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Old 07-12-2009, 04:39 AM   #1
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The owner of this very nice looking WRX wagon had booked a date for a paint correction up to 10 man hours, and had kindly asked me if it was possible to go mobile. Considering the fact he lives less than 10 minutes away from me and after making sure that the garage had the space and sufficient power I needed to do the detail properly, I decided to give it a try. He was definitely a wonderful customer and made me feel right at home. In turn, I was able to take the paint on his Crystal Grey Metallic to another level in less time than we had agreed on. Unfortunately, there is only a small amount of before pictures as they were pretty tough to catch on camera. Needless to say, both the owner and I were extremely pleased with the results, and a lot of it was due to the fact that the car was in relatively good condition to begin with, only needing minor swirl correction with just a few RIDS to remove via M105 followed by M205 on my porter cable. Everything else was done with Menzerna Super Intensive Polish (PO83) on white followed by Menzerna Nano Polish (106FA) on blue applied using my Makita Rotary. After the use of this combination of products, it went on to prove that significant results can be made on silver paint, and the reflections in the after pictures definitely show it! The owner was left no longer wanting to take the car out, and thought it was unbelievable how much better his paint was left after I was done. Last but not least, huge thanks to Ryan for being able to come with me and take pictures to help document my detail!

After unloading all my materials into his garage, I first began to clean his Prodrive P1 wheels. It was awesome being able to see them in person, as I was considering this rim when looking to purchase a set for myself last summer. The tires and wheel wells were particularly dirty, in addition to his prodrive splash guards.











I began to wash the wheels using Meguiar’s Hot Shine All Wheel Cleaner, Daytona Wheel Brush, and Meguiar’s Slide-Lock Brush.





Afterwards, the tires were cleaned using Bleche Wite Tire Cleaner and agitated with a tire brush. The wheel wells and splash guards were cleaned using Meguiar’s APC+ (4:1) then rinsed off.



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Old 07-12-2009, 04:40 AM   #2
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Finished.







Once the wheels, tires, and arches were cleaned thoroughly, I proceeded to pre-soak the sideskirts and foglight covers with some Meguiar’s APC+ (20:1) then lightly agitate the areas with a Meguiar’s Slide-Lock Brush before rinsing down the entire car.







During this time, I also made sure to clean up the exhaust as well.





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Old 07-12-2009, 04:40 AM   #3
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I decided to wash the car down with Dawn using the two bucket method and two sheepskin wash mitts. After being rinsed down, the car was clayed using 2 oz of my DP Clay bar and distilled water mixed with a splash of Meguiar’s #00 Hi-Tech Wash for lubricity. After claying, car was rinsed and blown dry with a leaf blower. I feel that the less contact you have with the paint, especially when drying, the less chance you have of inducing new scratches.










I then went ahead and examined the imperfections in the paint. Again, sorry for the lack of befores.





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Old 07-12-2009, 04:40 AM   #4
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After taping up a test spot on the rear passenger’s side door, here is the look of the correction that occurred after one pass of SIP and one pass with 106FA.














This method was repeated around the entire car, and boy did the gloss begin to show! There was a deep scratch in the roof that was needed to get removed using M105 on white followed by M205 on black on my porter cable.
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:40 AM   #5
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And here are the afters. Not bad for a silver car!

















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Old 07-12-2009, 06:46 AM   #6
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Thats some real nice work!
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:16 PM   #7
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Haha, that's nice, once again, you dazzle us!

And I always thought grey metallic didn't have much depth.
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:21 PM   #8
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Haha, that's nice, once again, you dazzle us!

And I always thought grey metallic didn't have much depth.
I thought the same until I finished my car yesterday, looks just like the Ops with tons of shine
Good job
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:50 PM   #9
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did you say you washed the car with dawn though? did a double take
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:19 PM   #10
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Looks great. I would kill to be able to wash my car indoors.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:20 PM   #11
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did you say you washed the car with dawn though? did a double take
yea he did... from what i understand, dawn take the old wax off the car and removes any top dirt so he can claybar and lay an all new coat of wax
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:14 PM   #12
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Your blow drying philosophy sounds right, never thought of it before like that.
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:49 PM   #13
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Thats some real nice work!
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Haha, that's nice, once again, you dazzle us!

And I always thought grey metallic didn't have much depth.
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I thought the same until I finished my car yesterday, looks just like the Ops with tons of shine
Good job
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did you say you washed the car with dawn though? did a double take
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yea he did... from what i understand, dawn take the old wax off the car and removes any top dirt so he can claybar and lay an all new coat of wax
Yes, dawn can be used (and should ONLY be used) as a car wash soap if you intend to remove all the wax and surface chemicals off the car. This ensures that you're working with a bare paint surface with nothing else in between that can potentially interfere with the correction process. It should never be used as a regular car wash solution.

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Looks great. I would kill to be able to wash my car indoors.
Most definitely. If there is a hint of sunlight at all outside, I bring the car inside the garage to wash it. Unless you have a CRSpotless, which filters all the sediments found in the water used through your plumbing, a car should never be washed in complete sunlight as the water and car wash solution can dry on the car prematurely, leaving on water spots that can quickly get etched into the paint.

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Your blow drying philosophy sounds right, never thought of it before like that.
Yep! Not only does it lessen the risk of inducing scratches into the paint, which is very common as not everyone goes out of their way to purchase QUALITY microfibers, blowing the car dry can also minimize the amount of towels used for drying, dry the car quicker, and more thoroughly as it is able to remove water from the car's crevices as well.
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:46 AM   #14
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As the owner of this car I can say I am extremely happy with the results. I have polished my car before and know exactly what it takes to achieve good results. Kris did a perfect job and made sure every aspect of the finish was perfect. The depth of the color was unbelievable after polishing and the wax brought it out even more so. This guy definately knows how to get it done!
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:18 AM   #15
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As the owner of this car I can say I am extremely happy with the results. I have polished my car before and know exactly what it takes to achieve good results. Kris did a perfect job and made sure every aspect of the finish was perfect. The depth of the color was unbelievable after polishing and the wax brought it out even more so. This guy definately knows how to get it done!
Thanks Steven for the kind words! You were very accommodating and made me feel right at home when I as there. I hope you've been enjoying the new look of your suby as much as I enjoyed working on it! If you still decide to get your wife's car done in the future, you know how to get a hold of me .
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:25 AM   #16
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Looks great. I would kill to be able to wash my car indoors.
you and me both. i used to wash our old cars with dawn. actually works great as long as you're waxing too...
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:28 PM   #17
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you and me both. i used to wash our old cars with dawn. actually works great as long as you're waxing too...
Exactly. Like I said before, the "bad and good" thing about Dawn is that it strips the wax. It depends on what your plans are after that.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:53 PM   #18
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you shouldnt use Dawn. use Meguiars Gold Class car wash soap. that stuff works awesome without a doubt.
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Did you read the post above you?
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:40 AM   #20
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Reading would require comprehension, people just want pictures.
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:06 AM   #21
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Wow embarrassing.....
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