The Miata is one of the funnest cars I’ve ever driven. In today is Gary’s boosted Mazdaspeed MX-5 in which he just purchased a few months ago but needed some TLC. We opted for Opticoat 2.0 instead of Pro today as he only plans on keeping the car for a few years, and also due to the fact that the car does show some aging (as does the odometer). While Pro would’ve been the superior choice of long-lasting protection, 2.0 was the greater-value choice due to the age and life expectancy of the car. Nonetheless, it’ll still be one of the cleanest Miata’s on the street. The single step polish really brought the life back to the paint; may be a little hard to tell, but in addition to the swirling, the paint appeared to be quite dull and did not reflect light as well prior to polishing.
It’s usually a rare occasion when I have to pull out the ole’ wool pad. It’s even more rare when I have to pull out something so aggressive on such a new car. Alex’s 900 mile old FRS came in today for what was suppose to be a quick new car prep with a single step polish & opticoat pro. Upon moving it in to the lights, I discovered that the car was covered in swirls. A quick call was made to the owner, and the decision to step it up a notch was a fast one. My work time instantly shot up by about 3-4 hours, but was well worth it in the end. A few RIDS still remain, but the difference is substantial and I would say very acceptable for a daily driven car. The entire car got sprayed with Opticoat Pro, including the wheel barrels. Welcome to California, Alex!
In today is Nam’s IS250 who was supposed to come in a few weeks ago, but had to be rescheduled due to his work schedule. Fortunately, I was able to play some musical chairs with people and was able to swap him in with someone else. The bipolar weather decided to rain the entire day, but was clear by night (and tomorrow) for Nam to pick up the car. Opticoat Pro needs 12 hours to be water resistant and about a week to be chemically resistant. Thanks again for being so flexible!
Only the Green MS left to be seen! I thought Navi’s MS was solid white when he brought it in, but the metallic flakes were definitely present when brought in under the lights. His Multicoat White MS was recently backed into in the front, cracking the nose cone, which will need to be Opticoated another day when his replacement comes in. The rest of the car got a single step polish, primer, and Opticoat Pro. Though nearly unnoticeable, a few RIDS remain. Opticoat Pro should make maintainence of his MS a much more pleasurable experience.
New or old, it’s never too late to get Opticoat Pro on your car. While it is important to get the car to an immaculate state prior to coating, it may not be in the best interest (financially) for those with older cars. The owner was most concerned with protection today, and understood that the 10 year old car would not be in its near new state, even with a two or three step polish. We opted for a decon, and single step polish to get the car to a high gloss prior to coating. His car is usually a victim of tree sap attacks, and Opticoat Pro’s release properties should make for an easier removal. Windows got Optiglass, and the trims were restored with BlackWOW. The headlight covers could use a replacement, as wetsanding with 1000, 1500, 2000, compound, polish barely put a dent in the revival process of it.