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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-15-2013, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Paint correction: 2002 Subaru WRX STI

This was a unique detail. The client contacted me & had a SPECIFIC budget $$$. However, he thought his paint was in much better condition than he realized. Lol. You know the guy: "Oh man, it's in good shape. I wax it every month." Always cracks me up when people think that a coat of wax "fixes" all their problems. NEEDLESS to say, this thing was HAMMERED. Had never seen a proper wash or polisher in 10 years of existence. So after my initial wipedown, I contacted the client, and we decided the ENTIRE budget would go towards paint correction, and no $$$ spent on interior or engine bay or wheels & tires. On top of that, the weather wasn't cooperating. Night time drop off, night time work, & night time pickup. So, unfortunately there are no daytime or sunlight pics (due to rain), only under crucial light in my garage. Upon this realization, here was the process:This thing was NEGLECTED!! On with the pics! When I say it was neglected, I wasn't kidding!












Some 50/50 shots during correction. The client and I agreed that 100% perfect was out of his budget, so we decided to shoot for about the 80% correct mark. And I feel we achieved that.












The plastic trim on this baby was oxidized & faded, BAD. After a good cleaning, I revitalized the trim with Adam's SVRT.




And here's some "finished" shots. Again, I apologize for not being able to snag some daylight shots. But these halogens are pretty revealing.











Again, I apologize for the lack of sunlight pictures for this particular writeup, it was a busy/weird time frame for me. Hope you enjoyed, and as always, if you have any questions, just ask!! Thanks!


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So do you think all those swirl marks were caused by him waxing a dirty car or using a dirty towel for buffing? Or is it just because Subaru's have weak paint like I've heard? Nice job resorting the paint though!

How much polishing can you do before you worry about removing all the clear coat?
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Well....it's tough to say. But here's what I hear a lot of, owning my own detail biz: "Yeah man, my car is in pretty good shape, I keep it pretty clean, and keep it waxed every couple of months. But I'd like to see what you can do."

Which I've figured out, translates to: "I know I've jacked my **** up over the past few years. And while I TRY to keep it clean, I know I'm doing it wrong, so can you please fix it?"

Lol. My guess is this guy simply has NO IDEA of the correct process, and he uses horrible quality towels. As for the clear coat.....I could've done this process 10 times and would still have nothing to worry about.....


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I'm kinda surprised that you didn't hit this beast with Revive before going to the SSR and the S&HR...I've found that going over the vehicle with Revive really assures that you have a clean surface to work with before doing paint correction? Not being critical, just wondering?

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Revive is just a hand polish, it ONLY cleans, but has no cut. The clay bar process would easily "out clean" Revive Hand Polish. Revive is designed for the perfectionist, if no machine polishing is needed. It would have been a totally wasted step to do before the more aggressive polishes.


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