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    Mitsubishi EVO VIII FQ-340

    Mitsubishi EVO VIII FQ-340 – Protection Detail..

    A friend brought over his newly purchased EVO VIII for me to have a play with.. Now, our spec wasn’t 100%, but, I’d get as much done on the paint as I could in one hit (So why only the ‘Protection Detail’? More on this later…)

    The forecast looked pretty dire – rain and possible thunderstorms. Great! (…the one day I forget my waterproofs too)

    After lots of head scratching and different pad/polish combos, this was the process I stuck too..

    Process
    • Wheels/Tyres & Arches cleaned
    • Pre-wash/Rinse
    • Two-Bucket Wash/Rinse
    • De-tar/clay-bar session
    • Water sheeted to aid drying/dried
    • Limeprime / CK Red Moose Glaze
    • Lay down some protection
    • Seal wheels / Dress tyres / Dress trim / Treat britework

    Wheels/Tyres & Arches
    - Rinsed
    - Megs Super-degreaser onto tyres and scrubbed
    - Megs Wheel Brightener onto alloy facing and into dish – additional Degreaser onto Callipers
    - Callipers and nut-housings cleaned with a fine detailing brush
    - Inner rim of the alloy cleaned with an EZ Detail Brush
    - Spoke behinds were cleaned with a wheel mitt, as were the rest of the flat faces
    - Arches flooded with G101 and agitated with a Vikan Brush – rinsed

    Pre-wash / Wash stage
    - Body wetted with mist from pressure washer
    - Snow-foamed and left to dwell for 10 minutes
    > Previous polish residue build-up removed at this point (panel gaps, badges etc)
    - Foam blasted off the vehicle, taking loose debris and grit off with it
    - Re-foamed with Valet PRO ph neutral and buckets filled
    > Two-Bucket wash: One rinse bucket. One solution (CG Maxi-Suds II) bucket
    - A panel washed at a time – wash mitt returned to rinse bucket often (remove lifted particles)
    - Shampoo solution rinsed and vehicle prepped for de-tar/clay bar session

    Decontamination
    - AS Tardis sprayed liberally on lower quarters and alloys; softened tar deposits. Residue wiped away with clean microfibre
    - A Mild clay-bar helped lift bonded contaminants
    - ONR mix from a pressure sprayer used to lube the paintwork
    - Dried with mega plush Miracle Dryer and using ‘pat’ technique

    Cleansing
    - DoDo Juice LimePrime used to A) Cleanse. B) Polish. C) Nourish.
    - Clearkote Red Moose Glaze used to add depth/wetness
    > both applied by hand and applicator pads

    Protection
    - A thin coat of Victoria Concours applied. A second to follow later..
    - Chemical Guys JetSEAL901 used to seal the wheels
    - Belgom ALU used to clean/protect the britework

    Dressings
    - Tyres with CG New Look Trim Gel

    Pictures

    Upon Inspection..



    Generally, looked quite presentable – obviously looked after in its previous life

    Get a little closer however and it’s pretty grubby:











    There were massive amounts of polish residue built up in all badges/gaps/crevices etc.. This alone will take some time to fix..


    First though, I’m going to set up and get the wheels/callipers into shape..

    The wheels themselves weren’t particularly bad, just a bit of pitting building up in the corners and the random tar deposit. The callipers were quite dark and dismal though – these would require some attention fo’ sho





    Mix of Wheel Brightener, Super Degreaser, G101 and various brushes.

    It all came up rather nicely..




    Next? Get rid of the nasty chalkie white polish build-ups..



    Before:


    After:



    The front-end had a dousing of G101 too to help loosen the kamikaze bugs..




    Now going back to the wheels, AS Tardis used to melt the tar deposits..



    Wiped clean and rinsed before commencing bodywash.


    This is the third time I’ve got drenched already..




    Rinse – Snow – Rinse – Snow – Wash – Rinse – Tar – Clay





    A few rough areas on the paintwork that the Sonus Green lifted but, in all, relatively ‘clean’.

    From starting the wheels, to finishing the claying stages, I’d already spent 2 hours 40 minutes on the car.. (I’d not even done door-shuts/sills either..?!)


    As the sun had disappeared behind the dark clouds, I had to use the camera flash to locate the random swirls/defects..





    Although still protected well from its previous life, it had obviously seen a pretty rough wash procedure..


    So inside, taped up and measured:



    Ah.. Right!?

    The bonnet, o/s doors and both wings had seen paint. The n/s front wing had also..

    I admit, whilst removing the polish build-up, I noticed one side of the front bumper sat lower than the other. A possible front-end shunt maybe? The car was purchased HPi clear – no word of any damage in the past.

    It’s around here my day started to go downhill..

    First, my Kestral SIM-180 packs up. It’s as though the wire going into the handle has a very poor connection. At some angles, it works, but it can judder and stop/start – this is no good.

    So, blowing the dust off of the PC, I tried the same 3M Polishing pad/Limeprime combo as before. It was nice to get my hands on the PC for once.. Certainly easier to use on the EVO than the Rotary was – funny angles/smaller areas etc.

    HOWEVER… I’ve always learnt Jap (Honda/Mitsubishi etc) paint to be soft. Going back to one of ahoydock’s reports, I’d like to follow the same steps – the CTR that he left was simply stunning. The polish (205 I think)? Followed by the CK RMG and Victoria Concours left some awesome results. This, I hoped to replicate.

    Limeprime in on the 3M Polishing pad left some pretty great results! (Due to paint softness etc) Yet come the time to remove the residue off of the paint with a clean, fresh, soft microfibre, I couldn’t help but induce my own markings..? This irritated me somewhat rotten. It left me stumped – different pad/polish combos.. Try X-amount of other clean MF’s to lift the Limeprime off, but, no.. Nothing I could do would escape inducing said swirl marks back INTO the paint. RUBBISH. Hands up, I failed here. I didn’t know what to do.. It was literally like butter.

    I’d like to say it was down to the panels being re-sprayed? The worked areas showed readings of 190+. Can anyone help with OEM readings on EVO’s? The other panels, I had some 110, 130 up to 170 readings but, 240/290um has to of had some work – Am I right?

    After wasting lots of time walking round in circles, I made a phonecall and discussed the issue with the owner, Dan.

    It was left that I should do what I can in terms of polishing but to get a good couple of layers down for protection. Time pushing at this stage already…

    SO. Limeprime with the soft, red side, of a German Applicator pad followed by the Red Moose Glaze on a different pad. It did give pleasing results, sure, but there was so much more to be had!


    Lancer badge before with the white chalking..


    After.. (missed a bit!)



    Put the EVO outside to see how it’s looking pre-wax..





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    The pads I used showed colour-transfer from the single-stage paint




    Finally all sealed in with x2 coats of Vic Concours wax




    Exhaust inner before:



    Inner after:




    Box before:



    Box after:




    ‘MR’ badge had been stuck on at some point – quite a messy job..




    That’s about it I’m afraid! A challenging day – certainly didn’t enjoy it. I met Dan later in the evening and explained my findings – if anyone can tip us on ideas/what to do, it would be great.

    Lots of photos after a GLOS wipedown..































    Total time, 7hrs 40mins. (20 minutes were spent at the end with a cocktail stick removing the remaining traces of polish build-up in the cracks and crevices)

    Thanks for reading

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    Looks great, that soft paint sounds like a right P.I.T.A though!.
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    Beautiful job.

    It's something I wish I had the patience to do, but I just haven't, and that's on my car let alone someone elses.
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    Fantastic job, especially considering the weather!




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    Quote Originally Posted by A3Tom View Post
    Looks great, that soft paint sounds like a right P.I.T.A though!.
    Ta Tom. It really was.. However, I want to get hold of another EVO VIII now just to get my head around it. It's a massive learningg curve.. Silly me really for NOT polishing the other areas that had oem paint still.. duh - that could of answered a few questions really.. But, bearing in mind it was the whole passenger side that was playing up, who really wants a 50/50 corrected car ?


    Quote Originally Posted by warrencox View Post
    Beautiful job.

    It's something I wish I had the patience to do, but I just haven't, and that's on my car let alone someone elses.
    It depends where you're at with the detail.. some areas are boring and can be tedius but others, it's full of rewards and really pushes you through to the end to get everything tip-top.

    Patience is a big part of it though - you're right.


    Quote Originally Posted by inS4ne View Post
    Fantastic job, especially considering the weather!
    Yeah! Bloody weather - luckily, I had access to the garage.. just a shame the lighting isn't up to scratch with the natural light outdoors.

    Thanks for the comments.
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    Looks pretty good to me! Shame about the soft paint but I'm sure you will get there!

    You do very good write up's Jim, always a good read mate
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    Nice work as always buddy - left some thoughts for you on the MLR forums where it was also posted.

 

 

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