350Z Detail v.horrrrrrible paint

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by dan avoN7, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. dan avoN7

    dan avoN7 New Member

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    Finally got around to detailing our shop 350Z this weekend. This car was previously owned and since purchased has not been detailed once. Also from looking at the paint it almost seems like someone washed it with little bits of debris stuck in a towel, there are tons of scratches all over.

    Run down of what was done:

    Wash and Clay
    Opt. Compound by PC with yellow cutting pad
    Opt. Polish (old formula) by PC with orange light cutting pad
    Poorboy's EX-P Sealant by PC with grey polish/sealant pad
    Clearkote's Carnauba Moose Wax by PC with red pad


    The wash and clay took me almost two hours :( The paint surface was extremely rough but after the clay it was smooth. After I moved on to the Opt. Compound. This was my first time using this product and I thought it did a great job. I wasn't able to remove all of the imperfections as there were some deep scratches and other little marks. At this point I wish I had something more powerful than a PC as I'm sure I could have removed some of the scratches. After the compound I moved to the polish which removed all of the haze left from the compound. Next was the poorboy's EX-P sealant which went on very smooth and helped give a really deep look to the paint. Followed it all up with the clearkote wax and I was finally done. I haven't had a chance to look at the car in the sunlight but I think I do a good job with it. I really want to get a rotary now though as I hate spending a ton of time on the car and then seeing a bunch of minor scratches on the car. Or is that even too much for a rotary to remove, does the car just need to be wet sanded?

    Anyways here are some pictures, I'll get some nice ones up tomorrow in the sunlight with a 40D camera, only had the point a shoot with me today.

    The car :)
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    Horrible paint, before wash
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    after wash and clay, this has to be the least rewarding part of detailing. nearly 2 hours of hard work and the car still looks like crap :mamoru:
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    more bad paint
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    more...
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    even more... it's terrible :(
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    after shot
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    no more swirls! really bad picture though
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    more pictures to come in the afternoon...
     
  2. Labster

    Labster OT Supporter

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    Very nice. Love the look of that car with the red accents around the tire.
     
  3. dan avoN7

    dan avoN7 New Member

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    some rolling shots in the sun. I wish I had my MF towel with me. we have body shop next to our shop and all their dust crap flew in to the car. the side panels weren't too bad but there is still dust on the sideskirts.

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  4. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Looks a lot blacker in the after sun shots. :)
     
  5. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    Definately looks better now! Great work!
     
  6. Fighter_Pilot

    Fighter_Pilot New Member

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    yea that looks hot dude
     
  7. STYLEZ24

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    thats black for ya, I will never own another black car again.
     
  8. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    are those rota rims?
     
  9. V_Eight

    V_Eight inside fish sticks, outside tartar sauce

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    Yep.
     
  10. V_Eight

    V_Eight inside fish sticks, outside tartar sauce

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    Saw this over on my350z. Paint looks good. Wheels... not so much.
     
  11. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    Nice. be been thinking about getting a set of those for awhile now but haven't seen any good ppics till now.
     
  12. dan avoN7

    dan avoN7 New Member

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    there's an entire thread devoted to the Rota P45R wheel on my350z

    http://www.my350z.com/forum/showthread.php?t=207847

    If you need other pictures of the P45R or Torque R let me know. If you are a member on my350z.com send a PM to Wheeldude.com and I can help you out :wiggle:
     
  13. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    I have a forester xt so I'm not a member of any 350z board. And I'd probably get the p45f, not r's as they wouldn't fit on my car. Thanks for the info.
     
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  14. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Oddly I like the red on the rims.
     
  15. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    ups man was good to me today:

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  16. threesixty

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    What front lip is that?
     

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