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Polished Bliss Vs Jaguar XKR (lots of swirls & lots of pics!)

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Clark@Polishedbliss, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. Clark@Polishedbliss
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    Clark@Polishedbliss Professional Detailer

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    No rest for the wicked as they say, and following straight on from the 360 at the weekend was a Jaguar XKR (i forgot to take a before pic of the car, but it was pretty clean already!).

    The owner was after full paint correction and an LSP that he could maintain himself :)

    So with the car washed & dried, these were the defects i could see in the sunshine:

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    Not too bad (or so i thought!), just looked like wash marring more than anything so i'd hoped it was be a nice easy detail :)

    The car was generally in very good condition but had a couple of noticeable scratches, one on the nearside rear quarter:

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    And a couple of quite deep scuffs/nicks in the offside front wing:

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    These were the only bits that got your attention when looking at the car so i decided to wet sand them before putting it inside for polishing, as it would have been a shame to leave them there, after pics can be seen a little further down the post, i didnt bother taking pics during the sanding as we all know what it looks like by now :cool:

    Once inside it was obvious that the defects were worse under the halogens than even the sun had shown outside, the car was covered in RIDS and cob-webbing:

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    Paint readings were taken & the car was a healthy 150-220microns, with the front end showing signs of a re-spray (a very good one too, very little signs of any paintwork at all), although the rear bumper was a scary 45-60 microns - this got HD Cleansed twice and left at that, annoying but i wasnt prepared to take anything abrasive to it and risk striking through :cool:

    Being Jaguar paint (pretty soft) i decided to try 106ff on a polishing pad
    @1500rpm's first to see how much it would correct the paint by, as this worked for us before on an X-Type, but the paint pretty much laughed at this, which surprised me a little...

    So i stepped up to IP 3.02 on a Meguiars polishing pad @ 1700rpms and this pretty much corrected every panel to nearly 100% within 2 attempts, although the weather got a lot cooler and the polish started to be a pain in the a$$ at times, resulting in slight holograms as i couldnt finish down properly due to the panels getting a tad hot. It was safer to just follow up with 85RD on a finishing pad later :)

    Here's a couple of pics to show the level of correction achieved:

    nearside front wing before:

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    nearside front wing after:

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    Nearside door before:

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    Nearside door after:

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    bootlid 50/50 shot:

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    Here's the full Process and the finished pics which follow: :)

    Wash:

    - Meguiars APC through AB foam gun
    - Rinsed
    - Meguiars APC in Arches and on tyres
    - Foamed with Meguiars Shampoo Plus & washed with TBM.
    - Rinsed
    - Wheels cleaned with normal shampoo and water
    - Tar & glue remover applied to lower half of car
    - Top half including glass clayed with Meguiars Aggressive Clay
    - Dried with Poorboys Waffle Weave

    Polish:

    - Taped with 3434
    - Menzerna IP 3.02 via Megs Polishing Pad @ 1700rpms
    - Menzerna 85RD via Megs Finishing Pad @ 1200rpms
    - smaller areas done by hand & 3.02 with German Applicator Pad.
    - Jeffs Werkstatt Acrylic Prime via Glazing Pad & PC @ Speed 2
    - Jeffs Werkstatt Acrylic Trigger x 2
    - Glass - Zymol HD Cleanse
    - Arches - Meguiars All Season Dressing
    - Exhaust Tips - Blackfire Fine Cut Metal Polish
    - Wheels - PB Wheel Sealant
    - Tyres - Blackfire Long Lasting Tyre Gel

    Final wipe down with Zymol Field Glaze (force of habit and i think i'm slightly addicted to the smell! :D)

    Afters:

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    Scratch before:

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    Scratch after:

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    Scuffs on wing before:

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    After:

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    (sorry for the slightly different angles)

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  2. Clark@Polishedbliss
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    I was very pleased with this one, as i managed to achieve greater paint correction than i had imagined i would, and the owner was very happy too, i pointed him in the direction of Detailing World so he should hopefully be along later :icon_thumright:
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    Stunning stuff as always Clark. And I'm pleased to see these threads again - have been hovering in this forum every day to check out your latest work! :)
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    Clark@Polishedbliss Professional Detailer

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    check out detailingworld.co.uk for more :)
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    Your way to good at this Clark!!
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    MiT Work Hard, Play harder!!

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    Amazing!!
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    Stunning..!!
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    yet another amazing job....its was looking at some of your previus work which first made me realise what detailing a car was all about.
    Excellent.

    :respekt: :icon_thumright:
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    excellent - the colour is now stunning

    really impressed how you removed the scratches!

    i have a couple of wee ones like that on my A3

    is it hard to wet sand these areas? i would be too scared of damaging the car :S
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    its not hard or scarey if you know what you're doing, and you definitely should use a paint gauge, otherwise dont do it lol
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    Respect and honour.
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