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The owner contacted me about doing an exterior correction on his MKIII cabrio before a local show Bug-out. We talked about the time/money needed for correction and how much would be needed. We decided that a one-step correction would do the trick. Being that this car had a fresh respray in BMW Imola Red about a year ago the finish was not in all that bad shape as you can see from the before pics. The car had light washed induced swirls and water spots and thats about it.

Process
Wash/clay
-Two bucket wash w/ Megs Gold class
-DP Extreme Auto foam/Dawn mix via AG Foam cannon
-Pinnacle Clay bar
-Red LC wash mitt
-Dried with LC HD WW towels


Fabric Top Treated w/ 303 fabric convertible top kit

Wheels/Tires
-Various Brushes w/ P21s Wheel Gel
-Meg's Gold class tire gel
-Wheel wells received some Aerospace 303

Correction
-PCXP 7424
-Megs 205 New DA ver. w/ LC White pad (3 Passes)

LSP
-Black Fire Wet Diamond Paint Sealant
-DoDo Juice Super Natural

All exterior textured trim received some Black WoW

Total Time: 10 hours

The car arrived fairly clean as the owner had washed it earlier in the week. I tried to capture the defects the best I could. Its been raining on and off this weekend so the before and aftershots lack full sun shots. I did manage to get just a few when the storm decided to break for a few mins.











Wheels were dirty.





Whees after






So after the wheels were clean the car received a nice foam bath via AG foam cannon. Let foam dwell for 5 mins then washed it with a 2 bucket method.





After the wash and clay you can see the real defects. light to moderate swirling from washing and a good amount of water spots.









After drying the car with some LC HD WW towels I taped it up and did a test spot on the hood. It was found that 3 passes with a LC white pad with M205 would do the trick. This process was followed through out the entire car.





Using the Brinkman to show correction on the right side of the hood.



A few 50/50's of this area using different lighting







I then moved on to the left side of the hood. Here are a few shots showing defects.





Here is after with a bunch of different lights





Finally a bunch of gloss was restored.





Shot using the Brinkman of this area



I them moved on to the fender using the same process here are a few 50/50's of this area



 

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I then moved on to the pillars. Here is a nice before shot of one.



Then a 50/50 shot





Afters







I got this side of the car done and tons of gloss was restored. Here are a few reflection shot



I brought the car outside to check my work, but ofcourse the sun wasnt out...:rolleyes:













So took the car back into the garage and started on the other side. My camera died at this point so no pics of that side being corrected. Here is one. I went and got some more batteries for the after pics so dont worry.



These next shots are after correction and before LSP\













I then brought the car back in and applied a coat of Black Fire Wet Diamond paint sealant and let cure for 12 hours before removing. I followed this up with a coat of DoDo Juice Super natural...The next day there still wasnt any sun.


So Here are the afters












































































Enjoy!!
 

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simply amazing

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

i wonder if you're close to me
before summer is out, i could strongly use this treatment.
my paint's in a 7/10 condition imo.
 

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Looks amazing.

Any chance you'll be at Bugout on Sunday?
 

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Great job! and what a nice, tasteful Cabrio- ride height, wheels, paint color are spot on, imho :thumbup:
 

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What did you use to get rid of the swirling/defects on the black pillars? My GTI has that same swirling on the pillars, and I cannot seem to get it to go away, have used many different products with my Porter Cable and a variety of different pads without any worthwhile results.

Car looks great!
 

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That car still looks amazing I am not a fan of the cabrio but this one does make you want one.
 

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That came out great. Cant wait to see it at BugOut. :D

Edit: Also how well does the Black Wow trim restore work? I know some stuff does not last long and goes right back to the way it previously was.
 
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