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Polished Bliss vs Nissan GTR Black Edition

WX51TXR May 28, 2009

  1. WX51TXR

    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Yet another one done by Clark, this time last weekend...

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    This was the second weekend in a row I had to work, but seeing as it was one of these I wasn’t too bothered...

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    We had seen the car when it was only a couple of days old and the dealer prep was less than impressive, the owner hadn’t washed it since - too busy enjoying it no doubt!

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    Pre-foam first, with R222 through the lance @ 60 degrees:

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    Left to dwell for a few minutes:

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    Then rinsed off at high pressure:

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    The wheels were soaked with Gloss-It Wheel and Tyre Gel (3:1) and left for 3 or 4 minutes:

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    They were then agitated with all the various brushes and then rinsed:

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    I then followed up by cleaning the tyres and arches with Meguiars Super Degreaser (4:1):

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    All exterior trim/badges/shuts etc were sprayed with APC (4:1) then agitated before being rinsed:

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    Last job before the mitt wash was to get as much of the bug splatter off the front end as possible, using Poorboys Bug Squash:

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    This was sprayed on, left for 5 mins then rinsed off. The two bucket wash with shampoo plus followed and I then removed some minor tar spots with Autosmart Tardis and rinsed the car off for a final time.

    Now inside, I clayed the car with Meguiars Mild:

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    Not too bad but enough for a car only a few weeks old.

    I then pat dried the car with a deep pile drying towel...

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    ...and applied the first of 3 coats of Gloss-It Signature Tyre Gloss:

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    Paint readings were consistently healthy:

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  2. WX51TXR

    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Now some pics of the defects. Fair enough the paint is solid black and pretty damn soft but the dealer prep was still poor, with alot of RIDS present:

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    It took a good hour and a half for me to settle on a polish and pad combination. Due to the car only being in for a 2 day Minor Correction (exterior only) I had to find something which would achieve the desired correction but finish down in one go without micro-marring (nothing with the rotary would finish down 100% buffer trail free) and this wasn’t the easiest thing with the paint being so soft and easily marked.

    In the end I found a mix of Meguiars 205 and Menzerna FPII on a Menzerna Finishing Pad with the G220 worked well, although a lot of panels needed a second hit to remove some of the deeper RIDS:

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    This produced a nice sharp finish though:

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    N/S wing before:

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    After:

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    Whilst giving the engine a quick wipe down I noticed this sticker under the bonnet, I can’t help but think Nissan are taking the **** here - hard clear?!

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    Once all the polishing was done, I carefully removed all the dust with a new lambswool duster and then gave the paintwork a wipe down with Top Inspection (Hated this step as I was paranoid about marring the finish!).
     
  3. WX51TXR

    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    For LSP, I wanted to apply something that was as easy to apply and buff off as possible for the owner to maintain, so Blackfire Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection was chosen - the fact that it looks great on black was a bonus!

    I applied it with the G220 and a Lake Country Gold pad to make the buffing off stage just that little bit easier:

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    The tighter areas were done by hand:

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    I then buffed off after approx 20 minutes:

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    The tailpipes were polished up with Brilliant Metal Polish:

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    They were then protected with Blackfire Metal Sealant, as were the wheels:

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    Guess I better show you the afters now!

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    Thanks for looking!

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  4. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

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    Guys that is spectacular yet again, I'm remotely accessing my desktop from Italy & viewing this & even with lower res screen viewing I can see how bloody good it is, why oh why cant we have some a PB with doubles of you down south, lol, brilliant, very nice work & never fails to amaze me.
     
  5. axelfols

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    What a lovely job on a lovely Datsun.
     
  6. mattfinn

    mattfinn There ain't no party like an S-Club Party.

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    After seeing one of these (and hearing) going full chat down a Hong Kong M-way, I fell in love.
    Nice work guys!
     
  7. Toxic

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    Great wetness from Blackfire's Richard. Amazing the amount of swirls from a fairly new car though.
     
  8. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    The third black car write up in a row! I have seen a few GTR's about of late - never a black edition though. Lovely job :icon_thumright:
     
  9. acprc

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    Hi,

    Very nice. What APC did you use on the trim and badges etc?
     
  10. WX51TXR

    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Clark's not around to answer right now, but my best guess is that he used Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner; it has a multitude of uses, and as a result he uses it a lot inside and out! :yes:
     
  11. acprc

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    Hi Rich,

    Thanks for the info, I thought it probably would be. Just ordered some along with a few other bits (Order number C59AG20011515)

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  12. N8

    N8 Kowalski Details VCDS Map User

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    A-men brother, fantastic work again from the UK's best in detailing.
     
  13. S3 HODGE

    S3 HODGE Brown passenger seat.

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    I hope you asked to go for a spin! lol.
    Good work!
     

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