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    Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011



    Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011


    We had a really busy TNOG last night with some fun projects and car owners eager to learn how to properly take care of the finish on their vehicle. We also had something very interesting show up, and quite frankly we weren't quite sure how the owner should proceed with caring for his artwork. Our products aren't really designed for the type of paint he uses in his paintings, so a bit of experimentation was in order. Fortunately, he brought an extra canvas to experiment on.

    Here are a few close ups of his painting:







    And here is the complete canvas, with one side representing the road use of the car and the other side representing the track day use (yes, the owner tracks this car regularly!):





    Here's a quick shot of the owner experimenting on a test canvas. He used a variety of liquids and pads, ultimately looking for a combination that would allow him to clean up the surface without leveling off the brush strokes or, worse, taking all the paint off!



    Of course we had more traditional work to do - things like swirl removal, headlight cleaning, etc.

    Here a former Saturday Class attendee picks up some pointers for working on her Porsche Boxster.


    Some fine detail work on the front bumper of this 3 Series. We suggested taping off the black plastic trim, not realizing it could just be removed and reinstalled so easily!


    A bit of heavy duty headlight restoration going on. This lens really didn't look all that bad compared to some we've seen, but it was surprisingly stubborn so we had to resort a more aggressive process than originally anticipated.


    This is how it looked when we started:


    And this is the end result:


    Lots of other activity going through the evening.....








    Buffing out the clear coat over carbon fiber.....


    .... full of swirls to start with.....


    ... and no more swirls following a little Ultimate Compound on the DA.


    This is what a car owner starts to do shortly after being shown just how good their paint can actually look. Not 10 before this shot was taken she said that she thought the paint looked pretty darn good. But now, after a bit of buffing to remove the swirls, she starts getting nit-picky about things. How quickly perceptions can change, and in our book that's a good thing!
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    Re: Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011

    Looked like a fun night!!! Man I missed out!!!

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    Re: Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011

    I may or may not know the character in photo #8...

    As always it was a good time
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    Re: Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011

    Oh wow! I think that BMW was on the cover of the Roundel a month or two ago (the BMW Car Club magazine). What a beauty!

    I'm so jealous of you guys within driving distance of the Open Garage classes, they really look like a lot of fun. I wish I had someone here that I could detail with.

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    Re: Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011

    There was a customized product for just about every part/piece of your car at Open Garage and Newbie friendly! Great place to learn about detailing your ride and figuring out what combos will get your car to sparkle… Thanks for all your advice Mike… I never knew silver could look this good!!!

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    Re: Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011

    How was that paint handled?

    I wish I lived in SoCal.
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    Re: Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn T. View Post

    I wish I lived in SoCal.
    Me too Shawn... Me too.

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    Re: Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011

    Hey Mike. First time to tnog. Had a good time. Enjoyed buffing out the carbon fiber hood and was glad to hear the yellowing was normal. See you at the next meet

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    Re: Pictures from Thursday Night Open Garage - September 29th, 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjkearns View Post
    I may or may not know the character in photo #8...
    We think you know him pretty darn well!

    Quote Originally Posted by silverfan View Post
    There was a customized product for just about every part/piece of your car at Open Garage and Newbie friendly! Great place to learn about detailing your ride and figuring out what combos will get your car to sparkle… Thanks for all your advice Mike… I never knew silver could look this good!!!
    Always happy to help, especially when the car owner is so interested in the process and so passionate about it, too. Just remember, we may have made some recommendations for you, but it was you who did the work and used the products they way they should be used. Without that, the results don't just happen on their own.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn T. View Post
    How was that paint handled?
    If you're talking about the hand painted BMW, if we remember right it seemed M205 on a yellow pad yielded the best result - not too much leveling of the brush stroke texture while adding a very nice glow to the finish at the same time. But you'd have to double check with the car owner to be 100% clear on his thoughts.

    Quote Originally Posted by john ayala View Post
    Hey Mike. First time to tnog. Had a good time. Enjoyed buffing out the carbon fiber hood and was glad to hear the yellowing was normal. See you at the next meet
    We've seen so many carbon fiber hoods with really nasty finishes on them, so it was nice to see yours with just a bunch of swirls and not much else. You sure did clean it up nice though!!
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