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WesR 11-12-2012 11:42 AM

WesR + XK-R(62 pics)
 
Hey Guys and Gals,


The owner of this brand new XK-R(300km) had seen some of my previous work and contacted me expressing that he wanted to get his paint in top condition. We exchanged a few emails, I answered a few of his concerns, and we finally set a up date for the work to be completed.



Upon arrival I had a chance to walk around the car and inspect it in direct sunlight
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After inspection I found some buffer trials or holograms(where the red arrows are pointing) left behind by a previous detailer, possibly during the new car prep
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...paulsxkr/6.jpg




I brought it in and began the prep work starting with cleaning inside the inner barrel of the wheels with my EZ Brush
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...paulsxkr/7.jpg

Lugnut area and calipers
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...paulsxkr/8.jpg

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And finally the rim face with a microfiber mitt
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/10.jpg



The exhaust was cleaned up as well

Dirty
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/11.jpg

Clean
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/12.jpg



Getting on with the car wash we perform this with two buckets. Reason being is because we don't want to introduce more swirls into the paint and how we do this is, one bucket is filled with just water and the other just soap. As we wash the car after every panel we rinse off our wash media in the water only bucket before dipping it back into the soap bucket thus eliminating the chances of contaminating our soap water with the dirt we just picked up off the panel and reducing the risk of us dragging dirt filled soapy water across the paint which would scratch it causing more swirls
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/13.jpg

A soft natural sea sponge is what I use as my wash media
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After rinsing down the car while it is still wet I began the claying process
If your not familiar with what clay is or what it does, it is basically an automotive clay bar that you rub on your paint along side a lubricant to remove contaminants embedded in the clear coat
If you have ever washed your car and even waxed it then felt the paint after all is said and done you'll notice that it is still very rough. The roughness that you are feeling is embedded dirt etc in the clear coat that needs to be removed by clay bar
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/15.jpg

Not bad but there was still some dirt that got picked up as you can see in the section closer to the index finger
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/16.jpg



Finally began drying the car with a very plush microfiber towel imported from the UK. After a shower I don't even dry my own body *with towels of this quality or as expensive hahaha
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/17.jpg



Once the vehicle is dry I measure the paint before polishing to look for any low spots I should be weary of or any inconsistencies in the paint.
Measurements are taken in microns
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This is actually one of the inconsistencies I was referring to. Measurements around the car were reading in the 140 - 180 range then all of a sudden on the passenger door it shoots up to 231 microns. Usually what this means is that the area has been repainted which is not a bad thing as long as it is disclosed to the potential buyer
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After measuring the depth of the paint we began to mask all rubber trim to protect it from being burnt by the buffers
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/30.jpg

WesR 11-12-2012 11:43 AM

The paint was not in terrible condition so a medium cutting polish was used. Here are some befores and afters of the panels

Before
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/18.jpg

After
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/19.jpg

Before
This was the driver's door with all those buffer trails left behind
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/20.jpg

After
And now corrected
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/21.jpg

Before
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After
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/23.jpg

Before
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After
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Before
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After
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/27.jpg

Before
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After
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/29.jpg



After the polishing was complete the car was unmasked
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/36.jpg



And then wiped with ipa alcohol
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/37.jpg

To clean off the polishing oils so that the wax can bond to the paint properly
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/38.jpg

WesR 11-12-2012 11:43 AM

Here is the gloss achieved without a wax applied on yet
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/42.jpg



I hope you see the humour in this but I decided to apply a British manufactured wax to a British manufactured car
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/39.jpg

Applied to the paint
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/40.jpg



While the wax was curing I attended to other areas like cleaning the windows and dressing the tires
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/41.jpg



Wiped the wax off and took it outside for some final shots

First off some pics in the direct sun

Perfect
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/43.jpg

I love the way the metallic flake looked in this pic
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/44.jpg

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And now the final pics
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http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/51.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/52.jpg

I like how this pic turned out
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/53.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/55.jpg

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http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/60.jpg



Some cool pics of nice details on the XK-R
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/62.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/61.jpg



And finally my favourite pic
http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...aulsxkr/54.jpg



I hope you enjoyed reading through the write up and I look forward to sharing more in the near future!

And if you didn't get a chance to see my last write up on an R8 check it out here
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...865&highlight=
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Cheers!
Wes

matzaman 11-13-2012 03:36 AM

Nice job. What polish did you use?

WesR 11-26-2012 06:36 AM

Thanks! The polish I used was Mezerna PF2500.


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