Full Detail: Toyota MR-S
The full works were done to this car, paint correction and coating, wheel cleaning and coat, glass polishing and coat, engine bay cleaning, headlight restoration and interior cleaning. 44 hours were spent on this car. Grab a drink, this is gonna be long with 200+ photos.
Firstly, I will be posting in a different format from now on, arranging the photos according to the surface being worked on. I think it is easier to see than arranging it in a chronological order, let me know you think. 🙂
All images are click-able for a higher resolution
To start, the rims were cleaned with Sonax Extreme Wheel Cleaner while the tires and wheel wells cleaned with Osren Multi Cleaner (diluted 1:1). Osren Tar Remover is used on the wheel barrel and wheel face. Finally coated with a new prototype coating that provides excellent hydrophobicity function and colour saturation.
For the rear plastic brake lights and tail lights:
Meguiar’s #105 Ultra Cut Compound on a Lake Country 4″ White Wool Pad
Meguiar’s #105 Ultra Cut Compound on a Lake Country 4″ Orange CCS Foam pad
Meguiar’s #205 Ultra Finishing Polish on a Lake Country 4″ White CCS Foam pad
For the front headlights, I restored them twice because the first time where I used the UV Hardcoat method, the final sanding was too fine and there was little traction for the UV Hardcoat to stick on, this could’ve led to the heavy runs in the coating. The coating could not fully cure in 3 days, so when I tried to sand with 2000 grit sandpaper to remove the runs in the coating, I punctured it and had to do the traditional sand and buff.
Coated with Gtechniq C1+.
Carpets were pressure rinsed first, and scrubbed with a DA brush with Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (1:4), finally pressure rinsed and extracted. Same process was applied on the seats except the Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner dilution ratio was 1:10 instead of 1:4. Interior rubber, vinyl and plastic surfaces cleaned with Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (1:10) and protected with Gtechniq C6 Matte Dash for an factory looking finish, with zero darkening or shine.
Front and rear glass were polished with Carpro Ceriglass and Osren Felt Pad. Coated with the new prototype coating.
All wiring connectors and the voltage stabilizer was wrapped with aluminium foil. Cleaned with Osren Multi Cleaner (diluted 1:1) and lightly rinsed with the hose with little pressure. Dressed with Valetpro Talos Protectant.
On the front cargo compartment, there was a lot of polish residue from the headlight restoration. This was pressure rinsed, scrubbed with Osren Multi Clean, and dressed with Valetpro Talos Protectant.
The paintwork was a major headache. I spent 15 hours alone on the compounding process, the swirls were everywhere! I had to compound right up to the edges of every panel because if I didnt, the swirls would stick out like a sore thumb. Also, the swirls were all very deep, its not like 1 pass of compound cleared up everything, had to repeat at least 2-3 times and double check with Eagletac T10L LED light and re-compound the imperfect areas again.
1) Meguiar’s #105 Ultra Cut Compound / Lake Country White Wool Pads (6.5″ & 4″) / Makita 9227C rotary
2) Meguiar’s #105 Ultra Cut Compound / Lake Country Cutting Pad / Makita 9227C rotary
3) Gtechniq P1 Nanoscopic Polish / Lake Country White Foam Pad / Dodo Juice Das6 Dual Action polisher
4) Coated with new prototype coating with excellent hydrophobicity function and colour saturation.
Video of how I got those vent strips almost perfect:
It is actually very old hardened tape residue that has set rock hard on the paint, compounding cannot remove it and has to be grinded off and repainted. Thanks to forummer someonespecial from TechTurkey for pointing that out, as I forgot to explain it. Thanks to forummer imprezawrc for posting the link on the forum!
After 44 hours split over 5 days, may I humbly present to you, the final results.
If you have made it all the way to the end, thank you. This was a tough one and the satisfaction in the end for me was priceless, detailing new cars ain’t the same.
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