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.
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.