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January 29, 2014

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Full Detail: Alfa Romeo 147

by Kenneth Tang

The full monty was given to this car. Minor orange peel reduction and coating, headlight restoration, interior detailing, windscreen polishing and coating, engine bay detailing, rim polishing and coating.

The car was pretty dirty upon arrival
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First job at hand is restoring the headlights.
Process:

Machine sand with 400 grit, 600 grit, 800 grit and 1000 grit.
Machine polish with;
Osren P50/Lake Country White Wool
Meguiar’s #105/Lake Country White Wool
Meguiar’s #105/Lake Country Orange Cutting Foam
Meguiar’s #205/Lake Country White Polishing Foam
Meguiar’s PlastX/Meguiar’s Black Finish Foam
GTechniq EXO

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Glasswork polished with Meguiar’s #105 Ultra-Cut Compound/Lake Country Orange Cutting Foam/FLEX 3401 DA.
Corners hand polished with the same combo.

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Before polishing, water is still being repelled by leftover coating and oils.
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After polishing, water sticks to the glass, indicating a clean surface.
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Before,
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After,
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Next was the engine bay. Scrubbed a small area at a time with Osren Degreaser FX. Blow dried and dressed with Meguiar’s Hyperdressing.

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Process for the interior:
Leather cleaned with Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (diluted 10:1). Conditioned with Mother’s Leather Conditioner.
Coil mats scrubbed and pressure rinsed.
Carpets steam cleaned.
Pedals scrubbed and steamed.
Glass cleaned with Meguiar’s Detailer Line Glass Cleaner Concentrate.

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Dirty rinse bucket!
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With the headlights, engine, glasswork and interior out of the way, let’s get on to the main event.

Wheel’s cleaned with Osren Degreaser FX, followed by Dodo Juice Ferrous Dueller. The 4 wheels took me about 2 hours to clean. Still couldn’t get all the stains out, especially the wheel barrel.

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Body is washed with Osren Car Auto Shampoo, clayed with Perma Glass No.2 Clay. Residual tar removed with Osren Tar Spots Remover.

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Upon inspection, there were areas that had irreparable damage.

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A few panels had been resprayed and suffered from severe orange peel, which robbed it of its gloss and reflection. Some minor orange peel reduction were done with Scholl Concepts S3 Gold and Osren Velvet pad.

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No wax or coating in the world can do this, only leveling can.

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Certain deep scratches could still be removed.
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After compounding and polishing, the paint is finished down with Scholl Concepts S17+/Lake Country White Polishing Foam and FLEX 3401 DA.
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I then remove the masking and gave the car a wash with shampoo to remove any polishing oils. This will ensure that GTechniq EXO coating will bond properly to the paint.

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Although the rims were much cleaner, the surface still looked a little hazy. This could be due to my strong chemical washing. So I glossed them back up with Scholl Concepts S17+/Mother’s Powercone/Bosch Cordless Drill. Finally coated with GTechniq EXO.

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Two coats of GTechniq EXO is applied for better durability.
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…and done! Older cars are definitely more fun to work with, the turnaround that is achieved is what makes a detailer addicted to detailing. The next write-up will be on a dark blue Porsche 996 Carrera as seen in the background below.

As always, all comments are most welcomed. Happy Lunar New Year and ‘Kung Hei Fatt Choy’!

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21 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dimsho
    Jan 30 2014

    A wonderful job!
    Thanks for sharing .. I enjoyed very much.

    Reply
    • Feb 1 2014

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  2. Annonymous
    Jan 30 2014

    epic detailing is epic

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    • Feb 1 2014

      Thanks bro

      Reply
  3. dominic
    Jan 30 2014

    wow, i am continually impressed by the work you do. i have been following your projects for some time and get so much enjoyment out of seeing the detail put into the vehichles. very good work!

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    • Feb 1 2014

      Thanks Dominic!

      Reply
  4. casey
    Jan 30 2014

    absolutely brilliant

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    • Feb 1 2014

      Thanks Casey

      Reply
  5. Jan 30 2014

    Great work Kennith,

    Hamza @ http://www.getdetailed.ca

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    • Feb 1 2014

      Thanks Hamza!

      Reply
  6. Jonlsl
    Jan 31 2014

    Nice work lah bro, especially on the leveling,corrections and the interior. The customer must be like……Fuyoh, nice man my car now.

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    • Feb 1 2014

      Thanks bro! Customer was satisfied šŸ™‚

      Reply
  7. Feb 2 2014

    Paint looks nice and flat. It gave better reflection.
    Also how safe is magic sponge on interior? You seems to use it often on the last few posts.

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    • Feb 3 2014

      Thanks Irsad, as for the magic sponge, you have to use it with caution. It is abrasive and can go through the leather’s colour coat if not careful. For textured, unpainted/matte plastics, it works well and fast.

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  8. vr2turbo
    Feb 3 2014

    Bro. Fish, As usually awesome job….

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    • Feb 4 2014

      Thanks unker VR!

      Reply
  9. Feb 4 2014

    Awesome detailing bro~ Been following your updates from time to time. Really impressed with your job. Mine still rookie compared to yours. I am really impressed with the pictures you take. Mind to share with me what lens you used? Thanks.

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    • Feb 5 2014

      Thanks Kaizen! The lens used was a Canon 17mm-40mm f/4L

      http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_17_40mm_f_4l_usm

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      • Feb 5 2014

        Thanks!! How about those macro pictures?

  10. Feb 19 2014

    Hi~ I`m korea Detalier
    Your Job is great šŸ™‚

    I want to see directly.
    Posting are always looking good.

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  11. Feb 22 2014

    Good skills

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