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After a very fun weekend at Autogeeks Detail Fest, and a very informational class with Mike Phillips at the Meguiars training class it was time to get back to work on Monday morning. I had a beautiful black NSX waiting for me! I had just received my new G110 polisher earlier last week and was dying to give it a shot with the KBM and M105 and M205 as well! As with almost every other NSX I have seen, it had super soft paint so one or two passes with M105 on a 8207 Polishing Pad using the G110 on speed setting 5 with moderate pressure for the first couple passes and then lightening up for 1-2 more passes was good for full defect removal to my surprise, but who am I kidding, I used the KBM!! :chuckle:

I have never had anything but great results using M105 no matter what method or machine I used and I was eager to try out M205. I used this with Megs 9207 Finishing Pad. It did a great job at clearing up any marring from the previous polishing step and left a pretty good finish, but I wasnt convinced it was the best finish I could get. I could pull the car into the sun, shine the halogens and there was no signs of holograms or swirls, but I noticed by using the flash on my camera the finish just seemed a bit hazy to me. This was later confirmed with one more pass using 3m Ultrafina on a 3m Finishing pad using the G110 as well, this left the finish unbelievably deep and glossy and the haziness I saw was no longer apparent. I am not by any means knocking on M205, as I believe it would be a great finishing product on maybe a little harder clear. The NSX has one of the softest clears out there, and M205 may have been just a little too aggressive to finish down completely on this particular car. Who knows, it could have been my technique being it was my first car to ever use a DA on! :waxing:

Process:
M105/Megs 8207 Polishing Pad KBM
M205/Megs 9207 Finishing Pad MPM(Thats right, Mike Phillips method, a little something we learned last weekend ;) )
3m UF/3m UK Finishing Pad

LSP:
Optimum Opti-Seal left to cure overnight
Dodo Juice Supernatural x2

As soon as I pulled the car out it started to rain so I pulled out the EZ-UP tent and proceeded to prep the car for polishing.


This did reveal one thing to me though, this car had a TON of wax on it as it was beading quite well.


I ended up washing the car three times with Dawn Soap, twice before clay, and once after to ensure the surface was completely clean. The car was no longer beading at this point so I was happy.


I removed the spare tire so that I could better access the front compartment..




AFTER:




The engine was cleaned up as well..

Before:




After:


It was sprinkling still, which is why the airbox looks uneven, it was later touched up.
 

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The car was pretty rough after removing all the oils from the previous waxes, etc.
I started with a test spot on the hood to see how much work this thing would need, and pleasantly it only took a few passes with M105/8207 to correct.

I decided this area would be best to start with..


After M105/205..the lighting makes it look worse than it really was.


As you could see here, the finish is good, but not good enough!


But after 3m UF, it looked MUCH better! You can notice the flash is more contained to itself.


So now that I had my process down, I could begin my way around the car.
Headlight Before..


After 105/205..


After 3m UF..


The center of the hood..


After 105/205..looks good right?




My camera flash tells me otherwise, I need one of those handy brinkman lights!




After 3m UF..


 

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I thought this area would be difficult but found it to be rather easy using the G110.
Before..


You can see the haze pretty good in this one..


After 3m UF..


Door Before..


After M105/205..I didnt manage to get a picture after UF here.




The rest of these I forgot to get pictures after UF..




I also taped off all the painted moldings to make sure they were corrected as well.
 

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I removed the wing to get further access to the trunk panel..those empty Autogeek boxes sure come in handy!


As you can see here, its had its days of hand polishing. ;)




After the 105/205/UF trio. :)


Camera flash says its good, well see what the sun says in a bit.. ;)


Coming to an end here, my workspace.


Oh yeah, whats this thing called again?? :grinno:


Polishing finally finished, letting the Opti-Seal cure overnight.
 

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Wow! That is incredible. It's like a mirror. That picture of the hood made me do a double take to realize it was the hood and not a picture of the ceiling. Nice work!
 

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Every time I see one of your details I think "DAMN! I need to get that guy down to Texas to do my car". Then I remember how often I'm at the track and how much abuse the car gets from the tire fragments flung at it by the cars I catch on the track (and the few I end up pointing by too!)
 

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Every time I see one of your details I think "DAMN! I need to get that guy down to Texas to do my car". Then I remember how often I'm at the track and how much abuse the car gets from the tire fragments flung at it by the cars I catch on the track (and the few I end up pointing by too!)
I know a guy who is incredibly good in TX, shoot me a pm if you would like his contact info. ;)
 

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Do you know anyone that lives by me? Boca raton or surrounding areas?
 

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Thanks for reminding me why I never want to own a black car. ;) Last one I had, I never could get it looking good. That's some amazing work you did there!
 

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Thanks for reminding me why I never want to own a black car. ;) Last one I had, I never could get it looking good. That's some amazing work you did there!
Right there with you buddy! I love to detail one, but Ive owned one long term..a 2007 Black S2k to be exact and boy is it a pain to keep it that clean! :D
 

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I just spent 2 straight days working on my phantom black Elise. Holy cow was I a sore guy! I really appreciate what you do as my job is nowhere near the level at which you've achieved.

If you want it done right, I would highly suggest putting your trust in this young fella! Believe me when I say........it's bloody tough work and you can destroy your paint in the blink of an eye.

Photos of my crappy work after about 16 hours of work (to give you an idea of why he's worth every penny):

First one is during the PITA process of taping the car off. God bless those who have the fortitude to do it.
Rest are after washing, clay barring, polishing with a RA (which I've never used before), 2 coats of Z2 and two coats of Z5.

Sad thing is, I'm not even close to being done yet.
 

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