Another TNOG, another chance to evaluate a bunch of cars and offer solutions to the owners!
Tommy brought his Lexus IS-F by in hopes of finding the right solution for removing the swirls he'd accumulated over time, as well as what looked like some light holograms the dealer may have put in back when he took deliver of the car.
This paint responded very well to Ultimate Compound on a yellow foam polishing pad, but it also really liked M205 on a black foam finishing pad as a follow up. That's what Tommy went with as he got comfortable on the panel. He's also pretty picky, which we really like, so he made good use of the 3M Sun Gun to find any little defects in the paint.
Joseph had previously applied Hot Rims Brake Dust Barrier to the wheels of his E36, and it seems he can now clean them up easily with just some Last Touch!
Chris brought in a very nice 1995 BMW 5 Series that needed some major TLC, and he wanted to give the DA Microfiber System a go on it. We showed him proper technique after determining that he wasn't using quite enough pressure on the tool.
This is what the finish looked like before correction. In this shot the camera is focused directly on the paint, which is why the lights are blurry but you can see the swirl marks.
After correction, still focusing directly on the paint surface. The lights are still blurry but now all you see is metal flake in the paint; the swirls are all gone.
But this paint was just suffering from swirl marks. Here the camera is focused on the light itself, but it can't actually give a sharp image because the paint is terribly dull and hazy.
This is the same area as above, but after correction. We're still focused on the lights, which is why you can't see the detail in the paint like in the previous "after" shot, but you can see detail in the lights now. This is what we mean when we talk about improving the clarity of the paint. Not only are the swirls gone but the paint now shows clear, crisp reflections that it was lacking before correction.
Terry brought his '07 Honda Civic Coupe in for the first time. He's a recent transplant from Oklahoma, so now that he'll be living in year round summer conditions he can, hopefully, better maintain the finish on this car. We taught him how to use the G110v2 properly and he instantly got excellent results.
On the left side you can still see all the swirl marks, but on the right side it's just clear blue metallic paint.
A little demo on applying a paste wax with a DA buffer.
A 4" pad fits right in the can!
This is all we used to cover the entire hood, and we easily could have extended this to cover another full panel. A little bit goes a long, long way!
The hood, fully covered in Ultimate Wax paste, applied via G110v2 DA buffer.
Time for a little Ultimate Black on the badly faded cowl.
Remember that '95 5 Series? Paul and his buddy decided to gang up on it and get the hood clayed so Chris could buff that out with the DAMF System as well. Teamwork at TNOG!!