BUSY WEEK -THE FINALE - BLACK S2000 CORRECTION
An old acquaintance came to visit a couple of months ago and I couldn't help notice that this beautiful car needed to be restored back to a worthy condition. The owner knew it had to be better for the next track day at Knockhill.
I wanted this one for a long time, and as it turned out I was not the only one chuffed with the outcome.
Here's some befores to give you an idea of how the car had come to be:
Wash and Clay
Foamed with Megs APC through superspray.
Megs APC foamed through Superspray
Rinsed with hose
Autobrite tar and glue remover applied to lower panels.
APC'd again, followed by TBM-wash with Megs Lambswool and MF mits, CG Extreme Body Wash and Wax.
Rinsed with hose.
Claying carried out using Sonus green with Megs Last Touch as lube 1:1.
The car had been clayed a few months ago and was relatively free of majorly-bonded contaminants.
Sonus White Polishing pad used in conjunction with Menzerna 106 FF polish
Spread for 2 passes at speed 2. Polish broken down with 4 passes at speed 4-5, followed by 2 passes at speed 3. Residue wiped with Poorboys work towels.
The doors, all of the rear end, and the bonnet all required two hits.
All PCing carried out with only touch pressure on each panel.
Most panels required two hits.
Cleansing and Protection
Body was HD Cleansed followed by Carbon wax, Field Glaze.
Wheels cleansed with JEFFS Acrylic Prime and topped with Acrylic Jett (3 coats).
All windows, inside and out, were cleansed and protected with JEFFS ACrylic Prime.
Arches and tyres dressed with Poorboys Bold and Bright.
Tailpipes given a 10 minute hand polish with Megs NXT Polysh.
Door shuts and jambs cleansed with Megs APC 4:1, followed by Jeffs Prime again for more cleansing and protection.
I started with the rear O/S quarter and achieved the following.
DRIVER'S DOOR BEFORE
DRIVER'S DOOR AFTER
The difference in clarity between the corrected driver's door and the original O/S front quarter is visible here:
Upon correction of the O/S front quarter, the driver's side now loked like this:
N/S FRONT QUARTER BEFORE
N/S FRONT QUARTER AFTER
N/S REAR QUARTER BEFORE
N/S REAR QUARTER AFTER
REAR END BEFORE
REAR END AFTER
It was at this point I noticed some deeper scratches spread around the rear bumper and lowers. Wet sanding was about to solve these little ones.
The last two pictures show, for me anyway, the utter transformation that this cracking car has went through. This has to be my favourite detail to date.
SOME OF THE GENERAL AFTERS
I absolutely loved this detail due to the condition the car was in to begin with. The paint was soft and strange and required great delicacy in dealing with the defects.
All in all, a good end to a busy week.
Knowing what a challange S2000 paint can be to get spot on, you've done yourself proud. Cracking work, great read too. Far too many soft paint cars end up micromarred to buggery due to a heavy handed approach, but it's clear in your afters you've done well. I think this is the best work you've posted to date!
Yes, it turned out very well and my friend couldn't believe his eyes when he came to collect it. He has to learn to be careful when washing this paint and when applying and buffing over chemicals because I'm sure that's where all the marring and holograming came from in the first place. I now notice so many Japanese paints with the same problem out there. I look at almost every dark Japanese one now and see it about 80% of the time.
Don't think I'll every buy one now.
As you'll see from today's small order, I've bought a Rotary! Have spent an hour with it on the spare panel in the workshop and I'm very pleased so far with its control and the results. I've now got rid of defects that the PC was not really budging. It's an orange Silverline, speeds 900 - 3000 rpm with a soft start. Taking care and paint thickness measurements are crucial now to getting the most from it. It's a good interim purchase until I've got the disposable funds for the Makita.
Holiday time just got happier!
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Can't believe the results you got from such poorly maintained and damaged paint!! well done, the results speak for themselves but you must be well chuffed!!!
whats your next project?
Thanks for the kind words.
Next project, ehm....... probably my A4's boot at the weekend. I've noticed some swirling recently. Will give the new rotary a go on it and the paint thickness is a plenty so that's good.
wow! really nice!
just a shame that because it's black, it's filthy already lol
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Wow great transformation, pics and write up. Before and after pics are awesome. Well done