Phil was asked to correct a lovely Honda Civic Si, which, although it is very well looked after, has black paint - so despite the owner's care and attention was rife with swirls and hologrammes. That's black paint folks - great to correct, a pig to maintain! Full write-up and progess pictures after the jump!
Hologrammes and swirls are always a burden if you have a black car. If you can correct it yourself, you can keep the car looking pristine. If not, that's where your friendly local neighbourhood detailer comes in. As you can see, despite being very well looked after, the imperfections were inevitable.
TOKEN WING-MIRROR SPIDER! Sadly, I suspect not long for this world, given what is about to happen.
First up, of course, was to completely clean and decon the car to prepare it for correction. Due to camera issues I was not able to get a full gallery of shots of this stage, but I did get some. First was wheel cleaning, with CarPro Iron-X fallout remover to remove brake dust and iron particles, then Valet PRO Bilberry to get the wheels sparkling. The pre-wash foam was jetted off, and followed with IronX and tar & glue removers on the bodywork, Stjärnagloss Kokosnöt snow foam to pull off any lingering dirt, and finally Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild shampoo worked in with a lambswool mitt. After rinsing the car was clayed all over to remove any contaminants remaining, rinsed, dried and taken into the bay for the polishing to start.
With the paintwork now cleaned, the extent of the correction required could be better seen:
The trim and plastics were masked, and a baffle put over the bonnet opening (purely to avoid having to go and clean polish dust out of all the little nooks and crannies. You only forget to do this once!) I'm not sure why Phil is smiling in the last picture, but it was probably something unrepeatable here...
Looks like this has been dive-bombed at some point. Damn birds!
And so to the correction. Because Japanese cars typically have softer paint, a strong cut is not needed. He's starting with Meguiar's D300 Microfibre Correction Compound - a medium cut - but pairing it with a 3M black finessing pad to drop the cut down. Always start low and work your way up the cut, it's better to do too little and have to do more than it is to do too much and have to pay for a respray!
And here you can see the before and after shots. Looks like the pad and compound is doing it's job nicely!
If Phil is detailing, and I am taking the pictures...HOW DID THIS PHOTOGRAPH HAPPEN? #theghostofdetailerspast
Happy with the level of correction he had obtained over the whole car, it was time for Phil to move on to refining the correction - cleaning up and removing any micro-marring he had introduced whist cutting, and restoring the deep shine. For this he would swap out to a 3M Blue pad and 3M Ultrafina Blue compound.
Phil's favourite pastime: making POLISH WORMS. Yay worms!
DETAILING IS HARD WORK!
One polishing was complete, Phil took a minute to root out any polish residue left in panel lines and gaps.
Next up was the interior- bring forth the SUCKYTUBE OF CLEANING! As the customer maintained the interior very well, not a great deal of work was required.
With everything else completed, Phil gave the car a going-over with panel wipe to remove any lingering polish dust and residue, make sure he hadn't left or introduced any ornery hologrammes and to prepare the paint to receive the wax. It's also best to clean the glass before waxing.
WAXTIEMZ! Here you can see Swissvax Shield curing, and Phil buffing it off the next day after leaving it to cure overnight.
And with that. Phil's work was done. The owner was extremely happy to see his car returned to it's original condition, and Phil advised him best how to maintain the clarity and shine. Here she is:
Thanks very much for reading, more to come soon!
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