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    Polished Bliss: Chrime Orange Elise R

    Posted on behalf of Clark, who did this car last week...

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    Right, first of all, apologies for the eleventy million pics in this thread, i got a bit snappy happy during this detail (over 200 were taken) and couldnt really edit them all down to a sensible number

    Now onto the car, in this rather nice chrome orange colour (well it looked nice under the dirt).....



    This is the latest customer to sign up to one of our monthly Vintage maintainance contracts and he drove up from Edinburgh and left the car with us over Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.

    Although the car was only a couple of months old, it had what looked like a couple of years worth of dirt and grime stuck to it:









    So, onto the Wash Process:

    Firstly, the arches/shuts etc were soaked in APC and the car was then foamed with a Safe Degreaser through the Foam Gun and left to dwell for 5 mins:



    The car was then rinsed at high pressure, (taking care around the edges of the armour-fend which was applied to the front end and rear arches) foamed again and then washed with the 2 bucket method and lambswool mitts. The wheels were badly covered in brake dust and obviously had no protection from new as they were almost starting to pitt already - a non acidic tyre and wheel gel were used for the faces but the inner rims needed an acidic cleaner cut 4:1 to remove every last bit of dirt.

    Once the car was rinsed i could see a large amount of tar and rubber that was stuck to the majority of the bottom half of the car - this was sprayed with Tar and Glue remover and left for a few minutes and then wiped off with a MF.

    The pic below shows the T&G remover in action, i couldnt be without this product as it saves a huge amount of time:



    I could just manage to fit my hand in with a MF mitt to remove the tar from the inner arches too:



    The paintwork and glass was then clayed with Zyml Lehm Clay and the car was given a final rinse off before being dried with the leaf blower (i keep forgetting to get a picture of this in action, will try to remember next time)

    Total Wash Time: 2 hours

    Polishing Stage:

    The car was then rolled (literally! i found it too much of a pain to get in and out to drive it so i pushed the car back and forward for the duration of the detail, just as well its such a light car ) inside and taped up.

    Under the halogens you can just about see the defects i was faced with:



    The entire car was covered in rotary holograms too:



    As the cars bodywork is entirely composite material i decided to use the good old PC for this detail, mainly because i wanted to keep heat to a mimimum and i figured it would actually be quicker due to the complex lines and curves of the car. The defects werent too bad either so i was confident the PC would provide enough punch for the job

    I first tried out the finishing polishes but these didnt provide quite enough defect removal for my liking so i went for the usual cerami-clear compound on an orange LC Pad, spread at speed 2 then worked at speed 6 untill fully broken down.

    Rear quarter before:



    Rear quarter after:



    Drivers door before:



    Door after:



    50/50 shot on the bootlid:



    Passenger door before:



    door after:



    All the smaller/complicated areas such as the rear bumper/engine cover etc were done with a 4" LC pad.

    Total Polish Time: 5 hours

    LSP:

    As mentioned at the start of the post, this customer had signed up for a monthly Vintage maintainance plan, so LSP of choice was obviously Zyml Vintage - this time applied by applicator pad after the HD Cleanse step, this made it a doddle to apply and buff off with next to no smears visible before the final buff several hours later
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    Interior:

    While the Wax was curing i set about the interior, which like the exterior was a little bit grubby:









    I firstly removed the carpets and gave them a quick brush/hoover, then cleaned the grubby bits with APC and extracted with Charles (our wet and dry machine )



    I then thoroughly hoovered and dusted down the interior before cleaning with a mild APC solution. The metal "grills" on the floor were cleaned with a mild metal polish after i'd removed all the dirt and mud from them and the Glass was cleaned with HD Cleanse inside and out.

    I then dressed the trim with Zyml Vinyl.....



    ....Fed the leather with Zyml Treat.....



    ....And applied HD Cleanse to all the painted sections including the door shuts etc...



    Interior afters:













    Next thing on the list was to apply Zyml Carbon to all the exterior trim and rubbers:



    This not only helps protect them but leaves a nice finish too:

    before:



    after:



    The exhausts were pretty dirty, i actually thought they were meant to be black to start with!:



    These were cleaned with a heavy cut metal compound on a german applicator pad and then followed up with a fine metal polish:



    Despite being cleaned with the safe de-greaser during the wash stage, the rear diffuser was still dirty:



    I cleaned this with neat APC on a MF and then dressed with an All Season Dressing which was buffed off 30 mins later:

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    Once that was all done, the car was given a final dust down with a Zyml duster and wiped down with Field Glaze.

    The fabric hood was "de-fluffed" with some masking tape, simple yet effective



    Last job was to re-apply the front number plate as it was squint when the car arrived, then the final pics were taken....they're shown in no particular order! enjoy :thumb:



































    Total Work Time: 12 hours-ish

    Although it was a small car there were ALOT of details to pay attention too, but both myself and the owner were chuffed with the results

    Great car, great colour, pain in the a$$ to get in and out of!

    Thanks for looking!
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    Fantastic finish. Just goes to show what the PC can still do.

    The vintage and the car's colour are just perfectly matched.

    Well done big chap.

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    As always a fantastic job - looks stunning

    one small point though - I knew the elise was "basic" inside but a pack of matches instead of a cigarette lighter is just taking the pi$$
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    Superb work as usual, and great pics too! Helps having a top-notch subject
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    Looks good enough to eat!

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    Wasn't sure from the first pictures, but WOW what a transformation. I love the colour!!!! Good work.
    Shame you are all the way up in Scotland. . . . Do you know of any good detailers in the Essex region???
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    your a genius

    really wish i could do that
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    Quote Originally Posted by phil1978
    Wasn't sure from the first pictures, but WOW what a transformation. I love the colour!!!! Good work.
    Shame you are all the way up in Scotland. . . . Do you know of any good detailers in the Essex region???
    Gary at Refined Reflections isn't too far away...

    http://www.refinedreflections.co.uk/


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    Thanks Rich.

    Has anyone used Nathan at Cambridge Autogleam???

    Just that Refined Reflections are quite a distance, as I'm based near Brentwood in Essex . . . .
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    Many thanks for the support Rich

    Phil1978, I'm fully mobile and regularly in your area so distance is no worry to me.

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    Cool, thanks RR.

    I thought that Brentwood was quite a distance for you to travel . . . But if you are happy to come all this way, FANTASTIC.

    When's best to call you to discuss a detail RR??
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    Lol, my geography seems to have failed me a bit; I know where both Gary and Nathan are based, but my thought was that Brentwood was closer to Gary! Doh! Just for the record, both Gary and Nathan are detailers we are happy to recommend, excellent work and ethics all round. You guys down south are spoilt for choice!

 

 

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