Written up by Clark for DW, copied here by me!
Once again, i feel i must apologise for lack of presence on DW recently. My computer had a couple of viruses which prevented me from getting much internet access and i've been tied up with various other things but hopefully i shall be on more regularly from now on :thumb:
Anyways, on with this detail.
This Lotus Elise was booked in for a 2 day correction as according to the owner it just needed a "light polish" (we hadnt seen the car previously as the customer had travelled up from Edinburgh):
I'd barely spent 5 seconds looking at it to know that this was going to need a good bit more than a light polish!...
As you can see from the pics, the car has seen some bodyshop work in its short life (everything except for the doors had been painted) and to be honest i'm amazed how a bodyshop can hand a car back in such a mess
They even got polish splatter inside the car!
To make things worse, just about every single panel had huge amounts of overspray which left the paint rough and dull.
We explained to the owner that 95% + correction wasnt going to be anywhere near possible given the time limits and the horrendous condition of the car (if you think it still doesnt look that bad then wait for the halogen shots), so the main aim was to clean the car up as good as possible in the 2 days it was booked in for. I was already preparing for a late late late night!
So, 9am on day 1 beginning with the wash stage:
This was left to dwell while i cleaned the wheels with Megs Wheel Brightener and Autosmart Tardis and the arches/tyres with Megs Super Degreaser.
I then rinsed the car off, taking extra care round the re-sprayed areas as there was some paint already starting to flake off which i didnt want to make any worse!
Zym0l Fabrique was used with a soft brush to clean the fabric hood:
A megs triple duty brush and Super Degreaser was used to remove all the polish residue from the plastic trim. This alone took close to 45 minutes to completely remove it all:
I then washed the car with the 2 bucket method and Shampoo Plus before rinsing and moving it inside for claying. I skipped the Tardis stage as some of the paintwork hadnt been baked and some panels were only a week or two old so i didnt want to risk the chance of stripping any paint off (i've seen this happen back in my Valeting days at VW).
Claying took around an hour and a half with an aggressive clay bar to try and remove as much overspray as possible but to be honest, it didnt remove half as much as i'd have hoped for so i prayed that the polishing stage would help with this.
It was close to 3:30pm before i'd got the car all taped up and ready for polishing, purely down to the fact that so may areas of the car needed properly prepped before i could get onto the next stage. This in itself was pretty frustrating as the majority of it was down to the bodyshop being crap at their job (sorry to put it blunt but it was a disgrace)
With the car all dried off and ready for polishing, i took some more pics to try and show just exactly what we were dealing with:
Air bubbles in the paintwork:
Wee bit more overspray (!)
These marks were apparantly from when the bodyshop put a cover over the car before the paint had fully dried (!?!?)
There were also a fair few swirls and RIDS:
Up untill this car arrived, i'd have said the Evo V detailed in this thread was the worst:
I think loking back at the two that the elise was worse, purely for the fact that the Evo's paint was mostly just oxidisation and etching whereas the Elise had just about everything you could imagine!