Monday, February 25, 2008

Black Infiniti G37S Detail

This beautiful Infiniti G37S suffered from dealer detail syndrome! The client brought this almost brand new G37S to the dealer on a couple occasions where the dealer offered the dreaded "free detail" (you're really paying for it by how bad the usually hack the car up!). As is typical in these situations, there were several swirls and some deeper scratches that were obviously inflicted from poor washing and drying techniques.

The client booked a full correction and sealant for LSP (we are using my new "in-development" sealant!).

We start with interior early in the AM (notice the winter AM fog).

Black Infiniti G37S

The engine compartment was cleaned with Simple Green cut 4:1 and then dressed with SYTEM ONE Licorice dressing.

Black Infiniti G37S

Next we washed (pre-soak first) with warm water, Gold Class soap, two buckets and a grit guard.

Black Infiniti G37S

Black Infiniti G37S

The car wash dried with a very soft and plush microfiber drying cloth.

Black Infiniti G37S

Black Infiniti G37S

Black Infiniti G37S

For some reason, the defect shots didn't come out as expected (we'll do better next time... I promise), but you can see the scratches and swirls in these shots.

Black Infiniti G37S

The dealer installed the wing and did a pretty good job at scratching up the paint around it on the trunk. There also seemed to be sand scratches around it!! (<-?!?!?!?) Black Infiniti G37S

We taped up the edges and got to work (we found a spot on the front driver's fender where the dealer had already burned through the paint!!). We decided to use Menzerna PO83 SIP for the heavier correction (hood, fenders, bumpers & trunk lid).

Black Infiniti G37S

Two drops is all it takes!

Black Infiniti G37S

I used a Lake Country Green CCS pad for the cutting step and a Makita 9227C rotary at about 1,500 rpms (ramping up and down using the pyramid technique).

Black Infiniti G37S

Black Infiniti G37S

Black Infiniti G37S

Black Infiniti G37S

We finished off with Menzerna Nano PO106FF on a white finishing pad. The sun came out just in time to check our work!

Black Infiniti G37S

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

We apply our sealant with a small palm, low power DA like this Ryobi unit using a blue Lake Country pad.

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

It was left to cure for about 30 minutes.

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Then was buffed off with a clean, plush microfiber.

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax



Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax



Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

We drove it down to my favorite photo op spot and did the best we could with the heavy vertical lighting.

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Black Infiniti G37S Guruwax

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

1999 Black Cobra scratches vs. SYSTEM ONE X3 Polish

Lately, it seems the hood of my 99 Cobra has been a feline night club floor! I get up in the AM and get in my car to go to work and there would be tons of muddy cat paw prints all over my car!

Well when I washed the car I realized that it was more than just muddy paws! The claws were involved too! (Does anyone have a .22 I can borrow?)




So out came SYSTEM ONE X3 Polish with the Edge wool/foam combo pad from the Pro Kit.

I was pleased to say the least! Quickest and easiest polish I've ever used!


Finished off with my sealant that I am developing. (I'm getting close! It's starting to come together but not there yet... still working on it.)





Thanks for looking...