Sighting of the bug eyes is already rare but making it a S202 makes it next level! Here we have with us the perfect combo, Black, Boxer, All Original, Fully stock, S202, what more can a car enthusiast as for!? But looks can be deceiving. Read on to find out.
Upon arrival, we did the standard routine check up, she was in pretty bad shape. But being more than 10 years old, its was considerably normal to be this condition.
First thing we noticed was a severe watermark condition on every single panel of the car.
Some wax residue or polish residue was spotted around the STI emblem.
And also the S202 chrome emblem.
The factory carbon fiber GT Wing was also covered in watermarks.
Even the inner fuel cap area had watermark issues. Apparently, rust problems were quite common for the fuel area.
The fuel tank door was semi-oxidized.
Coming to the swirl and scratches, we found the surface to be 100% covered in them.
Some areas had lesser swirls some area had more.
Some areas were severely covered in thick watermark build up.
Some areas had visibly less watermarks.
Rear boot lid had the least watermark build up.
Unknown stains that is so hardened it felt like cement.
Well, basically what you see on this photo is how the entire car looks like up close.
and finally, the road grime.
The car’s factory wheels were STI engraved Volks CE28 but they were brake dust covered
Closer look on brake dust rust being almost the same colour as the bronze wheels.
1 swipe, revealing how the original colour should look like.
We started with a good old detailed wash, clay bar turned brown after 1 panel.
After the wash, we started by disassembling parts that might block my way.
Including the carbon fiber GT Wing.
The car looks pretty good from a distance after a good wash but we all know once you move closer…
First, we tackled the watermark build up. This is the before.
After clearing off the watermarks.
50/50 on the same spot.
After removing the first layer of contamination, its time for us to move in depth for the swirls.
We got to be really honest, we were unable to restore the paint to a 100% or even a 90% state like we usually do. Mainly because the surface was already very much damaged. Being the original paint, it was the best that we could have done. So the surface still had minimal swirls but 100% watermark free.
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.