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March 18, 2011

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Orange peel reduction and G|Techniq C1 on a Mazda ‘Liverpool’ 6

by Kenneth Tang

I’ve had a Mazda 6 in recently in for a GTechniq C1 coating. The owner wanted the best that I can offer, but when the car came in, it was practically swirl-free.

It is waxed frequently and I couldn’t really do much to improve it in terms of correction.

So I decided to try to flatten the paintwork without sanding… *insert dramatic sound effect*

The car had very heavy orange peel, as with most OEM paints nowadays.

After the usual washing stages, prep work were as follow:

1) Osren P40 Dual-Cut Compound on a Velvet Pad via rotary
2) Meguiar’s #105 Ultra- Cut Compound on a Lake Country 4-ply wool pad via rotary
3) Meguiar’s #105 Ultra- Cut Compound on a Lake Country Cutting Pad via rotary
4) G|Techniq P1 Nanoscopic Polish on a Meguiar’s W-8006 Polishing Pad via Das6

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Orange peel was reduced by about 50%-80%, the most being on the front bonnet. I did not dare go further as I don’t have a PTG.

The Osren P40 compound is a local(Malaysia) contender to the Farecla G3, just a little bit less aggressive and with bit more lubes.

With the paintwork relatively flattened, there was a definite improvement to overall reflection and gloss.

With the prep work all done, I gave the car a wash to remove all the dust from the seams and wiped it dry in preparation for the protection stage.

What could be better to protect the finish than a tough Si02 coating…

G|Techniq C1 Crystal Lacquer was the weapon of choice.

After 8 hours of un-accelerated curing (no hair dryers, heat guns, etc.), I gave it a G|Techniq C2 Liquid Crystal wipedown at QD concentrate to give it some slickness and to remove any light dust prior to collection.

Poorboy’s Wheel Sealant was applied to the wheels.

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Yes, I needed 5 new MF cloths to buff C1 cleanly off the whole car.

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Here’s a new technique called kung-fu buffing. After 300 hours of zen meditation, one is able to wipe at the ‘speed of light’, producing the highest level of shine possible. Wachaaa!

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I then gave the owner a spray bottle of C2 at QD concentrate and some MF cloths for him to do his own maintenance of the C1 coating.

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