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    Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    Brand new Stingray with only 1,400 miles. We’ve already washed her, chemically and mechanically decontaminated her and now we’re machine polishing her to prep for a ceramic paint coating.









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    Re: Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    haha...I was expecting Christmas lights, or something, on the car. Something more festive

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    Re: Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    ***Update***


    Here's what we've done so far,

    1. Wash wheels and tires first using SONAX & Tuf Shine Tire Cleaner
    2. Brushes were Speedmaster and Wheel Woollies
    3. Chemically decontaminate the paint
    4. Foam gun wash using BLACFIRE Foam Soap
    5. Rinse car
    6. Re-foam car to use the foam as a lubricant for the mechanical decontamination step.
    7. Mechanically decontaminate using the BLACKFIRE Clay Mitt
    8. Dry with Guzzler Waffle Weave drying towels
    9. Blow out cracks, crevices plus wheels and tires with the FLEX Car Blower
    10. Tape-off and cover up the black canvas top
    11. Perform a Test Spot
    12. Machine polish with Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover
    13. Pads are Buff & Shine Uro-Tec yellow foam polishing pads
    14. Tools = Griot's Garage 6" ROP and 3" mini polisher
    15. Griot's 2" Backing plate and BOSS pads conversion kit




    Here's a Facebook Live video I just took showing the gloss level for the paint after machine polishing.


    >>Click on Picture to watch the video<<<






    Next up we're going to chemically strip the paint and the apply a ceramic paint coating.


    We'll also be sealing the top with RaggTopp Canvas Protectant. It's always good when you have a BRAND NEW canvas top to start FIRST THING and start protecting. This is especially true because this Corvette is a daily driver and it rains a lot here in Florida. (it's warm rain so don't worry about us)


    Stay tuned...


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    Re: Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    A brand new car like that already needed to be polished with a swirl remover?

    :-(
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    You aren't kidding. The gloss looks great in the video.

    The 2" conversion kit for the peanut looks like something I could use. Eventually

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    Re: Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    A brand new car like that already needed to be polished with a swirl remover?

    :-(
    That's the case with most new cars. Once the dealer touches it, the car is full of swirls.
    Bruno Soares


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    Re: Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    The owner must not have given instructions to not detail it. My last two cars came to me defect free because I told the dealer I wouldn’t buy the car if it swirls.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    It's rare to see white look THAT glossy!

    What will you use to clean it further before coating, Mike?

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    Re: Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    The owner must not have given instructions to not detail it. My last two cars came to me defect free because I told the dealer I wouldn’t buy the car if it swirls.
    Yes, if you order the car and it comes sold to you already it's not hard to get the dealer to skip their "detailing" and you get it mostly defect free. But if you buy a car that has been on the lot for days or weeks it's has been washed several times already, and using terrible technique which will add swirls. They often skip drying too which leads to water spots.
    Bruno Soares


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    Re: Christmas Detail -2019 Corvette Stingray

    The thing is my last car did come off the lot. I insisted no washing. Who knows how long it was sitting there on the lot. I guess I got lucky. No swirls or water marks.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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