Mazda RX-8 – Enhancement and Protection Detail
Take one Mazda RX8 and give it to a valeter to ‘buff to a shine’.
Unfortunately, this one had been butchered to an inch of its life. The last person to put polish to the paintwork left us in a situation... RX8’s have notoriously soft, thin paint. So, give it to a valeter who will push his ‘mop’ around it in less than an hour, and, this is what you’re left with..
Heavily swirled and hologramed paint that is on the dangerous side of ‘thin’. This is down to the intense compounding that had been done previously which hasn’t been broken down, thus, doing more harm than good!
The paint thickness stood around 80um across the car... Some sections pushed 100um and some parts were touching mid 60’s. Far too thin for me to comfortably return this car to its former glory!
11.5 hours spent transforming the car in the ‘safest’ way possible.
• AutoGlym FastGlass
• AutoGlym Vinyl And Rubber Care
• AutoSmart G101
• AutoSmart Tardis
• Belgom ALU
• Chemical Guys JetSEAL901
• Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
• Dodo Juice Limeprime
• Dodo Juice SuperNatural
• Jeffs Werkstat Prime AIO
• LTT Auto Ultra Foam
• LTT Auto Ultra Protect
• Meguiars Super-Degreaser
• Meguiars Last Touch
• Meguiars Wheel-Brightener
• Poorboys Black Hole
• Sonus Green clay
• ValetPRO Snowfoam
• Zaino Z8
After kitting up, the first job was to attack the wheels and arches. AutoSmart G101, Meguiars Super-Degreaser and Meguiars Wheel-Brightener used here. Unfortunately the inner rim of the alloys had seen better days.. Maybe taking the whole wheel off and a full clay/cleanse session would improve things, but, I believe the owner is having them replaced/refurbed soon anyway.
After this, the door shuts and engine bay were hit with a mix of G101 and Degreaser.
Snowfoam delivered after a thorough jet down..
And intricate areas worked with a detail brush.
Washed with a lambswool washmit, Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild and the two bucket set up with grit-guards.
Then clayed with Sonus Green and Megs Last Touch used as a lube..
The car wasn’t too badly contaminated; only a few rough sections on the flats and lower quarters.
Lubrication residues were rinsed as I worked, and, a final ‘water-sheet’ was made with an open hose prior to drying.
Drying was carried out with a plush mf drying towel and my new toy; the Black Baron Vehicle Dryer. (…basically a 300mph hairdryer!)
A great bit of kit! Great for removing puddles of water from underneath the wing-mirrors, water trapped in the window joins and door sills. All of which can later affect the polishing stages.
The next photo was taken for demonstration purposes only. Do not try this at home, kids.
^as you can see, quite powerful!
Once dry, from a distance, the car looked pretty presentable already:
However, push it under forced halogen light and you’re left with a whole array on imperfection and defects in the paint.