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Old 06-17-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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Alright guys sorry for keeping you waiting. I've had an insanely busy week between work and car troubles (Not the STi, but the STi isn't being driven right now and I've had to do some work on a few other cars). I also puled the STi's headlights apart, cleared them, and painted the charcoal piece inside Obsidian Black Pearl to match the car, and then converted the indicators, brakes lights, parking lights, reverse lights, license plate lights and interior lights to LEDs. I did some stiffening as well, I added front and rear strut braces and subframe a H-brace. I haven't driven the car yet so I can't report on if they actually make a difference or not.

Here's the pictures I promised, they aren't fantastic, the background isn't great but I'll be getting some nicer pictures sometime in the next few weeks. You can still see the differences.

Engine bay before:


After:





Interior before (I actually detailed the interior about 2 months ago and I just haven't had a chance to get pictures yet):


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Paint before:






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Old 06-17-2011, 02:24 PM   #2
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Paint After:




















I've never worked with paint like this to be honest. the clear coat is so soft and at times the paint almost seemed "gummy." I finally got it all sorted out that and I'm fairly happy with the results.

For anyone interested, these are the steps I took in detailing the car:

Interior:
Mats- Resolve and a good scrubdown/spraying off.
Seats- Vacuum and "Tough Stuff" stain remover.
Carpet- Vacuum
Windows- Invisible Glass

Engine Bay:
Cleaning- I covered the alternator with aluminum foil and sprayed everything down with Simple Green, let it soak, scrubbed the more stubborn areas and then rinsed.

Protecting- 303'ed all the rubber and plastic.

Exterior:
Wash- Regular car soap, whatever I had in the garage.
Claybar- Zaino Z-18, Mother's Cali Gold Detail Spray as a Lubricant
Paint Correction- using a Porter Cable 7424 and Lake County CCS orange pads with Zaino ZPC abrasive polish, then a Lake County CCS white pads with 3M Perfect-it III Machine Glaze.
Sealing: (Note: Z5 and Z2 polishes were both activated with Zaino ZFX Flash Cure Additive, and I did a Z6 Gloss Enhancer Spray wipedown after buffing off each layer of Z5 and Z2.) 3 layers of Z5, followed by 3 layers of Z2, followed by ZCS (Clear Seal) and a final Z6 wipedown.

The windows and side mirrors were Rain-X'ed and the wheels were cleaned with generic wheel cleaner. I applied Armor All to the sidewall of the tires.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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Headlights- Baked, amber pieces removed, plastic colormatched to the body color and lenses polished.

Before:




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Chassis Stiffening- Front and rear strut braces, Subframe H-brace. The pInk was supposed to match the STi pink but it didn't so I painted the stuff that can be seen on the car Obsidian Black Pearl to match the body color.




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Old 06-17-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
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WOW thats a clean underside
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:37 PM   #5
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I spray down the underside every time I wash the car. I was actually going to polish the exhaust while the car was on jackstands even though no one will ever see it. Ran out of time though. It's not a show car so I have to draw the line somewhere haha.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:38 PM   #6
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F the car...nice house!!

Need a roommate, as in myself, wife, infant, and dog?

BTD.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:38 PM   #7
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That is a super clean STi!!!
Wish I had the time to do this.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:39 PM   #8
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nice tires
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:45 PM   #9
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nice tires
I bought them off some sucka with a 04 STi and an....oh hey man!
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:49 PM   #10
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F the car...nice house!!

Need a roommate, as in myself, wife, infant, and dog?

BTD.
Haha I can't take credit for the house, it's my parents' place. Thanks though. I'm just hanging out here until I finish school...working 2 jobs and banking whatever the STi payment/insurance doesn't eat up is nice.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:53 PM   #11
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Haha I can't take credit for the house, it's my parents' place. Thanks though. I'm just hanging out here until I finish school...working 2 jobs and banking whatever the STi payment/insurance doesn't eat up is nice.
Heard that. Once my car is paid off, I'll be looking for a house. And having ZERO debt is the best feeling

Good looking car too
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:33 PM   #12
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Great work!
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:45 PM   #13
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Your headlights look 100 times better.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:20 AM   #14
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i hate you... cars looking too fresh
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:39 AM   #15
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Nice work!
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Old 06-18-2011, 02:14 AM   #16
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I need to do that to my lights.
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:36 AM   #17
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i hate you... cars looking too fresh
It's getting there. I have a V-limited replica lip coming early next week and I'm going to do something with the wheels as well.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:56 AM   #18
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STi looks damn good!!
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:14 PM   #19
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Nothing like some good ol' elbow grease eh?
Ive been up since 6 waxing my 01 rs.

Really nice looking STI you have.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:36 PM   #20
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total time spent?

any interest in doing another OBP STi?
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:26 PM   #21
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Took me about 2 weeks to get everything done, but I work 50-60 hrs per week between 2 jobs so I could only work on it a few hours at a time. Probably have about 30 hours into everything though (Interior, exterior, engine bay) but that's including the time it took for the polish to cure and stuff like that. Unfortunately I'm too much of a perfectionist/work too much/take too long to detail to be able to do other peoples' cars, unless you don't mind it sitting still for 2 weeks lol.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:27 PM   #22
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Thanks for the compliments guys! I'm really happy with the way the car turned out. Black shows EVERYTHING!
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:06 AM   #23
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nice work on the detailing what wax did you use?
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:14 PM   #24
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nice work on the detailing what wax did you use?
I use multiple polishes and sealants made by Zaino.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:45 PM   #25
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I always wanted to do that to my headlamps but it is scary and not be able to seal it properly would drive me nuts.
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