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      03-25-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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2007 Knighthawk Black Metallic Acura RDX detail : )

Just wanted to share a little labor of love. The history on this car is that it was my father's which I inherited when he passed away this past year. It was really his beater as his daily was a 997 Carrera (present from my bro) and a 750Li. I honestly do not think it was ever waxed and it saw amazing abuse from automatic car washes. He used it for the gym, crappy winter days, etc.

This was to be my family mobile since I just had a daughter, but it's a little on the small side and, although I really like the engine, the steering is a little numb. So I upgraded to the X5 and sold this at a huge discount to my brother and sister in law. Needless to say, I just couldn't hand it over in this condition. All told, I would say I spent about 40 hours just on this part of the restoration. I had previously clayed the entire car and also done a 15 hour restoration on the interior. Like I said, the car was a mess!

Also added Aquapel to the glass, a little debadging to the back, NSX black nuts to the wheels (stock were rusted to shit and chrome), and had a custom matte black job done on the front grille to toughen it up a bit ; )

Products used for the paint restore (prob not a comprehensive list, but these are the heavy hitters):

Meguiar's Shampoo Plus
Lambswool wash mitts from Detailer's Domain
Meg's 105
Meg's 205
Porter Cable
Meg's pads - red, yellow, and black
Meg's #21 2.0 sealant
Meg's APC for wells and tires
Eimann Fabrik Tire Gel
Mother's metal polish + P21s polishing soap + steel wool on tips - these were awful...

Befores : O








Afters : )







Honestly, I was amazed how beautiful the paint on this car actually was/is...very similar to Carbon Black Metallic from BMW.

Anyway, questions or comments welcome : )

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nice job Chris, lets see some before and after on the interior
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nice job Chris, lets see some before and after on the interior
Thanks Jimmy!

I didn't take befores on the interior...honestly, you might have yacked. Picture salt saturated rugs, musty mildew smell, food from 2006 in between cracks of seats from grandkids, marks on headliner, super shiny leather.

Now look at these : )

I had to replace the original mats - they were a total loss.





...and bonus cleaned engine bay shot:



At some point I'm going to post all my processes and products for all to see, although MartinD is throwing a wrench into my system with his new kick-ass products ; )
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Hey Chris the NBP paint is awesome to work with! Looks great in the afters and I'm sure your brother is happy.

My brother I would charge
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Hey Chris the NBP paint is awesome to work with! Looks great in the afters and I'm sure your brother is happy.

My brother I would charge
Thanks man! Yah the NBP is very rewarding...it didn't even look metallic when I started because it was so badly swirled. Some areas needed 3 HEAVY cuts with 105 before I could move on to the 205. I bet a pro like you might have just wet sanded it to save time, or used a more serious buffing tool.

Haha! So you're saying I should charge my other bro when I do his 997 carrera cab?

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Not sure if I can stomach doing it at all honestly because I think he takes it to car washes : ( Seems almost pointless to some extent..

I bought them a bunch of detail stuff for the Acura to maintain it also...I can't watch it get all jacked up again : )
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Nice job.
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