Some may feel disgusted on this ride as its based on a BMW F30 3 series while having no “butt”. Being a hatchback, it might not be as popular as the sedan BMWs, but in our eyes, all cars had their beauty and we do not have any prejudice on any cars, except maybe a Fiat Multipla XD. On the coming series, we will be covering a few on these BMW 1 series. So stay tuned.
Early in the morning, the client actually drove his ride to our place, after a brief engine cool down until the bonnet was not hot and the brakes were cooled down we moved on to doing the regular walk around to spot for obvious damages.
First impressions on the painted surface, there was this weird smudge which looked like oil but could not be rubbed off.
The rear had some “leaks”. Overflowing anti rust materials might be the cause of these, its rather common on BMWs.
Some watermarks stains was spotted on the windscreen.
Coming onto the the condition of the paint, we found hologram marks.
The sun was out so its a great opportunity to get some sun shots, obviously there were swirls on the paint too.
We suspected a cheap polish job was done since there was holograms on the paint, but this was next level. We call this pigtail damage. These form of damage is from having sand or hardened polishing compound on the pads. When used on the paint, it will cause damages like this.
Copming back to the smudge, there were also swirls.
On the rear bumper we spot some rather severe scratches and holograms. A poor attempt to polish off damage it seems.
First we tackled the lighter damages on the bonnet, which in this case was the swirls and smudge.
The sun actually confirmed our flawless finish.
On another section of the bonnet. Swirls corrected.
Remember we mentioned the pigtail damages. We were only able to reduce it to a less visible state.
On other sections, swirls are no more.
If you look closely, there is 1 light scratch just on top of the sun towards the right, that was 1 tough scratch to remove, hence we wouldn’t risk burning thought the paint for that.
The poor attempt to remove damage on the rear bumper was sorted.
As night fell, we got some closer shots on the paint to double confirm the paint condition.
Final finishing on the paint and we’re ready for the coating to be applied.
Before we finish, due to the heavy amount of dust residue from the cutting and paint restoration, another detailed wash, done.
Final shots we as usual, from a 12MP phone camera. No edits, no adobe lightroom to adjust, just a pure point and shoot. Enjoy the gloss, correctly done paint restoration, surface preperation and coating application.
We have a rather special ride here with us today, previously coated with Opti-Coat Pro by a self proclaimed “master detailer”. As we inspected the car we found out what was the “quality” of the job. The owner contacted us as he had noticed the car looks rather dull and scratched up, so we showed up on our appointment date and started to work on it. Read on to find out what we found.
Upon arrival, we did our routine walk around and found that the paint was not in the worst shape. Swirls were noticeable.
Some areas are covered in watermarks.
Some areas had watermarks and some rather deep scratches.
As the car was detailed by a “master” detailer, we wouldn’t have expect holograms to be found, but here you go, hologram damage.
But you can actually see that Opti-Coat Pro had protected the car some rather severe swirl issues, even for a 4 years coated car, the swirl level was not severe.
We first started with a detailed wash and during claying, the paint was rather dirty.
After some paint correction, the paint was back to a tip top condition.
For this session, the client decided to go for our exclusive High Gloss Coat, which gives a extreme reflection and gloss for a budget rate. Not stressful on the wallet but yet still give your pride and joy the gloss it deserves.
Check out the After effects of High Gloss Coat. Amazing? Glossy? Wet enough?
Yet another JDM legend came in to us for some detailing and paint restoration. We had already known the car for quite a while and understand that there was a paint job involved. But due to the quality of the paint job, the rare clean finish was already done on the body. After driving many miles and going through many washes, its finally time for the annual restoration to keep the car always looking spanking new.
The car had been at our place for the entire night as the owner of this sweet ride had gone to work. In the morning, we started our work.
We diagnose the paint surface for obvious contamination. Here you can see the watermark stains.
Some light swirls were found on the bonnet.
On the boot, we also found some light swirls.
Black had always been a challenge to fix, here you see some swirls and water on the rear spoiler.
Even more visible swirls damages on the rear spoiler.
Our initial spotted revealed some very minor, next to unnoticeable oxidation on the headlights, so we did the essential steps to remove the oxidation.
Check out the Before.
After. Some very minor gloss differences.
After paint restoration. Swirls no longer visible.
Same panels that we showed you the watermark stains. No more stains.
Watermark and Swirls on spoiler deck (Before)
After paint correction.
On another section of the spoiler deck. (Before)
We did some minor detailing on the steering wheel since we had some free time and also because the wheel is filthy! (on the left: undetailed; on the right: cleaned.)
Dirty oil stains had edged into the texture of the metal.
On the right side of the steering wheel. Similar results.
Momo wording clear and clean!
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.
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.
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.