Saturday, May 10, 2014

Full Wheel Detail + Plasti-Dip

Plasti-dipping has grown exponentially in the last few years with car nuts using it on everything.  And for good reason, it's extremely useful, has little to no danger (watch out for the colored versions on paint), and removes by simply peeling off.  I went with the standard black for the rims to add some contrast to the White BR-Z. 

While doing this I figured why not give the wheels and wheel wells a deep scrub and give them a nice coat of dressing to give it that deep black look.  Pictures inbound.

The wells weren't much to see right?  A little Optimum Power Clean and microfiber wipe down and they should be good to go.

A little deeper inspection shows what a car goes through as a daily driver.  Nothing too difficult to deal with.

And after a nice wipedown before applying the desired dressing, CarPro PERL.

Now it's time to move on to the wheels.  It sure is easier to clean them when they're off the car.  Same deal here, simple wipedown with Optimum Power Clean.   Followed by using GTechniq Panel Wipe just to ensure the panel was bare and ready to have the Plasti-Dip applied.  Here's  quick before and after of the wheel.

And the finished product of the wheel wells after the PERL has more than enough time to cure.

Now for the finished rims back on the car.

Overall the products worked well as normal.  I went through quite a few towels and it was my first time using Panel Wipe.  It went on just fine but without using it on paint I can't really comment on it's comparison to CarPro Eraser.  But for the amount I used it for it works great, easy to apply, no noticeable streaking, good smell, nothing detrimental.

Friday, April 4, 2014

My Latest Haul

Courtesy of CarPro-US

2 Microfiber Madness Crazy Piles

2 Fast Glass Cloths

2 3" Low Profile Crimson Hydrotechs

16oz Spotless Water Spot Remover

Expect a review on Spotless coming up.

All in all excited to try out the Crazy Pile towels on the new BRZ.  Fast Glass cloths are indispensable, one just wasn't enough, they are perfect not only on cars but all around the house.  Spotless is mainly for water spots on the window and the Hydrotechs are just to fill a gap in my pads since I have 3" in the Tangerine and Cyan version and my only crimson was pretty well trashed by Blackfire Black Ice (definitely keep a dedicated pad for that wax it just does not come out after multiple washes).

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

New Car Prep: Subaru BR-Z

It finally came in!

And boy was the paint thrashed from some rain storms and being on a hauler for a couple of days.  Unfortunately I had to pick up this beauty on the way to work so no room to clean it or really do anything but get the license plate on and hit the road.

So with this car being transported by ship, rail, truck it was bound to see some less than perfect environmental conditions so I gave it a thorough decon that I'll outline below.

Here's a few pictures of the situation at hand.

First off, started with the wheels and wheel wells, these were actually in pretty great shape and I used some diluted Adam's APC with assorted brushes.

Then I moved on to the usual foam gun wash to get rid of loose dirt and grime, as well as start to break down remaining surface dirt.  For added effect I threw in car shampoo and some all-purpose cleaner to give it some extra kick. 

Followed by that since the foam wash got it quite a bit cleaner than I had expected, I moved on to a rinseless wash.  Standard ONRWW (Optimum No Rinse Wash and Wax) and 700gsm towels per the standard.  This went over pretty easily and didn't find anything out of the ordinary.  Overall the paint was in pretty great shape.

And finally the glass.  My Fast Glass towel before and after.

Then I moved on to a step I usually skip, IronX treatment.  And does this stuff is not pleasant to say the least.  It gets stuck in the air and clings to clothing, but with white paint (Satin White Pearl to be exact) IronX really showed it's form.  The iron bled right out.

My car is bleeding!!!

Following the iron decon step I moved on to claying the vehicle.  Using the Nanoskin Fine Grade towel.  The lube of choice was regular Optimum No Rinse and for the towel a Cobra Guzzler HD.

Well now we are all set to polish.  First to do a thorough check of RIDS (random isolated deep scratches) and areas to hit heavier.  Now whether you consider this fortunate or unfortunate white paint hides scratches extremely well.  Overall pretty impressed, there were a few areas where the paint needed special attention.  But for the most part a finishing polish and light-medium cutting pad did the job.

Here's a few shots of the RIDS we were dealing with.

Nothing too crazy minor scratches.  Bu then again I picked this car up with 6 miles on it.

The heavier scratches I used HD Adapt paired with an Uber Green (medium cut) 5.5" pad.  I tried out HD Polish and Menzerna SF4000 on a Blue Uber pad, and decided on Menzerna SF4000.

Here's a quick before and after

Next I moved on to touching up the hidden areas.  So door sills, trunk area, and nooks and crannies.  Quite a bit of grim that required some special brushes and ingenuity to get into.

And now the engine bay.  Just a simple wipedown then moving on with a Sonus Trim and Motor Kote spraydown.

Now to seal everything up.  For the glass Sonax Polymer Net Shield.

And the wax of choice.  Bouncer's Sherbet Fizz.

When waxing especially around trim and areas that are hard to reach.  Wipe away from trim and rubber weatherstripping where you dont want wax to go.  And for areas that you can't reach with a machine, push the wax that way so you ensure proper coverage.  For wiping off I use two towels, one initial one that I'll use for 2-3 panels, then a second towel to ensure it's wiped clean and buffed to a nice shine.

And the sun shots and final product!

Thanks for reading! Feel free to post up any questions or comments!