My Audi reborn - 56k ummmm no

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by Peter Gibbons, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. Peter Gibbons

    Peter Gibbons OT Supporter

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    Well, my paint had been hurting lately and really needed some TLC. It had been taken care of well, but had some problem areas. The largest was self induced. After I painted my bike I compounded it with a rotary and it came out great. I took it to the car, and well.... was left with less than desirable results. It came out with that typical look I'm sure you've all seen where it is obvious someone has taken a buffer to the entire car with lines of swirls all over it. It also stripped all the existing wax and the color was very anemic and light. I don't really have any good pictures of it in this state, because well, it was embarassing :unsure: and I had no sunlight when I took these before pics. Here is what I started with.

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    And on top of that, I had run over some blue paint which made it look like I had nailed a smurf doing 90MPH. It was all over the bottom of the car and coated the wheel wells.
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    So I spent a bunch of money, learned a bunch of tricks and went at it. Here are a few shots, mid way through, before I started applying my sealant.

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    After applying 2 coats of Wolfgang sealant, I rolled it out and couldn't believe my eyes. ALL of the swirls and scratches (except 1) were completely gone. The paint had an incredibly deep dark wet shine to it. The color was not only much darker, but the metallic properties really came out. I could not have been happier. Here she is, still all taped up:

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    another hood shot
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    And a shot of the muffler that I made shine like crazy after years of neglect and one WNY winter.

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    It made me so happy. My paint had been reborn. I was able to get out blemishes in the paint that I didn't think were ever going anywhere. Of course, on the drive back to Rochester, it rained a majority of the time. But hey, at least it gave me a shot to show off the beading on the hood after a 400 mile drive on the thruway.

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    Process
    In case anyone wonders what I did.

    First I washed the car completely, followed by a whole car clay. After that, I masked off the trim I was worried about staining with any of the products. Then I started with 3M Fine Cut Rubbing Compound and used a yellow cutting pad on my Porter Cable 7336. I attacked the big scratches that I wanted to get out, and any other problem areas that I thought I could knock down the with RC. After this I cleaned the pad and used 3M Swirl Mark Remover and went over the entire car to take care of all of the swirls and other micro maring all over the surface.

    After the 3MSMR I switched to a white pad on the PC and applied Wolfgan Pre-Wax Polish, applying with the PC and then again, removing with MF towels. After hitting the entire car, I went back and got any of the small odd areas that I wasn't able to hit with the PC and did them by hand. Next I applied 2 coats of Wolfgan Sealant by hand using a MF applicator and removing with MF towels. The muffler was cleaned using Never Dull. I used 303 Aerospace Procetant on the trim and tires and Stoners Invisible Glass on the glass.

    Like I said, I'm super happy, the pictures do it NO justive. It was a TON of work, as really wanted things to come out perfect and had nothing better to do for a while.

    I would like to really thank Mike and Corey (www.diamonddetailing.biz) for all their help and suggestions. Between them and all of the info I picked up on Autopia I know that I have gotten results that would have been impossible using my old methods, which IMO, were pretty darned good.

    Anyone serious about detailing, I HIGHLY recomend purchasing a PC. I don't think that this would have been possible without it, as my arm would have fallen off days ago and I still would have been working. Seriously the best thing I've purchased for the car lately.

    ~Walter
     
  2. R6EXTERRA

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    awesome post......looks great. Most times pictures do no justice for a wax job or faults in the paint. Most likely it would be attributed to our ...well below novice experience with a camera.
     
  3. Peter Gibbons

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    Here are some other cars I worked on while I was home. My mother's Acura looked like she had literally driven it through a freaking forest. I felt bad and said I'd get rid of the huge scratches, but as I did, the little ones became even more noticable and I ended up compounding nearly the whole car with the PC. I ended up giving it the Wolfgan treatment as well. Here are some shots fo the scratches I started with.

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    And the results

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    Where some of those scratches used to reside.
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    I know I could have gotten better results using a combo better suited for light cars, but I used what I had on hand. She loved the results. Again, the paint looked fantastic and was super slick to the touch, which was her favorite part. Well, that, and the fact that the huge scratches everywhere were gone. She couldn't believe it, and frankly, neither could I. I was quite impressed with the ammount of damage I was able to remove.

    Then there was my brothers Passat. I actually did this car first and used it as a guinea pig to learn the PC on, which I might add, took all of about 5 minutes, if that. This car gave me so much trouble. The initial wash and clay took forever, as anyone who does this a lot knows, white cars SUCK! Esp. the rust! Here are some shots of his paint that I started with. It has HEAVY swirling and a fair ammount of scratches. Most he didn't even know where they came from, but I'm assuming the combination of roof racks and idiots using snow brushes did a good portion of it.

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    Then a shot of me doing the work in the garage, all taped up. Pretty much done at this point.

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    And then I was unable to really get finished shots because he went straight to work, and then it rained for 2 days! here is one once the rain sorta cleared though. Dunno what happened to my full car shots.

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    The car came out great, and again, the PC destroyed 99% of the scratches on the car. The swirls are history as well and the car is left with a nice super slick really wet look to it. Again, this car would have benefited from a combo more geared towards lighter colors, but the results were impressive none the less.

    ~Walter
     
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    looks nice, how long did all of that take you?? :eek3:
     
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    if you dont mind telling me, what kind of PC are you using? thanks
     
  6. Peter Gibbons

    Peter Gibbons OT Supporter

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    I'd say at least 6-8 hours. Over 2 days.

    I'm using the 7336 ;)
     
  7. tpgsr

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    :bigthumb: Looks nice walter. I am the Mike from Diamond detailing that he is talking about. His car needed some tlc, and after a good hour of talking, we got it everything that it needed to lok great. Walter did the hard part, and that was getting the technique correct and getting the results you see.

    Walter, Make sure that you post these pics up over at Autopia.org, I am sure that they would all like to see it :)


    If anyone wants any product recomendations, shoot me a pm, or an e-mail: [email protected], and i will be more than happy to give you some helpful advice.

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    did you get the blue paint out of the wheel-wells and if you did what did you use?
     
  9. Peter Gibbons

    Peter Gibbons OT Supporter

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    Yup. I tried paint thinner but it wasn't touching it. I then grabbed some nail polish remover and that worked fairly well. I was going to get some AC Stripper or something stronger to make it go quicker but I didn't want to leave. It ended up taking 2 hours to get most of it off. I left some in the tops of the wheel well for another day :-/
     
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    masking the rubber bits = shows that you are extremely careful in the process, congratulations.
     
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    RIT, eh? Live around here?
     
  12. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Saw this on Autopia too. Excellent work!
     
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    WOW that turned out AMAZING!! Good job man :)
     
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    Whoa it's like a get together.
     
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    nice man~
     
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    great job! I am an RIT student too. I am a packaging major myself.. what are you? Your audi looks excellent! I really want to pick up a pc now!

    - Emilio
     
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    thanks :bowdown:
     
  19. Peter Gibbons

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    I have graduated from RIT and moved on, still need to remove that dumb sticker, oh well, I'm lazy and hate windows :p
     
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    iNteGraz92 trolling apple sackriders is just too damn easy

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    dealer emblem? should take it off
     

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