Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BRZ Opti-Coat

I decided recently to Opti-Coat the BRZ and took yesterday and today to go ahead and get that done.  I went with the usual foam wash with Chemical Guys Maxi Sud and All Purpose Cleaner added in for some extra stripping power.  Followed by a Nanoskin clay, polish with HD Adapt, wipedown with CarPro Eraser and GTechniq Panel Wipe, then Opti-Coat.

Then after the solid foam bath and deep wheel and wheel well cleaning.

Time to let the brushes soak in some APC to clean them out while I pressed on.

Following the standard rinseless wash, I went with a Microfiber Madness Duo wipedown.  Dry Me Crazy followed by the Crazy Pile to knock out any towel marks or stray water left behind.  Not that its possible the Dry Me Crazy soaks up a ridiculous amount of water.

Nanoskin clay was next, I used Ultima Waterless Wash as the lube and just a simple waffle weave to wipedown residue leftover.  Waffle weaves are great for claying since the surface is already clean you don't need to worry about the short nap and they are lightweight, easy to use, can be folded numerous times, and soak up multiple times their weight in liquid.

D'oh!  Bottle of V07 fell and broke the sprayer, good thing I keep a few extras around and used up a bottle of CarPro Eraser on this detail.

Following with the duo wipedown, I've began to really use this technique in most aspects, two towels is better than one especially on softer paints.

RID down below, didn't try chasing this one too far, may have to use some Dr. Colorchip later on to see if it can be filled in slightly.  I don't think I'm ready for wetsanding just set but that may change.

For the polish I went with HD Adapt and a Blue Uber Pad.  Worked pretty good overall, just a light polish for most but there were a few areas where I needed to go over it again or use varying amounts of pressure.  Found a few spots after I had opti-coated where I missed some, oh well just a project for another weekend.

So, I finally decided to pass this along, I see it quite a few times about draping the cord of an orbital polisher over the shoulder.  But personally I don't think it's good enough, I've had it fall off on more than one occasion. What I've moved on to doing is wrapping the cord around my opposite leg as well, this prevents slack from building up which keeps pressure tighter on the line.  Technique only but I like it and will continue to use it.

Wipedown post polish was done with CarPro Eraser until it ran out then followed by GTechniq Panel Wipe.  Both work great, Eraser by far has a better scent but ease of use is just about equal.

Again I went with a crazy pile to ensure nothing was transferred to the surface.

Opti-Coat time!  Dual Pro Applicator as used and a Gold Plush disposable towel.  I'm not a huge fan of trusting these towels to remove all the residue and be used on the paint again.  Also, interesting issue, since I don't use Opti-Coat too often the blue applicator tip must have had some stuck in it because it refused to work, I ended up going without a tip and using it that way.  The black locking tip still works perfectly.

And the final product, followed by more than one walk-around to check for high spots and missed spots.  Found just a couple, but for a daily driver 85-90% is acceptable but I'll be sure to go back and knock out those couple missed areas and re-apply Opti-Coat.  Ensure if you do this to tape around the area to reduce the area you are removing Opti-Coat from since it needs to be re-applied after polishing.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dr. Colorchip Review

Today, I report my findings on Dr. Colorchip.  It is bitter sweet, unfortunately I ran into a scrape with the BR-Z, but I have been wanting to try out Dr. Colorchip for quite a while, so I figured better now than ever.

Here below you can see the minor scrape.

Overall nothing too noticeable as it is so low on the car, but not something that I can live with when there are products specifically made to help.

When buying a kit from Dr. Colorchip you input your specific car model and paint color, they then match it tot he best of their abilities.
Included in the kit is:

Code matched paint
Small paint brush
Paint cleanser
Latex Gloves

With the BR-Z being a triple coat white with quite a bit of flake they do caution that while they match to the best of their abilities, there may be a slight mismatch.  This mainly being due to it not being a solid color such as black or a plain white, etc...

The paint cleanser used is made to clean the surface from contaminants and leave a bare surface, it can also be used to remove excess paint.  The picture below shows the packaging.

After an hour or so, following the instructions exactly here is the finished product.  It has blended better over time, and since the car was relatively new there isn't as much fade as seen in cars that are more than a couple of years old.

Overall it is a great product, it is used very easily.  The finish and final product is much better than you would get from buying a simple touch up paint tube from the dealer.  Since those usually run in the $15-25 range for most average cars, I think ponying up the cost for Dr. Colorchip or another brand like Langka is overwhelmingly worth it.

Feel free to post or message me any questions about my process!