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    Thread: Imola Red MKIII Cabrio Exterior Correction (Pic Heavy)

    1. Member 2pt. slo's Avatar
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      05-24-2010 09:19 AM #1
      The owner contacted me about doing an exterior correction on his MKIII cabrio before a local show Bug-out. We talked about the time/money needed for correction and how much would be needed. We decided that a one-step correction would do the trick. Being that this car had a fresh respray in BMW Imola Red about a year ago the finish was not in all that bad shape as you can see from the before pics. The car had light washed induced swirls and water spots and thats about it.

      Process
      Wash/clay
      -Two bucket wash w/ Megs Gold class
      -DP Extreme Auto foam/Dawn mix via AG Foam cannon
      -Pinnacle Clay bar
      -Red LC wash mitt
      -Dried with LC HD WW towels


      Fabric Top Treated w/ 303 fabric convertible top kit

      Wheels/Tires
      -Various Brushes w/ P21s Wheel Gel
      -Meg's Gold class tire gel
      -Wheel wells received some Aerospace 303

      Correction
      -PCXP 7424
      -Megs 205 New DA ver. w/ LC White pad (3 Passes)

      LSP
      -Black Fire Wet Diamond Paint Sealant
      -DoDo Juice Super Natural

      All exterior textured trim received some Black WoW

      Total Time: 10 hours

      The car arrived fairly clean as the owner had washed it earlier in the week. I tried to capture the defects the best I could. Its been raining on and off this weekend so the before and aftershots lack full sun shots. I did manage to get just a few when the storm decided to break for a few mins.











      Wheels were dirty.





      Whees after






      So after the wheels were clean the car received a nice foam bath via AG foam cannon. Let foam dwell for 5 mins then washed it with a 2 bucket method.





      After the wash and clay you can see the real defects. light to moderate swirling from washing and a good amount of water spots.









      After drying the car with some LC HD WW towels I taped it up and did a test spot on the hood. It was found that 3 passes with a LC white pad with M205 would do the trick. This process was followed through out the entire car.





      Using the Brinkman to show correction on the right side of the hood.



      A few 50/50's of this area using different lighting







      I then moved on to the left side of the hood. Here are a few shots showing defects.





      Here is after with a bunch of different lights





      Finally a bunch of gloss was restored.





      Shot using the Brinkman of this area



      I them moved on to the fender using the same process here are a few 50/50's of this area



      Last edited by 2pt. slo; 05-26-2010 at 08:55 AM.

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      05-24-2010 09:30 AM #2
      I then moved on to the pillars. Here is a nice before shot of one.



      Then a 50/50 shot





      Afters







      I got this side of the car done and tons of gloss was restored. Here are a few reflection shot



      I brought the car outside to check my work, but ofcourse the sun wasnt out...













      So took the car back into the garage and started on the other side. My camera died at this point so no pics of that side being corrected. Here is one. I went and got some more batteries for the after pics so dont worry.



      These next shots are after correction and before LSP\













      I then brought the car back in and applied a coat of Black Fire Wet Diamond paint sealant and let cure for 12 hours before removing. I followed this up with a coat of DoDo Juice Super natural...The next day there still wasnt any sun.


      So Here are the afters












































































      Enjoy!!
      Last edited by 2pt. slo; 05-24-2010 at 06:53 PM.

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      05-24-2010 02:01 PM #3
      wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

      i wonder if you're close to me
      before summer is out, i could strongly use this treatment.
      my paint's in a 7/10 condition imo.


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      05-24-2010 05:12 PM #5
      Very nice!

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      05-24-2010 06:44 PM #6
      Thanks guys. I got some full sun shots today before the owner picks it up.
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      05-25-2010 12:32 PM #7
      Gorgeous. Nice work!

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      05-25-2010 05:52 PM #8
      That's really impressive

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      05-26-2010 01:39 AM #9
      Looks amazing.

      Any chance you'll be at Bugout on Sunday?

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      05-26-2010 05:09 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by NotoriousDUB View Post
      That's really impressive
      Exactly what i was going to say!!

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      05-26-2010 08:39 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by noludoru View Post
      Looks amazing.

      Any chance you'll be at Bugout on Sunday?
      Yes I will. Thanks for the compliments guys!

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      05-26-2010 09:08 AM #12
      Great job! and what a nice, tasteful Cabrio- ride height, wheels, paint color are spot on, imho

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      05-26-2010 01:08 PM #13
      What did you use to get rid of the swirling/defects on the black pillars? My GTI has that same swirling on the pillars, and I cannot seem to get it to go away, have used many different products with my Porter Cable and a variety of different pads without any worthwhile results.

      Car looks great!

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      05-26-2010 01:30 PM #14
      I used the same process as the paint. Just the PC a White LC pad w/ M205 and multiple passes

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      05-26-2010 06:20 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by 2pt. slo View Post
      Yes I will. Thanks for the compliments guys!
      I really want to meet you and get detailing tips from you, in that case. :p

    15. 08-24-2010 11:12 AM #16
      That car still looks amazing I am not a fan of the cabrio but this one does make you want one.

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      08-24-2010 05:33 PM #17
      was the respray a base/clear, or single stage (like stock on MkIII)? Shine is really deep!

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      08-24-2010 06:23 PM #18
      That came out great. Cant wait to see it at BugOut.

      Edit: Also how well does the Black Wow trim restore work? I know some stuff does not last long and goes right back to the way it previously was.
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      08-26-2010 10:44 PM #19
      Looks great I'm digging the cabrio also

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      05-03-2011 12:02 PM #20
      A++ work, you are the first person i would trust detailing my car since I buff and do all that too.

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      05-04-2011 11:25 AM #21
      wowweee I wish I lived by you.. or had the skills you do. lol. Great work!!

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      05-19-2011 09:20 AM #22
      My name is...Shake-Zula. The mic-rula, The old schoolah, Ya wanna trip? I'll bring it to ya. Frylock and I'm on top Rock you like a cop Meatwad you up next with your knock-knock. Meatwad make the money, see. Meatwad get the honeys, G. Drivin in my car, livin' like a star. Ice on my fingers and my toes and I'm a Taurus. Check it. Check, check it. 'Cuz we drive the Cabrios, make the homies say ho! and the girlies wanna scream.

    22. 05-19-2011 09:36 AM #23
      that is great work. Am I off base by saying that one year old paint should not look that bad unless the owner just doesnt give a D@#m? The paint looks night and day.

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      05-20-2011 11:23 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by 67Customs View Post
      That makes me want a Cabrio.

      Nice work!
      Me too. I really love the way this one looks. Wheels stance, paint etc all just set it off.

      Great job

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      05-24-2011 11:26 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by 2pt. slo View Post
      I used the same process as the paint. Just the PC a White LC pad w/ M205 and multiple passes
      When you say multiple passes, do you remove the polish after each pass?

    25. 05-24-2011 06:34 PM #26
      Fantastic job. . . night and day results.

      Quote Originally Posted by 2pt. slow
      The money shot

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