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Old 04-21-2010, 01:29 AM   #1
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T-dawg Detailed: Range Rover

Hello guys,

Been slammed with work recently, and have not had time to post any writeups in the last few months, so this is the first of the year. Client was a referral and had contacted me previously about getting his Range Rover done for his wife. The vehicle had been taken through the automatic car wash and had its share of swirls, scratches, and scuffs. We decided to do a full interior/exterior detail on it, with a double stage paintwork correction. I'll let the pictures do the talking :giggle:

Notice the scratches inflicted from the car wash before:




Great deal of scratches common around the door handles:




Scuffs everywhere!








Long 15" scratch on front door:




Lots of swirls and light scratching:












Driver side rear door before:


Driver side rear door after:


Major swirling on rear bumper:




Eight parallel scratches, wonder where those came from?




Swirling on the tail lights:




50/50:


Rear door polished, front door untouched:


Finally the flakes are fully visible after final refining:


Engine bay:




Probably the best looking interior I have worked on in any SUV:


Outdoor shots:








Thanks for looking!
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nice detailing job
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:48 AM   #3
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Nice turnaround! What did you use for the heavier scratches? Going to try do my car this weekend and I got a few fairly deep scratches and scuffs that I am going to try to tackle. I've got some SIP and orange pads to tackle them but was curious as to what you did to get rid of them to see if I'm going in the right direction.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:24 PM   #4
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Thanks Mugen!

syee: You definitely sound like you are on the right track. Not sure what car you drive, but if it doesn't have the ceramic clear coat, that combination that you listed should do the job. The orange pad with SIP will give you quite a decent cut. If you find that 2 passes of that combo isn't doing enough, then you will have to step up to either Menz PG or S03+.

Many of the deeper scratches on the Range were compounded with either LC Orange/GI White/3M Green with S03+ depending on the areas. This was followed up by a less aggressive polish such as S17 or Menz PF and jewelled with S40. Hope this helps!
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Thanks for the info Todd!

My car is an Acura TSX so no ceramic clear. Actually, the clear on it is so soft, I'm pretty sure I could scratch it just by looking at it wrong.

I did end up giving it a few passes of Menzerna SIP with an orange pad over the weekend. It actually didn't look too bad after using SIP but I didn't have really good lighting so I really couldn't tell if there was some micromarring from the SIP or not. I did a follow up with Optimum Polish with a white just to be sure and then a coat of Four Star UPP as a sealant.

I still do have some slightly deeper scratches though (not very noticeable unless you go looking for it). What's S03+? Is it a compound? How does it compare to SIP? (more or less aggressive?)
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Actually the name is Terence but I'll let it slide this one time!

S03+ is a more aggressive compound, and when paired with the orange pad, will perform quite a high level of cut. I would definitely follow that up with a medium polish to remove any hollograms, especially if your car is a darker color. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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Oops! I have no idea where I got the name Todd from. Sorry Terence!

I'll have to see if Ken sells the S03+ or if it comes in a small bottle.

I'm also curious - is there a big difference between pads from different manufacturers? I would have thought an orange LC pad would be the same as an orange GI pad (and so on) or am I missing something? I've used mostly LC pads since they're so widely available.
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As a general line for pads, you can't really go wrong with Lake Country. They have a pad to tackle whatever job you need, and they are inexpensive and last forever when proper care is taken. Having said that, there are specific pads from other manufacturers that I absolutely love and can't do without.

Give Ken a call for the S03+, if he doesn't have any available, I can sell you a small sample.
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awesome work!

but I'm more interested in the mk4 jetta in the back, abt grille, vw front bumper
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^^ it's not quite a Jetta but i'll let the owner tell you what it is if he chooses to.

good job on the detail Terence
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Thanks aznboi and SSM!

No need for words, here she is back in the days in all her glory:
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