Detailing a Corvette with water etching, questions...

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  1. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    So I am entering a new realm in that I have not done a fiberglass surface before and I imagine that its no different than steel. Anyone who has done one anything to look out for?
     
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    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    If all you're doing is working on the paint, it's no different whatsoever than any other basecoat/clearcoat painted car.

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  3. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Ahh ok what would be different if I was working on more than the paint.
     
  4. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    The paint is like a rock-think Audi. It took Optimum Hyper Compound and a burgandy Meguiars cutting pad to begin making a dent in the swirls on the last C5 I did.

    That and the Audis I have been detailing lately is the main reason I bought a Cyclo.
     
  5. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    No shit.... on that 50th AE, I had to break out #84 and a burgundy cutting pad ON A ROTARY to cut some of the deep scratches in it :eek4:

    I was scared shitless the whole time saying "Please oh please don't let me fuck up this $50K car..." :o
     
  6. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Fucking great :squint:

    Well the toughest combo I have is a Megs Burgundy pad and PG. Do I need to get a wool pad?

    Now Im getting worried lol.
     
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    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Hmm I quoted te guy $150 for exterior only, might have to bump it up.
     
  8. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    Have you seen the car to evaluate it yet?

    I don't have any befores of that AE, but believe me when I tell you it was TRASHED beyond what I've ever seen a car of that caliber trashed before. So it was actually an extreme case. Depending on how the C5 you've got comming is, it may not be that bad. :dunno:
     
  9. MartyFukstein

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    Frankly, I feel safer using wool pads than the burgundy Meguiars. Those burgundy pads burn paint QUICKLY.

    What Cyclo pad would have the cutting properties of wool/burgundy Meguiars?
     
  10. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Probably orange or yellow.
     
  11. Buck-O

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    With a rotory, yeah, if your not paying attention.

    With a DA, your chances are slim to none.
     
  12. picus

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    A yellow and PG should do it, it just might take awhile. I've done a bunch of Audi's recently (some with PC, some with rotary), and yellow + PG does the trick, but like Scott mentioned it takes way too long (hence the rotary).
     
  13. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Yeah, Audi's can be a bitch! I posted this on Autopia a while back...

    Mega pics, sorry 56k people!

    2002 Audi A6. Rear passenger fender repainted because the car had been parked on the dealer's lot under a tent and one of the straps unbuckled and beat against the car for quite some time before they noticed. As you can see in this picture, pretty nasty orange peel. Plus they burnt the paint on the edges of the gas cap door with a buffer.

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    As you can see in the before shots, pretty lousy job buffing it out...and how the heck do you leave rotary swirls but not remove any of the halo swirls and still not get all the paint overspray?!!!

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    After washing with Optimum No Rinse Wash and claying with Clay Magic, I had a better idea of what I was up against. On the repainted fender, the top of the fender near the pillar had some scratches that appeared to be under the clear coat itself. Ugh.

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    After polishing with Clearkote's Compound and a burgandy Meguiars cutting pad:

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    As you can clearly see here, rotary swirls come out more easily (in the majority of cases) than halo swirls!

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    After following with Optimum Hyper Compound and a yellow LC cutting pad:

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    The first two steps polishing took a little over 2 hours to complete!

    I then followed with Meguiars DACP using a white LC polishing pad and Menzerna 106FF/Clearkote RMG again with a white LC polishing pad, buffed off with Optimum Car Wax.

    The repainted fender/pillar isn't perfect but definitely a huge improvement, really pushed the limits of the PC on this one! there were some scratches on the hood that wouldn't come out completely, it was apparent that something had slid down the hood but the scratches were hard to see unless you got the angle just right. Obviously, quite a bit of time passed after taking the first set of pics, so the sun isn't hitting in the same spots, I spent a total of 4.5 hours polishing this car! About 6 1/2 hours total on the car, mostly because the interior needed very little, just gave it some Meguiars Interior QD and Turtle Wax Leather Conditioner (sorry, no interior pics, pretty much looked brand new still).

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    I finished off by sealing with Poorboy's EX w/carnauba.

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  14. MtotheIKEo

    MtotheIKEo Air Suspension is ok

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    Thats amazing Scott. I bet it cost the guy though.
     
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    how much did you charge for that if you dont mind me asking?
     
  16. Scottwax

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    Over two bills and that included light interior detailing.
     
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    That's what I would have charged.
     
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