We have a pretty rare car on our hands this round. Its a vintage Lotus Esprit fully restored to factory standard. It was briefed by the owner himself that it was repainted by a very skillful painter and also the colour chosen was from the Aston Martin Vanquish! This is the 4th car the owner had us worked on. Well, lets begin.
Upon arrival, the car was parked in a semi covered area, whereby tree leaves, tree sap, and bird droppings were visible.
Without wasting time, we proceed to inspecting the paint. Its was almost mint but with some coarse finishing from the painters.
Some light contamination and also haziness on the clear coat.
The paint was not at its best state but its nothing major.
Zoom in and we spotted some keep swirls on the frontal part of the car.
Some minor uneven clear coat.
a deep scratch.
Another visible deep swirled area.
From far, these swirls are not very visible, but it doesn’t mean we skip it.
We gave the car a wash, clay and immediately started on the paint correction.
So after the paint correction, we restored the colour and also removed all of the swirls.
A closer zoom in look on the paint condition.
The wheels were also repainted and it was a pain in the a** to clean. We manage to clean up all of them and got them coated.
As for the results.
So, Since our last makeover, the owner was quite please with our with and decided to book us for the wife’s car. This is a 3 year old under utilized Mazda 6 but of course, it was poorly maintained as well. Else there won’t be a post like this for us to write about.
From the walk around we find the car to be rather “shiny” in its natural habitat.
as we investigate closer, we found some watermark issues on the paint.
Reflection wasn’t really reflecting nicely.
There were some tar spot issues on the lower panels as usual.
The common rain stains were visible as well. Not from far but from a nearer view.
Although its not very visible on photo but swirls existed.
The haze reflection from the LED lighting indicated some oxidation forming
Its only extremely visible when shot in a pitch black condition hence this is what we can show at the moment.
Coming to some deep scratches on the hood.
We washed the car as usual and also took the trim cleaning very seriously.
Being a 3 year old car, we expected this area to be heavily stained.
and we were right!
There were also some rust build up.
We did some test spots to brighten up the paint. The small spot on the left is a shrapnel of the polishing pad sponge.
The colour difference is major!
After some paint correction, the clarity is restore and the colour of the car immediately darkens into a wet look.
Pre-Coating shot shows a much reflective and well prepared surface.
As for these 3 years old wheels. It was the usual day to day road grime.
The colour of the tires shows an obvious “never been scrubbed” condition.
The brake dust build up is not extreme.
As usual areas like these are skipped during the normal washing routines.
The scrubbing begins. But unfortunately we forgot the Afters…
The glass was quite heavily stained as the car is usually parked outdoors.
After washing we can obviously see the watermark islands.
On the left, watermark stained the entire glass. On the right, a fully treated glass panel.
A closer look after the glass has fully dried up. No visible watermark.
Finally, after coating, the results were quite pleasing. Wet look achieved.