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Santa Beads
12-02-2012, 10:04 AM
Post: #1
Santa Beads
Hi everybody!

It's cyclone here in Mauritius. so I've got some time till the cyclone leaves our small island. I completed this ride on the 26th December last year but struggled to find some time to post.

This is my friend’s Toyota Camy, the one I partly detailed 8 months ago. My friend was on tour to Reunion Island, and it was the opportunity to work with his ride.

The passenger’s side remained to be polished. But ultimately the whole car got detailed.

So here we are:

The unpolished passenger’s side
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The True Color
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Close-up pics
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It hurts
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It’s not easy to be a Camy!

Road Tar

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The headlights
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The other side was worse

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Water spots on glass
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12-02-2012, 10:21 AM (This post was last modified: 12-02-2012 10:29 AM by zckid.)
Post: #2
RE: Santa Beads
My tools:

Washing & claying:
Local car shampoo and APC mix,
Uber clay + ONR

Washed and clayed:

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Paintwork:
Makita rotary
Menz Power Gloss 34A, 203s
Meguiars M80
LC pads: Orange, White, Black
Menz PowerLock Sealant

Glass:
Menz PG and LC orange pad
Stoner Invisible glass

Plastics:
CG New look trim gel
Some cotton swabs and a dressing applicator

Headlights:
Menz PG and LC orange pad
Menz PowerLock Sealant


Polishing:
I started off with Menz PG on LC orange pad, followed by Menz 203s on LC white pad. Actually, I stopped this combination shortly.

I simply jumped to 203s on LC white pad then got a little more aggressive as needed. The change paid.

For the deeper RIDS, I resorted to wet sanding. But it proved very dangerous. The paint came out as powder paint, like the one used by kids in schools. So I stopped. I did want to correct all defects (RIDS) as I would unnecessarily remove paint. Remember there’s no clear coat on this paint.

Even my wife (though she’s against me detailing cars) remarked: “Aren't you removing his paint?”Rofl

I spot buffed the RIDS using PG on LC orange, significantly reducing my section. I just rounded the majority of the RIDS. They are hardly noticeable. The parts I detailed months ago got a touch of Megs M80 and LC white pad followed by same polish and LC black.

Let the pictures do the talking:

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Blood Bath
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This is my white pad!

I can’t have IPA here. So, I used a wet towel to wipe over the polished areas followed by a complete wash.

Then I proceeded to the final steps:
Plastics were treated with CG new look trim gel.

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This was one the most time consuming part. I didn’t want to leave any spot untouched. I was wondering how it could be done, how others do it. And thanks God, I got an idea: “Use cotton swabs”. It was time consuming but at last I was happy with the outcome.

Menz sealant was applied to the paint with a CCS red applicator. Too big IMO for sealant application. Headlights got their share too.

Headlights after

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Some reflection pics

A new style Toyota Corolla!

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Now look at this pic very well.
Toyota versus Honda

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Cartoonized
Woody Woodpecker vs Dapper Denver Dooley

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It’s the effect of watching cartoons with my kids Rofl

The photographer photographed

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The work was completed early morning on the 26th following Xmas. All I got was beads. So I named these Santa beads.

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And I dedicate the Santa beads to all those who share their skills and abilities in the nicest way, and from whom I learn so much.

Your comments and advice are most welcome.

Wish you all a very happy new year 2012 (better late than never!)

Zaid
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12-02-2012, 11:03 PM
Post: #3
RE: Santa Beads
Well done Zaid - Awesome work

Just a quick one - do you import your products ?
or is there a detailing shop of sorts on the Island?

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13-02-2012, 01:41 PM
Post: #4
RE: Santa Beads
Much appreciated Nick, thanks.

Bought my products from Autogeek.net, i4detailing.co.uk and shinearama.co.uk.
Products are affordable but postage kills. taxes kill u again!

Local shops sell only Autoglym and a few Meguiars Consumer line products. (Megs are overpriced here)
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13-02-2012, 05:46 PM
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RE: Santa Beads
Nice work! Headlights came out superb!
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13-02-2012, 09:04 PM
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Nice work all-round Zaid. Agreed, Headlights came out very well!!!
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15-02-2012, 04:51 PM
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RE: Santa Beads
Fantastic work!

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15-02-2012, 07:37 PM
Post: #8
RE: Santa Beads
Nice work Zaid! I agree, those headlights came out very nicely.

Looking at those RIDs you guys must still have dinosaurs roaming Mauritius

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15-02-2012, 07:44 PM (This post was last modified: 15-02-2012 07:46 PM by zckid.)
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RE: Santa Beads
(13-02-2012 05:46 PM)Audioholic Wrote:  Nice work! Headlights came out superb!

(13-02-2012 09:04 PM)Jughead Wrote:  Nice work all-round Zaid. Agreed, Headlights came out very well!!!

(15-02-2012 04:51 PM)onyx Wrote:  Fantastic work!

thanks for the compliments bros! forum has been somewhat slow. plz share, looking fwd for ur details.

cheers!
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18-02-2012, 10:10 AM
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RE: Santa Beads
Wow! Awesome results!!! That car was in bad nick hey

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