This car was brought to us all the way from LA, Beverly Hills to be exact. It’s very typical that clients travel from over an hour away in order to have Envious Detailing perform our high quality, above the bar, exceeding customer expectations paint correction and coating service. After all, our client’s car is our canvas, we better perform!
Starting out with the typical decontamination wash, a clay bar treatment and a wipe down, we then set out to find our combination of polishing that would work on this paint. While being extremely soft paint, we were faced with a task of correcting the paint without getting too aggressive, causing more work for ourselves. After about 30 minutes of playing with different combinations, we set ourselves up for success. Carrying on for the next 20 hours, we ended up with a HUGE turn around in the look of the car. 90% of the defects were removed. The last 10%, well those were scratches, pitting, and dents that were obviously there to stay as they were too deep to be removed carefully with the integrity of the paint staying intact. We will not chase scratches in paint when it will jeopardize the clear coat causing premature clear coat failure. It’s our level of service to give your car the proper care it deserves.
Here are a quick few shots of the before and during process. As you can see here, the starting condition was less than stellar. Tons of scratches, a massive amount of swirling, and RIDS (random isolated deep scratches) riddled the paintwork on this otherwise beautiful car. This is what happens when the car is neglected and uncared for over years.
Now, you may be thinking there is no way this car will turn out looking good, or you may know what we are capable of and are looking forward to seeing the end results. Here is what is possible when you give us the opportunity to turn your car around and make it look better than new!
This is just after the compounding stage, not even final polished at this point. And the grill had a lot of water spotting. The right side was cleaned, the left side was not…a completely different look.
You can see how the compounding step leaves the paint hazy and unclear, although defects such as oxidation, swirls, light scratches are removed. This is commonly referred to as compound haze. Unfortunately, many detailers get it here and then will wax over it and call it good. Envious Detailing takes the necessary steps to refine the finish properly and give your car the attention it deserves.
Following the paint correction efforts, we then applied our entry level coating system. This provides the car 2 years of durable, extremely glossy, higher scratch resistance, and easier maintenance while cleaning the car. Dirt and debris fall off the car with ease! IR heat lamps are used to baked the coating giving it a faster cure and a harder, glossier finish.
You can see the rainbow effect on the paint indicating the product is flashing over. Almost time to wipe at this point, we did a test swipe. If it’s too streaky, it needs to sit longer. If it comes off easy, we wipe the coating off the whole car. After the coating is removed and the car is tidied up, we will then bake every panel for approximately 15 minutes at 125 degrees to accelerate the curing process.
Final Outside Shots:
These results on this very soft paint were from the use of the Griots Garage Boss 21, Meguiar’s MF Disc, and D300. Following that initial cutting stage, we used the Griots Garage 6″ DA with a Hydro Tech Tangerine Pad, and Sonax Perfect Finish. Lastly, we elected to use Menzerna 3800 on a black pad for maximum gloss and depth.
In the end, the car came out extremely well and is now better looking for the long haul! If you are serious about your car, it needs to be corrected and coated from the start. Enjoy the easy car care for years to come, and the amazing look it will hold!’