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Zet
Jan 13th, 2007, 04:13 AM
1994 Opel Corsa
I bought this car with the intention of reselling it after bringing the paint back to life. It turned out that there was a lot of mechanical work needed to be done, so it wasn’t such a sweet deal as I had originally thought.

The car has red single stage paint, and since it was probably not that well taken care of, it was oxidized, faded, and looked pretty sad all in all. Just what I was looking for!

Process
I will describe the (rather long ;)) process first and then post the pics below.

Trim
After all the mechanical work, quite a bit of body work and some spot painting, I needed to do something about the trim. This model has some problematic trim around the wheel arches. It has turned from a very dark to a light grey on almost all of these cars, as can also be seen in the pics. I tried all the trim dressings I had plus AIO, but this was only able to darken the trim somewhat and thus didn’t improve the look much. I then tried a Forever Black type product, which started to improve the look a lot. I should probably have gone with the real thing, since the one I was using couldn’t really be layered. But after putting on an even coat, and topping with a local product called “Black Wax” the trim ended up looking really good. I actually like the now black trim better than the original dark grey.

Paint
I knew it was going to take some work to cut through the oxidation, so I loaded up the rotary with a Meg’s cutting pad and started out with Meg’s #80. This was working ok, but not fast enough. I then tried some #83, which didn’t make much of a difference. So I took out #84, and while it did cut faster, the real problem was that the pad loaded up with dead paint in no time. I was only able to polish a 1x1 ft section before needing to clean the pad, and since I needed to go over the paint two or three times with this combo, this was going to take a long time. At this point I really wished I had a wool pad on hand. The heavily oxidized paint also used up a lot of polish, I think I used almost 1/3 of a 32 oz bottle of #84 on this little car!

The funny thing about oxidation is that it makes the paint look really smooth. After I had cut through the oxidized layer all sorts of defects started showing up! I wasn’t able to remove all of those, since I was starting to worry about how much paint was being removed. So after compounding there were still remains after the deeper scratches, and some kind of pitting in the paint. This was really only noticeable up close, so not too much of a problem. After the compounding the rest was like a walk in the park. A good thing about #84 is that it finishes down very nice, so there was only very little hazing to deal with. I chose to finish down with #80 on a Meg’s polishing pad, this was leaving a very nice finish. I also wanted to load up the paint with the oils in #80, plus it leaves a little protection behind which I wanted for the recently painted areas that couldn’t be protected by the LSP.

The process in summary
Washed with DP 4-in-1 (DP’s ONR/QEW).
Clay with Pinnacle poly-clay.
Meg’s #84 on a Meg’s cutting pad via rotary, x 2-3 over most of the car, x 1-2 on lower panels.
Meg’s #80 on a Meg’s polishing pad via rotary, x 1-2 over the whole car.
Meg’s Gold Class wax

Trim was “dyed”, then further dyed and protected with Black Wax.


Before:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/01.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/02.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/03.jpg

Taped off. Hood has been repaired, trim has been dyed black:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/04.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/05.jpg

Roof, left side after #84:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/06.jpg

Taken from the front:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/07.jpg

Some defects show up after removing the oxidation, like this nasty bird poo etching. Also some of the pitting visible close to the light. I did wetsand the etching after taking this picture, which improved it some, but it’s still visible if you look for it:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/08.jpg

After polishing. Look at all the red on the floor, this is actually dead paint cleaned from the pads! Most has been swept in under the side of the car, I’m sure the car is a bit lighter now ;):
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/09.jpg

Done. Trim has gotten the final coat of Black Wax. I’ve also put on some new hubcaps:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/10.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/11.jpg

We actually had some sun today for the first time in a week :), so I rushed out to take these pics:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/12.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/13.jpg

Thx for looking!

phat_gadgy
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:57 AM
My wife has the 5 door version Vauxhall(Opel) in red, it also suffers with the same oxidized paint :( We have never owned a red car which fades and dulls as bad as Vauxhall red does, and thats a nice transformation ;) how long did it take you start to finish ?

El Tano
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:08 AM
Awesome transition !!!!!You got yourself a new looking car....
Great work

Mayur
Jan 13th, 2007, 02:08 PM
Nice transition. BTW El Tano your on TN right? You got a nice camry.

nime
Jan 13th, 2007, 04:23 PM
Excellent work! Looks like new :bigups Sometimes it helps using a heat gun to restore faded black plastic. Should be very careful though..

Michael Stoops
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:22 PM
Great transformation!!!

PieNr1
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:38 AM
Awesome job! Looks great again. Those plastic parts can be really nasty on Opels. Do you by any chance have some pics of the wetsanding you did? I would like to see the result of that.

Ricardo

J. A. Michaels
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:49 AM
:spot Great job! The car looks brand new. Also have to say great job in being so responsible to have the mechanical issues cleared up before selling. Keep up the good work.

Zet
Jan 14th, 2007, 07:48 AM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone :)



My wife has the 5 door version Vauxhall(Opel) in red, it also suffers with the same oxidized paint :( We have never owned a red car which fades and dulls as bad as Vauxhall red does, and thats a nice transformation ;) how long did it take you start to finish ?

Thanks. Yeah, there can really be quite a thick layer of oxidation, especially if nothing much has been done to the paint over the years. I don't really know exactly how many hours I've spent on the car, since I have been working on the car on and off for over a month. But I would say at least 10 hours of just polishing Scottwax2



Awesome job! Looks great again. Those plastic parts can be really nasty on Opels. Do you by any chance have some pics of the wetsanding you did? I would like to see the result of that.

Ricardo

Thanks. Do you mean the wetsanding on the bird poo etching? I forgot to take an after pic, I'll see if I can get a picture of it, perhaps tomorrow... It's much less noticeable now, you kind of have to know where to look for it. There were actually three deep etchings on the roof. Most people don't know how important it is to remove bird poo quickly.

PieNr1
Jan 14th, 2007, 11:23 AM
Thanks. Do you mean the wetsanding on the bird poo etching? I forgot to take an after pic, I'll see if I can get a picture of it, perhaps tomorrow... It's much less noticeable now, you kind of have to know where to look for it. There were actually three deep etchings on the roof. Most people don't know how important it is to remove bird poo quickly.


Yes I mean that. Would be very nice if you could do that. :D

garydh2000
Jan 14th, 2007, 01:37 PM
Could you please elaborate on the process and products used on the bumpers and other black trim?

Thanks,

Gary

Blaze
Jan 14th, 2007, 10:02 PM
Terrific job on the makeover!! :dp:

Zet
Jan 17th, 2007, 08:18 AM
Yes I mean that. Would be very nice if you could do that. :D

Haven't been able to get a pic yet, since it's been raining for a few days here :(



Could you please elaborate on the process and products used on the bumpers and other black trim?

Sure. First you need to make sure to get any existing dressing and all dirt off the trim.

1. Start by washing the trim using APC in proper dilution. Rinse well.
2. Clean the trim using isopropyl alcohol. I used it diluted 50/50 with water, this is also safe to use on paint.
3. Use a product that dyes the trim. If I'm doing this again I'll be using Forever Black, which permanently dyes the trim. There's also spray paint available specifically for plastic trim, but then you would need to mask off the rest of the car, or remove the trim for painting.
4. Since the "dye" I used wasn't providing complete coverage, I followed up with a product called "Black Wax". Shouldn't be necessary if you use a better product than I did in point 3.
5. Done. Now you can use a regular trim protectant/dressing to maintain the new look.

Zet
Jan 20th, 2007, 12:27 PM
Was finally able to get a pic of how the bird poo etching looks now after wetsanding (and polishing). It couldn't be removed completely, since it's almost etched down to the primer (actually is in one spot). But it's much less noticeable now.

It's in the right side of this picture.

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/eksklusivbilpleje/0001/20.jpg

garydh2000
Jan 20th, 2007, 01:59 PM
Zet,

Incredible transformation!!

Gary

PieNr1
Jan 26th, 2007, 11:39 AM
Thanks for that picture. I think you did a great job. The spot is much less noticable.

Bulla2000
Jan 26th, 2007, 12:03 PM
@Zet: great makeover, have you selled this car after detailing?
Very good job, I was also a owner and driver of this model known as Opel Corsa B in germany.