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Old 07-11-2011, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default This is the Worst Paint I've Ever Seen. (Honda Content)

I think I'm the only person in my family who likes to keep his car clean.

This is a 2007 Civic that my family bought after my brother started learning to drive and after our Legacy was wrecked. My mother talked us into this one, we were set to go with a Fit or a Forester. Well, about three months later, my mom herniated a disk, and the cardboard seats in this thing are murder on her back. My dad hated the squirrelly handling and laggy throttle. So we entrusted it to my brother, knowing that if it wrecked we'd get the best insurance payout and would be the least sad about losing it.

Well, this car now gets driven between here and Kansas City, MO about four times a year. It also gets taken all over the country since my brother is a traveller.

He never washes it, and as far as I know, it's never been washed except for a few "rinses" at the dealer.

This is my effort at making it look as good as possible with only my bare hands - no machine buffers.
This is also going to be a multi-part series as I do not have the staying power nor the free time to do all this in one day.

I know you all know that I'm one for hyperbole... but I am DEAD SERIOUS about my thread title.

Here's some before shots.



I guess Honda paint isn't as thick as they say...






This is how most of the car looked:


A rinse and a wash with dish soap revealed even more goodies.


This was previously a bunch of black tar flakes that he got on the car on his way to the mountains of North Carolina and didn't bother to tell me about. It was all over the windshield, too.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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This is what the clay bar looked like after half the hood.


And the top of the trunk.


Seeing the car under some halogens at night was what made me decide to detail this thing.
After a wash with Griot's Garage car wash, I dried the car and went back outside after I finished cooking dinner.
You may now all finally see what I have based my title on.










This is the worst paint I've ever seen.

Tomorrow I'll start work with my super-secret patented sandwich that only AutoAesthetica and myself know about (hint: I'll tell you tomorrow) and tackle the engine bay and the wheels.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:33 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure i can find 1,000 worst paint jobs in the members gallery forum
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:33 PM   #4
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ready to see some after shots...

and IMO this is hardly the "worst". sadly my paint has similar issues or worse
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:36 PM   #5
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Samples of my other work:





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Old 07-11-2011, 11:37 PM   #6
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I'm pretty sure i can find 1,000 worst paint jobs in the members gallery forum
Well they don't let me in there

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ready to see some after shots...

and IMO this is hardly the "worst". sadly my paint has similar issues or worse
really!?

After shots will be tomorrow, sadly.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:40 PM   #7
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Yea it's pretty bad. But really not much worse than others I've seen. Honestly, I'm more intrigued by this sandwich.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:41 PM   #8
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Look up the S2000 that DetailersDomain did a few weeks ago, Xan.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:59 PM   #9
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Look up the S2000 that DetailersDomain did a few weeks ago, Xan.
That was the worst paint I'd ever seen on the internet.

Actually, I have seen much worse on older cars, but on a car this age I was really surprised. My car is in better shape and it's almost 15.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:36 AM   #10
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That is pretty terrible!

... and I thought my mom's Impreza was bad...
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:39 AM   #11
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You've never seen the Corvette with the dragon on the hood.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:01 AM   #12
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I'm just happy to see Frankenwagon is alive and well. I was beginning to think it was just a myth.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:03 AM   #13
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You've never seen the Corvette with the dragon on the hood.
Oh yes I have.

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I'm just happy to see Frankenwagon is alive and well. I was beginning to think it was just a myth.
Oh, those are old photos. But yeah. Just got some new valve cover gaskets and I'm still trying to get everything on the interior to match the way I want.
But... The time is approaching for me and Frankenwagon to part ways... maybe...
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:05 AM   #14
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Honda paint is notoriously thin, and just a complete trash pile really. I had a similiar experience. Even when detailed it doesn't take much to destroy all your hard work.



You just have to know what you're doing

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Old 07-12-2011, 01:16 AM   #15
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i can't wait for the result
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:21 AM   #16
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I'll bet that Valkyrie in the back weighs as much as your car, Duke. V6 baby!

Looking forward to seeing all the shiny goodness when you're done, Xan.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:23 AM   #17
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Gallo, y u no answer PM
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:26 AM   #18
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Gimme a second to talk non-sense in here first! Criminy! :-P
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:37 AM   #19
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:05 AM   #20
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poor little 8th gen
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:43 AM   #21
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8th gen civics do have horrendous paint. My wife's 2008 EXL needs to be touched up twice a year because the paint is too soft and stones just tear it up. It is washed weekly and waxed every three months with zymol, it doesn't matter. The beige leather is stained from a pair of her jeans too. Good luck with the detail bro! At least the engine and trannies in the civics are tough as nails.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:48 PM   #22
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Holy hell batman!! Good luck to you sir.

Correction by hand on that thing is going to be a nightmare. I'm looking forward to seeing what you can get corrected.

Also what is your impression with Griot's products? I have been thinking about testing some of them. You can PM if you like, i don't want to veer to far from your topic.

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Old 07-14-2011, 05:41 PM   #23
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Jesus Christ.

Cleaner wax.
****ing Meguiar's Cleaner Wax, which I've used for years without issue after claying and compounding, on a fresh foam pad, left hologramming on the paint.

That's un****ingbelievable. I have never in my four years detailing cars had that happen.

So now I have to figure out how to fix that.
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:50 PM   #24
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Any pictures of said user error...I mean product malfunction?
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:17 PM   #25
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This looks great compared to my 2002 WRX. Looks like **** got sandblasted. I don't even want to clean it until I can fix the chips. Good luck kind sir.
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