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.
Recon cars are very common in Malaysia. Mostly imported from Japan, these cars are shipped in, reconditioned, and sold as if new. Here we have with us an Audi A5 sportback. Being in black, we had already assumed the condition to be bad. Read on to know more.
From the looks of the car, it seem to be shine and glossy. With only 50k clocked mileage, we can only say, looks can be deceiving.
The sun was out, we just had to take some sun shots with the damages.
It is a very common view being a reconditioned unit, most car dealers will send the car for either a fresh coat of paint or a cheap polish.
In this case, we can definitely see some neglect.
Swirl levels were not high, but sufficient to affect the shine a little.
Some panels had more damage, some had less. So we now can confirm the car dealer did not do anything to the car.
It may not be as bad as its looks, but flies died from the shitty paint condition too.
As usual, we gave the car a good deep clean. All neglected areas were taken care of.
Paint was restored to the default condition.
There were no longer any visible swirls or scratches.
As for the finishing, we cleaned up all trim, edges, and removed all polishing residue.
The wheels on this ride was modified to a matte black/alloy finish. The brake dust however, is still caked up.
A closer look on the wheel and it filthy!
Wheels barrels were cleaned.
You can actually see the brake dust dissolving with the alkaline cleaner.
and finally, After all the cleaning.
Wheel barrels are proper now.
Reach for the skies! Check out the insane reflections.
And finally the coated car.