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Another Nighthawk Black Pearl job today. Brian’s Si was delivered to me the night before for me to work on the next morning. Brian’s main concern with the car was to rid the swirls and to apply a good layer of LSP. I went to my go-to product for my Honda/Acura jobs, Menzerna P085RD. A few scratches were noted and taken care of. On the front bumper it looks like someone backed up into him leaving some deep scratches on the paint. After 30 minutes of testing different combos, I was able to remove almost all of the scratches on the bumper with a purple foam wool pad paired with Meguiars 105 Ultra Cut Compound. The yellow pad/Optimum Compound didn’t even leave a dent in it! Anyways, I took a ton of pictures on this one since the car turned out great! I especially love working on cars when I can take my time and work on my own pace (without the client waiting around). Brian was very happy with the results, and it sounds like I may be doing his girlfriends IS250 in the near future! Stay tuned!

Jhun was nice enough to bring his car in prewashed! That didn’t mean I didn’t have to wash it, but it allowed me to demo an Optimum No Rinse Wash inside the garage with just 4 gallons of water to him. He looked scared when I began wiping the car down with the water with ONR solution inside which looks almost clear, but to say the very least, he left with a 16oz bottle for himself to use during the winter!

The car itself was in very good condition. The clay was practically clean after doing the whole car! It was just a bunch of swirls that needed to be dealt with to show the true pearl of the paint.

Todays detail is an absolute beauty! Packed under the Black Sapphire Metallic paint is 300 Ponies, 300 torque ft/lbs twin turbo’d! The interior red leather in contrast with the black is absolutely stunning. The roof collapses down and tucks away into the trunk with a click of a button.
Unfortunately, the paint definitely needed some work. Lien was absolutely clueless as to how I was going to remove the defects on the car. But witty-me, I was able to compare it to when she gets her nails done! Like nails, the paint has to go through cleaning, prepping, and many step downs of polishing to get that jeweled look.
Anyways, enjoy the buttload of pics!

For being parked outside for 3 years, and never clayed… this car was in suprisingly pretty good shape. Kudos to Raffy for washing it weekly. Part of this might be because of the color – it hides scratchs/swirls pretty well (Sorry for the lack of before pictures; it was hard to capture) Under the halogen light, swirls were apparent but still hard to capture from the lighting. Clay bar process wasn’t as bad as I anticipated, although the roof/trunk/hood took a little longer than usual (Still not as bad as that ABP I did a few weeks ago). TSX with white wheels on back to back days. I hate doing white wheels!!! Anyways, here’s the pics of his daily driver.

One of the hottest TSX’s in the Bay Area! Tuxedo mask (Sailor Moon haha) over here is always kept fresh with a wash & wax by the owner Sherman, but never a polish. As always, I go straight to my go-to product Menzerna P085RD for this Acura. The window visors were very hazy and I did what I could to revive them. They look a little better but not a lot. Anyways, at the very least, I want to say that I will never ever rock white wheels as good as they look. It would hurt my Emotions to have to deal with the upkeep.

Today’s job is one that packs a bunch of tasteful mods along with a few engine mods paired with its K20 under the hood. Son’s Nighthawk Black Pearl has not been detailed in over a year, and when he did, it was by hands. He was nice enough to leave the car unwashed a month for me (Thanks Son), leaving a ton of dirt and dust on the paint hiding the tremendous amount of swirls. Fortunately, the NHBP is the same color code as my fellow Acuras (TSX’s, TL, RL’s etc) that I had a lot of experience working on, so I assumed the clear coat on this Si would be very much alike. And it was! Check out the pearls on this bad boy!

Todays car is a 2006 Lexus GS300, color code Flint Mica (Gray). This eBay marketing associate had always brought his car to the Lexus car dealerships for their complimentary lifetime free car washes. If you’re not a perfectionist, free washes are awesome! But take a look at what it’ll do to your paint. William is fortunate that Lexus’s clear coats are extremely hard and that after three years of car washes, swirls are only minimal. That doesn’t mean that it was easy to remove though! ‘Cuz it was a pain! So much work for so little return. I was also able to remove MOST of the scratches put on by his kind neighbors (door dings). The car had never received a clay bar treatment which it definitely needed. Three pieces of clay had to be used for the entire car (the surface area of the roof and hood of this car is gigantuous!). Anyways, enjoy.

This is probably one of the newest, yet the worsest (for the lack of a better word to describe the car) maintained car I’ve touched. The car being silver made taking pictures of the defects difficult, but they are there! A proper clay-bar treatment was definitely needed since it felt as if I was playing in the sand when touching the paint. Tree sap and etched in bird poop throughout the car. It was probably months since this car has been washed – heck not even a auto-drive thru car wash that detailers hate so much!

Another TSXclub exclusive deal. The last one to receive my promotional deal… and boy was I in for a treat. Kamil recently bought this Artic Blue Pearl 2005 TSX from an older couple who only brought it through automatic car washes (poor thing…). The car was massively swirled as well as etchings in the paint from having a roof rack mounted. I questioned myself as to if I was going to be able to revive the front bumper when I removed the license plate holder. This was also the first car that I had to use two pieces of clay on since it was pretty obvious the car was never clayed before. The Hood/Roof/Trunk alone took me nearly two hours to clay. I really think I should have turned this job down, but anyways…

A fellow TSXclub.com member today.. The car was in decent shape as the garage queen was hand-detailed by the owner, Chris a little over half a year prior. Minor swirls were apparent as well as a few scratches that Chris wanted me to pay extra attention to. This was a promotional deal I was offering TSXclub so full car compounding work was not included , but it definitely got a full polish and a fresh layer of synthetic polymer sealant.