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Hi!

Hopefully you don't mind me sharing this with you guys! I've shortened the thread down to just the highlights really :popcorn:

This was a big job I had on recently, and it needed doing over a weekend - no unit for me this time, just the detailing den :lol: The remit was to correct and prepare the paintwork for a long lasting (2-3 year) specialist anti-scratch ceramic coating.

On arrival looking quite good, with excellent water repellency - this car had recently been purchased from an independant trader, so I guess that makes the difference, as dealer prepared cars can be quite shocking at times!







Obligatory snow foam shot :eek:



After washing the car I decontaminated the paintwork, here we can see the de-ironiser working on the bonnet, and secondly the clay bar nearly full from drawing out the bonded contamination;





Once these critical stages were completed, I dried the car using special deep pile drying towels and the blow dryer to get into the crevices. I then inspected the car as it was now cleaned to a high enough standard. I spotted an alloy wheel defect, which was the same on all 4 wheels: etching from harsh chemicals, maybe TFR or wheel acid.



Drove the car into the den, ready for the polishing, and this is where I'd be for the next 12hrs :shock:

Good 50/50 here on the A-pillar: you can see the colour looks different between the wing and the pillar due to the swirls, and in the 2nd picture, it looks the same colour.





Some more before and afters;









Some pictures to show the general level of correction achieved (~95%);







Once I was satisfied that the paintwork was corrected to the level I was looking for, I gave the car a full IPA wipedown and prepped the surface for the application of the nano-ceramic coating! This was now on DAY 2 of this treatment.

You can see the coating curing in the light. It is left like this for 3hrs, and during this time it cannot be touched or disturbed! It must be applied in a controlled environment for perfect results.



Once the coating was cured, and the excess residue removed, I could tend to other details, such as the exterior trim;






Once I had done all we could in the den, which also included a G|Techniq G3 glass coating, a single application of Swissvax Crystal Rock on top of the ceramic and Swissvax Autobahn on the wheels, I rolled it outside so I could access the interior which was treated to a dust and vac, with all glass cleaned and surfaces protected with Aerospace protectant for the plastics and fabric guard for the upholstry.

I then managed to take some final snaps of the finished product, after a total of 16hrs work spread across 2 days.













I was also able to remedy the etching on the alloy wheel faces :twisted:




Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoyed the read.

All the best.
Matt.
 

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FESTOOLIGAN
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Lovely work Matt nice glossy and reflections there.
What ceramic protection you used?
 

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that looks awesome man! can someone do mine please *lol*
 

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Thanks for the comments guys. The coating is made in Japan, I'll provide more details when I can. It improves scratch and swirl resistance by over 50% on standard Honda paint, also UV stable to prevent fading and provides protection against acid etching for up to 72hrs. Long lasting specialist coating, which will provide protection in its own right for 2-3 years depending on storage factors - this particular application was further protected with Crystal Rock. With regular maintenance I hope to push the boundry to 3yrs+ :D

What did you use to polish the swirls on the light lens?
Cheers. I used a single stage of 3M Ultrafina only. :cool:
 

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Thanks for the info.
Any comparisons between japan coating and cquartz c1 or opticoat?
 

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Yeah, and another job for this week / next (the RR!).


Thanks for the info.
Any comparisons between japan coating and cquartz c1 or opticoat?
It's very similar to the CQuartz, more so that than the C1. More difficult to remove though, if I've anything negative to say. Overall though, I was very pleased. :cool:
 

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Some additional images for you, with a bit of sunlight (what little I had to work with I managed to capture!!)







This one was taken before the Crystal Rock was applied, so you can just see the clarity of the metalflake :cool:



This was the job description Robbo;

• Vehicle rinsed then snow foam applied to suspend dirt and left to dwell for 5 minutes.
• ‘Magic Wash’ with wheel arches and wheels soaked in a degreasing solution.
• Wheels cleaned with a non-acidic wheel gel and a selection of special wheel brushes.
• Panel gaps, door shuts, and badges cleaned.
• Paintwork decontamination process (3 stages to remove bonded contaminants).
• Vehicle re-washed then hand-dried using 'deep pile' microfibre drying towels and blow dryer.
• Record paint thickness readings, and mask all exterior plastics ready for polishing.
• Enhance paintwork using a single stage gentle machine polishing process.
• Nano-ceramic coating is applied and cured over a 3hr period.
• Swissvax Crystal Rock applied by hand for added protection.
• Door shuts protected.
• Interior fabric cleaned,vacuumed and protected with a fabric guard.
• Interior trim dressed.
• Door seals and rubbers cleaned and protected.
• All glass cleaned.
• Exterior glass sealed using a water repellent.
• Wheel faces protected with a teflon coating.
• Tyres and exterior trim cleaned, conditioned and dressed.
• Stainless steel/chrome cleaned and polished.
• Engine bay degreased, cleaned and protected if required.
• Final inspection to make sure your car meets Matt’s high standards.

As for products, I used a whole host of nano-tech products and Swissvax. Too many seperate things to list, and invariably, shampoo's etc are all much of a muchness these days, but the highlights;

G3 Glass Sealant
'Japan' Anti-Scratch Ceramic Coating
Swissvax Crystal Rock
Swissvax Autobahn

All the best, and thank you to everyone for your kind words. I see a huge presence of Type-S on here, so I thought you'd appreciate my efforts with this one. Such a lovely colour too!
 

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top job buddy, great before,during and aftershots!! wish i had a den to clean my car in
 

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I've seen this guys work in real life and trust me, he knows what he's doing!

Looks great Matt!
 
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I've seen this guys work in real life and trust me, he knows what he's doing!

Looks great Matt!
Why don't you get yours booked in Lee?

After seeing these pics I think I'm gonna have to.
 
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Top job mate :cool:
 
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