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2014 Corvette Stingray Complete Detail with Clear Bra and Vinyl Wrap Install: Part 2 of 2

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In part 1 we got a good sense of the condition of the Stingray as it arrived. We reviewed the removal and coating of the wheels and calipers, carbon fiber inserts/accents and a very thorough breakdown on how we made the tail lights look better than new.

Welcome to part 2. We will show the true condition and restoration of the paint, paint protection film/clear bra installation and the finished product with cQuartz Finest on the paint and Opti-Guard Leather and Fabric coating applied.

We measured the composite panel finishes with our Defelsko Positector 200 b3 Advanced. Paint work had approximately 26-31 microns of clear coat. Well within a safe range to work with.

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Preparing a surface for restoration is far too underrated in my opinion. Properly taping off sensitive areas will do a few things.

  1. Obviously, it helps to protect a surface from the mechanical abrasion of the pad and machine. My approach is to tape off an area and treat it as a back up in case you overshoot the panel you’re working on. It should not be used as a crutch to lean on. Even the best taping job could peel up in a spot. Better safe than sorry.
  2. It allows you to more thoroughly work a panel. When we are restoring paint, our goal is to restore the edge of a panel as much as the middle of the panel. Taping off nearby panels and surfaces allows someone to focus on one edge, the important one…the one you’re working on. By nature, working an edge or a high point on a panel tends to be a hot spot, or rather, an area prone to excessive heat while correcting. Taping off the edge of a nearby panel gives you one less area to be overly concerned with while working towards those more demanding results.

I think it’s worth noting that thorough taping takes a long time. Which translates to a higher cost on a project. If you are doing this for yourself, understand that there is an art to taping and you can waste a ton of it to get the right protection without being sloppy and taping too much over the painted surfaces. I’ve seen detailers take as long as possible and still not do a great job. Be patient while learning how to do this step, it will pay off.

We aren’t joking when we talk about protecting surfaces.

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

The hood had already been restored in this image. We were moving towards getting results on the fenders here. Generally, bumpers are done last on our projects.

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

The paint was far from new looking despite the Stingray’s age. Deep scratches, swirl marks and factory DA sanding marks were all present on this brand new car that had never seen a hand or machine wash outside of the factory or dealership. Our silver level paint correct was still able to take make a huge impact in the paint’s appearance.

One of the many examples of deep damage we found and repaired. You will probably notice the lack of swirl marks around the heavy scratch. This picture was taken after our initial cut phase but before we did spot heavy scratch removal.

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

After

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Rear diffuser before correction

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

After

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Rear spoiler before

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

After

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Rear side of rear spoiler before

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

After

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Gnarly deck lid damage

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Beautiful

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Another before

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

After

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Getting after it with a Flex 3401

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Sure, we are going to install clear bra and carbon fiber vinyl film on the front end of the car. But not cleaning up the paint prior to protecting it is not an option! Looks like she’s ready for paint protection film and carbon fiber vinyl film.

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Stingray Paint Correction Auto Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Carbon fiber vinyl is installed. Here I am installing the full hood clear bra piece. We use wide format plotters to cut precision patterns designed for the exact panel we are protecting. The Stingray had clear bra installed on the whole hood, whole front fenders, front bumper, side mirrors, a-pillars, door cups, rocker panels and a strip on the trunk lid. The owner was so happy with how it came out that he wants to come back to have the rest of the car protected with clear bra in a month or so.

Paint Protection Film Clear Bra Installation Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Paint Protection Film Clear Bra Installation Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

After all of the detailing and restoration for the exterior we topped it off with 2 coats of cQuartz Finest. Our final product was exactly what the client was looking for. The automobile was cleaned, decontaminated, restored and protected. The interior was thoroughly detailed. The seats were protected with Opti-Guard Leather and Fabric coating. Finally all of the exterior glass was treated with a long term water repellant coating.

Do you like finished detail shots? How about shots showing off the project in three different types of lighting? We have that.

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

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Remember those hammered wheels?

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Tail pipes are spot on!

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Car Detailing Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

cQuartz Finest Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

cQuartz Finest Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

cQuartz Finest Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

cQuartz Finest Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

cQuartz Finest Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

cQuartz Finest Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

cQuartz Finest Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

cQuartz Finest Atlanta Detailed Designs Auto Spa

Thanks for taking the time to read about this project and learn about what we do at Detailed Designs Auto Spa. We work hard at bringing something special to the table for our clients in Atlanta and all the southeast and hope you can find value in some of the techniques we use in your own detail projects.

Jean-Claude Corcoran
Jean-Claude Corcoran
Detailed Designs Auto Spa
Atlanta, GA
DetailedDesignsAutoSpa.com
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18 comments on 2014 Corvette Stingray Complete Detail with Clear Bra and Vinyl Wrap Install: Part 2 of 2

  1. Tony Kiger says:

    Great work on the stingray, like how the hood looks now with the carbon vinyl.

  2. Germaine says:

    What all products and steps were used to correct the paint

  3. Ray Scott says:

    OMG, my dream car. Cant believe the delivered condition. Awesome job, if I could afford one it would look like that.

  4. kevin says:

    Beautiful job. Im curious as to which pads and polish was used for the paint correction.

  5. Sean says:

    What brand of clear bra was used on the vette?

  6. Rob says:

    You took a new car and made it better-than-new…truly a dramatic improvement! But…I have to say that it seems like there is an awful lot of orange peel on this car, even after detailing. If I were the owner and were going to such lengths for this kind of detail, why not take care of that, too? I don’t mean to throw stones, and I feel “picky” bringing it up, but hey…this forum is for picky people who want to achieve the best possible finish. Thoughts?

    • Rob, I hear what you’re saying. But for some people, orange peel is a non-issue. It’s not my goal to make a mountain out of a client’s molehill. He requested that the car be shiny, protected, easy to maintain and to be within his budget. If orange peel was a concern of his, we certainly would have taken care of it.

      Thanks for the feedback, Rob.

  7. Rob says:

    I get it…my perspective is of the owner, yours is of the business, and you are doing what the client asked (and is paying) for.

    You said above you’re considering getting the new ‘vette… as an owner, would you remediate the orange peel? Inquring minds want to know!

  8. Brandon says:

    Amazing work! Would you use a sealer or anything after paint correction and before adding a clear bra? I know you said you used cQuartz on the exterior, but was that on the back half without the clear bra?

  9. Caleb says:

    You can definitely tell a difference when the clear bra is installed.

  10. Steve Webb says:

    Hi Jean Claude
    I asked a couple of questions in part one and hope you can answer them as well as the ones here.

    When I look at this car and other “new” cars on this site it amazes me that coming from the factory they are in such bad condition, or is it that detailers are such perfectionists that nothing but perfection will do?
    One would assume that it’s the factory /dealers responsibility to make sure a new car looks as good as this vet after you have worked on it?

    That said can you explain why after a wrap you still use C-Quarts?

    I am picking up a used Tesla that has a full Opticoat wrap and want to do everything in my power to make this car look its best for as long as possible (at least for the next 72 months payment schedule)

    Are there different rules to applying C-Quarts over a wrap as opposed to directly to the paint, I have not found any tutorials addressing the above (hint).

    Thanks
    Steve

    • Jean-Claude Corcoran Jean-Claude says:

      Hi Steve,

      We have cars that we either pick up from the dealership and have not been touched by them as well as cars only washed once by a dealership and in both cases it’s more often than not that there are substantial defects.

      There are fundamental problems on the factory and dealer level that tend to result in defects left or defects created before a client ever touches their new car. I could write a huge article on just the issues facing the new car purchaser.

      For the boutique detailer/restoration expert, the situation is the same as many trades or crafts. Steve, you can liken how we are to probably how you are. Do you work with other people? What is their attitude when it comes to work? Are they finding excuses to slide poor quality work through without being seen? Are they cutting corners? Is their eye trained to look for the problems or just see the bit of good they’ve done? It’s the same for us. We are picky because it’s how we are. We can’t stand to see garbage work slide by just because we think the customer may not notice. Our eyes are tuned to find what’s wrong and fix it(depending on the agreement with the owner). No matter what trade this personality is associated with, they will act on their desire to exceed in their craft. You’re probably the same way and I can say that because you are here reading these articles. “Good enough” is probably not really good enough for you, right?

      It just so happens we pay our bills by working on making cars beautiful and that’s how our personalities show through.

      Great question about CQuartz after the ppf being applied.

      In regards to protecting painted surfaces of automobiles, there is no better protection than ppf(paint protection film / clear bra). It is thicker and more resistant to all types of damage than the alternatives(such as coatings and wax). With that said, why do we install coatings on our paint? To make maintenance a breeze for many years and to add amazing protection. Putting a coating down under ppf is plain redundant. The benefits are lost as the ppf will protect the coating along with the paint. But by applying a coating over ppf, you are providing the same protections that it offers paint, to the ppf. So now, instead of being concerned with using the wrong wax over the ppf and causing yellowing or getting wax on the edges and building up…or damage from bug marks and bird droppings, your clear bra is substantially easier to maintain and better protected so it stays looking great for longer. PPF is not a maintenance-free product. It requires care and attention. The sacrificial layer of the coating on the ppf is not redundant. A coating on top of the ppf will ease maintenance requirements.

      Some people like clear bra, some don’t. Some like coatings, some don’t. Some don’t like either. Some do like both. It’s understanding how they work individually as well as together that can bring added value to the owner. Understanding how they can work together also allows the owner to make an informed decision as to how much protection they care for VS what their budget will allow.

      Excellent post Steve. Thanks for adding to the conversation.

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