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Old 06-14-2011, 03:55 AM   #1
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Cross posting off my Autopia post for my ease!

It's been awhile since I did my last detail, probably close to 10 months, but I decided to get to work on my new car while visiting my parents.

Also took the time to rattle can the factory black plastic sideskirts to body colour.

I heard a lot of talk that WRX paint is super soft and likes to gum up pads, but surprisingly I didn't find it that soft. I wasn't going for full defect removal on this one since its a daily driver, and pretty soon I won't be able to wash it very easily (never mind do any more polishing etc). Might have to look into ONR washing in the near future. I was a bit pressed for time as well, so I experimented to find a decent 1 step. I'd estimate probably 75% marr free right now, with mostly just deeper swirling and RIDS, which is completely fine with me.

Washed and clayed
50/50 blend of Optimum Compound and Optimum Polish for all of the paint on a white CCS pad via rotary - headlights and taillights got OP by itself
Klasse SG on top
Megs #26 nuba as a topper since I didn't have my S100 handy

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I did the sideskirts first, here they are after the first coats of primer


After the base coats


After clear
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:56 AM   #2
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Nothing too fancy, turned out pretty well for rattle can, and the custom 02-03 WRB can I had mixed up at a parts store was pretty spot on for colour.

This was after just the top and middle sections of the drivers side door.


Into the garage and time to start the work








Had this decal to remove as well


A 50/50 shot



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Old 06-14-2011, 03:57 AM   #3
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And a couple ones that I took later on that evening on my phone:




Alright, enough photos right? Thanks for viewing

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Old 07-08-2011, 11:36 AM   #5
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Looks great man! Im going to attempt my sideskirts as well, but with the paint-matched grimmspeed wrb. What did you do to the sideskirts after you painted them?
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:00 PM   #6
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Why didn't you just use the OPT cmpnd w/ an orange cutting pad, or OPT plsh w/ the white pad? Or both combos separately? I know the time issue, but with two different products working at the same time you aren't going to get the best out of both. If you have a green cutting/polishing pad that would have been ideal for what you were doing. I came out pretty good but I could see swirls left that were probably the rotary or the compound not breaking down all the way. I have used OPT cmpnd with a cutting pad on a DA and had removed >85% of the defects with a gloss left that I could seal/wax without a polishing step. I am not knocking your technique, I just think that using just the polish and polishing pad you would have still had a 75%, or better, mar free finish. And did you say, "and pretty soon I won't be able to wash it very easily (never mind do any more polishing etc). Might have to look into ONR washing in the near future."? Your paint doesn't look like it is that bad off. And if it is I wouldn't have used a compound on it, especially with a rotary. ONR is a great product and an ideal option for any vehicle that does not have caked on dirt/grime. But regular washing has its place, and with proper tools and techniques are not going to thin your paint out. If you are that concerned with your paint thickness I would take some reading of your paint thickness so you know what your are working with. And switch to a dual action orbital polisher for any paint correction. You should isolate where you use compound if the whole car doesn't need it, and correct the whole car with the least aggressive polish/pad possible. How long have you been using a rotary? You got some good results with it but it appears from the pics that you are leaving swirls or instilling the with the rotary. What speed do you go up to with the buffer? I am not trying to be rude and overly critical, just an outsider looking in and someone who details for a living.
Nice work on the side skirts too.
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