We have with us an Audi A4 that was the owner initially wanted just a light polish. After diagnosis, we found that the paint was in pretty bad condition. During the restoration, we were able to restore the paint to a near spotless condition. We advice the owner that its was OK for coating, Hence he opted for our Optimum Lustré.
Upon arrival, the car seem to look clean and still rather glossy.
Coming closer, we can see some muddy water splash probably from rain.
Watermarks are one of the most common paint contamination faced by almost every Malaysian car.
Because this car was is Ipoh, Perak. The water mineral content there is rather high, causing a heavier watermark stain situation.
Coming to the paint condition, we were able to see some aged swirls.
Because this is a second hand used car, the existence of swirls is perfectly normal.
Swirls and watermark spots visible on the fenders.
More swirls on the front bonnet.
Spotted a deep scratch on one of the door.
Taillights had suffered quite abit of swirl damages as well.
During the wash, we were able to spot that the surface had zero protection.
We clayed the surface. This was the clay before.
After claying 1 small panel.
After completing the claying procedure, we moved on to the deep scratches first. Before.
We were only able to reduce the scratch while the surrounding scratches were removed.
After completing the paint restoration, swirl free.
On LED Spot lights. Swirl free.
On the roof, there were some minimal damage left over, bare in mind that the paint had never been polished for many years.
Just a few passes of polish and you can visibly see a difference in tone. (Left: Corrected)
Taillight damages are rather hard to perfect. But here is our attempt.
After. Although its not perfect but the difference is still massive.
The windows were stained with watermark and is affecting the driving visibility.
50/50 watermarks removed.
See how massive of a difference.
After many hours of Paint restoration, the finishing Optimum Lustré was applied. Check out the glossy finish.
We have with us today a very special, 99% full factory condition Mark 2 Toyota Soarer, we didn’t even know it was a mark 2 until we saw the vin number and refereed to Mr. Google. The owner of this sweet ride had arranged with us to have the car fully restored and coated for a long term protection, thats right, a 30 year old car, virgin stock is here for an ultimate pamper session. Read on to know more.
Well, The car already looks rather good and clean for a start but 9 out of 10 white cars has suffered the acid rain stains which is the blackish looking stuff on the paint that no matter how much you wash or wax the car, it just would not go off. Same goes to this ride.
The owner of the car left us with full access to the car for a few days to slowly restore every inch of the car to 30 years ago.
So we looked into every inch of the car looking for any contamination or stains. Here we can see that someone polished the headlights and leftover some residue.
The typical build on up areas like these.
The very special door hinge style on the Soarer was rather filthy too.
Some random stains probably from tree sap.
The Pegasus logo that is the symbol for the Soarer was everywhere on the car. This section as usual was covered in sand
The standard exhaust was probably also 30 years old, rusty, oxidation and no longer has any bling to it.
Moving onto the bumper areas, we found more wax or polish residue on the tight edges.
Most detailers would probably miss this spot but we search every inch of the car for things to clean.
On the roof, which is pretty normal for a car of this age, we found some oxidation starting to spread from the edges.
Stains build up on the rubber trims.
The fuel door area was surprisingly not that dirty for a 30 year old car.
Some paint transfer was spotted on the doors probably from a motorbike passing through and accidentally hitting the car.
The fear of water leaking into the car was real, but the silicone application skill was a little poor hence we see the unevenness.
The bumper areas were no doubt full oxidized.
Combo-ed with some unknown stains that looks like oil spills.
Looking closer on the bumper we can actually see micro cracking on the clear coat which indicated that the clear coat had already failed.
Side signal markers are made of plastic, and over the years of UV exposure, its a common sight to see faded amber markers.
As we spend a full day just on cleaning, night came, using the street light we were able to spot some visible scratches on the paint.
On a LED, the scratches looks not too bad.
Swirls on a different section
As we spent many hours cleaning, check out the smaller detailed in cleaning.
Pegasus logo has some cleaning done too.
As we were polishing we also spotted some bird dropping stains. This had probably been there for a very long time.
We were able to polish and reduce the stain mark.
Some stains were just too etched to remove.
Coming back to how the paint looked after much detailing. Swirl free.
More swirl free examples.
Just to double confirm on the spot light as night fell, swirl free.
Some areas on the boot could not be fully restored hence you still see a small amount of swirl. Like in this photo the top left at the light, you can see that 1 little line.
The next day we continue on with polishing and we attempted to clear off the oxidized bumper. Although we were able to gain reflection, but what really happened was the clear coat got fully removed. In the photo you can see the area we polished has a better reflection but the metallic flakes from the clear coat is no longer there, causing the surface to become a “solid white” surface instead of the pearl white. We adviced the owner and it seems like the area will be scheduled to be repainted.
Remember the sad looking exhaust, after hours of manual hand polishing, we got it back to a bling condition.
So you remember how was the dull side marker looking like?
Here is how it looked after restoration.
As we finalized the finishing, we gave the engine bay a dash of cleaning and look at how virgin in this!
The vintage looking wheels had definately seen better days. Looking at its condition, we guessed that the wheel might had been restored before.
A closer look on the brake dust build up.
More brake dust stains on the little lip of the wheels.
We sprayed on some pH neutral brake dust dissolving agent to break down years of build up.
This chemical although pH neutral, it comes with a very awful smell. But it works and when comes in contact with brake dust will turn purple.
After a triple soaking session on the wheels, check out how much it has dissolved and leaked onto the porch.
After about 5 days of restoration this is the ultimate results of a fine fine restoration.
Today we are working on the brand new Mazda CX-5, already impressed with the looks and all, we are excited as we are going to make her into a mirror! The coating we are using today is a custom formula developed by us over the years of experience in this industry. For more info, you can simply PM, E-mail or Whatsapp to us direct as this is not a sale post but a article featuring this ride’s process.
Upon arrival, we can instantly notice how dirty the car wash. Because of its colour, dirt may not be so visible.
Rain stains with a mixture of dust and sand.
The side panels were covered!
On to the paint condition, we were greeted by hologram marks.
Swirl marks were also visible all around the car.
More visible holograms.
Deep swirls spotted.
Some areas had lighter swirls
More severe swirls on some sections
Remember the deep swirls we spotted earlier.
After some much needed paint restoration, this was the outcome.
On the rear boot area, we can visibly see the swirls.
All sections of the paint was corrected into this level of finishing.
Some sun shots to double check on the finishing.
Final inspection on the swirls.
And we were ready to apply the High Gloss Coat.
The High Gloss Coat is a 6H custom formula that with our constant R&D and follow up with clients, 2 years old and the first client that applied this coat still have zero issues with watermark and swirls!
Wheels were as usual covered in brake dust.
With the help from some pH neutral iron remover, we dissolved the brake dust for a cleaner finish.
The finishing was a mirror finish, giving the car a even more redefined shape and lines.
Some may feel disgusted on this ride as its based on a BMW F30 3 series while having no “butt”. Being a hatchback, it might not be as popular as the sedan BMWs, but in our eyes, all cars had their beauty and we do not have any prejudice on any cars, except maybe a Fiat Multipla XD. On the coming series, we will be covering a few on these BMW 1 series. So stay tuned.
Early in the morning, the client actually drove his ride to our place, after a brief engine cool down until the bonnet was not hot and the brakes were cooled down we moved on to doing the regular walk around to spot for obvious damages.
First impressions on the painted surface, there was this weird smudge which looked like oil but could not be rubbed off.
The rear had some “leaks”. Overflowing anti rust materials might be the cause of these, its rather common on BMWs.
Some watermarks stains was spotted on the windscreen.
Coming onto the the condition of the paint, we found hologram marks.
The sun was out so its a great opportunity to get some sun shots, obviously there were swirls on the paint too.
We suspected a cheap polish job was done since there was holograms on the paint, but this was next level. We call this pigtail damage. These form of damage is from having sand or hardened polishing compound on the pads. When used on the paint, it will cause damages like this.
Copming back to the smudge, there were also swirls.
On the rear bumper we spot some rather severe scratches and holograms. A poor attempt to polish off damage it seems.
First we tackled the lighter damages on the bonnet, which in this case was the swirls and smudge.
The sun actually confirmed our flawless finish.
On another section of the bonnet. Swirls corrected.
Remember we mentioned the pigtail damages. We were only able to reduce it to a less visible state.
On other sections, swirls are no more.
If you look closely, there is 1 light scratch just on top of the sun towards the right, that was 1 tough scratch to remove, hence we wouldn’t risk burning thought the paint for that.
The poor attempt to remove damage on the rear bumper was sorted.
As night fell, we got some closer shots on the paint to double confirm the paint condition.
Final finishing on the paint and we’re ready for the coating to be applied.
Before we finish, due to the heavy amount of dust residue from the cutting and paint restoration, another detailed wash, done.
Final shots we as usual, from a 12MP phone camera. No edits, no adobe lightroom to adjust, just a pure point and shoot. Enjoy the gloss, correctly done paint restoration, surface preperation and coating application.