Today's Detail: 02 Subaru Forrester *56k go wash your own car*

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by n2_space, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    After washing a couple of my cars yesterday, I had this one to do for today. I quoted him and booked him a month ago, and needless to say, it was in better shape when I saw it the first time :hsugh: I don't think it's been touched since I quoted him. This one I got on "looks alone"... he lives in my neighborhood and stopped to talk to me because my cars "looked so good". He was very happy and impressed when it was done, and took several of my cards to post at work and hand out to clients :cool:

    Process as follows:

    Interior (vacuum, clean, protect)
    Wash
    Clay
    Polish (Optimum Compound with a polishing pad)
    Wax with Optimum Car Wax

    The interior was in decent shape, just needed a good vacuuming and a couple spots taken out, and dusting/cleaning badly. The body was filthy, the just plain ol dirty, and lots of road tar and bugs. The rims were pretty caked with brake dust. Process took just under 5 hours. End result was good, and the silver flake really popped.


    On with the pics! Here is what I started with:

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    Here you can see how bad it is on the sunny side :ugh:

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    Can't really see how many bugs there were on the front :o

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    Interior wasn't too bad as I mentioned, but a bit dirty:

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    This was one of the rear tires before :ugh:

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    After:

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    After claying just half the hood :ugh:

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  2. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    Interior after:

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    Flake pop:

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    After whole car shots:

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    A couple reflections:

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    Enjoy :)
     
  3. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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  4. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    :bowdown: Huge improvement, especially considering you two-stepped it. Pretty nice how well Optimum Compound finishes down, eh?
     
  5. BonerCity

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    damn that shit looks like it just rolled off the lot nice work:bigthumb:
     
  6. n2_space

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    Thanks :) Yeah it is... I'm still amazed at how well I had OHC finish down on a light cutting pad a couple weeks ago (first time I used OHC), much less residual micro marring than I would have expected. I love Optimum :coold:
     
  7. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    Funny, he said it looked better than when they bought it... (but I do get that a lot :o ).
     
  8. spitfyre

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    nice work!!
     
  9. CBlakeNS

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    Very nice work, looks great!
     
  10. Buck-O

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    Optimum Products -> :bj: <- Scottwax


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  11. e r y k

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    question... after you apply the optimum compound with an orbital, how are you supposed to get it off? with an orbital also?

    what kind of pad should i be using?
     
  12. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    :rofl:

    I love optimum's stuff too :o
     
  13. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    After applying any polish with a PC, I just wipe off with a MF towel.
     
  14. Buck-O

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    I do too...but i just had to give Scott some shit.
     
  15. Fidel Castro

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    i need to buy some of that shit
     
  16. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    :rofl: :mamoru:
     
  17. Parabellum

    Parabellum Molon Labe!

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    Wow that is one of the best looking silver cars I've seen.

    Great work.
     
  18. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    only thing that keeps me away from Optimum products is its extend breakdown period over other polishes and compounds.
     
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    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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  20. n2_space

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    It breaks down like other polishes, but you can work it longer. It's just kind of weird hwo you can do that, but it's great. Try it out, you won't regret it :coold:
     
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    n2_space Space > *.*

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    Thanks for all the compliments everyone :bigthumb:
     
  22. (tomcat)DonkeyP

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    that's awesome work. i'm always amazed at what you guys can do. on average, how much does a decent detailing job run with guys of your skills? know anyone you can recommend in houston, tx?
     
  23. n2_space

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    Thanks :) It depends on the car, condition, and what I do to it. I charged $125 for this. My base rate is $25 an hour up to $50 an hour depending on what I do. The interior was really pretty easy, and the exterior was pretty normal for what I find on most cars, but paint was not swirled too badly at all. They use the touchless wash, so not a lot of swirling, but plenty dirty. Took a hair under 5 hours (I planned for 5).
     

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