Rcrew

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Rcrew last won the day on November 29 2013

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  1. Rcrew

    G-p-s before opti gloss?

    The safer bet would be to get Hyper Polish and wipe that off with an ONR soaked towel prior to Gloss Coat. GPS contains some ingredients that won't easily dissipate with an IPA or Eraser wipe down.
  2. Thanks...I'm not sure, I was wondering about that too. Perhaps he thought it would blend in too much with the grill.
  3. This Tesla came to us with just over 8000 miles and very extensive paint defects. The owner had heard about the benefits of Opti-Coat on the Tesla forums and sought out an installer in his area. When he called, I set up a time to inspect the car and found extensive scratches and swirl defects in the paint. After outlining the benefits of paint correction prior to application of a coating product, the owner was ready for me to dial this beauty in and then lock it down with Opti-Coat. The decontamination process required a foam soak, 2-bucket wash, clay, iron neutralization and tar removal. The correction process required some heavy artillery to level the clear coat down to a mirror like shine. Multiple levels of paint correction were used over the course of a few days. Paint thickness readings were healthy and right around 200, dropping closer to 100 the lower you went on the car. The car received another decontamination foam soak, hand wash, and IPA wipedown prior to Optimum Pro Coatings being applied to painted surfaces, plastics and glass. The pictures really tell the story, so let’s get to them! Upon arrival, general grime along with a nice bird bomb on the hood. Love the license plate though! IMG_2857.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Wheels and arches looking quite nasty IMG_2862.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Not anymore! IMG_2872.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Can’t forget the door jambs and underneath the “frunk” Before IMG_2866.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Dirt being transferred to the towel IMG_2867.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After IMG_2868.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Here you can see the sheen of the tar removal product working on the paint. IMG_2883.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Now that it is squeaky clean, we can begin the paint correction process. To really grasp the prevalence of the defects I was up against, imagine about 25% more defects than you see in these pictures. That is what I was seeing, but the camera didn’t capture things accurately. Close up on the hood before IMG_2900.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr after IMG_2903.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Long shot of the driver side of the hood edge before IMG_2911.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After (Bit of a scratch remnant remained) IMG_2913.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Driver front quarter, particularly deep cluster of scratches. Wetsanding was required to remedy this problem. Before IMG_2915.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After (not yet refined, just a tiny fraction of one of the scratches remained. No need to go after it and risk a strike through) IMG_2918.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr 50/50: Big difference made on the front plastic piece IMG_2921.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Bit of work done on the passenger door Before IMG_2927.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After IMG_2928.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Door Pull Before IMG_2929.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After IMG_2930.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Passenger rear door 50/50 IMG_2932.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Lower section corrected IMG_2933.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Couldn’t resist- underside of side mirror with some grime remaining IMG_2936.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After some TLC IMG_2937.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr This is a “no-charge factory freebie” courtesy of Tesla IMG_2938.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After correction IMG_2939.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Plastic on the roof line Before IMG_2940.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After IMG_2941.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Taillights needed attention too Before IMG_2942.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After IMG_2943.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr The best part of the day! Time to coat! IMG_2948.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Starting to get “that Opti-Coat look” IMG_2951.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr And after curing overnight, we pulled it out into the dingy, overcast morning. No matter, the car was still amazingly glossy! Thank you for taking the time to review my work. Questions and comments are welcome. IMG_2980.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr IMG_2978.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr IMG_2963.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr IMG_2960.jpg by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr
  4. Thanks! Wish I could have taken it for a spin! Thanks Ron, I like to live vicariously through other people's nice cars....saves me a lot of money!
  5. Alright...owner sent this pic over...what do you guys think? And yes, he does realize the RS 5 is not quite level...round two forthcoming. IMG_8482 by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr
  6. Here is our latest project, hope you enjoy it as much as we did! This is a new Audi RS 5 in a stunning custom color, suzuka grey. It is a very subtle grey with a nice amount of metal flake in the paint. No doubt this will look amazing in direct sunlight, but we didn’t have any of that during the RS’s stay with us. Our shop lights were all we had, but we think it turned out amazing in any light! After a visual inspection, It was booked in for our entry level Opti-Coat package, involving full decontamination and single stage polish to bring out the gloss. Opti-Coat, -Lens, and -Glass were all applied to the appropriate surfaces of this vehicle. Wheels and calipers coated as well. Prior to decontamination, decent layer of grime coating everything RS5before by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr During decontamination Snow foam to loosen dirt, and an iron neutralizer to deep clean. Opti-Raser mild was also used RS5decon by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Debadge! A little side project the owner wanted taken care of. As soon as he installs the new badges and sends me a pic, I will post. It is sure to look badass! RS5debadge by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr Paint Correction Not a ton to show here, very light defects overall. There are two defects you can see in the top shot, corrected in the bottom RS55050 by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After correction, before coating IMG_2769 by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr After Opti-Coat (Pro) Enjoy!!!! 10683662024_c8121b72f0_h by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr 10683688136_87bec83cd1_h by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr 10683611686_394e51f8de_h by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr 10683627264_0fd3cd0aad_h by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr 10683748036_adb8a60fa3_h by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr 10683927703_4de9413a1a_h by First City Auto Spa, on Flickr
  7. Rcrew

    2012 Mazda3 Opti-Coated

    Looks good!
  8. It has been quite a while since I've posted work, so here are a few examples of recent projects! First up, M3 in for an AIO style paint correction and some interior work. Thanks for reading! AIO of choice was Optimum GPS All of the usual suspects were out on this one, Power Clean, 1Z Deep Plastic, TRIX, ONR, Opti-Raser etc... Next up is a 2014 Mazda 6 in for Opti-Coat and Opti-Glass, Pro versions. Paint needed minor correction work but was great to cut and finish on. Thomas helped out getting this one corrected and coated same day for the customer.
  9. Rcrew

    GPS 50/50s

    Very impressive. I'm still wanting a rupes I have had mine for a few months now and really enjoy it. You do have to use it differently as there is no forced rotation but it really seems to boost the abilities of most of the correction products I've used.
  10. Rcrew

    GPS 50/50s

    Thought I would share some 50/50s of GPS on a few recent cars. All work done with a Rupes 21mm and microfiber pad, single pass. 2010 Infiniti G37x Obsidian Black Trunk lid: Hood: All finished: BMW M3 Convertible, Jerez Blue Hood w/ clear bra: Finished:
  11. Rcrew

    Opti-Coat on matte paint and vinyl?

    These areas will become glassy if you coat them
  12. Rcrew

    Sticky syringe?

    I have had the same experience with the syringe feeling stuck. I cut a really small amount off of the applicator tip, making the opening wider. It will come out easier at this point, but be advised, it will of course come out faster, so be careful that you aren't using more than you need to.
  13. Rcrew

    Opti Clean mixed with ONR

    I don't see why not. Some other options that might be more economical: consider decreasing the dilution rate on your ONR mix, or presoaking with power clean. Or switch to the ONR+W product. That will give you an edge in terms of dirt being less able to stick to your lower panels between washes.
  14. Rcrew

    Optimum Finish Polish Questions

    Did you clay it already on the most recent detail session? Unless you drive a ton of miles or through grime and muck, consider not claying again so soon. With such soft paint, you need to try and avoid potential to add additional defects.