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#1 kaval

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:27 AM

Hey everyone! Some of the newer members may not recognize my name and other previously existing members may not remember me. It might be due to the fact that I haven't posted a Click & Brag since April 8, 2010!  :P
 
Why, might you ask? I've been busy, with the journey of life, and adapting to big changes that happen along the path. I lost someone very dear to me, started studying to get into grad school, took a full-time job in a pharmaceautical company, and began grad school. Nonetheless, I still detailed here and there but definitely fell off the map for quite some time and my business suffered heavily as a result. I quit my job in the pharma company after 1.5 years, and got back into being my own boss. B)

So I figured what better way to make a 'return' than with a truly epic car - a Lamborghini. And not just any Lamborghini, the 25th of 50, LP650-4. The car itself was pretty trashed! Buffer trails, deep swirls, some scratches, wax residue, etc. Let's get into a walk around of the car, shall we?
 
I showed up and pulled the car out of the garage. What a pain to get this thing started. It seems that if you don't do things at just the right time, the car does not start and the alarm goes off. 5 minutes later, the car is outside.
 
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So, you're probably thinking "how the heck does a brand new car get delivered with that much damage? Here's a story for you in coles notes form: Owner bought the car, decided he did not want it, and had to go through legal proceedings against dealer. Car sat in showroom for quite some time (I believe over a year). Car is 'detailed' prior to delivery, and you have a free DIS add on - dealer-installed swirls.
 
So I proceeded to wash the car. But wait a minute! Where's the top? Some improvisation was required. I ONR'd the top half of the car, and hand washed the lower half. As a precaution, I placed a sheet over the entire interior to absorb any tiny water droplets that may find themselves inside. I followed the hand wash with a treatment of IronX. Two IPA wipedowns were carried out after bringing the car indoors.
 
Let's have a closer look now, shall we?

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^Hey look, no burned trim! :lol:
 
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Correction:
These cars are known for having hard paint, this being no exception. I was actually surprised at how hard it really was. However, these defects were quite deep. My goal with this car was to obviously achieve as close to 100% correction as possible, but minimize the amount of polishing steps. Happy to report that two was needed, but many passes of compounding took place with Megs 105 on the Rupes 21 utilizing Meguiar's MF finishing pads. The amount of RIDS (random isolated deep scratches) were mind blowing. I think in total, I made at least 4 heavy passes with M105. So much so that over the course of the 3 days I worked on this vehicle, I had to rewash my MF pads!
 
A couple of photos after doing some testing to see what cutting step to go with. M105 finished down well enough, with just a slight haze remaining.
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So, myself, Brinkmann, and Rupes continued around the car on a seek and destroy mission. :ph34r:
 
Driver and passenger sides had quite a bit of damage, especially on the edges. I used caution and very light passes to cut through the damage, while doing my best to ensure that a line of haze did not remain along the edge. Each edge has to reflect as clear as flat panels!
 
Passenger side door:
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Passenger side quarter panel:
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Rear 'deck' :unsure:
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Driver side QP:
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Finally, I moved on to compound the last part of the passenger door, and followed up with FG400 on a white LC pad. On this hard paint, FG400 worked perfectly to remove the M105 micromarring, and leave a beautiful finish behind. Here's a before and after of M105+FG400

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Things were getting a little messy! :lol:
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Moving on to the back of the car, I had some more intricate work to do with regards to the tight areas. Nonetheless, patience, skill, and some carefully executed planning worked well.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:28 AM

FINALLY! All the compounding and polishing is done! I called it a night and went home. The next day I returned and set out to wash this sexy bull and get her coated.

The car is looking gorgeous already!
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So I prepped up some Optimum Car Wash and gave the car a careful wash, again being careful with the open top. Same approach was taken as before.

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Here's a couple of shots after CQUK and Reload. At the time I was only installing OCP and CQ UK. I personally like the look of CQ UK better than OCP, so I went with CQ UK. Looking pretty sweet!

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While the coating was curing, I knew the interior needed some work. Unfortunately most of the interior pictures came out awful. The ones that are good, will hopefully give you an idea of how bad it was. A thorough vacuum of the entire interior was carried out, followed by a careful wipe down with Megs Quik Interior Detailer. For the center console, a lot of time was spent with a 10 water to 1 grime reaper APC, and an MF towel. A few passes with steam also helped.

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I then put my focus on the trunk area. A thorough vacuum, and a conditioning of all contents using CarPro's PERL.
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All rubber trims were treated:
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Following this, the engine bay got a wipedown with Ultima WW and MF towels. I could not believe how damaged the CF brace bars were. Scratched beyond repair! Here are some pics of the bay cleaned up and made to look presentable in it's naked state, no dressings applied. I did however use Optimum Car Wax to protect the surfaces due to the open bonnet cover.

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if you're still with me, great! We're almost done, lol.

Wheels and tires:
As expected, the tires were covered in a THICK coating of dealer dressing. :wacko: Sonax wheel cleaner and a stiff brush, carefully scrubbed away the gunk and left the tires looking clean and fresh. The rims were washed with fresh Optimum Car Wash. They were already clean to begin with but it didn't take long to go over them again. Unfortunately the wheels were heavily swirled and had a very hazy look. To remedy this, I took M205 on a LC CCS red foam applicator and hand polished the faces and spokes, and as much as I could reach into the barrel. Following this, I applied PBWS. My dressing of choice: PERL. I absolutely love this stuff, and so far everything from CarPro too. Corey Caruth is THE man to deal with. He makes it so easy for us Canadians to get the goods and really takes care of his customers. Hats off to you Corey!
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#3 kaval

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:28 AM

OK...so you've made it this far, and now I have to reward you! FINALS! :D I was pretty down that the sun was not out during the after pics. I kept saying to myself "This car would look amazing in the sun!" But...I got a lovely surprise near the end that made me VERY happy.

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And here is a YouTube video of a walk around:
Happy to say after 3+ years: As always, thank you for looking!!!!!!! :D

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:41 AM

Nice work as always.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:48 AM

Amazing write-up and great results!  Nice work!


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 03:07 PM

Thank you for the compliments! :)

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:54 PM

Awesome write up!

 

Did you get the swirls out of the glass? If so, how? Did you go through the hassle of using ceri-glass, or did just compound on a foam pad take care of it?


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:13 PM

Kaval,

Outstanding work as always.

 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:36 PM

Outstanding!!!!!  B)  B)  B) 


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:25 PM

nice work man!

 

welcome back!


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:55 PM

Awesome write up!

 

Did you get the swirls out of the glass? If so, how? Did you go through the hassle of using ceri-glass, or did just compound on a foam pad take care of it?

Thanks! I did not polish any swirls out of glass. Do you mean the black plastic panels at the top of the car? I forgot to write about those, but they were very hard to correct. It took three steps: FG400 on a Sonus white pad, followed by M205 on a white LC pad, followed by Menz Final Finish on a black LC pad. The finish was VERY soft!

 

Kaval,

Outstanding work as always.

 

Barry Theal

Barry my friend, thank you very much. I'm looking forward to attending one of your training sessions in the near future. Unfortunately the upcoming one does not work for me, but soon enough.

 

Outstanding!!!!!  B)  B)  B) 

 

Thank you!!! :D

nice work man!

 

welcome back!

Thanks a lot! I love the screen name ;)



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:00 AM

WOW, what a beautiful result! At first the color was WTF but after looking at the result it really makes the shape of this beautiful design stand out. Dripping wet, the owner must love you now.
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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:13 PM

Great job, and good to see you posting again.


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 04:26 AM

That's the baddest Lambo I've ever seen. That color combo is great. You really restored it to perfection.
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Posted 17 November 2013 - 01:37 PM

That color on that car, properly detailed, looks amazing.  Very nice job on the lambo.


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 05:54 PM

Nice work certainly worth the effort


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:15 PM

WOW, what a beautiful result! At first the color was WTF but after looking at the result it really makes the shape of this beautiful design stand out. Dripping wet, the owner must love you now.

Thanks jimmie! When I saw the car, I too was like "umm...this colour is WEIRD!" Once I got it under the lights though, I fell in love with it. The owner couldn't believe something like this was even possible. He loved how it came out, so I'm working on his other 3 Range Rovers. Going to post one in a couple of days.

 

Great job, and good to see you posting again.

Thanks Thomas. Great to see a familiar name again :)

 

That's the baddest Lambo I've ever seen. That color combo is great. You really restored it to perfection.

 

Thanks a lot. Definitely is a sweet looking ride!

That color on that car, properly detailed, looks amazing.  Very nice job on the lambo.

Thanks Eddie. Very much appreciated :)

 

Nice work certainly worth the effort

I agree. The effort paid off. Thanks!



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