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This Z06 Corvette was pretty hammered for only being a couple years old and was being sold by a dealer I detail cars for from time to time. I was asked to ‘squeeze’ this car in because it was sold and getting delivered in a couple days.


When the car arrived at the shop, it looked half decent, but I could tell the car had recently been glazed or waxed and I was sure that it would look even worse once it was completely stripped. Sure enough, I was told that it was brought to the car wash for an express detail where they ‘glazed it’.


Time was crucial, as the car needed to be finished in less than 48 hours. I was told not to worry about the minor little details, just concentrate on getting the paint as perfect as possible since the new owner was very picky and said he would refuse the car if it had swirls in the paint.



Preparation:

I did a quick wash, then used Spray Nine cleaner on a damp microfiber towel to strip away any wax, sealant or glaze that was embedded in the paint. I rewashed the car, clayed the exterior using Sonus green clay, rinsed and dried. I didn’t bother cleaning the wheels, tires, wheel wells or engine bay since they weren’t too bad and time was a factor. Once dry, I used compressed air to remove any leftover water from all cracks and crevices, then wiped the exterior down with 91% alcohol to ensure a proper surface for polishing. All trim and other crucial areas were masked off.



Before Pictures:

Below is what the car looked like after prepping the car for polishing. As you can see, the car was absolutely hammered to say the least. From the looks of it, some of the panels had been previously wetsanded and poorly refinished, resulting in sanding scratches, holograms, wool pad marring, etc…The rest of the car had all kinds of damage as well, including deep scratches, pitting, stone chips, you name it…


































































The drivers side door had some very deep etching, which was really weird. I am guessing it was caused from some sort of chemical that has an adverse reaction with the paint. I tried compounding the door to remove it, but it was too deep and required wetsanding to fully remove it. Below is what the door looked like…











 

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Due to the limited amount of time I had to work on the car, I did a test panel to see if a 2-step polishing treatment would get the car looking good enough for delivery. Of course, this didn’t do much, so I knew I had to break out the wool pad and heavy compound to get the results I was looking to achieve. After some testing, I chose to use Mark-V MV350 using a black lambs wool pad to level the paint and remove the deeper defects.



Below is what the passenger side door looked like after MV350/black wool pad…






To remove the compounding haze and wool pad abrasions left from the MV350/black wool combo, I used MV350 using a green American Buffing cross-cut foam pad, followed by 3M 80349 (UK) Ultra Fine Compound using a flat green LC pad. This worked amazing as you can see in the pics below. These pics were taken after an alcohol wipedown before any final polishing was done.









I moved around the entire car using the same process mentioned above.



Passenger side ¼ panel before…










Passenger side ¼ panel after…












The entire hood had been previously wetsanded and had some pretty deep scratches present. After polishing the entire hood with MV350/black wool, MV350/green AB foam and 3M 80349/green LC foam, a few deeper RIDS were not fully removed as you can see below. I was reluctant to go any further due to the fact that the clearcoat had already been diminished enough from wetsanding.


Hood before:






Hood after… (notice the few RIDS remaining):








I attempted to compound the drivers door using Mark-V MV350 compound on a black lambs wool pad to remove the etching and other defects. The etching was too deep and required wetsanding to fully remove it. I wetsanded a few spots with 3000 grit wetsand paper, which did the trick. Below is what the door looked like before…



Door before:










Door after wetsanding, MV350/black wool, MV350/green AB foam and 3M 80349/green LC foam:












Left fender before:








Left fender after MV350/black wool, MV350/green AB foam and 3M 80349/green LC foam:










Here are a few pictures to show what the car looked like after the MV350/black wool, MV350/green AB foam and 3M 80349/green LC foam combo before any final polishing was done.




















After all of the major polishing was completed, I gave the car a quick wash to remove all of the dust and polish spatter in all of the cracks & crevices, door jambs, etc…


For the final polishing step, I used 106fa on a flat LC black pad which really made a difference and left the finish ready for the LSP. After finishing all of the polishing, I gave the car a quick alcohol wipedown, followed by a Zaino Z6 wipedown.


I chose to use Blackfire Wet Diamond paint sealant since I have only used it on light color cars before. It went on & off very easy and gave the car a nice look.

 

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Here are the final results:






















Nice reflections:










Outside:
































Mmm, horsepower….…







Thanks for looking!
 

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Nice Work! I'm going to have to remember to tell the dealer that I will refuse a car if it has swirls. I'm sure that's the best that paint has ever looked.
 

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Nice Work! I'm going to have to remember to tell the dealer that I will refuse a car if it has swirls. I'm sure that's the best that paint has ever looked.
Thanks!

Being a detailer, I've seen some pretty bad cars come out of dealerships. But I guess that's what keep me in business! ;)
 

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beautifull work. i am loving the halogen shots!
whats the max you work under? some of the pics i can see 4 bulbs for 2,000 wats? lol
i tried to work under 2,500 wats once & i tripped the circuit breaker ha!
i had to find the shop light switch in the pitch dark!
awsome work!
 

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Thanks Andrew!

I use as many halogens as possible without tripping a breaker, haha....

So far, I haven't tripped one yet at this shop...
 

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The paint looks so wet, great work :thumbsup:
Thanks a lot!

Still amazes me how someone could let such a beautiful car get like this...
 
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