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Old 09-15-2010, 02:47 PM   #1
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NASIOC Member DickWRX needed his Red S2000 detailed recently, and since he recently came over and took professional pics of my daughters, I owed him a detail on his car. Well, he's looking to sell it so was time to repay him.

It was pretty late when I started and it was starting to get dark out, so I didn't get many pics:

After the wash and dry:


Inside of gas cap before


After


I started with the standard Meguiars #83 on the hood but that didn't cut it enough. The hood had either rock chips or fisheye type blemish, but not near the front of the hood where you usually see it. #83 didn't cut it enough so I stepped up to the Menzerna IP, slightly better but still not perfect, I think the defects are in the clear and nothing shy of a respray will remove them.

Hard to photograph, but you can see some here:


and



Before the IP passes



Most of the trunk and pass rear fenders had what looked like water spots on it, they came out with the #83.

After 1 pass on the left side, right side untouched.


And up close


And another of the left side done, right side untouched
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:48 PM   #2
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And some afters:
















Next was a Strato Blue Mazda3 Sedan that was debadged, moldings removed and polished. . .
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:55 PM   #3
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Next was the new GF of a repeat customer. I've done his Daily Driver, his old project Mustang and his ex's car.

When I got there, they told me that the front end had recently been repaired. I inspected the hood and saw the typical body shop buffer halos. When I clayed the car, there was red oversprall ALL OVER pretty much the entire front half of the car except where they resprayed it. Not sure why/how, most of it came out though with clay + buffing. It did not photograph well (the red overspray) as the paint has red pearls in it up close.

I asked if she wanted the door moldings removed. She looked at my car in person (had seen pics of it online) and decided that the Mazda3 looks better with no moldings (As do I) so I debadged (the side moldings and the "3" on the trunk) and removed the moldings

Enough talk, here are the pics:
When I got there:






You can see the buffer marks from the bodyshop


After the foam wash, clay and re-wash




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Old 09-15-2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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Here's the top of the trunklid before:


And after


Moldings off the car, you can see the adhesive residue


Up close


Rear pass door done (left), front pass untouched (right)


Both doors done


All evidence of moldings all gone
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:00 PM   #5
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All done:


















Thanks for looking!
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:32 PM   #6
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wow great job!!
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:41 PM   #7
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wow great job!!
Thanks!
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:51 PM   #8
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Very nice work, I really like the 3 with the moldings removed. And po91 is such a great product to use!
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:45 PM   #9
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Very nice work, I really like the 3 with the moldings removed. And po91 is such a great product to use!
Yeah, like I was saying in my original post, she had seen pics of my Mazdaspeed3 online without the moldings, so when I got there and she saw my car in person, she was sold on the no moldings look.

My car with my winter wheels and the ugly moldings



And after they were removed


And cleaned up this past summer with the stockers and tinted up


If you look at the 2010 Mazda3's, no more moldings from the factory.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:30 PM   #10
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Awesome work!

I need mine detailed ASAP!

PS: Nice edit on the 1st post with editing the car owners nasioc name
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:52 PM   #11
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Awesome work!

I need mine detailed ASAP!

PS: Nice edit on the 1st post with editing the car owners nasioc name
Hahah yeah I was typing too fast when I first created the thread.
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:28 PM   #12
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Good work as always, and glad to see that you had time to do yours too.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:00 PM   #13
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Good work as always, and glad to see that you had time to do yours too.
Thanks Dave! You've become quite the master detailer yourself too!
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:55 AM   #14
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Looking good!
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:26 AM   #15
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Looking good!
Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:52 AM   #16
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You do some damn nice work! I wish I had the time/money/products to do work like that.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:05 AM   #17
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You do some damn nice work! I wish I had the time/money/products to do work like that.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:48 AM   #18
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Great work man! What did you use to remove the water etching on the S2k? Menzerna SIP? What pad/polish/speed? My GF's car has an etching problem and im looking for general guidelines and products w/ enough cut
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:16 PM   #19
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Great work man! What did you use to remove the water etching on the S2k? Menzerna SIP? What pad/polish/speed? My GF's car has an etching problem and im looking for general guidelines and products w/ enough cut
On the trunk I used Meguiars #83 Dual Action Cleaner & Polish with a Meguiars Red cutting pad.

Pour a tiny bit on the pad, dab it over the area that you're going to polish

PC7424, set it to 3 and spread the polish evenly. Once it's spread evenly, turn it up to 6 and slowly go over the area until the polish breaks down. Repeat as needed. I think I went over the trunk twice with that. I only used the SIP on the hood.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:41 PM   #20
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Looks great. I wish I had some time to come down so you could detail my Legacy. I really need to get it done!
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On the trunk I used Meguiars #83 Dual Action Cleaner & Polish with a Meguiars Red cutting pad.

Pour a tiny bit on the pad, dab it over the area that you're going to polish

PC7424, set it to 3 and spread the polish evenly. Once it's spread evenly, turn it up to 6 and slowly go over the area until the polish breaks down. Repeat as needed. I think I went over the trunk twice with that. I only used the SIP on the hood.
Thanks man, I'm actually going to attack her paint issuess today.. Probably going to use Poorboys SSR3 or M105 as my initial attack.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:11 AM   #22
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Looks great. I wish I had some time to come down so you could detail my Legacy. I really need to get it done!
I know, our schedules haven't jived yet, one of these days we'll get it done.

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Thanks man, I'm actually going to attack her paint issuess today.. Probably going to use Poorboys SSR3 or M105 as my initial attack.
Nice, I've heard nothing but good things about both PBSSR3 and M105. Post pics of the results!
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