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      06-18-2009, 06:21 PM   #1
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OCDetailing Detailed: Is your car as Smart as this one?

Hi everyone,

I had an interesting detail request. This was my first smart car. Smart not because it's a "Smart Car", smart because it came to me. I know korny anyways.... The car although an interesting car was not as interesting as an owner. He's a local musician and the stories he's told me about what he's done over his career is pretty cool. By no means is he a huge superstar but very cool in his own right.

In any case he brought his car to me with the intention of a two step polish. The polish was the easy part the annoying part was to find that someone accidentally had sprayed white paint all over it. I have no idea where it's from or how it got on there. All i knew that it was there. They were large paint droplets but noticeable a few feet away. It could possibly have been the car for the smurfs with the white polka dots.

Anyways on to the car and thanks in advance for reading.

Process

Wash
Meguiars Gold Class
3 Buckets
2 Sheep Skin Mitts
1 Chenille Mitte
EZ Brush
Wheel Brush
P21S Wheel Cleaner
P21S TAW

Clay
Riccardo Yellow Clay
Riccardo Blue Clay
Water and Soap as lubricant

Paint Correction
Sonus White Pad
Sonue Blue Pad
Lake Country White Pad
Lake Country Blue Pad
Metabo x 2
3M bp
Rubbish Boy bp
Menzerna Power Finish
Menzerna Micro Polish

LSP
Zaino Z2Pro
Zaino Grande Finale

Equipment
3M Sun Gun
2 x Halogens
Steamer
Extractor
Wet/Dry Vacuum

Interior
Folex
P21S TAW
303 Fabric Cleaner
303 Fabric Guard
303 Aerospace Protectant
Einzsett Cockpit Premium

Convertible Top
Lint Tape
Brush
Fabric Cleaner
Fabric Guard

BEFORE


I know the interior is quite the mess. Do you notice the gas canister? Can you say Ka... boom? lol It's empty but when I saw it I was like ummm...


Old newspapers anyone? I think I found a deal or two in the ads.




The carpets were a little soiled but nothing a good steam and extract couldn't solve.









Now on to the exterior paint condition.









Remember those white dots I was talking about? Check it out it's all over the car. I was using yellow riccardo's on the paint and it just took a really long time so I decided to pull out the heavy hitter blue riccardos.




This was a poor attempt at a 50/50 for some reason I couldn't get the imperfections to show up as nicely as usual. Regardless of that you'll notice the hazing and swirls on the right side while the left is nice and clean. I had to hit the left side with 2 passes of Power Finish and White Sonus and in some areas I had to hit with 3-4 passes. I burnished the paint with blue and micro polish.






Rocker Panel Corrected


Passenger side door 50/50.

AFTERS










Application of Sealant

Completed Product















Thanks for looking and thank the pretty smart car for coming to me in the first place

Cheers,
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wow, that thing was a pigsty. nice work on it though.
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