This is a 3 year old, neglected, mostly parked outdoor, next to no maintenance Mini Countryman. It looks pretty glossy at first glance but you will be shocked to find out how severely damage the car is. Read on.
Upon arrival, we did the routine walk around to spot extremely visible damages. The paint looks surprisingly glossy but we know its fake!
We spotted the typical scratches as we investigate closer.
Aged dirt and road grime.
Faded rubber lining that had been collecting dirt from Day 1.
Extremely clustered watermark issues.
100% faded racing stripes decal.
A closer look on the oxidation build up.
A very dirty and neglected area.
Deep swirls on the paint.
Or should we say, deep swirls with a combination of watermark stains.
More extremely visible swirls.
So, we conclude the paint is “F**ked Up”.
And when we thought that is the last of the damage? There is more.
We gave the car a detailed wash, cleaning all the window rubber lining, giving the entire car the clay treatment. Here is the clay before.
After claying 1 panel. You can obviously see dirt spots.
And finally a tar removal step.
Remember the faded black racing stripe?
Fancy a cool 50/50?
Here is general view of the restored decal.
We proceed to correcting half the hood. Check out the difference.
The door pillars before restoration.
Door pillar after restoration.
Because the paint was quite bad in shape, we only manage to restore this much.
If you didn’t get what we meant, the paint had some leftover damages that could not be restored.
After losing count of how many hours we worked on this car, we finally came to the finale of protecting the final finishing with Opti-Coat ™Pro. Check it out.
Photo speaks for itself. We have the key, the car, full access to ourselves. We got an inquiry from this client a few weeks ago, upon reviewing our portfolio, he decided to go ahead with our services. This Mazda CX-5 was the first car he ever entrusted to us. Being strangers, we had never met before till today. He passed us the key at his office, asked us to get his car madly glossy and parked it back at his spot. That was exactly what we did.
Upon driving back to our private quarters, we parked the car and let the engine cool down.
We did our standard walk around and took some shots.
The paint was rather dirty for a week old car but then again, its the haze season.
When we say haze, we really mean haze. The windows were covered in so much dust and ashes, we could write on it.
We continue to inspect the paint up close.
Watermarks were visible on the paint.
Being a AWD, this looks like it is really being driven.
We have mud splatter everywhere on the sides.
The plastics were covered in these rally style splatter.
Overall, the car was in a dirty and stained state.
As we mention all the time, we do not neglect these areas as well.
The trim’s edges on the front windscreen were collecting dirt.
Being a JDM unit, sunroofs are usually full of watermarks as well.
Coming to the paint condition, we found a spot that was severely damaged.
First, we did some general cleaning, which includes cleaning areas like this too.
The paint was in quite a decent condition but we still did a light pass on the polisher.
Giving the paint a smooth and leveled finish.
Well prepared paint surface is a must for long lasting coating effects.
Remember the severely damaged area? This is before.
After paint correction. Finally the car is worthy to be coated.
The wheels are usually dirty from daily commute.
Up close we can see the comparison
Upon completing, we coated the wheels and gave the tyres some “Bling”
When we detail wheels, lug nut areas are not missed.
For the interior, its clean due to its age, but its rather dry to the touch. Hence, we did some minor cleaning.
Upon completing of cleaning and drying the leather, we applied a high quality Leather Conditioning, gave it a slightly darker tone, matte finish and soft to touch.
After some hours of correcting damaged areas, we finally applied the coating. Check out the glossy and wet finishing.