The Toyota Vios is one of the most common cars in Malaysia, which mean most people simply do not value the car. Being a 5 year old car from this owner, he finally decided that the car needed a revival. Read on to find out how horrible is a 5 year old maintained only by road side washes.
Upon arrival, we immediately were able spot some severe damages.
They were all basically around the car.
Because the car was washed earlier, it was pretty clean and easy to spot for damages.
The sun was out so, sun shot reveals the true condition of the paint.
More paint scuffs.
The fuel door area was surprisingly clean for its age.
Merely a little stain.
Moving on to spotlight swirl spotting.
Visible swirls on silver/light grey toned colours might not be visible but we still try to spot it all.
Swirls on the doors.
The interior was in pretty dull shape. The owner also mentioned he spilled coconut water a few years back and it has stained that spot for a long time.
The seats were greasy and stained.
You can obviously spot the dark leather patterns.
Steering was glossy and greasy.
B Pillar plastic panels were stained.
We first dealt with the seats. Here is a 50/50. Cleaned (left) Dirty (right)
B pillars were cleaned and restored.
Remember greasy seats, Before.
As for the coconut water stain, this was the maximum we could clean and restore.
As usual, the glass is covered in watermark.
Rear windscreen was the most severe part of the watermark build up.
After removal of the watermark build up.
We cleaned every area of the car including the fuel cover.
After the wash, we can obviously see that the surface has no protection.
Paint surface corrected.
On other areas, we achieved a swirls free surface as well. Surprisingly we were able to restore most of to a swirl free condition.
Finally, after 2 days or more than 20hours working of the car. We protected the car with Opti-Coat™Pro and check out the finishing.
Sighting of the bug eyes is already rare but making it a S202 makes it next level! Here we have with us the perfect combo, Black, Boxer, All Original, Fully stock, S202, what more can a car enthusiast as for!? But looks can be deceiving. Read on to find out.
Upon arrival, we did the standard routine check up, she was in pretty bad shape. But being more than 10 years old, its was considerably normal to be this condition.
First thing we noticed was a severe watermark condition on every single panel of the car.
Some wax residue or polish residue was spotted around the STI emblem.
And also the S202 chrome emblem.
The factory carbon fiber GT Wing was also covered in watermarks.
Even the inner fuel cap area had watermark issues. Apparently, rust problems were quite common for the fuel area.
The fuel tank door was semi-oxidized.
Coming to the swirl and scratches, we found the surface to be 100% covered in them.
Some areas had lesser swirls some area had more.
Some areas were severely covered in thick watermark build up.
Some areas had visibly less watermarks.
Rear boot lid had the least watermark build up.
Unknown stains that is so hardened it felt like cement.
Well, basically what you see on this photo is how the entire car looks like up close.
and finally, the road grime.
The car’s factory wheels were STI engraved Volks CE28 but they were brake dust covered
Closer look on brake dust rust being almost the same colour as the bronze wheels.
1 swipe, revealing how the original colour should look like.
We started with a good old detailed wash, clay bar turned brown after 1 panel.
After the wash, we started by disassembling parts that might block my way.
Including the carbon fiber GT Wing.
The car looks pretty good from a distance after a good wash but we all know once you move closer…
First, we tackled the watermark build up. This is the before.
After clearing off the watermarks.
50/50 on the same spot.
After removing the first layer of contamination, its time for us to move in depth for the swirls.
We got to be really honest, we were unable to restore the paint to a 100% or even a 90% state like we usually do. Mainly because the surface was already very much damaged. Being the original paint, it was the best that we could have done. So the surface still had minimal swirls but 100% watermark free.
Upon arrival, we laid our eyes onto this brand new BMW F30 Diesel that drove all the way from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur for us to work on his car. As usual, we would never expect the car to be in good shape since most BMWs go through a rather horrible PDI. Let’s get started.
From a distance, the car looked rather glossy. But then again looks can always be deceiving.
It was raining quite abit for the past few days before the car came to us.
On the paint, there are traces of dried up rain water as well.
The usual road grime and splatter from the rain.
For a brand new car with less than 500KM clocked, the fuel area was rather dirty.
Moving on to the paint inspection. Shocked to see that its heavy on swirls for a new car.
Besides swirls, as we expected, the car had been polish, hence the hologram marks.
More hologram marks with surrounding swirls.
Even more holograms spotted on the front hood.
Some deeper swirl damage on the hood.
and even more random hologram marks around the car.
Coming to the surface preparations. Of course we didn’t miss the fuel area.
After cleaning the car, we moved on the the paint correction. Here is a before.
After paint restoration.
Other areas after paint correction.
Paint has been restored to its original state.
You might also notice changes in the colour and gloss enhancement after the paint correction stage.
After traveling more than 300KM to reach Kuala Lumpur, the wheels would definitely be looking dirty and covered in brake dust.
Lug nut areas were covered in brake dust as well.
That is how the original colour looks like.
After much detailing on the wheels. We applied Opti-Coat™Pro.
Clean and Protected.
Finally, not forgetting the lug nut areas as well.
After a gruesome 7hr with the car, we finally coated it. Check out the amazing finish on black!
We have with us a brand new Toyota Altis ready to be protected. When we say brand new, we usually mean 1 week or 2 weeks from delivery but this car is way beyond new. The owner just collected and drove the car home 2hours ago. The owner contacted us before delivery to schedule the timing and here we are. Check out the process!
Upon arrival, the owner already pre-parked the car in a horizontal position which is easier for us to work around.
We did our routine walk around to inspect for obvious damages.
Looks like the owner did some wiping and left some smudge marks.
Overall the paint looks pretty much new since the owner just collected the car hours ago.
Pop the fuel area and even for such a new car, it is dirty.
The dirt splashed from the journey home.
The windscreen were a little dusty as well.
Since its a new car, we expected watermark issues on the windscreen but it was clean and clear.
As we inspected the paint further, we spotted some hologram issues.
Another view of the hologram issues.
On LED, the hologram became even more obvious.
On a different area.
More hologram marks.
Coming to the paint correction, we did a light polish to remove the hologram.
Another pass of polish just in case if there were any micro swirls.
Leaving a perfect flawless surface. Of course, we did the essential cleaning and surface preparations for the coating.
The wheels were just slightly dirty as its the monsoon season.
With only minor stains and brake dust.
Wheels cleaned and Opti-Coated.
The preparation process did not take up alot of time because the car was pretty much new, we only fixed any existing damages, gave a light polish, and it was ready to be coated. Check out the final finishing.
We have with us today a very uniquely colour Range Rover Evoque. Being a 3 year old car, the owner finally decided that she needs some restoration work done to the paint. Opting for the Opti-Coat™Pro was his choice even before he called us. So we are here after a 5minute conversation on the phone. Check it out!
Upon arrival, the car seemed to be in a rather glossy and clean condition, but as we always say, looks can be deceiving.
As we did our walk around, the first thing that caught our eyes was the severely scratched up side pillars.
Then we noticed some calcium build up on the paint. We suspect the car is mostly parked outdoors in the rain.
And we were right, see the extreme watermark build up.
The front grills had more calcium build up and faded plastic as well.
Of course the glass was affected as well.
As we pop the fuel cover, shocked was the only word we can describe what we saw.
This is how dirty this area can get when neglected.
Because we noticed some cat cages, so we expected some cat scratches around the car.
More cat scratches.
Side pillar’s damage when under LED.
View from a distance. Looks quite bad.
Moving on to the paint condition, under the LED check light, swirls can be seen everywhere.
Some areas were more severe, some areas had light swirls. This photo shows some random scratches as well.
Light swirls spotted.
Some even lighter swirls on the side panels.
We gave the car a very through cleaning and washing, removing a heavy amount of dirt, road grime, tar spots and watermarks. This was how the clay bar looked like when we first started.
This is how the clay bar looked like after 1 door. Get the picture of how dirty the car is?
After cleaning, we immediately started with the paint restoration. This is the side plastics after restoration, notice there are still some light watermarks. This shows that the watermark contamination is rather severe and deeply etched.
We first tackled the cat scratches.
Cat scratch before.
Cat scratch after.
Under LED check light after restoring the cat scratch. Pardon the polish oil smudge.
We continued the paint correction and restored most of the surfaces. Again, pardon the oil smudge that affect the lighting.
Other panels that we had restored.
Visibly no longer any swirls on the surface.
Remember the plastic panel that still had a little remaining watermark stains?
This is after restoration.
Since we are so hardcore at the restoration, we were stroked not to clean up the engine as well. Before cleaning.
Close up on the dirty engine bay.
Prior any cleaning.
After cleaning. Impressed?
The car actually took us more than a day to complete but the shine it produces is way beyond photos. We were only able to capture this much, but in real life, the car looks jaw dropping glossy. Check out the final finishing after Opti-Coat™Pro.