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December 28, 2013

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New Car Coating: Mazda 6 – GTechniq EXO

by Kenneth Tang

A brand new Mazda 6 in for a complete exterior protection using GTechniq EXO. (89 Photos)

Car upon arrival, didn’t look too bad, it is new after all.
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General dirt and grime on the car.

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I started by cleaning the driver’s side coil mat as this takes time to dry.

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Rims, tires and wheel wells cleaned with Osren Degreaser FX.

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Clayed with Perma Glass clay and diluted Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo & Conditioner for lube.

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Before

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After

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There were lots of adhesive residue on the roof, this were removed with Osren Tar Remover.
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Paint transfer removed with Osren P50 Compound, Meguiar’s #105 and finally Scholl Concept’s S17+

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Unfortunately some parts of the paint have been scraped off. Thankfully the surface underneath is light coloured and not obvious from afar.

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The paint was totally swirl free. Does this mean it is ready to coat?

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No, swirls and scratches are not the only defects that a detailer has to look out for. A single stage polish with Scholl Concepts S17+ was given to deep clean the paint while the light abrasives helped to refine the gloss on the new paint.

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Look at the amount of dirt from just 3 panels! Other intricate areas were hand polished.

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Polishing dust is then brushed off with a soft Meguiar’s slide lock brush.

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The paint looked great before coating. It is given a wipedown with Isopropyl Alcohol (diluted 1:1) to prepare the surface for GTechniq EXO.

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The coating is spread with a suede microfiber cloth and buffed off with another short pile microfiber cloth.

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GTechniq EXO is then sprayed directly on the wheels and lightly buffed off. I left the first coat to slightly cure and work on the interior.

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Glass was dirty due to the degassing of new interior plastics. All interior glasswork cleaned with Meguiar’s Detailer Line Glass Cleaner. Exterior glasswork hand polished with Autoglym Glass Polish.

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Clean glass, glossy paint, #detailersjoy

Exhaust tips lightly polished with Meguiar’s NXT All Metal Polysh.

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Interior surfaces wiped down with Sonax Interior Cleaner which has an anti-static effect.

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Sensitive glossy plastic dusted down with a brush.
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Trim deep cleaned with Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner.

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Chrome trim had some water stains, these were removed with Meguair’s NXT All Metal Polysh.
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All exterior surface is then given a second coat of GTechniq EXO for even coverage. Beading on trim was quite poor as EXO adheres best on paint and glass.

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Wheel arch dressed with Meguiar’s Hyperdressing

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Smooth, glossy and protected!

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A short clip on the final results.

Thanks for reading, all comments are welcomed.

P.S. After a long hiatus, I am now back for good. Expect more write-ups and follow me on Facebook for more regular updates!

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13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kai
    Dec 28 2013

    Helluva job bro and its an honor to know you!

    I’d always respect a job done by someone who’s honest, friendly, works with lotsa passion and soul. And most importantly, a humble yet a true PRO in the industry! Cherishing a two end interaction, i feel as though i’m slowly being converted into another you thru lotsa Q&A on this subject !

    Two Thumbs up !

    And definitely rapport +1 !

    Reply
    • Dec 28 2013

      It was a pleasure to detail your car bro. Thanks very much for your kind words. Enjoy your new ride!

      Reply
  2. Arthur Too
    Dec 28 2013

    Damn Sonax still doesn’t have stock for the Xtreme cockpit cleaner 😦

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    • Dec 28 2013

      Maybe have to hunt some stores instead

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  3. vr2turbo
    Dec 28 2013

    Bro. Fish,
    As usual, awesome job….

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    • Dec 29 2013

      Hi unker! It’s been awhile, thanks for dropping by.

      Reply
      • vr2turbo
        Dec 30 2013

        Yah! been a while. I think we last met up at Center Point, right?
        From the start picture, hope owner will maintain better after your awesome job…..

  4. Dec 30 2013

    I am glad you are back, keep it coming!

    Reply
  5. Ibraheem
    Jan 1 2014

    Great writeup as allways

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  6. dominic
    Feb 27 2014

    Another job well done. Always impressed with what you can do. Keep up the good work and keep posting!

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  7. Ian Morrow
    Apr 26 2014

    I’m from the USA, and I have never seen floor mats like the those in this car. What kind of floor mats are they? Are they better than factory carpet mats?

    Thanks!

    -Ian

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    • Apr 28 2014

      Hi Ian, the floor mats are coil mats. They trap dirt much better but does no feel as comfortable or luxurious compared to carpets.

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  8. Aug 27 2015

    Absolutely brilliant. Now I can make my car look more brand new than ever.

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