We have with us today a very special, 99% full factory condition Mark 2 Toyota Soarer, we didn’t even know it was a mark 2 until we saw the vin number and refereed to Mr. Google. The owner of this sweet ride had arranged with us to have the car fully restored and coated for a long term protection, thats right, a 30 year old car, virgin stock is here for an ultimate pamper session. Read on to know more.
Well, The car already looks rather good and clean for a start but 9 out of 10 white cars has suffered the acid rain stains which is the blackish looking stuff on the paint that no matter how much you wash or wax the car, it just would not go off. Same goes to this ride.
The owner of the car left us with full access to the car for a few days to slowly restore every inch of the car to 30 years ago.
So we looked into every inch of the car looking for any contamination or stains. Here we can see that someone polished the headlights and leftover some residue.
The typical build on up areas like these.
The very special door hinge style on the Soarer was rather filthy too.
Some random stains probably from tree sap.
The Pegasus logo that is the symbol for the Soarer was everywhere on the car. This section as usual was covered in sand
The standard exhaust was probably also 30 years old, rusty, oxidation and no longer has any bling to it.
Moving onto the bumper areas, we found more wax or polish residue on the tight edges.
Most detailers would probably miss this spot but we search every inch of the car for things to clean.
On the roof, which is pretty normal for a car of this age, we found some oxidation starting to spread from the edges.
Stains build up on the rubber trims.
The fuel door area was surprisingly not that dirty for a 30 year old car.
Some paint transfer was spotted on the doors probably from a motorbike passing through and accidentally hitting the car.
The fear of water leaking into the car was real, but the silicone application skill was a little poor hence we see the unevenness.
The bumper areas were no doubt full oxidized.
Combo-ed with some unknown stains that looks like oil spills.
Looking closer on the bumper we can actually see micro cracking on the clear coat which indicated that the clear coat had already failed.
Side signal markers are made of plastic, and over the years of UV exposure, its a common sight to see faded amber markers.
As we spend a full day just on cleaning, night came, using the street light we were able to spot some visible scratches on the paint.
On a LED, the scratches looks not too bad.
Swirls on a different section
As we spent many hours cleaning, check out the smaller detailed in cleaning.
Pegasus logo has some cleaning done too.
As we were polishing we also spotted some bird dropping stains. This had probably been there for a very long time.
We were able to polish and reduce the stain mark.
Some stains were just too etched to remove.
Coming back to how the paint looked after much detailing. Swirl free.
More swirl free examples.
Just to double confirm on the spot light as night fell, swirl free.
Some areas on the boot could not be fully restored hence you still see a small amount of swirl. Like in this photo the top left at the light, you can see that 1 little line.
The next day we continue on with polishing and we attempted to clear off the oxidized bumper. Although we were able to gain reflection, but what really happened was the clear coat got fully removed. In the photo you can see the area we polished has a better reflection but the metallic flakes from the clear coat is no longer there, causing the surface to become a “solid white” surface instead of the pearl white. We adviced the owner and it seems like the area will be scheduled to be repainted.
Remember the sad looking exhaust, after hours of manual hand polishing, we got it back to a bling condition.
So you remember how was the dull side marker looking like?
Here is how it looked after restoration.
As we finalized the finishing, we gave the engine bay a dash of cleaning and look at how virgin in this!
The vintage looking wheels had definately seen better days. Looking at its condition, we guessed that the wheel might had been restored before.
A closer look on the brake dust build up.
More brake dust stains on the little lip of the wheels.
We sprayed on some pH neutral brake dust dissolving agent to break down years of build up.
This chemical although pH neutral, it comes with a very awful smell. But it works and when comes in contact with brake dust will turn purple.
After a triple soaking session on the wheels, check out how much it has dissolved and leaked onto the porch.
After about 5 days of restoration this is the ultimate results of a fine fine restoration.
Not everyday you get to see a car like this moreover work on one that is this mint. The owner of this sweet ride just got the car repainted into a candy blue colour, as we all know paint shop finishing is usually very much unrefined. Read on.
Because it is a rather heavy job, the car was left to us for few days.
The 19 year old taillights were pretty scratched up.
A few days after the paint job, there were some rain and the car was left to dry naturally, hence the light watermark.
Some areas had bad hologram damages.
Some had light swirls.
Some had heavier swirls.
Some areas were just sand paper scratches.
For some technical difficulties, the after paint restoration shots were not saved. But this was the pre-finishing wash at night before we applied the wax.
and of course we polished the beautiful sounding Blitz Nur Spec muffler.
Check out the water beading.
Finally, the gloss and reflection and the face of a happy owner.
Today we are working on the brand new Mazda CX-5, already impressed with the looks and all, we are excited as we are going to make her into a mirror! The coating we are using today is a custom formula developed by us over the years of experience in this industry. For more info, you can simply PM, E-mail or Whatsapp to us direct as this is not a sale post but a article featuring this ride’s process.
Upon arrival, we can instantly notice how dirty the car wash. Because of its colour, dirt may not be so visible.
Rain stains with a mixture of dust and sand.
The side panels were covered!
On to the paint condition, we were greeted by hologram marks.
Swirl marks were also visible all around the car.
More visible holograms.
Deep swirls spotted.
Some areas had lighter swirls
More severe swirls on some sections
Remember the deep swirls we spotted earlier.
After some much needed paint restoration, this was the outcome.
On the rear boot area, we can visibly see the swirls.
All sections of the paint was corrected into this level of finishing.
Some sun shots to double check on the finishing.
Final inspection on the swirls.
And we were ready to apply the High Gloss Coat.
The High Gloss Coat is a 6H custom formula that with our constant R&D and follow up with clients, 2 years old and the first client that applied this coat still have zero issues with watermark and swirls!
Wheels were as usual covered in brake dust.
With the help from some pH neutral iron remover, we dissolved the brake dust for a cleaner finish.
The finishing was a mirror finish, giving the car a even more redefined shape and lines.
For this BMW, the owner schedule the time with us to send us the car. Giving us plenty of time to work on it to really bring out the best surface condition on it. Silver is one the hardest colour to gain the glossy wet look but we had done it many times already, this is just another example of our work.
Upon arrival, we did a detailed wash on the car, removing all contamination and tar spots. A brief clay bar treatment was done to the surface as well.
After drying off the car, we were immediately able to identify and spot some light hologram damage on the front hood.
Glossy piano black pillars were quite scratched up mostly due to bad washing mitts or road side wash.
The glossy piano black pillars are quite badly swirled up. Not forgetting the watermark stains.
With some masking tape to seal up the trims and rubber, we manage to restore the piano black surface to as if new.
On the light hologram marks we mentioned earlier.
After paint correcting the hologram mark.
To further make sure the surface had no longer any swirls or hologram damage, we checked again on major and tight surfaces.
Final conclusion of swirl free surface.
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Another mineral grey BMW came up on the job sheet. Seems like a BMW 1 series month this round. The best part, they have 2 of the same car! Check out our progress. Read on…
Upon arrival, the car was in rather dirty and dusty state. Being merely 1 week old, its pretty normal to see cars in this state.
Dirt and sand found on the rear hatch is the common sight.
The condition of the car was pretty much flawless with just some minor damages. This was one of it. Light swirls can be seen on the right of the LED.
On another spot, u can see slightly heavier swirl damage, but on the entire car we only spotted 2 of such spots.
As the weather was getting very very hot on this day, we speed up the process but had not documented the washing, claying and light tar removal.
On the paint correction, we manage to remove all of the damages as well. Here are some close ups.
On another section.
Being able to confirm the car had zero swirls left to correct, we washed down the car and got the surface ready for the final coating application.
Finally, we applied the Opti-Coat Pro paint protection coating onto the paint, by this time the sun was setting and here are the glossy, wet looking outcome.