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Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner and Meguiar's Deep Crystal on wheels
Meguiar's APC on tires and wheel wells
Meguiar's Hyper Dressing on tires
EZ Detail brush for the barrels
Swissvax Wheel brush for calipers and small crevices

CG Citrus Wash and Gloss via 2BM
Meguiar's Microfiber Wash Mitt

Meguiar's OTC Clay
Meguiar's Last Touch

Paint Correction:
Flex 3401 VRG
Meguiar's G110v2 / 5" and 3" Backing Plates
Meguiar's D300 / MF Correction Pads
Meguiar's M205 / LC Black Pads
Craftsman 500W Halogen Lights
Brinkmann Dual Xenon Lights

Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax / 4" Meguiar's Finising Pad

Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer

Meguiar's NXT Metal Polish

I recently got a call to detail one of my dream cars. I didn't hesitate to take on the job and I was extremely stoked to work on this amazing machine. When the car was delivered to me, it already looked very shiny and only minimal swirls were visible and the car was already in great shape to begin with. The car only had 6,400 miles. I thought to myself that this will be an easy one but boy I was wrong.


Dirty Wheels

Dirty Exhaust Tips


Sonax doing its thing

Cleaning the calipers

Cleaning the wheel barrels

Cleaning the wheel wells

Gunk coming off the wheel wells

Cleaning the exhaust tips

Glaze or oils being removed by the citrus wash

Cleaning the gas tank

It looked like the dealer used some type of glaze because of the oils I was removing while washing the car. In addition, the mediocre beading I was getting before the wash was completely killed after washing the car. After drying the car, I was greeted with the true condition of the paint. It was definitely worse than I originally saw but it still wasn't bad. Here's a picture of the clay after doing half of the hood:

As you can see, there wasn't much bonded contaminants on the car. I was thrilled about this because claying didn't really take long.

After claying the car, I immediately got into polishing. I started out with Meguiar's D300 using 5" and 3" MF correcting pads. Here are some pictures through the entire process:

All taped up and ready to go

Before: Driver's side door

50/50: Driver's side door

50/50: Driver's side door

After: Driver's side door

50/50: Driver's side rear fender

After: Driver's side rear fender

Before: Driver's side pillar

50/50: Driver's side pillar

After: Driver's side pillar

Before: Driver's side front fender

After: Driver's side front fender

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·

Before: Hood

50/50: Hood

After: Hood

Before: Passenger side front fender

50/50: Passenger side front fender

After: Passenger side front fender

Before: Rear Bumper

After: Rear Bumper

Using the D300 created a very slight haze on the paint. This was more evident on the roof - I don't know why. In order to create the perfect finish, I knew I had to follow it up with a finishing polish. The weapon of choice: Meguiar's M205. I love this stuff. Here are some pictures after I treated the car with M205:

After polishing the car, I then applied Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax. This wax looks gorgeous on black! Here are some pictures. You be the judge.


Polished the exhaust tips too


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Discussion Starter · #3 ·

The Money Shot:

Approximate time: 18 Hours. I really need to shorten my detail time.
Location: Phoenix, AZ

What do you guys think? Opinions, comments and criticisms are welcome! The owner was very thrilled when he first saw his car.

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holy crap..looks better than new!

I have a black GTR that will need this treatment one day! what is the cost of something like that?
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