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Mobile-Image : One of the worst to date...
30-03-2009, 10:02 PM
Post: #1
Mobile-Image : One of the worst to date...
Appologies for only getting the full post up now having left only a teaser a week or 2 ago. This past weekend was our 1st full weekend away from detailing since early Jan and I in particular did nothing much at all for a change Bluebiggrin

Our client from the Michelangelo Towers contacted us and told us he had a 'challenge' for us in the form of a Golf 5 GTI he recently acquired, naturally we couldn't wait to see what was in store for us Bluebiggrin

Saturday morning arrived and we headed off to the towers to see what lay in store for us. To say we were shocked at the condition of the car, which was less than a year old and had only covered 10k km, was an understatement. Anyways enough babbling lets get onto the detailing and some photies Wink


Prep Work

As always the wheels were the 1st stop and were soaked with Sonax Xtreme Rim Cleaner and left to dwell whilst we prepared some wash solution and got our gear ready.

Before
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Sonax applied and left to do its thing
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Rinsed, dried and dressed some time later
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With the wheels out of the way we proceeded to wash the car using the 2BM and a selection of wash mitts, brushes and in this instance Meguiars Soft Wash Gel. After washing and rinsing the entire car was clayed with a combo of Meg's Fine clay and Auto Magic Meduim Clay before being rinsed again and dried off in preperation for the paint inspection. Unfortunately no pics from the wash/clay process but I am sure you all know whats involved Bluebiggrin


Paint Inspection

With the car properly cleaned we proceeded to have at look at her under the lights. As mentioned before we were truly shocked to see the condition this relatively new vehicle's paintwork was in Hammerhead

A selection of paint defects from around the vehicle Throwup
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Our client wasn't lying when he said this one would test our skills, regardless we couldn't wait to get stuck in and see what kind of correction we could achieve.


And so it starts

After taping up we proceeded to test various combo's and see what would be required in order to bring this ugly duckling back to life.

Bonnet taped in preperation for a 50/50
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After testing a few combo's we settled on a 2 stage approach, SIP worked via rotary on a green 3M compounding pad followed by FA on a yellow 3M polishing pad. This combo knocked the swirls out of the park and restored some much needed lustre back to the paintwork.

A selection of 50/50's from along the way
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Chess anyone ?
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Black vs Grey
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With our initial testing on the bonnet complete we made our way around the car. A few snaps from along the way

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And after
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After
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Fender 50/50's
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Drivers side patchwork
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Drivers door
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Passenger side wasn't much better
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Rear arch action
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Rear end rejuvenation...

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During
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And after
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Taillights were corrected with FA on the yellow pads at lower speeds

Befores
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And afters
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B pillars needed some TLC
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Thats better
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With nearly 10 hours of work behind us we finally got the paint correction work completed and popped back into the wash bay for a final washdown before finishing off.

Post paint correction

Having completed the correction work and with the car washed and dried we proceeded to seal the paintwork and apply the finishing touches to the car. Poorboys EX Sealant was the LSP of choice on the day and would be standing guard over the newly rejuventated paintwork.

As it was already past 10 in the evening we had to make do with some indoor shots from the underground parking garage Uhoh2

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A week later whilst detailing another vehicle for the same client we were asked to perform a maintenance wash on the GTI and this gave us the opportunity to get some much deserved outdoor shots Bluebiggrin

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Some reflection shots
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Overall this was a really fun detail and we learnt alot in the process. At the end of the day both ourselves and the client were blown away with the end result.

Thanks for looking Wavey

David : 083 642 2118
www.mobileimage.co.za

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30-03-2009, 10:35 PM
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RE: Mobile-Image : One of the worst to date...
Excellent work, looks like that car got the wetsand option from the local carwash. Like how it looks like you progressively unwrapped the crap off the car to expose pretty paint underneath.
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31-03-2009, 11:02 AM
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RE: Mobile-Image : One of the worst to date...
Uhoh2 what the hell happened to that car?!?!?!?!?!?!

Absolutely superb work guys! I loved the checkerboard bonnet Bluebiggrin

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31-03-2009, 12:37 PM
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RE: Mobile-Image : One of the worst to date...
Holy Cr@p!

Thats terrible! Great turnaround. Im very impressed!
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31-03-2009, 05:02 PM
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Top shelf work lads, car looks much better now. Can't believe how dull the car looked.

Looking forward to the write of the car you did the following day, that should be a cracker.
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01-04-2009, 07:11 PM
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Bluebiggrin Wow guys that's awesome work. Seems like the previous owner was washing it with sand! Nono

Great stuff!Clap
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01-04-2009, 08:26 PM
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Seriously guys..........how did that car get like that??

This detail belongs in your portfolio of why people should use you. Well done!
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02-04-2009, 11:53 AM
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RE: Mobile-Image : One of the worst to date...
Excellent work there guys ... at one stage i thought
those swirls are neva gonna come out ... Bluebiggrin
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