We have with us a Mercedes GLC brand new from the dealership. The owner of the car brought the car back from the dealership and parked it till we got here a few days later. That’s how much car lovers love their cars! No further delays, check out what we did.
Upon arrival, we did the routine walk around to check for obvious damages.
It was really sandy!
As we moved to the paint surface, severely watermarks can be seen.
Some leftover glue marks from the protective wrappers.
More hardened glue marks.
Some lighter glue stains that we almost missed.
The edges of the side sill were covered in stains as well.
The sun was shining onto the hood, so we check on the surface condition.
Well，there was no swirls or scratches on the paint
Fuel cap areas for a brand new car?
Still pretty dirty!
First we clean up the hidden areas.
Then we worked on these areas to bring them to a clean state.
Then we removed the glue stains and harden glue marks.
We then gave the paint a light polish to remove watermark build up.
Checking under the sun again to double confirm.
The surface was cleared of all watermark build up.
Restoring the surface to a clean condition, the car is now ready to be coated.
The wheels were not exactly dull, just dirty.
A closer look of the brake dust build up from merely 1 drive.
Lug nuts areas were not neglected in the process.
Spokes are cleaned thoroughly
and Finally, the wheels were coated for maximum protection and shine.
It was not a major or serious condition to work on, so we spent about 6hours restoring this huge SUV and finally topping it all up with our Opti-Coat™Pro. Check out the gloss and shine.
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.
This Mazda owner had approached us since the car was new but because of his busy schedule, the car was not really cared for and also there was just no time for us to come over and get the paint protection from Day 1 of ownership. Finally after months of planning, we were able to setup a date where the owner is free of all work and get the car protected. It had been 6 months since new.
We expected some bad paint surface upon arrival since it had Zero Protection since Day 1.
The routine walk around was performed to check for obvious paint damages.
To be honest, metallic colours are really good at hiding damages. Swirls and Scratches are next to invisible when in shade. You would not expect such amount of paint damage on this car if we didn’t document it.
The first obvious paint damage we spotted was on the front bumper, this was a motorbike scrape.
Scratched from unknown source on the rear bumper area.
Of course some typical signs of daily usage.
We noticed some obvious hologram damage (damage from improper polishing) when the sun shined on this area.
Moving to some more in depth paint damage inspection. The LED check light is utilized.
Some obvious holograms were spotted on the side panels and on the hood. We also noticed some haziness on the paint.
Swirls from the regular washing
More swirls on the hood.
Hologram on doors.
A closer view on the swirls.
A closer view on the hologram
We spotted a weird stain on the paint as well. Texture felt like a matte surface.
We did some intense, deep clean and detailing in the washing stage. Unfortunately, there was nothing special to document. After that, we continued on with the paint restoration. We first attacked the obvious damages.
A closer view of the deep scratch with LED.
The scratch was visible even under the Sun
After the paint correction, the scratch is obviously gone.
A closer look with LED to make sure the scratch is fully restored.
No visible scratch or indentation on the paint.
Moving to the next obvious paint damage on the bumper. Before restoration.
After restoration. Although the scratch is gone but there is some permanent damage on the edges. The plastic trim could not be restored as well.
LED indicated the scratch is fully restored. The edge of the paint shows the permanent damage that we could not restore.
Now we tackled the hidden paint damages most consumer do not know about. Hologram damage before.
Hologram damage after restoration.
Swirl damage before.
Swirl damage after.
Remember the swirls from before?
Here is how it looks after restoration.
Hologram damage before?
Hologram after paint restoration.
Weird stain before?
Weird stain after. We were unable to fully remove this damage even after multiple attempts.
Final checking on the paint after an alcohol wipedown.
We gave the car a final washing and did some minor touch up to some neglected spots.
Exhaust tips before.
Exhaust tips after polishing.
The wheels were just dirty in the beginning.
A thick coat of brake dust.
It was obvious the wheels just bling-ed up.
Finally after many hours, we finished the car with a generous coat of Opti-Coat™Pro on all the painted panels, plastic trims, chrome, headlights, taillights, wheels, exhaust tips and all glass panels. Check out the glossy finish.
Its not the first time we worked on a car like this, such size yet having such luxurious stance. This Mercedes GLC had only been owned for less than a week. Being a massive upgrade for the owner, he decided that protection is a must, hence we are here to sort him out today!
Upon arrival, it was slightly drizzling, hence the bonnet was a little wet.
We did the routine inspection to check for obvious damages, but there was none.
We checked the areas that is usually filthy, but it was clean.
We expect the paint to be spanking new but again, we were wrong.
The paint had some significant damage on it, although not very visible due to the colour.
Lucky for us, the sky was gloomy and we were able to capture on camera.
Other than that, the paint was smooth and the dealership did some waxing on the paint as well.
Not forgetting the typical road contamination.
We spent quite alot of time washing the car in detail to make sure it squeeky clean.
Further detailing this area to make sure its 100%
After much inspection around the car, we found out that only this area is affected by swirls.
We did some paint correction on the damages.
Zoom in and you’ll notice a deeper yet non visible RIDS (random isolated deep scratch)
And finally to a swirl free surface.
Upon finishing all paint correction, we noticed some polish splatter on the plastics. It was definitely not from us as it was already dried up.
After some magic with a tooth brush, we sorted it out.
The wheels on the other hand were on the dirty side.
Mostly due to brake dust and rain.
After spending too much time on just the wheels alone.
We coated to protect.
Finally, the entire car was coated with Opti-Coat™Pro and check out the captionless finishing.
We have with us an Edition 1: AMG and after the hot cake A45 this is next on the list. The GLA45 AMG, its such a brutal, bad ass, monstrous looking machine. Here in with us today to get some “aerodynamic improvement” on the smoothness of the paint job.
In some cases the client’s sent the car over to us. So, upon arrival, the only thing we did was let the car cool down.
As it was cooling down, we took the opportunity to walk around the car to check for obvious damages.
Just in case we forget, It is an Edition 1 but the owner decided that the decals were abit too lame for his liking hence he removed them.
The first thing we see was the usual dirt from rain that is very common for hatchback cars, the back is always dirty.
and we mean, real dirty.
Popped the fuel door and it is still…
It may look white but just a slide of a finger will reveal how dirty is the car.
We checked the paint for any visible swirls or damages. There was a minimal amount of damages.
But for the stains around the car, its unbearable. Chrome exhaust tips are dirty and oxidized.
Hence, we started with the regular wash. It was not enought, then we did another round of the regular wash.
After washing, we polished the exhaust tips. Left: Before and Right: After.
After. All thanks for Mother’s Mag and Aluminum Polish.
Remember we said the owner removed the decal? Here’s the aftermath.
We noticed some rust marks after we completed the wash. Most probably from brake particles.
So, we brought out the big guns, Iron X and Sonax Full Effect.
Iron X and Sonax Full Effect couldn’t do a full removal.
So， we had to do it the manual way.
After claying the remaining stains. The paint is restored.
Since we had clay the car, it had done some micro marring all over the affected areas. Hence we did a polish to remove the marring as well.
Paint condition after all the treatments. Its ready.
The wheels were originally in matte black. Bonus 50hp from the added red stripe.
A closer look reveals the factory marking stickers and the dirt.
Check out whats underneath.
After individually treating and cleaning the wheels.
and the wheel barrel.
Before we shower you with much glossy photo with all only natural lighting, take a look, who came to visit.
and here’s the gloss