This 1964 GTO isn’t your average classic car. It has been featured in numerous music videos and tv shows including, O-Town’s all or Nothing, Lil’Kim-In the Air Tonight, and even an episode of Person of Interest called Get Carter (.05 sec mark).
On top of all this, the car has been painted with Duponts ChromaLusion paint, Indigo Blasberry Prizm. Here is a little information about the paint:
“Looking for a dramatic, changeable color effect? ChromaLusion multi-effect paint features a dazzling change in color and contrast, right before your eyes! A single finish can transition from a shining golden green to an extravagant rosewood, varied with amber and silver tints. These unique colors have no single color of their own – movement, light and differing viewing angles create a rainbow effect.
ChromaLusion Tri-coat colors is the DuPont trademark for a special try-coat offering utilizing subtle, rich, vibrant layers of DuPont ChromaLusion Color sandwiched between a DuPont Basecoat and a DuPont clear. Different effects can be achieved by the application and amount of ChromaLusion color applied over the base coat. You can achieve an infinite number of custom Tri-Coats by applying varying amount of ChromaPremier Factory Packaged ChromaLusion color over any base color. It’s that simple! This sandwich layer of ChomaLusion Color has no color of its own but creates color with a prism effect by refracting or bending light through five layer flake construction. This results in a custom look unique to your creation.
An infinite number of colors are created but the combinations of Basecoat and ChromaLusion color used, application and viewing angle.”
You will see from future pictures that depending on the angle of the photograph taken, the car will look Blue, Purple, or Black. This also made it very difficult to photograph the exact damage to the paint and will show all the colors the car actually looks like in person.
Upon initial inspection, this car was covered in dust. It is a “show” car and doesn’t get driven regularly. Someone decided to wipe the dust off the car, which only resulted in scratches. I started with a quick blow off of the dust with their air compressor. I wanted to assist in minimizing any debris on the surface. Any way I can help remove particles without touching and inducing additional swirling or scratches is key for me.
I began by soaking the car with water. Here we can see that the paint still has wax on it. The tight beading shows that every inch of the paint has been coated with wax. We want that all removed before correction.
I proceeded with a 2 bucket method and a full foaming of the car with CG Wash and Clear. Of course I am going to have a smile on me while detailing this car 🙂 Remember, hold the hose so it can’t hit the paint and induce additional marring.
Seeing as this was a “show”car, there was not a lot of surface contamination. The Nanoskin pad basically pulled nothing from the surface. After getting the paint to its bare state, I was better able to asses exactly how much damage has resulted from show car dustings, i.e. a wipe down with a quick detailer.
Unlike a full correction, this was a classic car. I was trying to get as much correction, all while removing as little amount of clear as I am able too. For this I decided that a standard LC Orange Pad and Meg’s D300. It allowed for minimal dust and great correction for a one step correction.
Gloss, clarity, and preservation were the key here. For a one step correction I was very happy.
The chrome on the car was taken care of with a MF and Optimum’s Metal Polish. I love this product for chrome, polished wheels, and exhaust tips.
I followed up with Chemical Guys BlackLight then topped that with Optimum Car Wax. I wanted to add just a little extra slickness to the surface and this was a perfect combination to achieve that slickness and create a wonderful gloss. In the after shots you can really see that sometimes the car appears purple, or blue, and even black depending on the angle the picture was taken at.