View Full Version : before and after pics

Sep 30th, 2004, 06:09 PM
This was my first real detail with the pc, I have done stuff by hand, but have not gotten these results before. Here are a few pics:

Before and after, these are the products i used. (Right side was polished)

Another before and after, you could see were my tape was. (Left side was polished)


A shot of the hood before polishing, these are the swirls that i was up against.

After polishing, this shot was taken the next day.

Let me know what you guys think! I am so amazed at how well these products work, I feel like i am cheating. i'll post more pics when i'm all done. I'm doing it little by little, as i get the time.

p.s. I would like to Thank Meguiar's, and there Customer Care Center.

Sep 30th, 2004, 06:18 PM
Finish looks great. Is that a 3 series BMW? How is the paint on those? A friend wants me to fix his mistakes on his m3.

Sep 30th, 2004, 06:21 PM
I wish it were a bmw, It's a daily driven 97 VW Jetta (trek model) the seats in here are pretty nice!

Sep 30th, 2004, 06:31 PM
looks awesome bud black looks best when its clean :xyxthumbs

Oct 1st, 2004, 02:37 AM
looks indeed very nice that work you have done to your car..:xyxthumbs

Oct 1st, 2004, 06:02 AM
Wow!! Looks great!!! Can't match a clean and shiny paint! How do you like #80?

Oct 1st, 2004, 10:54 AM
well i like #80, it leaves the finish looking pretty wet. a few passes really cleans up after dacp. however, i put up another post on this topic to look for other alternatives. i'm pretty new to this stuff, and enjoy experimenting, and trying new stuff.

Mike Phillips
Oct 1st, 2004, 11:13 AM
Hi cheapthrills,

What can I say... looks great!

:xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs


Oct 1st, 2004, 12:40 PM
thanks for all the great compliments, they really pump me up!

Oct 1st, 2004, 05:44 PM
got some time today to polish the passenger side door, let me know what you think! i'll have to pick up some scratch-x to take care of those scratches under the handles.(anyone know if scrach-x will stain the handles?) i better tape them anyway.
ok here are the pics i took:

a pic of the handle before:

the handle after, notice the underside scratches still remain:

here are pics of the door after polishing: (i used that bag around the mirror)

Oct 19th, 2004, 10:30 AM
Here are a few more pics, after finishing with #80.

before area is top left above handle, the rest of the door is polished:

after pic of the front: the entire front was replaced and repainted about 3 years ago. there are some nice size chips on the hood and front fenders. bad paint, or prep work. :rolleyes: thats another story though!


I'll post more pictures when i'm done sealing and waxing..

Oct 21st, 2004, 08:34 AM
Dude--no offense but you MUST make an effort to take after pics in relatively the same light/proximity. Probably 90% of cars look fine from a distance but close up under decent light tells a different story. I see it quite a bit with before and afters. If its too dark the same day--then wait till the next day at the same time.

Oct 21st, 2004, 10:15 AM
here are some more before and after pics of my second detail with pc.

Car before:

Car after #83, #80, VM, EX-P.
used A2Z and AIO on wheels
EO Wet on tires.
303 on plastic surrounding bottom of car.


I used car soap and tooth brush, to clean plastic side skirts, but it really didn't cut it. anything out there i could try?

Edit: I hope these pics are welcome here? I see no replies? I know I did not use all Meguiar's products. But I did use Meguiars to polish out scratches and swirls. Anyone?

Oct 26th, 2004, 06:01 PM
ok here are my final pics, I did another coat ex-p and Meguiars 16 Professional Paste Wax.






Oct 27th, 2004, 01:50 AM
Originally posted by cheapthrills

I used car soap and tooth brush, to clean plastic side skirts, but it really didn't cut it. anything out there i could try?

Edit: I hope these pics are welcome here? I see no replies? I know I did not use all Meguiar's products. But I did use Meguiars to polish out scratches and swirls. Anyone?

The product(s) you used are irrelevant, it's the passion and effort that you put into the car that matters. I tend to agree about the before & afters being under as similar as possible lighting conditions, but the first few side-by-side pics tell us how much you've accomplished. :xyxthumbs

Car wash soap isn't usually strong enough to tackle lower body build up. I would suggest keeping the toothbrush, but substituting a good APC instead of wash soap.

PS: Is that wax build up on the base of the antenna I see? ;)http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1747M-16-Wax_01-med.JPG

Oct 30th, 2004, 08:11 AM
I believe I am having some halogram problems , :( I'm almost embarresed to post these pics. The car looks so much better overall, as far as swirls and gloss reflection and depth. But this is what i saw the other day as i was running out. i had to snap a few shots and post, here they are:




Any tips will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Oct 30th, 2004, 10:10 AM
Those remind me more of smears than holograms. Try washing then a using a QD.

Oct 30th, 2004, 10:51 AM
Can smears appear as holograms? because this can not be seen at all, under any lighting, only under sun at certain angles?

I tried QD, it didn't seem to do anything.

It's raining out today, but I'll try a wash tomorrow or later this week. I am so stressed, to have done all this work and see this on the car, it is just a nightmare.

Oct 30th, 2004, 01:25 PM
cheapthrills, dont stress buddy, that car looks so much better already, think of this as a learning curve so next time it will be alot easier, also, i think i heard some of the pro's talking about vw/ audi paint as having a very hard clear and difficult to work with, if this is true, u are getting a tough lesson right from the start keep trying and u will get it where u want it to be, and with all that we can learn here you wont let your paint get in that condition again, :xyxthumbs :bounce

Oct 30th, 2004, 02:39 PM
scottlee Thanks a bunch, I know I get stressed, I think most would after spending the time and effort that I did. I just want to find out if these are indeed holograms and what i need to do to remove them, before the car gets coverd with snow. I just want that piece of mind that I did my best and the car looks good. I had that just a few days ago, until I saw this. :wall:

Oct 30th, 2004, 06:16 PM
I think you have done a fantastic job, what you have to remember is that detailing is not easy, if it were then most of the professional detailers would be out of a job.
Looking at the before pics, it looks like this is your real "first" try for a professional finish on your car. Please don't think that this is something that you will get right the first time, or maybe even the forty first time.
What you have accomplished so far is way above what the average person can do, you are on the right road to going nutz about shiny things.

Just remember the most important thing in life.
"Practice makes perfect!!!":wall:

Oct 31st, 2004, 08:48 PM
I washed the car today with nxt wash, and everthing worked fine. Here are some pics i took. Thanks for the help and support.

The only thing I could think of that may have when wrong is:
-ex-p wasn't cured and I added 16 (waited 1 hour or a little more)
-I applied 16 to heavily (i used the twist pad method, and it worked well very little dusting pretty easy to remove.)
-I Needed to buff 16 twice. one to remove, second to buff to a shine?





Nov 1st, 2004, 02:29 AM
I thought it looked like they were just smears ;) good work :xyxthumbs

Nov 1st, 2004, 06:57 AM
sounds like it maybe a good "excuse" to get some micro fiber bonnets for the pc :D :D

Nov 2nd, 2004, 02:56 PM
I really like the way jetta came out, a rotary would of been quicker and maybe produced a slightly better finish over all. But I am not complaining, because I didn't take any risks and got the job done 80% or more with the PC. The car looks 100 times better. My bro-in-law is very happy, My friend saw the car, and I ended up doing his VW Gulf, and my brother wants his done this weekend. Family friends and neighbors are noticing. The black jetta is no Ferrarri, But it really does stand out in the driveway. :cool:


I was thinking about picking up a few ultimate bonnets :D

I was hoping they were smears. I still feel the need to order #82 though. :D I'm addicted.