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placid warrior
Feb 8th, 2005, 07:53 PM
I'm new to the forum, loved all the before and after pics so i decided to try it out. I did my first detail on a small mazda pickup that a guy from work owned...it was nasty. Its acrylic enamel, except for the left rear panel cause the body shop did it (accident related) and the paint has dust and water bubbles which are not removeable. the paint was exposed to the elements for about a year and a half or so and felt like sand, even claying it only helped a little bit, it needed a major cut/polish in some spots. not bad for 6 hours though.

BEFORE SHOTS
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/thetrueslayer/detailed/123_2400.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/thetrueslayer/detailed/124_2402.jpg
the hood was pretty bad
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/thetrueslayer/detailed/124_2401.jpg
the roof was worse
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/thetrueslayer/detailed/124_2413.jpg

AFTER SHOTS
this was after #2 cut/polish
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/thetrueslayer/detailed/124_2404.jpg
finished product
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/thetrueslayer/detailed/124_2409.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/thetrueslayer/detailed/124_2423.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/thetrueslayer/detailed/124_2429.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/thetrueslayer/detailed/124_2425.jpg

Cant remember the details of what i used...but here goes

Quick clay detail system
#2 fine cut/polish (#1 Medium, where necessary)
#6? cleaner wax
i must confess that i used 2 mothers products in this because i had the stuff and i didnt want to lose too much $$ on this job...

mothers- scratch remover
mothers- glaze and protecter

used the meguiars ultimate wipes for most of it.

most likely wouldhave gotten a nicer shine with proper meguiars products, but that will come a bit later. As it is this guy has lined me up to detail his brothers car and to paint his dads mazda MR6...(also getting into painting and bodywork and custom fiberglassing) I did this mostly by had but used a rotory buffer (cheap kind) for the cut/polish on the roof and for the final polish)
once i have a prober PC or something and a good line of Meguires products i should be doing fairly well. I only charged this guy 100 bucks for this cause I'm repainting his truck anyways later this year. his brothers car will be done for 130 bucks but it wont take as long to do.

Teak
Feb 8th, 2005, 11:10 PM
Nice transformation. The Pick-up is actually a Isuzu Space cab.

Eric

placid warrior
Feb 9th, 2005, 06:42 PM
LOL...o my goodness. That was bad...sorry about that. I always thought for the longest time that it was a mazda so i never bothered to look, lol...oh well. I'm doing his brothers car on sunday so I'll sure post more pics later...i think its an accord, but i think i'll actually make sure this time before i post, lol.

Teak
Feb 9th, 2005, 10:53 PM
I look forward to seeing your next project.

Eric

placid warrior
Feb 10th, 2005, 07:19 PM
thanks man. Next project will be able to test the clay out since it has tree sap on it, its supposed to take off sap so if that doesnt work then i'll probly end up doing something else to get it off.

Teak
Feb 11th, 2005, 04:05 PM
Originally posted by placid warrior
thanks man. Next project will be able to test the clay out since it has tree sap on it, its supposed to take off sap so if that doesnt work then i'll probly end up doing something else to get it off.
Clay will remove sap, but there is some varibales. Depends on how old the sap drop is, kind of sap, type of clay, condition of paint. Clay should remove some or most, if not you will employ other methods.

I can not believe other have replied to your original post.

Eric

placid warrior
Feb 11th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Thanks Eric...i wasnt sure what dind of replies id get with the post...maybe people are mad at me for using Mothers product, lol...oh well. I appreciate your responses. Hopefully I'll have some better work to show later, I think it'll go better once i get a proper polisher and pick up some more waxes and other comounds for a better shine, but the budget is tight right now since i've got a few projects on the go.

SingingSabre
Feb 11th, 2005, 08:35 PM
Originally posted by placid warrior
Thanks Eric...i wasnt sure what dind of replies id get with the post...maybe people are mad at me for using Mothers product, lol...oh well. I appreciate your responses. Hopefully I'll have some better work to show later, I think it'll go better once i get a proper polisher and pick up some more waxes and other comounds for a better shine, but the budget is tight right now since i've got a few projects on the go.

*shakes head* I just can't believe you used Mothers products...you disgust me.

Kidding! I used a Mothers product on my mom's car.

The transformation you pulled out of that pickup is really nice! The reflections are quite striking compared to what you had to work with!

I wonder how it would have looked with NXT...:)

placid warrior
Feb 12th, 2005, 05:38 PM
lol, nice. Its too bad i cant get NTX right now, since payday is on tuesday and the next car i'm doing is on sunday...so i'll be using the same products. i saw the car today and most of the color is pretty faded, i sure hope the color is restorable. I'll be asking for a list of things to get if u guys dont mind later on when i get paid so that I'm prepared for the next vehicle. not sure what i should be charging for what i'm doing, but i dont know how many people will pay a whole lot when they arent sure on what they're getting exactly so i suppose the low pricing is fine for awhile till i sort of get a bit more of a rep...how do u guys do it?