In the past few days is Jeff’s 8000-mile-2012-CLS550. It should be a given that this car is almost never driven, and babied to the fullest. Our schedules worked out such that Jeff would be traveling the entire week, and so he left the car for me to work on a few hours a day. I managed to knock out the car in 4 days, about 2.5-3 hours each day. Overall, the car was in great shape; there were some light swirling and water spots as expected. I proceeded with a primer polish to prep for Opticoat Pro, getting the car to that 80-90% range. It definitely got the red popping again!
This year’s E350 has been one that I’ve been wanting for the past few years – though I’d probably get it in black. Jon’s E350 had a much needed decon as the paint was very rough, with much tar build up near the tire areas. I’ve been eluding to the rinseless wash system over the past few months, but had to bring back to ole’ bucket method on Jon’s car since it was quite dirty. I also got the try out CarPro’s new “Flash Pad” today, which really speeds up the cutting process. The downside of the pad is that it does sling a bit of polish since the pad is so rigid. However, in most jobs involving a compound typically resorts to a lot of dusting, so some extra clean up work was to be expected anyways. Optimum primer was used as a follow up finishing polish and to prep for Opticoat Pro.
It’s always fun talking other engineers since we’re geeky enough to get technical with products, haha. In today is Galen’s new grey Model S. We held off on Opticoat for about a month so that he could get the front end wrapped in PPF first. Opticoat Pro should prolong the life of the PPF, as well as protecting the rest of the paint for many years to come.
Had to play musical chairs with my weekend schedule with a few people to get this car in this weekend: First car ended up canceling due to a change of mind/trading in car; Second car ended up canceling after scheduling since he wanted to get PPF installed first; Lastly, Barry’s schedule worked perfectly with mine, allowing me to get his car in nearly a month early. Barry religiously washes his car using a foam gun and two bucket method – I don’t even do that with my own! However, he really does go above and beyond in keeping his paint immaculate, and it really shows. Aside from some dealer installed scratches here and there, and some wax residue in the cracks/seems, there isn’t much else that was wrong with the car. Great job with the upkeep, Barry. Opticoat should make the car even easier to maintain in the years to come!
Happy July 4th! Ritesh’s Model S is one of the last details I’ll be doing on a weekday for a while as I’m starting my new job on Monday. The car came in quite dirty with some swirling going on and bird poop baked on. The bird droppings had already etched through the paint, leaving an outline of where it trailed. The car was originally quoted for a new car prep back in March; inclusive of a primer polish prior to coating – but I ended up doing a little extra work, particularly on the hood in order to get it to a level I was satisfied with. Enjoy!