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.