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January 17, 2014


Full Detail: Porsche Carrera 4S

by Kenneth Tang

This black beauty looked glossy from a far but had swirl marks all over. Restoring black to its former glory is always satisfying to do.

The car was pretty clean to start with. Upon closer inspection, we could see many polish residues. According to the owner, the paint gets treated twice a year, but the swirl marks were pretty terrible.

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We started by giving it a detailed wash.
Pressure rinsed, shampooed with Osren Car Auto Shampoo, clayed with Permaglass No.2 Clay and Optimum No Rinse for lube. Door jambs and plastic trim pieces brushed with Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner.
For the wheels, a combination of Osren Degreaser FX, Osren StainX and Sonax Wheel Cleaner (Acid-Frei).
However, I couldn’t get the wheel barrel as clean as I wanted. Years of neglect in that area had caused the brake dust to be too stubborn to remove.

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After masking up the car, we proceeded to doing a test spot on the bonnet. Surprisingly, for a repainted car, the paint was of medium hardness only. First attempt was with Lake Country Polishing Pad and Scholl Concept’s S3 Gold. This was a little too gentle and did not remove all the swirls. We stepped up to a Lake Country Orange Pad and this did the trick.

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Smaller areas were done with small pads.

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The paint is finished down with Scholl Concepts S17, Lake Country White Polishing Pad and FLEX DA. Which left a beautiful hologram free shine.

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Plastics were lightly polished with the same combination.

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After about 12 man hours of compounding and polishing, we rinsed the car off to remove polishing dusts and residue. Washed with Osren Car Auto Shampoo to remove polishing oils in order to prepare the paint for GTechniq EXO coating.

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Exhaust tips were hand polished with Autosol and Meguiar’s NXT All Metal Polysh. Finally protected with Willson Polymer Gloss Up.

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We then proceeded to remove any remaining polish residues.

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Rims protected with Willson Polymer Gloss Up.

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Paintwork protected with GTechniq EXO – Ultra Durable Hybrid Glass Coating

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With the exterior done, we moved to the interior. Being all black, it can look deceivingly clean.
It’s far from clean, the old UV dressings made all the surfaces oily to touch and just plain gross.

All leather, plastic and vinyl surfaces cleaned with Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner.

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Look at the dirty brown stuff being scrubbed off the leather!

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Our dirty rinse bucket after cleaning the interior.

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After cleaning, interior surfaces is then steamed to rinse off any residual cleaners. The heat also helps to sanitize the surfaces. Leather surfaces conditioned with Mother’s Leather Conditioner.

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Here are some flash shots to show the swirl free paintwork wearing GTechniq EXO.

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Finally, the outdoor shots. Too bad the sun didn’t come out to play.

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A short video to end this satisfying detail. Shouout to Muyo from HyperGloss Detailing for the help. Feel free to leave any comments. Happy detailing all!

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 17 2014

    What excellent results. Great job guys.

  2. Jan 18 2014

    Nicely done Ken!
    How do you like EXO? Why don’t you lay C1 before EXO? Is it customer’s want?

    • Jan 18 2014

      Hi! I like EXO for its ease of use. Laying C1 before EXO will make it very expensive for the customer. Although it will be more durable, water scales would collect and ruin the finish long before the coating dies. So we would have to remove the water scales by polishing, which would remove the coating as well.

      EXO’s durabiity is about 6 months to 1 year in our weather here, I think that is a good timeframe to do a followup detail. Rather than apply something that last two years or more but the paint will have water scales all over.

      Do you have this problem in Indonesia? Since our countries’ climate is quite similiar.

  3. Benedict C
    Jan 19 2014

    Nicely done!


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