Do you have a vehicle that you need to get ready for an upcoming car show? I understand that every car is different and the amount of prep will be different for every car! This Corvette was in need of some love to get it ready for a indoor car show in Dallas Texas called Super Car Expo. I only had a few days with the car and with the possibility of a vinyl wrap in the future a full paint correction was not performed. A light polish(buff) and some magic tricks were performed to bring out the gloss in the paint!
Evaluating the paint condition
This particular SS we installed a 5 year ceramic coating which included removing the wheels to properly clean and ceramic coat front to back. After spending many hours on prep and install this car shines like a diamond. The car looks fantastic! Not only will it look this way for years but ceramic coatings will keep your car cleaner longer so less maintenance is required to keep that just detailed look!
Ceramic coating detail
how does auto detailing clay work?
How do I know If need to clay my car?
Cquartz Fabric transforms the substrate into a super hydrophobic surface that is durable, flexible, and long lasting against harsh or caustic detergents.
Areas Of Application:
- Convertible Tops
- Fabric seats
- Fabric Wheel wells
- Floor Mats
- And more...
- Super Hydrophobic: Liquids are repelled instantly
- Durability: Withstands mechanical wear for up to a year and withstands strong soaps and high pH intensive detergents
- UV protection: Protects against UV degeneration while maintaining the supple feel and original color of treated surfaces
- Versatility: Protect many surfaces such as fabric upholstery, carpets, mats, & convertible fabric tops
- Suitable for a variety of textiles
- Long lasting protection for textiles and leather against water, dirt and grease
- Resists bacteria growth from sweat, dirt, oils, and liquids
- Requires less cleaning: In most cases simply wipe with a damp towel
I am going to share with you my go to headlight restoration kit for restoring headlights. Stop being fooled by these infomercials saying you can just wipe there product on and have a clear brand new looking headlight it's not going to happen. I have seen people use toothpaste and a rag. This approach may work for very light oxidized lights because of the fine abrasives in toothpaste but will still leave a haze and takes a lot of elbow grease. Use the right tools for the job! If you want to do it right pick up a 3M headlight restoration kit from your local parts store. This will have what you need to get like new results.
3M backing plate
4 P800 grit white abrasive discs
6 P500 grit yellow discs
P3000 Trizact™ foam disc
Orange foam compounding pad
1 oz. 3M Headlight Lens Polish Sample
Although this kit is great having your headlights done by a professional detailer will yield better results. Depending on how badly damaged the headlights are there may be extra sanding steps and the use of other tools such as a direct drive polisher or a Dual action polisher. When I correct headlights for customers I take it to the next level by using a combination of machine and hand sanding to make sure they are absolutely perfect before compounding. If you notice the kit above is only supplied with a compound and a cutting pad. To further refine the clarity of the headlights they need to be polished with a light cutting polish and a finishing pad. After I have corrected the headlights to like new condition I then apply a permanent resin based coating designed to protect headlights against yellowing, fading and discoloration for the life of the vehicle. Before you go out and spend hundreds on new headlights try the 3m headlight restoration kit or contact me to restore and protect them permanently!
Russell Benz is the owner of Devine Shine Auto Detail LLC located in Crossroads/Little Elm Texas. He is a IDA certified detailer and installer for CS-II and Pearl Nano coatings.
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