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      08-27-2012, 11:24 PM   #1
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Restoring Jerez Black: After Wet Sanding & Polishing

I have two favorite types of cars to work on: (1) black cars, and (2) cars with heavily compromised paint (scratches/swirls). Combine these two and you will get to see what proper paint restoration is capable of achieving.

Restoring this car was a particularly enjoyable for me given how poor the paint's condition was. The trunk was the primary focus, as it had received multipled RIDS (Random Intense Deep Scratches) from having spoilers installed and removed. Just polishing the trunk would not be enough to correct the damage, so we opted to wet sand the trunk with 5 separate grades of paper.


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Car upon arrival; dull paint w/ little gloss:



Front wheel w/ baked on brake dust, placed on foam pads for protection:



Front wheel after CG Wheel Cleaner & polish:



Soiled carpets:



Carpets after shampoo and extraction via Mytee Lite II:



Measuring clear coat thickness on trunk (available in 720p & 1080p):



Trunk w/ intense swirling and Random Intense Deep Scratches:



After wet sanding:



After polishing:



Passenger rear door; right side before polishing, left side after polishing:



Finished:





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      08-27-2012, 11:59 PM   #2
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wow looks good
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      08-28-2012, 12:15 AM   #3
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damn... that looks amazing. Great work wish you were local
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      08-28-2012, 09:11 AM   #4
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Idk what to even say about that trunk lid lol, Looks incredible tho
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      08-28-2012, 09:17 AM   #5
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You're def a PRO !
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omg please do my car lol
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      08-28-2012, 12:14 PM   #7
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Wow and I thought my paint was bad ...great work
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      08-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #8
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I wish you were in toronto region! I'm looking to get mine done.
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      08-30-2012, 12:17 PM   #9
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Agreed with the other comments. Amazing work. Went from absolutely terrible to amazing!
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How do you let your M3 get that bad?

Amazing work man...
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      09-03-2012, 04:35 PM   #11
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So sick! Did you get the orange pill away ?
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Damn, that's magical! I want to try wet sanding but will most likely mess it up, haha.
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Amazing work, just amazing, how long does the process take you from beggining to end on a full detail job?
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      09-05-2012, 12:23 PM   #14
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why is the face of the wheel on the ground?
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Looks AWESOME!
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      09-10-2012, 02:22 PM   #16
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So sick! Did you get the orange pill away ?
Yes, the trunk had no orange peel after the sanding.

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why is the face of the wheel on the ground?
If you took the time to read, you'll see that I wrote the wheel was cushioned on foam pads.

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Amazing work, just amazing, how long does the process take you from beggining to end on a full detail job?
This took roughly 50 hours.
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Holy sh*t dude. How is that possible? My mind is blown. Is it just he clearcoat thats all crazy scratched and dull?
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Wow, fantastic job.
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Wow 50 Hrs! I was gonna say that has to be a lot of work. Excellent Job.
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OMFG that 50/50 on the door is a phenomenal shot of some majorly impressive work!
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This may be a n00b question but how do you take your 50/50 shots? Did you just wrap half of the door in plastic?
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This may be a n00b question but how do you take your 50/50 shots? Did you just wrap half of the door in plastic?
painters tape a line down the door and only work on the left side. Wash it and you get that picture.
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