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      05-23-2009, 08:16 AM   #1
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OCDetailing Detailed: '06 Nissan 350Z Metallic Black

Hey everyone,

So I had this beautiful car to work on for two days. It was definitely tiring but well worth it. I ran a little short on time and was not able to address the rear lights but I will be making a short trip to look after that this coming week. Also there were swirls underneath the clear bra that could not be addressed.

Paint wise you can tell the paint was not in the greatest condition. At first I thought I was looking at a different Z as when I first saw the Z it looked maroon. You have to love the metal flake. In terms of the correction I was happy with the outcome.

Enough of my blabbering. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

I know i know, just one last note this was by far the nicest client I have ever had. I hope everyone is able to have a client that is like this. I was brought lemon water, cookies and was even invited to stay for dinner. Amazing people so I wanted to do an even better job.

Here we go.

Wash
Meguars Gold Class
Sheep Skin Wash Mitts (Panels)
Microfiber Wash Mitt (Wheels)
Grit Guard
3 Buckets
Wheel Brush
EZ Brush
Stoners Tarminator
P21S Metal Polish
P21S TAW
0000 Steel Wool

Clay
Riccardo Yellow
QID & H20

Paint Correction
2 x Makita PE 12-175
PC 7424
3M UK BP
Sonus Yellow Compounding
Sonus White Polishing
LCC Yellow 4 inch
LCC White 4 inch
Menzerna SIP
Menzerna PF
Menzerna 80RD

Equipment
Defelsko PTG
Fenix Tk10
Halogen
Brinkman
10 x 10 Canopy
A bunch of spray bottles

LSP
Paint: Natty Blue
Wheels: PB's Wheel Wax
Tires: OPT

BEFORES



























DURING




First up is a test panel on the hood. I started off with white pad with PO85RD and there was minimal difference if anything at all. I then bumped it up to white pad with PF that did quite well however I had to make three passes with that combo to get to results I was happy with. I decided for most of the vehicle I would just use the combo of white and menz PF as I found the softness in the polishing pad was preferable over using a combo like Yellow and SIP and finish up with White, PF then White and PO85RD. It took me about 2-3 hours to get to this point. Was it worth it? Yes. Whoops just noticed that I am missing a step that I didn't take a picture of. The last picture above was after my second hit of the white pad and PF and not the third.


Passenger side front passenger panel 50/50.


Side mirror


Sun shot of hood




Above are 50/50's of different areas of the passenger door.




If you are allergic to sexy legs turn a blind eye to these 50/50.



Front passenger door and related area corrected.





Plastic Trim on passenger side. Before and After.


Rocker Panel 50/50
For the rear quarter i had to go with a more aggresive combo and had to hit the area with two hits of yellow and SIP then, white and PF and white with PO85rd


Cleared up


Another Part of the rocker Panel 50/50


Passenger Side completed just after polishing


Side Mirror Cleared up

Just a couple of correction shots.


Trunk and Spoiler Corrected.


Hood


Roof


Hood


Rocker panel corrected


Driver side corrected

AFTERS
























Favourite Shot: Mind the George Constanza pose. :afro:








Ignore the wax residue please.



Final pics by owner





Time Worked: 19 Hours ( Day 1: 12 Hours, Day 2: 7 Hours)
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      05-23-2009, 08:24 AM   #2
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Nice transformation. The before and afters really show your progess and transformation. It also shows the true correction, as I believe its almsot impossible to get paint perfect unless u're seriously removing clear, of which u did not, but obviously cut through enough to make a deep noticeable impact on the paint.

My only suggestion is to tape along the clear bra so you don't polish over it or get gunk stuck in the edging. Also a nice rinse or wash after polishing really helps in getting all the dust and residue out of gaps and jams.

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      05-23-2009, 08:33 AM   #3
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thanks for the tip. The clear bra was tapped up There was some wax residue from client application.

Do you use a specific rinse ? I'm going to try a duster.

This was an interesting detail the wind kept blowing tree seeds and what not onto the car. I had to constantly blow them off lol.

BTW nice quote lol.
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      05-23-2009, 10:31 AM   #4
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Looks awesome, great reflection shots!
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      05-23-2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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Great work, the swirls really made the paint look dull on this car, but after you were done the flake really popped. I really liked the reflection shots.

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thanks for the tip. The clear bra was tapped up There was some wax residue from client application.

Do you use a specific rinse ? I'm going to try a duster.

This was an interesting detail the wind kept blowing tree seeds and what not onto the car. I had to constantly blow them off lol.

BTW nice quote lol.
I think a simple wash or an ONR wash would be better than a duster, I'd be hesitant to use a duster which leaves a chance of causing swirls, especially on soft paints like jet black. If you got a water deionizer you could get away with just using water to rinse without a risk of water spots.
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      05-25-2009, 12:47 PM   #6
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That is an awful lot of work but the end results are well worth it
Couldn't tell if you also took the wheels off to clean the inside of the wheels and inside the wheelwells...I try to do so 2-3 times a year but what a pain in the rear.
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