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Has your car been to the bodyshop for a paint repair?

August 1st, 2010

I’ve set aside some time each week to try to complete one post – making it a fairly concise write up rather than lots of half jobs showing most of thats week’s jobs.

Before we commence this week’s delight I would like to highlight a few points.  The car in question was delivered straight from the bodyshop.  The job was completed by a mate of the car owner.  The time to complete the job was tight.  The pictures I have taken have been collated in order that I can show the work undertaken by myself, and the transformation to the car.  The pics have not been taken to undermine in any way the work completed at the bodyshop. 

The car is a 56 plate, and has just short of 95k on the clock!

So lets start by shwoing the colour shade of the car, and you can also see the defects on the bonnet already!

just a tad of G3 behind the headlights from a previous buffing….

door tops to show how much dirt was on the car

and just under windows with lots of bogging down dust on top of the dirt, nicely built up in the door shuts too

nice CSL alloys under there somewhere:

that sort of clean bit must be where it was painted

some more g3:

a mask line of overspray on the rear quarter

more g3 splatter and dirt

why bother wiping the g3 off?

more g3

more g3 and an oversprayed exhaust

well at least that was masked up

after washing the car in my usual manner, than on top claying, using 3m cleanser clay:


with the car now washed, clayed and dried, time for some better before pics:

panel under sun gun

under normal light…

some gorgeous buffer trails and swirling

and an area which will require some attention:

First job was the spot pad cutting in, using 3m green pad and 3m fcp


after this, the door pillars:

Once all of the spot pad work was complete, swapped up to the 6 inch pad and started the larger panel areas, drivers door pics:

and then some 50:50 pics on the bonnet:

then back into the wash bay for another snowfoaming, before being dried and left for the morning (well it was 7pm on a Friday night by now!)

back in Saturday morning, and stright into refining with 3m ultrafina:

after this a good coat of Swissvax Best of Show:

wheels waxed

tow hitch and exhaust corrected

glass polished


a curtiousy vac up of the mess left by someone else:

and then a good variety of pictures to show how a car with almost 100k on the clock can look:



Thank you for taking the time to read my posting

Iain

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