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Old 03-08-2012, 01:48 AM   #1
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Default 11 PBP STI 8 hour detail by a n00b

A little background info first before I explain what I did. I bought my STI back in October from a dealer a few hours away that was selling it for several thousand below MSRP. I thought it was a great deal and bought it after seeing the car that day. Well, a few weeks later after the rain got the new car all dirty and started to take the coat of wax off I realized the paint wasn't quite in great shape. It looked like whomever washed it put swirls all over the car and there were a few areas that had minor scratches as well.

I was going on a deployment right after Christmas and didn't have the time to do anything until I got back, so before I left I made some purchases on detailersdomain.com to take care of the problem paint job myself. I've never done anything like this before so I'm sure you can appreciate my apprehension for doing this job myself. So, here's how it turned out..


First few pictures show after I washed the car how bad the swirling was. These pictures are of just the doors but are representitive of the whole car..

Here's a pic of the rear door before correction


Another shot of the front door.. swirl marks all over


I don't have a picture of the car under sunlight because it was cloudy but this whole car looked like crap...

So here's what I used and did to correct and make the ride look the way it does in the below pics....

I used my new Porter Cable 7424xp with Uber foam pads throughout all sections of the body. Since the swirls weren't that deep I was able to use a light cutting pad and the Menzerna SF 4000 Nano Polish to correct.
There were a few areas with deeper scratches that required either another pass with this combo or I switched to the Menzerna SI 1500 Super Intensive Polish.

Satisfied with my results with the Polish I took the PC7424 and used it to apply a coat of Einszett Glanz to the whole car as well.

Sonax Wheel Cleaner was used to take the brake dust off the wheels, restoring them to looking like new.

The end result was absolutely stunning, but I'll let the pictures speak for itself..

Here is a pic close up of the paint under shop lights just to see the difference


And now for the rest of the car under bright sunlight...
















As you can see it was an amazing result. I was pretty apprehensive to use a DA on my brand new car since I never used one before, but after watching some tutorials and having the right products the end result was well worth it.. I'd just like to thank this forum for helping me decide to do this on my own instead of shelling out several hundreds of dollars to get a pro to do the same thing I did.
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:44 AM   #2
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i really dont like that color on the sedan, but on the hatch, it looks amazing! well done!!.... also looks like you need to adjust that rear mudflap.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:10 AM   #3
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Nice work, well done for your first time. Easier than you thought it would be?
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:52 AM   #4
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Amazing job!!!! That look soo much better!
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:55 AM   #5
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Don't know what happened to the rear mudflap in that pic but it was fine when I just looked at it..

And yes it was easier than i thought... just time consuming.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:16 PM   #6
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:22 PM   #7
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I really like that purple color
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:50 AM   #8
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What product did you use for the car? compound? polish? wax?
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:02 AM   #9
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What product did you use for the car? compound? polish? wax?
Check midway through my first post... it's all there.. no compound though just a mild cutting polish and wax
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:33 AM   #10
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Looks great!

On a side note what dealer did you go to? Just curious lol
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:54 AM   #11
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these newer random orbital polishers are so forgiving on the paint, especially one designed to do this job like a porter and cable or griots garage machine.

I want do detail my 2011 SWP and touch up a nice scratch on the bottom/side on the front bumper, but its been a bit too cold here still, judging by the condition your lawns are in it was a mild and wet winter in WA
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:08 PM   #12
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Very nice job.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:15 PM   #13
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these newer random orbital polishers are so forgiving on the paint, especially one designed to do this job like a porter and cable or griots garage machine.

I want do detail my 2011 SWP and touch up a nice scratch on the bottom/side on the front bumper, but its been a bit too cold here still, judging by the condition your lawns are in it was a mild and wet winter in WA
I think it's always mild and wet in the winter time here.. We did get some snow this winter though.

And the dealer was Dick Hannah Subaru..
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:23 AM   #14
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nice job man. looks great

Id reccommend a sealer or some sort. I like wolfes nano. looks like you did a really good job for your first time around.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:50 PM   #15
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Washed my car for the first time a few weeks ago and the swirls are back. I don't know if I scratched it more or didn't get out all the swirls before and the polish and wax just filled them. I used the 2 bucket method and a new mf towel to dry. This paint blows.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:37 AM   #16
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^^^This!!!

<<<< Note my paint description over there. It's total crap. I love your color btw, if I ever repaint that color is a strong contender.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:23 AM   #17
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^^^This!!!

<<<< Note my paint description over there. It's total crap. I love your color btw, if I ever repaint that color is a strong contender.
Yea I've found this too, I think my plan is to correct as best I can and try to preserve it with opti-coat.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:20 PM   #18
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I might need to check this opti coat option.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:50 PM   #19
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I've always wondered how long that paint correction lasts. I love the work that detailers domain does but im curious how long it takes till the paint is ruined again with swirls and spider webs
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:11 PM   #20
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I've always wondered how long that paint correction lasts. I love the work that detailers domain does but im curious how long it takes till the paint is ruined again with swirls and spider webs
.....many factors to consider including (most importantly) how the owner maintains the finish (tools/products/techniques), the characteristics of the paint itself, the quality/type of "correction" performed as well as the products used, the wax/sealant/coating used, etc.
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:24 AM   #21
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Looks great!
I like PBP almost as much as WRB and I'm crazy about it!!:-)
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:27 PM   #22
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+1 for PBP

-1 for swirlies (exccept for the one at braum's (ice cream place)) -drools-
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #23
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Good old DISO(dealer installed swirl option)
I see a Kwazar bottle there..I really like those bottles i got 2 16oz and 2 32oz ones.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:53 AM   #24
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Good old DISO(dealer installed swirl option)
I see a Kwazar bottle there..I really like those bottles i got 2 16oz and 2 32oz ones.
The bottles are great. :-)
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