Toyota Harrier in Pearl White: Full Detail
Hey guys! I had the privilege to detail this almost new Toyota Harrier. Just want to say that this is going to be a short write-up as I didn’t spend too much time taking progress pictures of this car, it’s big! Also, the car being only 4-months old, I did feel stressed prior to detailing the car as it’s just way more difficult to bring an improvement to a new vehicle’s appearance compared to a few years old daily driver, but I think I managed. 😉
Here’s the car upon arrival. Surrounding areas of the bonnet has been taped up to demonstrate the basics of paint correction and protection to the owner.
In usual fashion, I started with the wheels.
• Tires and wheel wells cleaned with Meguiar’s Super Degreaser
• Wheel wells dressed with Meguiar’s Hyper-Dressing
• Wheel face and barrel cleaned with Meguiar’s Wheel Brightener
• Old wheel weight residue and tar removed with Osren Tar Remover
• Wheel face polished with Meguiar’s #205 Ultra-Finishing Polish on a Lake Country Uni-ball
• Wheel face deep cleansed with Jeff’s Werkstatt Prime Acrylic
• Wheel face protected with FK1000P Hi-temp paste sealant
• Wheel barrel protected with Enviroshield
The engine bay had a light cleaning with some Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner and dressed with Meguiar’s Hyper-Dressing.
The washing stage of the car consisted of:
• Washed with a mixture of shampoo and degreaser(Osren bubble and wax + Osren Multi clean)
• Paintwork smoothened with Osren Magic Clay cloth
• Tar removal on lower panels of paint work
With the car washed, I turned my attention to the glass sunroof, which was full with water spots. The horizontal surfaces of the car also had some form of white coloured over spray.
Process for the glass sunroof:
• Watermark removed with acid
• Overspray removed with Osren Magic Clay Cloth by hand and Soft99 Glass Z compound via ROB(and Lake Country CCS Orange).
• Two coats of Rain-X applied for strong water repellency
Note to self, always wear gloves when working with strong acid!!
Door pillars were corrected using:
• Meguiar’s #105 Ultra-Cut Compound on a 4″ Lake Country Orange CCS pad via rotary
• Meguiar’s #205 Ultra-Finishing Polish on a 4″ Lake Country White CCS pad via rotary
Tight areas and door handle wells hand polished with M105.
Process for paintwork was:
• Compound with Meguiar’s #105 Ultra Cut Compound on a Lake Country Purple Foamed Wool
• Polish with Meguiar’s #205 Ultra Finishing Polish on a Lake Country White Kompressor Pad
• Finishing and jewelling with Meguair’s #205 on a Lake Country Flat Black pad.
• Deep cleansed and base sealant with Jeff’s Werkstatt Prime Acrylic
• Sealed with Jeff’s Werkstatt Acrylic Jett Trigger
• Final wax with Meguiar’s #16 for longer durability and protection.
It was really hard to capture the defects in the paint because of the light colour and high metallic flake content.
Generally the paint had light swirling as well as some random isolated deep scratches(RIDS) which necessitates the step of compounding with purple foamed wool.
After correction and protection photos below,
Again, every centimeter of the paintwork wasn’t perfect under the LED lighting, but I would say I managed to achieve complete correction on 85%-90% of the car.
Other things done but no pictures were:
• Leather cleaned with Meguar’s Step 1 Aloe Cleaner, conditioned with Meguiar’s Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner/Conditioner
• Glass cleaned with Meguiar’s Detailer line Glass Cleaner
• Interior plastic and vinyl wiped down with Meguiar’s Quik Interior Detailer.
• Exterior trim dressed with Meguiar’s Ultimate Protectant
Thanks for looking! Apologies to the owner for the lack of pictures this time around, will get better ones next time.
Comments and critiques always welcome!