Well, we like to start by saying, this is a sweeeeeeet ride, as much as we love the styling factor and the performance of the brand new Honda Civic Turbo, it really sucks to see how a dealership can wreck a brand new ride to this extend. The owner of this sweet ride did his homework and consulted many “specialist” on this matter, even his bosses, parents and friends said the same thing, “Its UN-SAVABLE! or NO WAY this can be restored”. Instead, We say BULLSHIT! Read on to find out more.
For this ride, we were given the keys to drive the car back as it would take longer than usual for the entire process to be done and the owner had to go to work. So yeah, we drove the car back at 8.30am in the morning. Cool down the paint and started the insane makeover.
As usual, we did our routine paint diagnosis on every panel of the car. Before this, we had already inspection the car prior to the appointment but now we found more damages.
Deep holograms were also spotted on the door.
More swirls and waterspot stains on the front bonnet.
The line you are looking at is actually a long hologram marks.
We initially thought the marks on the roof were glue marks but turned out to be holograms as well.
Watermark etching on the front hood after a polish? Imagine how good was that FREE polish now?
To give you a picture of how bad the paint is for a 15 day old car, check out this sun shot.
We started the process with a 4 hour wash to clear up all the polish residue left behind by the dealership’s detailer and also to clear off the stains from day to day usage.
After the 4 hour wash, we started to experiment on different polish solutions and different combinations to find out what’s best for this scenario.
Another 4 hours went by as we struggle to find the perfect combination to treat this paint. As from our experience with working on Honda(s), they tend to have very soft and delicate paint quality, which in this case, a lousy detailer would cause these severe damages. Fortunately, we found that finishing that we were after, check out the result.
This is a section on the front bonnet whereby we saw swirls and holograms.
After 1 pass of polish, the paint was not fully clear of the swirls too. In this case, not only did the so called “detailer” at the Honda dealership gave free hologram damage, he also scratched the paint as well.
By now, the owner was already stoked and very happy with this result. But we were not, as it was still lacking a little more shine.
After a little more kung-fu we settled for this final finishing on the hood.
We the night came near, we were unable to continue polishing the car and had to stop for the night. This is the before shot of the door.
This is the after. Cleared of all damages.
We updated the owner on the process and we also stated that we needed more time. He was understanding enough to know that this is not a process to be rushed. We sent the photo of this side mirror to the owner and the feedback was “I’ve never seen my side mirror so glossy ever!”
Happy with the result, we end our Day 1: with this final finishing for now.
Day 2: We started at 10am, the sun was out and we started work at the back of the car. Check out how severe the paint condition is.
After much effort to restore the paint, Check out the difference.
Sun shot reveals the before to be full of swirls and hologram.
And magic happens. The determination to prove the people that deemed this paint un-savable wrong.
After about 15 hours out, we finally finished the polishing process and was ready for the final wash.
We gave the car a final detailed wash to remove all polish oil, polish residue and polish dust. She was ready for Opti-Coat™Pro now.
We took about 18 to 19 hours split into 2 days to complete the process. Check out the final caption-less photos.
PS: The bosses, family, friends were speechless when they saw the comeback from this deemed total lost paint.
We have with us the all new Honda Civic Turbo. Just collected a day before we came over to work on it. The owner did mention that the car was in pretty good condition, but as we all know, even brand new cars comes with paint damage. In this case, its pretty obvious there was a poorly done PDI.
Upon arrival, we did our routine walk around to spot obvious damages around the car.
But since its a 1 day old car, there was no obvious damage on the car.
Next up, we did the LED check light inspection. Hologram spotted.
On other sections of the hood.
On the side fender, hologram and light swirls spotted.
While we were washing the car, we noticed the surface of the paint was really coarse. This was the claybar before.
This is the claybar after. Noticed the edges of the clay. Some metal particles and tar was picked up in the process.
We then moved on to restore the crappy PDI damages. Before.
After paint restoration.
Before paint restoration.
After paint restoration.
After we completed all the damaged areas, we did an IPA (alcohol) wipe down and double checked the surface.
Triple checked the surface just to confirm.
The surface is now ready to be coated.
Entire process took us about 5hours to complete. So check out the glossy finish or a properly corrected and coated brand new car. This is how we feel brand new cars should look like.
We travel our way to Penang Island for this sweet ride over the weekend. Brand new and fresh from the oven, the owner couldn’t wait to get it fully protected. Unfortunately, the surface condition was not as “New” as he expected. Read on and find out how bad it is.
Upon arrival, the routine walk around inspection was done, overall the car just looks dirty and needed a wash. But that’s the thing with white colour cars.
The surface was covered in rain stains, dust and sand.
The typical road grime after a week of driving.
We also found some light watermark issues on the paint surface.
One of the panel was exposed to the sun, we found severe hologram issues on the paint.
Next we moved to another panel with the LED Check Light
More hologram found on other sections.
These poor post delivery is destroying car paints from the dealership.
some areas had lighter holograms.
We found a tree sap stain that was bonded to the paint as well. This is why we recommend our clients to avoid parking under a tree.
Moving to the paint correction, we did a detailed wash for the car. Areas like these were not spared.
Moving to the paint correction, Hologram damage before.
Hologram damage after.
Hologram damage before. (Notice a yellowish spot, that is another tree sap stain)
Hologram damage after. We tried to remove the tree sap stain as well but only managed to reduce it.
Paint restored to damage free condition.
The paint is near flawless after the paint correction stage, its ready to be coated now.
After about 6hours of restoration and cleaning, our finally applied the Opti-Coat™Pro to the paint. Check out how it turns out.
We have a pretty rare car on our hands this round. Its a vintage Lotus Esprit fully restored to factory standard. It was briefed by the owner himself that it was repainted by a very skillful painter and also the colour chosen was from the Aston Martin Vanquish! This is the 4th car the owner had us worked on. Well, lets begin.
Upon arrival, the car was parked in a semi covered area, whereby tree leaves, tree sap, and bird droppings were visible.
Without wasting time, we proceed to inspecting the paint. Its was almost mint but with some coarse finishing from the painters.
Some light contamination and also haziness on the clear coat.
The paint was not at its best state but its nothing major.
Zoom in and we spotted some keep swirls on the frontal part of the car.
Some minor uneven clear coat.
a deep scratch.
Another visible deep swirled area.
From far, these swirls are not very visible, but it doesn’t mean we skip it.
We gave the car a wash, clay and immediately started on the paint correction.
So after the paint correction, we restored the colour and also removed all of the swirls.
A closer zoom in look on the paint condition.
The wheels were also repainted and it was a pain in the a** to clean. We manage to clean up all of them and got them coated.
As for the results.