Detailing

Acura Integra Type-R exterior detailing

The Acura Integra Type-R is almost a cult classic in the import world. A street car with race inspired suspension, brakes, engine, and styling that is hard to find anymore in decent condition. This Integra Type-R had been sitting for years in a somewhat poor state of condition, both cosmetically and mechanically. It was recently purchased by an old friend of mine and he brought it to me to get properly cleaned up visually, while he took care of the mechanical side of things. The car had a number of issues; stains in the seats, a huge key scratch, paint transfer scuffs, and a swirled and scratched black metallic paint surface that hardly looked black anymore. Read on to get the scoop on how I used my Level 3 Exterior detail package, along with some custom processes and techniques, to bring this fantastic car back to life!

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Scratch and blemish removal, 2002 BMW 330i – Level 3 exterior detail

A customer of mine recently brought me his 2002 BMW 330i that was in need of some scratch and blemish removal/repair. The car had a number of semi-deep scratches and what looked to be tar or sap deposits in the paint. Some of the tar/sap deposits had even eroded through the clear coat entirely! With some advanced techniques and patience, most of the scratches and blemishes were removed successfully, or at minimum looking much better than before. In addition to the scratch/blemish work, I also performed a complete Level 3 Exterior detail on the car to bring out maximum shine and gloss to the paint. Read on to get the full scoop!

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Mercedes AMG C63 Black Series show car shine

I recently had the pleasure of working on a customers 2012 Mercedes AMG C63 Black Series sports car. The car looks amazing and sports a 6.3 liter V8 engine that roars when it is fired up! The aggressive styling and luxurious interior are a joy to the eyes, and I just can’t get enough of this car 🙂 Ok, on to the reason I was called in! The exterior of the car was very dirty (inside was mildly dirty) and had lots of contamination built up as well as brake dust covering the wheels and brakes. The customer wanted the car thoroughly cleaned up and finished with a high gloss and shine finish. I put together a custom detail package that included a hand wash, ultra paint decontamination, paint cleansing polishing, and a multi-layered application of glaze, paint sealant, and carnauba wax. In addition, we added a Level 1 Interior detail to clean up the inside of the car.

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1991 BMW 318is custom detail package

I have a very cool project that was brought to me by a fellow SCCA member. He had recently purchased this 1991 BMW 325is that was suffering from paint oxidation and neglect. The paint was originally red but had turned somewhat pink over the years without proper care and washing. The customers primary goal was to get the paint looking as good as possible, followed by touching up the trim, and then a Level 1 interior detail.

 

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Take a look at that paint! The chalky, dull looking finish is paint oxidation. This happens when a car is exposed to the sun for long periods of time without proper paint protection. The best way to prevent this from happening is having good car care habits and making sure the paint is regularly protected with a good sealant, such as Blackfire Wet Diamond paint protection.

 

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Level 2 Detail – Toyota 4-Runner

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday week! A couple quick pictures from a recent detail.

This Toyota 4-Runner was not very dirty to begin with but was due for a good wash and layer of protection. A Level 2 Detail was performed which included a thorough wash, paint decontamination, and finished off with a light polish and paint sealant. The Level 2 Detail is our most popular detail package with the best value! Check out the before and after pictures below:

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2009 BMW 335xi makeover

This customer had just bought their 2009 BMW 335xi and brought it to me to get freshened up. It was in need of some serious care however, as the normally beautiful black paint was covered in swirls, spiderweb scratches, and water spots. The customer opted for a custom detail which was to safely remove as much of swirls and water spots as possible, then follow it up with some long lasting and eye popping paint protection.

 

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The first step was to get the vehicle good and clean. The 2 bucket wash method was used along with Grit Guards, Chemical Guys Citrus Wash, and Sheepskin wash mitts. Purpose made microfiber waffle weave drying towels were used to dry the car. Once the car was clean, we could clearly see the extensive paint damage in the form of swirls and water spots. Using proper wash products and techniques is the first step to avoiding paint damage as seen in the picture to the right!

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Level 1 Detail – Rinseless wash

A rinseless wash can be performed inside the garage in under an hour, with less than 3 gallons of water and a few supplies. This Eco friendly wash is ideal for vehicles that have been previously treated with our Level 2 or higher detail. Ask about how we can get your vehicle on the rinseless wash maintenance cycle!

Recommended products for rinseless washing:

  1. Optimum No Rinse (ONR)
  2. Microfiber All Purpose Towel
  3. Wash bucket
  4. Meguiar’s spray bottle