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Mike Phillips
Oct 4th, 2004, 04:12 PM
Red Honda - Extreme Makeover

On Wednesday, October 6th here at our Irvine location, starting at 9:00am Mike Pennington, and myself will be performing an extreme makeover on this red Honda Civic.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedHondaBefore1.jpg

While in the above photo the car looks to be in pretty decent shape, upon closer inspection it is easy to see the finish has been neglected. This daily driver is typically parked outside 24 by 7 and as such, the finish is under constant attack from the environment and airborne contaminants. The goal is to restore the interior and exterior to their maximum potential to increase it's resale value.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedHondaBefore2.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedHondaBefore3.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedHondaBefore3MSPaint.JPG

Engine Detailing - Extreme Makeover
Besides restoring a show car shine to the exterior and cleaning and conditioning the interior, we will also be detailing the engine compartment using cleaning and degreasing products from Meguiar's New Detailer Line (http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2131).

If you would like to be a part of the Meguiar's Transformation Team, please reply to this thread and I will add your name to the sign up list.

1. Lt1Corvette
2. CarGirl
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Meguiar’s address for Mapquest Driving Directions (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=search&countryid=250&addtohistory=&country=US&address=17991+Mitchell+South&city=Irvine&state=ca&zipcode=&historyid=&submit=Get+Map)
Meguiar’s Inc
17991 Mitchell South
Irvine, CA 92614

See you here...

Mike

Chris Nemlich
Oct 4th, 2004, 04:17 PM
Mike, I think you need to make a trip out to the east coast sometime and let us have some of this fun! I wish I could get out to CA, it would be a great experience to take part in something like this.

Maybe I'll start saving my pennies to buy you a plane ticket to New England!

Chris

Lt1Corvette
Oct 4th, 2004, 05:09 PM
Hey Mikes,
I am interested in comming and lending a hand, however I won't be able to get up there until 12:40. Will you guys still need some help at that time?

Mike Phillips
Oct 4th, 2004, 05:39 PM
Yes, we'll be working on it most of the day, starting with the engine compartment, then washing the car, then the interior and last but least the exterior.

Plenty to do... shall I add your name to the list?

Mike

Lt1Corvette
Oct 4th, 2004, 05:48 PM
Yes Mike,
Go ahead and add me.
Is this Cargirls husbands old civic?

Mike Phillips
Oct 4th, 2004, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by Lt1Corvette
Yes Mike,
Go ahead and add me.
Is this Cargirls husbands old civic?

Yes, after the last extreme makeover, she volunteered their Honda because they want to sell it, or trade it in and hopefully get top dollar either way.

It's a win/win proposition as I've been looking for an average car for a engine detailing write-up and a car with a neglected finish to show what can be accomplished with ColorX by hand, followed by NXT Tech Wax by hand.

We'll also have a chance to use a variety of products on the interior.

Mike

gbackus
Oct 4th, 2004, 06:00 PM
Why wednesday? :( I have a full day of school on Wednesday :( Oh well, can't wait to see what you guys can accomplish, good luck!

CarGirl
Oct 4th, 2004, 06:03 PM
Of course you can add me to the list! Thanks for helping me with my husband's civic!

Lt1Corvette, look forward to seeing you soon!

tdekany
Oct 4th, 2004, 08:18 PM
What a small world!

10.06 is my birthday. :D

magnus
Oct 5th, 2004, 06:16 AM
I'm sure you will be doing this any ways, but could you document every stinking detail -- of the detail! :D

I am itching to see the process of every section of the detail. Process of evaluation for the not only the exterior, but any interior problems, attacking the engine compartment, and what you will do with the wheels.

Could you also please provide vehicle specs.? Year, miles, condition of interior & engine compartment, expected problem areas (beyond those described for the exterior).

Can't wait to see the results and learn some new information! Just wish I could be there to help, and learn hands-on.

HotRodGuy
Oct 5th, 2004, 09:08 AM
Will you be taking a rotary to it or working w/ the G100?

Mike Phillips
Oct 5th, 2004, 09:16 AM
Originally posted by magnus
I'm sure you will be doing this any ways, but could you document every stinking detail -- of the detail! :D

I am itching to see the process of every section of the detail. Process of evaluation for the not only the exterior, but any interior problems, attacking the engine compartment, and what you will do with the wheels.

Could you also please provide vehicle specs.? Year, miles, condition of interior & engine compartment, expected problem areas (beyond those described for the exterior).

Can't wait to see the results and learn some new information! Just wish I could be there to help, and learn hands-on.

We'll do our best. The engine compartment detailing process will be a write-up for the new forum,

Engine Compartment Detailing (http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=69)

Good suggestions magnus!

Mike

Mike Phillips
Oct 5th, 2004, 09:28 AM
Originally posted by HotRodGuy
Will you be taking a rotary to it or working w/ the G100?

Hi HotRodGuy,

The first thing we're going to do is to use our two hands to restore the finish using hand-applied consumer products right off the shelf. The purpose of this is show the majority of enthusiasts in the world how to use the things they already own, (their hands), to get W0W! results.

After washing the car, we will follow exactly what Meguiar's has been teaching for decades about proper procedures. We will follow Meguiar's 5-Step Paint Care Cycle (http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2409)

Step 1 Wash
Step 2 Clean
Step 3 Polish
Step 4 Protect
Step 5 Maintain

After the washing step we will evaluate the finish first with the palm of our clean hands to inspect for above surface defects and second, visually for below surface defects, this will help us to determine the necessary products to remove the defects.

After the cleaning or surface prep procedures, we will then polish with Deep Crystal Polish and then apply NXT Tech Wax and document our results.

After that, if there are still more serious defects in the finish that require a machine applied product from Meguiar's Professional Line, then we go after those defects using Meguiar's philosophy of,

Always use the least aggressive product to get the job done"

This means we will attempt to remove the defects using the G-100 Polisher. If we find out that we still need to get a more aggressive, then we will substitute the rotary buffer.

Our only limitations are time as I have to leave for the airport at approximately 6:30pm

Mike

RDVT4ME
Oct 5th, 2004, 10:40 AM
Hey Mike

Wish I could be there, but gotta do that work thing.

Anyhow, I am really looking forward to seeing the new detailer line of products in action. I have been looking at them trying to decide which ones I might need. This test you are doing should be perfect for showing off the new detailer line products.

-Bob

Lt1Corvette
Oct 5th, 2004, 05:09 PM
Originally posted by Mike Phillips
Our only limitations are time as I have to leave for the airport at approximately 6:30pm
Mike

Better allow plenty of travel time Mike, it might take three or four minutes to get there:D

RCBuddha
Oct 5th, 2004, 10:06 PM
Mike,

Noob Question: Do you want experienced detailers to help on these projects, or is ok if a noob like me comes down to help?

I wish i saw this thread a little earlier, i would have loved to come down to irvine to try my hand at doing an "extreme makeover". Alas, work has me scheduled for tommorrow....:wall:

Craig

Mike Phillips
Oct 5th, 2004, 10:08 PM
Originally posted by RCBuddha
Mike,

Noob Question: Do you want experienced detailers to help on these projects, or is ok if a noob like me comes down to help?

I wish i saw this thread a little earlier, i would have loved to come down to irvine to try my hand at doing an "extreme makeover". Alas, work has me scheduled for tommorrow....:wall:

Craig

Hi Craig,

These extreme makeovers are "Open Invitation", that means we welcome people of all skill levels and experience.

I try to give more advanced warning beforehand, for this I apologize.

Mike

Marc08EX
Oct 6th, 2004, 07:30 AM
Have fun today guys! I wish I could be there. If there any open invitation extreme makeover around the 15th of december because i'll be going to california then. :)

GSRstilez
Oct 6th, 2004, 12:00 PM
This will bring more truth to The Process over The Products.

I'm excited to see the results :)

Mike Phillips
Oct 6th, 2004, 12:34 PM
Here's a few pictures as we transform this beast into beauty!

Side by Side - Before & After - All done by hand
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DSC06476.JPG

Engine Before
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DSC06458.JPG

Mike

HotRodGuy
Oct 6th, 2004, 06:23 PM
looks remarkable mike!

Marc08EX
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:18 PM
Wow! Amazing results! Can't wait for the write-up!

Mike Phillips
Oct 8th, 2004, 05:42 PM
Red Honda - Extreme Makeover

On Wednesday, October 6th here at our Irvine location, starting at 9:00am Mike Pennington, LT1Corvette, CarGirl, and myself will be performing an extreme makeover on this red Honda Civic.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedHondaBefore1.jpg

While in the above photo the car looks to be in pretty decent shape, upon closer inspection it is easy to see the finish has been neglected. This daily driver is typically parked outside 24 by 7 and as such, the finish is under constant attack from the environment and airborne contaminants. The goal is to restore the interior and exterior to their maximum potential to increase it's resale value.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedHondaBefore2.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedHondaBefore3.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedHondaBefore3MSPaint.JPG

Mike

Mike Phillips
Oct 8th, 2004, 05:46 PM
Some parts of the car were extremely oxidized and as we found out later as we began to work on the car that parts of the car appear to have been re-painted as they were single-stage paint.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2OxidizedRearFender1.jpg

Here's a shot of the hood after we clayed one half of the hood with Quik Clay System (http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_detail.cfm?sku=g-11), and then applied one, well worked-in application of ColorX (http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/colorx.cfm).

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DSC06476.JPG

Mike

Mike Phillips
Oct 8th, 2004, 05:49 PM
Here's a couple of after shots until next week...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedCivicAfter2.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedCivicAfter1.jpg

Engine Before
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2DSC06458.JPG

Engine After
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2RedCivicEngineAfter.jpg

Stay tuned for more... :D :D :D

Mike

HotRodGuy
Oct 9th, 2004, 06:14 AM
wow

Lochi
Oct 9th, 2004, 10:07 AM
Nice work!, :xyxthumbs

the after pic of the engine is very impressive, what dressing product did you use?

Greetings from Chile

Lochi :bounce

Lt1Corvette
Oct 9th, 2004, 12:01 PM
Originally posted by Lochi
Nice work!, :xyxthumbs

the after pic of the engine is very impressive, what dressing product did you use?

Greetings from Chile

Lochi :bounce
I believe they used hyper-dressing on the engine bay. I am not sure what dilution though.

Marc08EX
Oct 9th, 2004, 12:03 PM
Simply amazing! Can't wait to see the whole write-up.. So Mike, being a single stage paint, did you pull some paint off the car to the softbuff polishing pad you used? Great work team!

Chris Nemlich
Oct 9th, 2004, 12:08 PM
Looks great! Nice work!

Can't wait to see all the pics.

:xyxthumbs

Chris

Lt1Corvette
Oct 9th, 2004, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by Bri
Simply amazing! Can't wait to see the whole write-up.. So Mike, being a single stage paint, did you pull some paint off the car to the softbuff polishing pad you used? Great work team!
Did we pull paint? We surely did. Only one of the panels was single stage the rest of the car had a clear coat. When Mike hit that panel after working the trunk the pad went from yellow to bright red! That was a surprise.

CarGirl
Oct 10th, 2004, 07:18 PM
Mike P, Mike P, Lt1Corvette and Meguiar's, THANK YOU for an amazing before and after on my husband's Civic!

My father in law came over for dinner on Saturday and literally jumped back when he saw the transformation that the car had been through!

Now I've got just one question....Anybody wanna buy a Civic? :D

lee16
Jul 13th, 2008, 02:43 PM
I love looking at the before and after pictures.

Eddie6th
Jun 5th, 2009, 05:47 AM
Great transformation.Like new!

The only thing that lets it down is the wheels.A nice set of alloys would sort that out.:D