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Old 02-14-2010, 08:28 PM   #1
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This client just imported this IS300F from the US a few weeks ago and contacted me about getting it waxed t protect it until the summer. As soon as the car was dropped off, some issues became very apparent. The barrels were brown. Solid brown. Like they had never been cleaned. It was overcast and you could see the marring in the paint without a light source. Good grief.

Started by cleaning all jambs, around emblems etc with AG Powermax3. And started to wash with Optimum Carwash. Water was beading pretty good so I soaked the whole car down in Powermax mixed 4:1.

After rinsing and rewashing, it seemed to have worked.

No more beading whatsoever. Perfect.

As discussed, the barrels were filthy. Used Gloss it Wheel Gel on the rears and let it soak for about 3 minutes. The rears came out mint. The fronts were another story. After Gloss it barely put a dent in them, I grabbed my strongest wheel cleaner mixed 2:1 ( normally mixed 8:1) and it still didn't remove 100%. This car is a 2008! I decided to leave the rest until summer when I will pull the wheels.

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Marring on hood

Rear bumper damage


Even more marring

Nasty touchup

Hood was repainted as evidenced by the sanding lines present.

This residue was present all around the front window.

This was the highest PTG reading .....

and the lowest.

We needed to hide the marring somehow so it came down to the current champion, BH Auto Balm vs the newcomer, Blackfire Gloss Enhancing Polish.

50/50 of GEP on front door.

50/50 of AB on rear door.

Even more residue. This time on the passenger side pillar.

Got out some Scholl SO3+ and LC hand scrubber.

Removed almost all of it. Rest of it will need some machine action to remove.

Used one of my fav tire dressings today - White Pearl. Covers really nice and leaves a finish very similar to Swisswax Pneu.

Applying BH Auto Balm with a PC. Used a Gloss it finishing pad on speed 3. If this was normal carwash damage this method would have been fine and its much easier than applying by hand. Unfortunately, the paint was hammered and benefitted from applying in a linear motion which did a way better job filling in the damage.

50/50 on the hood.

and another

reflection shots

Stubborn brake dust.

Worn leather

All this damage on an 08 with under 37,000kms

To put this in perspective, the car looks great from far....

but in reality is far from great.


At the end of the day, the GEP did a great job. The ability to mask minor damage was very similar to the AB but I chose to use the AB as it left a deeper finish which is what I wanted for the black paint. I did use the GEP on the charcoal Vette I posted and it worked fantastic on it.
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:00 PM   #2
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:42 AM   #3
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That would of been 58,000 kms since the odo reads in miles
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That would of been 58,000 kms since the odo reads in miles
Which is a lot to put on a car in a year or two.
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