We had always believe that by maintain our finishing standards, our Zero Compromising Policy, we had nothing to fear. But this time round, we were scared shitless. We received a request from this client that had his car worked on by a well known detailing, so well know that the company is in many famous automotive forums. zerotohundred, lowyat, bmw owner forums and many more. We were scared shitless when we were appointed to work on a car that had undergone his so called “god hands” We were once mislead by his gospel and worshiped his Godlike skills like many other disciples. The tension is ON! Stress Level is high! Like he always say “Show me your work” Now we show you ours.
No bullshitting on how the car looks upon arrival, we go straight to how the paint looks. The car had been worked on just recently as the owner mentioned. I am not surprised that there is some small amount of scratches around since its a daily driven car.
What we would not stand was this. Upon putting the car right under the sun, we saw an entire section affected by hologram damage.
Holograms are the basic damage to remove for any detailer, not mentioned its a “Master” of Detailers? You be the judge.
As a professional, we could not tolerate slacking on the work to this level and still having the client pay for it. We DO NOT slack, we DO NOT compromise. We briefed the client about the condition on the paint and how we are going to deal with it. The client’s expression was disappointment on the previous “Detailer”. We moved on to fixing the damage.
Hologram from “Master” Detailer. Before.
Easily fixed by a REAL Professional.
Deep scratch before.
Deep scratch after.
We proceed to polishing and finishing the “unfinished” work from previous hands.
The light source is the sun itself.
No longer any visible damage on the paint.
The leather was a mess and we as professional could not let it go by. We gave the leather a clean up and leather conditioning after. Check out the Before (Left) and After (Right)
We are not pointing fingers at the skill level, but the basic fundamentals of detailing is to produce quality finishing. It may not be possible to produce a flawless finish every time but we try. Holograms on a finished car is a sign of not even trying. Finally, we coated the car with our in-house Glass Coating due to budget restrains on the owner. If only he had approached us earlier and not WASTED his money on a “Master” detailer, he might have applied Opti-Coat™Pro instead. Not wasting further time, check out the results. Taken all with just a phone camera, unedited, raw and real.
Without further delays, we would like to present to you how we revived this Volkswagen Polo that had only 1 job. Its what we Malaysians call “Kete Pi Pasar” (Go to Market Cars). 5 years of age and less than 100k clocked on the ODO, imagine how mint it is?
First， we checked out how clean the car is.
Failed our first cleanliness test.
Drainage areas were stained.
Emblems were stained as well. We wouldn’t blame the owner as most people don’t know how to clean this area.
Pop the trunk and there is more stains.
The door handle cups are usually scratched as well
And of course, all doors looks the same.
Along the window trims, all stains were rather visible.
There were no rubber roof lining but there is definitely a ditch for rain water to flow down. Yes, its stained as well.
Hidden areas like this were of course neglected over the years.
Bumper trims were stained as well.
At this point, we would say, the whole car is stained.
Moving on to how bad the paint is. Swirls were spotted.
The paint had some light watermarks.
But severe paint damage caused by the Good Morning towel washing mitt.
Some areas had deep scratches.
Some areas had lighter scratches.
Taillights are made from plastic, they are most probably scratched too.
And lightly stained with watermarks too.
Alright, correction and cleaning. We scrubbed the whole car with a brand new 0.01mm soft bristle Systema toothbrush.
But yet, we fail to remove some rusty spots.
Most of the areas that were badly stained were restored.
Window trim areas.
Below the side mirror areas.
The gap between the fender and the bumper.
The signal side marker’s gap.
and of course the Volkswagen chrome emblems.
Sneaky areas like these are not neglected anymore
Hidden area under the Volkswagen logo had no chance of escaping this round.
Lastly, bumper trims and details were cleaned.
We polished the paint with a aggressive compound to remove most of the swirl damages.
But there were some damages that could not be restore due to the severity.
This is a 50/50 colour comparison. On the left, the true colour of the white. On the right, the stained white.
Likewise on the roof, 50/50 colour difference. Left: Restored, Right: Stained.
The taillights were given a light polish to remove the plastic scratches.
Restoring the glossy and colour of the taillights. You’ll see how bling it comes out later.
The wheels on first impression looked rather clean but when we looked closer.
Silver can be deceiving as well.
Lugnut areas were stained.
Colour difference on the spokes.
After cleaning the wheels.
Coming Soon on the next post.
As for the final finishing after topping up with a layer of premium quality wax. Check it out.