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This is a car and detail I hold very close to my heart, as this is the very car I grew up dreaming of. I still have the 1:18 die cast model my father bought me when i was about 10 years old.



This particular car ended up in the EAD studio because of the outcome of the silent auction for an unlimited detail package, during the 2013 Karz4Kidz charity car show, sponsored by yours truly. After a nearly 2-month wait, the car came in for it's 4 day restoration.

Originally, this car's paint was a single stage solid black finish, however, some areas had been repainted with time, and therefor no preset package was going to be used and everything would have to be custom tailored to every panel. Paint thickness readings were all over the place, so I went for the maximum correction I could safely achieve over the entire car without risking to burn through the finish. This meant that the overall result could not be 100%, but would rather hover around the 90% mark. Enjoy!



Products used:

Washing
Elegance Heavy-Duty Degreaser
AutoGlym Active Insect Remover
AutoGlym Intensive Tar Remover
Chemical Guys Diablo Wheel Cleaner
Elegance Tire Cleaner
Various wash mitts, sponges
Stoner's Invisible Glass
Prep Towel
Elegance Clay Lube
Iron-X
Various brushes


Correction
Meguiar's #105
Meguiar's #205
Optimum Metal Polish
Various Microfibers
Flex Rotary 3403
Porter Cable XP7424
Red Lake Country CCS pad
Black Lake Country CCS pad


Protection
Zymol Ebony
Wolf's Hard Body (wheels)
Elegance Engine Dressing
Aquapel
303 Aerospace Protectant
AutoGlym Leather Cleaner and Balm
Chemical Guys New Car Smell
Poorboy's World Bold 'N Bright


At arrival, it was clear that this car needed some serious attention. The tires were covered in silicone-based dressing which needed to be removed to ensure the final result would not be spoiled with sling.




Since this was an unlimited detail, the wheels were removed for a complete cleaning. Issues to be dealt with were 2 decades of built up break dust, balancing weight residue, tar and silicone-based tire dressing.












This was after a single pass with Iron-X.


And this was after 2.


These wheels had been rebalanced, but the previous weights' glue was left on the lip of the rim, so I made sure to remove this.




And what the wheels looked like when all done and dressed.



Time for some foam!



Once the paint had been degreased and decontaminated, the "Truth" was very obvious. Swirls, RIDS (Random Individual Deep Scratches), holograms and buffer trails were all over the paint. It had clearly been polished before, but not by a paint reconditioning specialist.



















 

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Once inside, all damageable parts were masked off and I got going on what would be a 25+ hour correction.



















Here are some reflection shots of the car inside the shop with no wax applied yet.




An MR member came by to help me shoot some footage for a possible upcoming second video.




This is a reflection of my car in the hood of the Prancing Horse. My hand is there, albeit blurry, to show it's not a straight shot. :p




 

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Once the paint correction was finished, the car was sterilized and waxed with Zymol Ebony, a wax specially formulated for black single stage paints. The interior was given a proper clean and the engine bay was steam cleaned to ensure no water infiltrated critical areas. Here is the final result of 4 days and 30+ hours of work on this iconic car.






















(The horizontal lines you see in the roof are electric power lines, not scratches :p Just in case you were wondering)


When the owner picked it up, he made a comment that stood out from the rest of the conversation: "I've never seen this car so black." He's owned it for 20 years now, so this made my day.


As always, thanks for looking and happy detailing!

For more information regarding this package and/or other of my detailing packages/services, please visit my website in the services section HERE.
 

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I wish my FD is that black.
 

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That can be arranged, I'm only 850 miles away! :) Make it a weekend trip. You can have my car for the weekend while I make yours look better than brand new. Have some Montreal Bagels, Poutine, Smoked Meet. Enjoy the sites (architectural and women alike) :p
 

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That can be arranged, I'm only 850 miles away! :) Make it a weekend trip. You can have my car for the weekend while I make yours look better than brand new. Have some Montreal Bagels, Poutine, Smoked Meet. Enjoy the sites (architectural and women alike) :p
And watch the Separatists try to disunite themselves from Canada :p Quebec is the flippin Texas of the North
 

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And watch the Separatists try to disunite themselves from Canada :p Quebec is the flippin Texas of the North
In Montreal they're rather rare, especially in the western part of the island where I am. It's been mostly settled by the Irish, English and Scottish. But i general terms...yes this province is the laughing stock of the country...:(
 
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