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      06-18-2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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OCDetailing Detailed: Is your car as Smart as this one?

Hi everyone,

I had an interesting detail request. This was my first smart car. Smart not because it's a "Smart Car", smart because it came to me. I know korny anyways.... The car although an interesting car was not as interesting as an owner. He's a local musician and the stories he's told me about what he's done over his career is pretty cool. By no means is he a huge superstar but very cool in his own right.

In any case he brought his car to me with the intention of a two step polish. The polish was the easy part the annoying part was to find that someone accidentally had sprayed white paint all over it. I have no idea where it's from or how it got on there. All i knew that it was there. They were large paint droplets but noticeable a few feet away. It could possibly have been the car for the smurfs with the white polka dots.

Anyways on to the car and thanks in advance for reading.

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Wash
Meguiars Gold Class
3 Buckets
2 Sheep Skin Mitts
1 Chenille Mitte
EZ Brush
Wheel Brush
P21S Wheel Cleaner
P21S TAW

Clay
Riccardo Yellow Clay
Riccardo Blue Clay
Water and Soap as lubricant

Paint Correction
Sonus White Pad
Sonue Blue Pad
Lake Country White Pad
Lake Country Blue Pad
Metabo x 2
3M bp
Rubbish Boy bp
Menzerna Power Finish
Menzerna Micro Polish

LSP
Zaino Z2Pro
Zaino Grande Finale

Equipment
3M Sun Gun
2 x Halogens
Steamer
Extractor
Wet/Dry Vacuum

Interior
Folex
P21S TAW
303 Fabric Cleaner
303 Fabric Guard
303 Aerospace Protectant
Einzsett Cockpit Premium

Convertible Top
Lint Tape
Brush
Fabric Cleaner
Fabric Guard

BEFORE


I know the interior is quite the mess. Do you notice the gas canister? Can you say Ka... boom? lol It's empty but when I saw it I was like ummm...


Old newspapers anyone? I think I found a deal or two in the ads.




The carpets were a little soiled but nothing a good steam and extract couldn't solve.









Now on to the exterior paint condition.









Remember those white dots I was talking about? Check it out it's all over the car. I was using yellow riccardo's on the paint and it just took a really long time so I decided to pull out the heavy hitter blue riccardos.




This was a poor attempt at a 50/50 for some reason I couldn't get the imperfections to show up as nicely as usual. Regardless of that you'll notice the hazing and swirls on the right side while the left is nice and clean. I had to hit the left side with 2 passes of Power Finish and White Sonus and in some areas I had to hit with 3-4 passes. I burnished the paint with blue and micro polish.






Rocker Panel Corrected


Passenger side door 50/50.

AFTERS










Application of Sealant

Completed Product















Thanks for looking and thank the pretty smart car for coming to me in the first place

Cheers,
Nick
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      06-18-2009, 07:44 PM   #2
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now that's an a-b car if I ever saw one... doubles as a rubbish tip too..

great work..
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      06-18-2009, 08:05 PM   #3
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a musician in a tiny smart car??? thats a first lol
great before and afters. great work on the car!
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      06-18-2009, 08:30 PM   #4
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Quite a turn around there! Very nice!

It still puzzles me how people manage to get their car that messy in the first place though.
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nice work..
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      06-18-2009, 09:29 PM   #6
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You really need to have a heart to heart with the owner on how to maintain a car (removing trash once it's piled up to the seats????).

Beautiful work nonetheless!
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It still puzzles me how people manage to get their car that messy in the first place though.
I was thinking the same thing -- how do you even let the interior get like that?

The interior door panels, are those scratches or some kind of design on the doors?

Great work. I thought Smart cars had mostly plastic body panels. Did you find them difficult to polish? Maybe I'm wrong about that, though.
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      06-19-2009, 12:27 PM   #8
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hippies are so dirty

and btw i NOT a fan of that thing either, but nice job OP!
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      06-19-2009, 12:31 PM   #9
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Serious question, though, are those scratches on the interior door panels? If so, how the hell does that happen?
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      06-19-2009, 03:00 PM   #10
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Thanks for looking guys. Those are scratches on the interior door panels that is the fabric pattern

I am assuming the car gets like that because he's a musician and carrying mics, stands, etc. takes a tole on an interior.
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Nice work!!!

I'll give the owner a week at most, the car will return to the "rolling trash can" status!!!
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wow, that thing was trashed!\
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Wow, you weren't washing the car well at all. You leave it that way and polish it anyways?
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It was washed Bluesander. I just clayed the panel. The lube after clay provided for a more clear 50/50 hence the reason why I did not wipe the panel down immediately after claying.

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God damn that car is ugly - but heck of a job on the detail.
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How come you always have those nasty "Nikko Detailed" swirls on all your cars???


Let see, empty gas can, old newspaper, sounds like the right solution for that ugly thing.
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How come you always have those nasty "Nikko Detailed" swirls on all your cars???


Let see, empty gas can, old newspaper, sounds like the right solution for that ugly thing.
This comment actually made me laugh out loud.

Great work as usual nikku!
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God damn that car is ugly - but heck of a job on the detail.
Thanks !

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How come you always have those nasty "Nikko Detailed" swirls on all your cars???


Let see, empty gas can, old newspaper, sounds like the right solution for that ugly thing.
UncleWede LOL !!!

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This comment actually made me laugh out loud.

Great work as usual nikku!
Thanks and Ditto
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hey this may sound like a silly question, but what are the equpment that you use when washing the cars? i.e pressure washer, foam gun, stuff like that. i have the pc 7424 for now but i wanna know exactly what pieces of equipment and products i need for a good car clean. also i have read of people using steam cleaners. do you guys know where i can get this for not so expensive?
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hey this may sound like a silly question, but what are the equpment that you use when washing the cars? i.e pressure washer, foam gun, stuff like that. i have the pc 7424 for now but i wanna know exactly what pieces of equipment and products i need for a good car clean. also i have read of people using steam cleaners. do you guys know where i can get this for not so expensive?
Pressure washer, 2 bucket system, a third bucket is used for wheels and tires.

A 7424 is a great starting point and I am sure that George and DI can help you source more equipment. I personally would get 4 inch pads blue, white and orange. The 4 inch although less coverage provide you with more flexibility as it will provide you with more cut as well as allow you to get into tighter paint areas. As for polishes I like 3M and Menzerna. Power Finish is great and Nano Finish is great as well. That should get you started. You'll be headed in the right direction.

As for steam there are detailers that use steamers to clean the paint of vehicles. I am playing with the idea of doing steam cleans over the winter. However at the moment the use of steam is restricted to removal of polish buildup between panels and I use it extensively for the interior.

If you need more product ideas George's thread has tons of information for you.

Hope this helps.
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nice work!

The interior of that smart car is

I thought it'd be nicer! good thing I never intended on buying one!
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