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Innovative Detailing
May 20th, 2011, 10:06 AM
I wanted to share this recent project that I have taken on to correct a complete set of Corvette C6 Headlights and Foglights that were damaged.

My customer and taken his Vette out on one of the local freeways where they were resurfacing the highway and they failed to shut down the lanes or cone the area off.......the results were devastating to my customers Vette as was the $10,600 claim he filed against Cal Trans for the damage.....All new paint, new windshied and new headlights and fogs.

So once my client had his Vette refinished at a local shop in OC called European Motor Car Works.....and I must say they did an awesome job! He called me out to fine finish it off and wrap the front of the vehicle with PPF.

Here are some photos of the Vette tore up and getting refinished at the body shop.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/crazyfranks_photos/57%20Fwy%20detroyed%20my%20car/paulus014.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/crazyfranks_photos/57%20Fwy%20detroyed%20my%20car/paulus010.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/crazyfranks_photos/57%20Fwy%20detroyed%20my%20car/paulus006.jpg

These were the gravel blasted lenses that you see on the Vette in these photos.

Here are some shots of the complete set of C6 lenses that are being resurfaced and restored for gravel and stone damage.

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0236.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0001-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0005-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0010-1.jpg

Resurfacing begins with non other than my favorite Unigrit discs starting at 320 dry for these ones

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0014-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0020-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0017-1.jpg

Resurface with 500 grit dry

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0019-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0021-1.jpg

Resurfacing with 800 grit dry

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0023-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0024-1.jpg

1000 grit wet sanded

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0026-1.jpg

3000 grit wet sanded

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0026-1.jpg

Side by side with gravel blasted lens on the left and resurfaced on the right.

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0030.jpg

It is extremely important when doing a headlight lens restoral such as this that you work slow and cool. Be sure that you use an interface pad to avoid warping or un even sanding. The end results should be a perfect lens surface with out any distortion.

Once the lens has been completely resurfaced my next step is to wipe them completely clean of any grease or wax using IPA

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0031-1.jpg

Once clean I apply a 2 part UV wipe on coating to protect and guarantee the work for my customers.

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0036-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0038-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0040.jpg

The results, now time for curing

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0042.jpg

Side by side shows the transformation of this tore up gravel blasted lenses that cost a total of more that $3,000 to replace all 4 units

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0046-1.jpg

Damaged lens

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0047-1.jpg

Restored lens

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Headlight%20Lens%20Restoral%202007%20C6/2007%20Corvette%20Lens%20restoral%20watermarked/DSC_0048-1.jpg

Here are some of the after photos showing the Vette after we detailed it and while wrapped it with PPF

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Invisible%20Bra%202007%20Corvette%20C6/DSC_0004-3.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Invisible%20Bra%202007%20Corvette%20C6/DSC_0034-3.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Invisible%20Bra%202007%20Corvette%20C6/DSC_0048-3.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Invisible%20Bra%202007%20Corvette%20C6/DSC_0052-3.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Invisible%20Bra%202007%20Corvette%20C6/DSC_1421-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Invisible%20Bra%202007%20Corvette%20C6/DSC_1422-1.jpg

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k448/Havasulvr/Invisible%20Bra%202007%20Corvette%20C6/DSC_1423-1.jpg

Meguiar's UnitGrit for the win!

Thank you for viewing.....Have a great weekend!

CHzo6
May 20th, 2011, 10:45 AM
Awesome work!

cnfowler
May 20th, 2011, 06:57 PM
I'm guessing Cal Trans didn't pay for all the damages? If so, why not replace with new if they were paying? Just curious.

As always, stunning work.


Colin

Innovative Detailing
May 21st, 2011, 07:03 AM
Awesome work!

Thank you very much CHz06, appreciate it!


I'm guessing Cal Trans didn't pay for all the damages? If so, why not replace with new if they were paying? Just curious.

As always, stunning work.


Colin

Colin actually CT did cover the cost of new lenses, but since the customer got to keep the damaged ones he tossed the my way to restore. The C6 received all new lights in the claim.....

Thanks for the good words!

cnfowler
May 22nd, 2011, 06:55 PM
Colin actually CT did cover the cost of new lenses, but since the customer got to keep the damaged ones he tossed the my way to restore. The C6 received all new lights in the claim.....

Thanks for the good words!


Very nice. Thanks for clearing that up. Who wouldn't want a complete set of spare lamps sitting around? Good for him. Glad to hear everything worked out for him.


Colin

G_S_DB
May 22nd, 2011, 08:20 PM
:confused: :scratchhead1 :huh1 I'm confused, did you go from the 3000 grit wet sand directly to the IPA wipe, or did I miss a step?

Jokeman
May 23rd, 2011, 08:29 AM
Is that XPEL film you are using? If the customer is going to that extent, why not wrap the whole nose of the car with PPF.

Innovative Detailing
May 23rd, 2011, 10:07 AM
Very nice. Thanks for clearing that up. Who wouldn't want a complete set of spare lamps sitting around? Good for him. Glad to hear everything worked out for him.

Colin

Thanks, no problem.....Thats my thoughts as well, but this is his 3rd set (4 lenses) Originals were silver buckets, then he purchased these ones with black buckets (Main Lights) and the insurance claim replaced the black ones that I am restoring.......He would have no problem getting at least 2K for the set...


:confused: :scratchhead1 :huh1 I'm confused, did you go from the 3000 grit wet sand directly to the IPA wipe, or did I miss a step?

No confusion :confused: at all.......that was it...3000>IPA wipe down>UV coat


Is that XPEL film you are using? If the customer is going to that extent, why not wrap the whole nose of the car with PPF.

It's actually Avery Dennison "Nano Fusion" PPF and the customer only selected at this time to wrap the bumper, mirrors lights and fogs for now...

greg0303
May 23rd, 2011, 10:39 AM
Great technique, David.

You're The Master. :doublethumbsup2

Great tips about going slow & cool + IPA wipe down.
I wouldn't like to mess up over $3,000 lenses at all.

ARCStig
May 30th, 2012, 06:09 AM
Nice work, looks beautiful! :D