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    2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    The owner of this one is my brothers girlfriend. She is the second owner of this corvette. My brother helped me with this one as well.

    I forgot to get a before photo prior to us starting but the car was rather clean.

    We started on the inside and it was clean as well. We did a light vacuum. We gave the interior a wipedown with Meguiar`s Quik Interior Detailer followed by 303 Automotive Protectant. The interior was a bit dry so it took a couple coats of 303 to rehydrate it.

    We cleaned the interior glass with DP Krystal Vision Glass Cleaner.

    The leather seats were cleaned with Meguiar`s D181 Leather cleaner and protected with Meguiar`s Ultimate Leather Balm.

    We finished off the interior with a Meguiar`s New Car Scent Air-Refresher Odor Eliminator.

    Here`s the finished look. These were taken the following day after the paint correction process.





    After the interior was complete we moved on to the exterior.

    Prior to washing I cleaned the wheels and tires. I used Meguiar`s D143 on the wheels and tires. Also cleaned the wheel wells with Meguiar`s D108.

    We moved onto using the Mike Phillips aggressive wash method

    Ironx doing it`s thing.



    The Adams foam gun with 2.5 ounces of DP Xtreme Foam Car Shampoo



    My bro giving the car a foam bath



    Here he is having a little fun with the foam gun. Excuse the loud noises from the neighbors.



    We resumed with claying the car. There was not a lot of surface contaminants on the surface which was a good thing as we finished claying rather quickly.

    The color hides defects pretty well but the defects that were in the paint were not that bad.

    I didn`t take to many photos while we were correcting it.

    This was the perfect opportunity to use the new Rupes LHR15 Mark II that I received a few weeks back. I also picked up the Rupes UHS system during the Vega deals a few weeks back. My Rupes Mini showed up just in time to knock out the smaller areas.

    Also used the Meguiar`s MT300 with the Rupes UHS. Worked well with the UHS system.

    Here are some of the defects in the paint. Very minor and hard to capture with the camera.



    They were taken care of with a few passes using the Rupes UHS



    The Rupes Mini was put to work right away. The 3" UHS pads fit into the recessed tail lights just right.

    Before



    After



    For protection the car received Blackfire Wet Diamond Paint Protection.

    Here are some photos of the car sitting overnight in the garage. The Rupes UHS polishing compound added some nice gloss.



    Reflection shot after the car sat in the garage overnight.



    We gave this a final wipe with Blackfire Midnight Sun Carnauba Spray Wax.

    Pulled it outside and the finish was swirl free. The Rupes UHS system was a rockstar on this one.











    Nice gloss and hood reflections



    Reflections on the targa top



    Reflection off the driver side door



    The wheels were clayed and sealed with Adams Quick Sealant. The tires were dressed with two coats of Blackfire Total Eclipse Tire Gel.




    Some various other things we did. The trim was cleaned with Meguiar`s D103. These front pillars and the front cowl were protected with 303 Trim Restorer & Protectant. I found out that this works best on textured trim.

    I had to remove 303 off the smooth black decklid trim as it was too streaky for my liking. I went with wolfgang exterior trim sealant for that area as well as the front grille and rear valence.

    Before shot of the front trim on the passenger side. The coating on part of the trim has failed.



    After using 303 Trim Restorer & Protectant



    My brother loves Blackfire All In One Trim & Tire Protectant that he went for a little cosmetic engine make over. He used an Adams lug nut style brush and a microfiber to wipe off any residue.

    Before



    After



    She was very happy with the end result. The silver paint just popped and looked great.

    I was very impressed with the Rupes UHS system. It worked great and it saved a lot of time. It had virtually zero dusting which was a huge plus. It worked great with the Rupes LHR15 Mark II and the Rupes Mini. These are two of the tools used. The UHS system also worked really well with Meguiar`s MT300.

    The LHR15 Mark II is an impressive tool. I had no stalling issues with it. It`s such a quiet tool with little to no vibration.

    The mini was a beast. Great tool for those smaller areas. Much better experience than using a 3" pad on the PC7424XP that I have used for quite sometime.



    Blackfire was impressive as well. It was the first time I used it. It is very slick. It is so easy to wipe off. One of the easiest sealants I have ever wiped off.

    Products and tools used:

    Interior:

    Meguiar`s Quik Interior Detailer
    Meguiar`s D181 Leather Cleaner
    Meguiar`s Ultimate Leather Balm
    Meguiar`s Air Re-Fresher Odor Eliminator (New Car Scent)
    303 Automotice Protectant
    DP Krystal Vision Glass Cleaner

    Exterior:

    CarPro IronX Lemon Scent
    DP Xtreme Foam Car Shampoo
    Meguiar`s M34 as clay lube
    Clay Magic Clay Bar
    Rupes UHS system
    Blackfire Wet Diamond Paint Protection
    Blackfire Midnight Sun Carnauba Spray wax
    DP Glass Restorer Polish (front & rear glass only)
    DP Coating Prep Polish
    DP Glass Coating

    Trim:

    Meguiar`s D103 APC+
    303 Trim Restorer & Protectant (front cowl & front pillars)
    Wolfgang Exterior Trim Sealant (lower rear valance & rear decklid)

    Wheels, wheel wells and tires:

    Meguiar`s D108
    Meguiar`s D143
    Blakfire Total Eclipse Tire Gel
    Adams Quick Sealant
    Meguiar`s D4510

    Exhaust Tips:

    Pinnacle Exhaust Cleaner & Brightener

    Tools:

    Rupes LHR15 Mark II
    Rupes Mini
    Meguiar`s MT300
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Great job!
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    very nice, love that wet ice over fire combination.
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Beautiful work, great write up !
    Formerly the "Best Detailer", now just Super Wax Waster Man. Not necessarily tactful, but normally right. It`s good to be da King !!!
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Amazing job Mike!! That silver looks so wet!
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing the detailed write-up and pics.
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Very nice work.
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Nice, looks very good.
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Quote Originally Posted by mjlinane View Post
    Great job!
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by tropicsteve View Post
    very nice, love that wet ice over fire combination.
    Thanks. I really enjoyed using blackfire.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronkh View Post
    Beautiful work, great write up !
    Thanks. I was thinking I hope Ron enjoys this one while I was working on it . Glad you enjoyed it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc08EX View Post
    Amazing job Mike!! That silver looks so wet!
    Thanks. I really liked how wet it looked. I didn`t want to charge her for it and told her don`t worry about it. She ended up ordering me a $100 mystery box from AGO and tried to be sneaky about it lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Priyaka View Post
    Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing the detailed write-up and pics.
    Thanks. I like to link the products I use to make it easier on the next person who reads this and asks what product I use. I did not link the DP line as it will be consolidated with XMT in the new McKee`s 37 line.

    Quote Originally Posted by RMD View Post
    Very nice work.
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Migue View Post
    Nice, looks very good.
    Thanks.
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post

    Thanks. I really liked how wet it looked. I didn`t want to charge her for it and told her don`t worry about it. She ended up ordering me a $100 mystery box from AGO and tried to be sneaky about it lol.
    That`s nice of you not to charge her for the detail but it`s also nice of her to order the $100 mystery box as a thank you! I`m sure you`re excited about that! I`m curious as to what you`ll get.

    And BTW, 5 hours for polishing the entire car is FAST!
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    Simply beautiful !!!

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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Looks great...how long did u let the bfwdafpp cure before applying the ms spray wax..ive been wanting to try that combo

    I can`t wait to try my uhs sometime soon, purchased on the same vega deal.


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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    @Guz
    If your not a everyday detailer do you feel that the Rupes Mach 2 is worth upgrading to?
    I haven`t seen any comoarisons from anyone yet.

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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    great job!
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    Re: 2009 Corvette Rupes Mark II and Rupes Mini and Rupes UHS and Blackfire Wet Diamond

    Quote Originally Posted by 512detail View Post
    Looks great...how long did u let the bfwdafpp cure before applying the ms spray wax..ive been wanting to try that combo

    I can`t wait to try my uhs sometime soon, purchased on the same vega deal.
    I let the car sit overnight. Somewhere in between 12-13 hours before I followed up with midnight sun spray wax. I used D114 (at waterless wash dilution ratio)to remove any light dust prior to applying th spray wax as D114 leaves nothing behind.

    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnF350 View Post
    @Guz
    If your not a everyday detailer do you feel that the Rupes Mach 2 is worth upgrading to?
    I haven`t seen any comoarisons from anyone yet.
    I enjoyed using the Mark II. I bought it because the MT300`s power cord has failed on me twice. The Rupes LHR15 Mark II is like night and day compared to the MT300. The Rupes is worth the money.

    Quote Originally Posted by donbeezy View Post
    great job!
    Thanks.
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