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 are all the way in a rural village to get this Nissan Xtrail corrected and Opti-Coated. The car is brand new, barely reaching 3 days old. Due to its area of activity, its constantly exposed to mud, rain, bad road conditions, etc.
Upon arrival, we saw the car in a rather poor lighting condition. Making the car glossy as ever.
As we our eyes got closer to the car. There you can spot the amount of dirt.
On the glass, its a mixture mud, rain and sand.
We got our LED out and check the paint. Swirls were visible on the paint even though its white.
We washed the car and found that the paint had 0 protection.
On the glass, the water doesn’t flow off at all.
After finishing with the cleaning, we moved on to the correction stage. Here is step 1. Still some minor not so visible swirl.
Final step fully removed the swirl. Due to the age of the car, the damages are on a few areas only, hence we did spot repairs.
Finally, after about 5hours, we finally got to the coating stage, here are the results of the coat.