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August 27, 2007

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Nissan 350z Solid Black

by Kenneth Tang

Hello, a few days back I had the greatest opportunity to detail a Nissan 350Z. The owner takes care of it and washes it himself. Car is parked indoors most of the time, so the condition shouldn’t be that bad. Or so I thought!. There were horrible buffer marks on the roof and some type of uniformed circular marks that were very deep.

When the car arrived, the interior is cleaned first to let the wheels cool down. Firstly, vacuumed, mats got cleaned with All Purpose Cleaner(4:1), plastics and leather cleaned with APC(10:1). Glass cleaned with Detailer line Glass Cleaner(10:1). Leather dressed with Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner/Conditioner

 

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When the wheels are cool, it is cleaned with Meguiar’s Hot Rims Multi-Piece Wheel Wash (long name…), it was very gentle as to prevent staining the chrome lips on the wheels.

 

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The car is then foamed with Hyper Wash, washed and clayed.

 

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Paintwork Correction

 

This paint has got me very confused, I assumed that the paint is very soft, so a pass of M83/W8006/600rpms would’ve removed the majority of the defects, it didn’t, it require about 3-4 passes on the hood, and that only removed about 80% of the defects. Then I finished with M82/W9006/600rpms, which left light buffer marks and hologram, but the finish was great. So the car received Optimum Polish/W9006/600rpms, this took care of the buffer marks but still left holograms. The RB was too aggressive for this paint, switched to the ROB and gave it a pass of M82/W8006/Speed 3, no buffer marks or holograms but left some micro-marring, although you can’t see it from far, when looked closely, they are there. Changed pad and tried M82/White/Speed 3, also left some micro-marring, which you’ll have to look very closely to find.

 

The rest of the car got compounded and polished,

M85/Wool/900rpms

M83/W8006/600rpms

OP/W9006/600rpms

OP/W8006/Speed 3

 

When the car was about 80% complete, the wire on the machine twisted and got loose, so it stopped functioning, the remaining areas were polished with the Random Orbital, instead of the rotary, hence, lesser correction on the top of the boot and passenger side rear quarter.

 

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Insides of the tailpipes and the wheels’ chrome lips were polished with Autosol Metal Polished followed by Autoglym’s Super Resin Polish.

 

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The paint is then sealed with Optimum Poli-Seal and waxed the next day with FK1 Pink Wax.

I have to admit that the overcast skies were hiding some defects and Random Deep Scratches therefore the pictures are not as accurate as seeing the paint under bright sun in person.

 

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Anonymous
    Mar 8 2008

    nice job mate keep up the good work.i love the before and after on the wheels.

    Reply
  2. Anonymous
    May 7 2008

    Great write up, thanks for posting in such detail. I just picked up a Z and this really helped me decide on how to tackle the job of detailing it. Thanks

    Reply
  3. thanks guys, I’m glad you like them! 🙂

    Reply
  4. Sep 16 2009

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Wilson

    http://cardrawing.net

    Reply

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