflection in this shot










And to complete the walk around




Finally my last 2 favorite pics






Not wanting to push my luck with the rain I quickly put away the GT-R in the garage.

Hope you enjoyed the write up and seeing the different steps of the detail.

Best regards!
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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looks good.
How much did you charge for this job?
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #5
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I love pics of freshly detailed cars

Incredible work
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:38 PM   #6
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Are you on Midland Ave, I remember the Soca Palace store lmao!

LMAO DKM I found you on google maps working on a car : http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&q=j...-8&sa=N&tab=wl

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:21 PM   #8
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Cool Pics bro

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Nice pics man

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Old 11-26-2012, 12:50 PM   #10
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awesome. come do my car.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:07 AM   #11
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looks good.
How much did you charge for this job?
Thanks! I will keep that private for the customers sake.

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I love pics of freshly detailed cars

Incredible work
Me too

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LMAO DKM I found you on google maps working on a car
LA Prince, can you please edit your posts to not mention so close to my location. I have 2 kids and despite putting up pics of my house would prefer to keep my whereabouts private. If your familiar with the area we can keep that between us. Lol you don't need to post it 3x.

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:21 PM   #12
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Sorry bro, fixed it
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:03 AM   #13
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What do you charge for a complete detail like above on average. I noticed you didn't want to quote exact pricing on that customer's car.
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