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911fanatic 11-15-2010 08:37 PM

911fanatic vs 09 Subie STi
Client brought this Subie in to get some protection for the winter. Other than the wheels, the car was quite clean and the paint was in very good condition. No polishing would be needed at this point so it would be a simple wash, clay and two coats of Colli 845.

All trim, jambs and motor were cleaned with AG Powermax3 at 4:1
Washed with PB Super Slick n'Suds
Inner fenders and tires were cleaned with AG Powermax at 2:1
Wheels were a testbed for products. We used AG Custom Wheel Cleaner, Sonax Full Effect and my test APC.
Clayed the car with AE Fine, and then Ultrafine clay using Automagic Bodyshine for lube.
RG Pre Wax Pro was used as a pre wax cleanser and to remove light marring from claying
LSP was Colli 845 x2
Tires were dressed with Blackfire Tire Gel

Total time - approx 6 hours

The 09 STi as delivered

Seems to have a small brake dust issue. DAMN YOU BREMBO'S!

Engine compartment was dusty but not bad at all.

Spritzed with AG Powermax and rinsed. Done. And yes, it really was still dark out when I started on this.

Cleaning all trim with RG Brushes and AG Powermax

Well, this should be fun.

After one hit of AG CWC.

Some staining on the barrels remained.

After one hit of our test APC, some staining remained on the barrels as well. Figured I'd see how clean the wheels were by spraying them down with Sonax and seeing if there was any remaining brake dust residue. After five minutes, the Sonax was still green. The red you see is the reflection of the Jetta parked next to it.

Staining still remained even after using Sonax. It would take a hit of a light acid solution to clean the barrels. None of the non acid wheel cleaners we have were able to remove it.

Started claying with our fine clay. Was doing a bang up job of removing the contamination but....

was also marring the soft Subie paint.

I switched to our Ultrafine clay for the other side and no marring anywhere.

To combat the marring on the drivers side we tried a new product from Raceglaze...

Prewax Pro. A pre wax paintwork cleanser with diminishing abrasive to remove light marring.

Ta Da! Worked well when used with the PC and B&S green pad.

More marring.

And gone.

Seems to do a great job of cleaning the paint.

These marks were quite deep and will be dealt with in the spring.

Owner wanted this scratch removed as is stood out like crazy against the charcoal paint.

First hit was with Megs 105/B&S Yellow/ Flex 3403. Instant sludge. :(

Tried to clean clean it up with Power Finish/B&S Green/ Flex 3403. Still leaving holograms. :(

Cleaned up with Black B&S/Power Finish/PC7424XP

Blackfire All Metal Sealant was used to seal the wheels.

Removing the Metal Sealant.

Why polish the exhaust can? Because its there!

Wheels and tires complete. Tires dressed with Blackfire Tire Gel.

Tips were tidied up with 0000 steel wool and DG Metal Polish and then sealed with Blackfire All Metal Sealant.

LSP was two coats of Collinite 845.


Simply wicked!

Thanks for looking.

satek 11-16-2010 12:01 AM

Excellent work as always. :thumbsup:

GomGom 11-16-2010 12:19 AM

very nice... how much it costs to get that work for my car?

busdriverman 11-16-2010 12:48 AM


911fanatic 11-16-2010 06:07 AM


Originally Posted by GomGom (Post 7188320)
very nice... how much it costs to get that work for my car?

This package (wash, clay, 2 coats of sealant) is $195. If your car doesn't need to be clayed, we can substitute an interior vacuum, wipedown and windows for it.

danz 11-16-2010 08:21 AM


cococly 11-16-2010 05:47 PM

I want to bring my subbie in too :thumbsup:

911fanatic 11-17-2010 05:58 AM


Originally Posted by cococly (Post 7189208)
I want to bring my subbie in too :thumbsup:

Anytime. Just give me a call. 604.561.5121

jtanner_ 11-17-2010 06:36 AM

Wetness indeed! Amazing job!
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Mkhun 11-17-2010 03:26 PM

Oh my...i SERIOUSLY wanna take my car to your shop and get taken care of, but

too afraid of $$$$ haha

911fanatic 11-17-2010 06:52 PM

Not all of our packages are expensive. Give me a call and we'll work something out.

LaidbacK 11-22-2010 01:26 PM

Hey, how was the paint quality of the subie? thats pretty low quality paint if it scratches that much with a claybar.

im planning on buying a new gen subie but am absolutely terrified of their paint quality. might have to go with a white subie =/


911fanatic 11-23-2010 08:39 PM

Its not so much the paint quality, its just that its a bit soft. You'll notice that after I switched to a less aggressive clay, the marring stopped. You'll just need to pick up a Porter Cable if you get one. :)

DC5-S 11-24-2010 03:25 PM

how long did it take

Mugen EvOlutioN 11-24-2010 09:18 PM

guessing 8 hours

911fanatic 11-25-2010 04:41 PM


Originally Posted by DC5-S (Post 7201599)
how long did it take

Was done in around 7 hours.

subzero_SiR 12-21-2010 10:40 PM

Yes thats my sti and ken did an awesome job on my car, I highly recommend him and no one else will detail my Subaru. His passion and care really show and come through when the car is finished.
My exhaust tips were even looking new! Thanks Ken, for those thinking of paying him a visit what are you waiting for? book an appointment!

Looking forward to my spring detail Ken, by the way I have not washed my car since your visit but it still looks clean must be the sealant you used!
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