So I didn't actually get to finish detailing over spring break. Worked close to 40 hour for the week and did the water pump, timing belt, front seal, etc maintenance, the whole shenanigans.
Today, took off grill, plates, washed the vehicle (neighbors and everyone driving pass probably think im a nut washing my car in low 40 degree weather), trixed, clayed with nano skin, taped up and so far, have compounded the drivers side, roof, and hood. Some reason my new pads doesn't seem to work as good as my old ones. That or I am dealing with black and it is nearly impossible to get it perfect, especially when the previous owners didn't take decent care of it. Some pictures. Will be waking up early tomorrow morning, and continue and hopefully finish detailing tomorrow. Need to compound passenger side, and bumpers, then finishing polish, wash, and then apply some blacklight and v7.
Roof, only compounded so far
[B]Fender compared to door[/B
Comparing Clarity....kind of
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~15 hours in, finished compounding and polishing (m105 & m205). Will be swabbing tape residue, clean tires and rims, wheel wells, wash, and then apply my LSP. As it sits. Didn't get all the scratches out, but a lot of correction was made.
clean ride dude
my boy detailed my is300 but didnt look half as good as yours. good looks
Thanks. "Detailing" can vary greatly from person to person. I guess it would be called a "paint correction" more than it is detailing, but w/e. Before I got into really doing "paint correction" detailing, a basic wash, clay, and wax for exterior and a vacuum and interior wipe was a detail.
A big difference from the two but to some people only look/know of basic slick finish and glossy paint. Some people can't even really see the difference between a swirl free car to a swirled out car.
Very nice work... never heard of alot of those products too!
Thanks. A lot (i believe all the products that i have listed?) are not available over the counter therefore not a lot of people have heard of the products. Once you really get into the "detailing" is when you will encounter these name/brands/products a lot.
Also, not everyone is willing to spend 25+ dollar on a wax/sealant. I know i sure as hell didnt. I had a hard time justifying paying $15 meguiars nxt compared to turtle wax $4 back then. Once I really got into the hobby, I kind of see all the difference.
This whole job project was amazing. I just bought an IS300 and the interior is disgusting. I plan to do an interior overhaul. I have two questions:
1.) What kind of brushes should I pick up for this kind of project besides a horse hair brush for the leather?
2.) How should I go about cleaning the Alcantara?
You should maybe get some round detailing brushes too. Don't buy the cheap walmart ones, they leave a bunch of lint/fibers around. Get some quality ones off known detailing places. It will help you clean up all the hard to reach nooks and crannies. I also recommend removing the seats so you can vaccum/clean all the nasty hard to reach area between the seat.
As for clean Alcantara (i thought it was suede??) I honestly am not too sure as i have not needed to cleaning anything like that. I have all leather. If you read up on forums such as autogeekonline.net, they most likely will have something on it.
Originally Posted by Seize
Great transformation! Car looks immaculate now!
Thanks. Sad that I live in Wisconsin. Rains one minute and then gets SUPER hot the next. Not a good mixture. Constant battle with dust and water spots. It's another full time job trying to keep a black car clean.