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    1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos



    We had 5 new people come to Autogeek's Show Car Garage for last nights project. Three local car guys and two brothers that purchased,



    • Hotel accommodations
    • A rental car
    • Airline tickets


    And flew down from New York for the sole purpose of attending a Thursday night at Autogeek. To me that shows both dedication to the craft and passion for the art of polishing paint.

    I know of no other forum or garage like ours where the general public and our forum members are welcome to be part of the AG Show Car Makeover Team where whether they are experienced pros or absolute newbies to machine polishing they get to work on a car like you see below.



    Pinnacle Black Label Synergy

    Also a comment about the new Synergy Wax... this wax goes on easy, dries to a haze in 5-10 minutes and wipes off incredibly easy while leaving that deep, wet shine everyone loves.


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    Pinnacle Black Label Synergy



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    Re: 1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    You know what's easy?

    Taking a finish in really bad condition and showing a dramatic before and after by restoring the finish. When the pictures go from really really bad to really really good everyone is impressed. I know I am.


    You know what's really hard?

    Taking a show car with what most people would consider a show car finish and then taking it to a higher level. Even more important not making any mistakes during the process.

    When I first met Harris I told him the finish on his Nova looked very good but there was still a little room for improvement. I took a few pictures of the condition of the paint during the night at a local car show, the below pictures show the parking lot lights overhead reflecting off the paint on the Nova that night.


    The paint on the other hand needs a night at Autogeek's Garage!




    The below picture is the full size section cropped out of the resized photo above.






    Same here, the below picture is a cropped out full size section of the picture above.







    I normally like to take my before pictures with the project car outdoors in full sun with sunlight shining directly down on the paint as this will do a great job of show casing and revealing the true condition of the paint.

    Well it was cloudy and raining outside as Harris arrived.

    Plan B
    I took a few pictures using the overhead florescent lights and then the flash from my camera.

    Overhead florescent lights....




    The below pictures are the full resolution portions cropped out of the above resized picture.






    Camera flash




    The below picture is the full resolution portion cropped out of the above resized picture.




    As you can see the paint not has the normal wear-n-tear type swirl or cobweb scratches but it also has straight line scratches all running in the same direction.

    These straight-line scratches are probably tracers left behind when the car was hand sanded and the compounded and polished.

    The word tracer is a term for a straight-line scratch left in the paint when a larger grit particle comes off the sand paper and gets trapped between the sandpaper and the paint. It is then rubbed or ground into the paint in the direction the technician is moving their sanding pad.

    My guess is these deeper scratches we found throughout the finish are tracers and tracers are both tricky to remove and bring with them a certain amount of risk.



    Diagnosis

    The above documents that while looking at this Nova from a few feet a way it looked like it had a really nice, even show car finish, upon closer inspection the paint has a lot of swirls and deeper scratches called tracers that we will need to remove.




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    Re: 1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    Continued....


    Contaminated Paint
    Yes, even a show car can have contaminated paint!

    Besides inspecting the paint for defects like swirls and scratches we also used the Baggie Test to inspect the paint for above surface bonded contaminants like overspray paint, (common problem for "car guys", or tree sap mist, etc.) and we found the entire finish had little tiny bumps all over it.

    Since we were going to use the Nanoskin Autoscrub Pads to mechanically decontaminate the paint we had to use a Autogeek Cover-up Towel to cover the scoop and blower from clay lube splatter.









    The Baggie Test








    Do the Baggie Test to you won car! You might be surprised!
    If you want to find out what condition your car's paint is REALLY in then after washing your car or wiping your car's finish clean, simple place your hand inside a clean sandwich baggie and lightly feel the horizontal surfaces of your car's paint. If you feel any type of little bumps or surface texture this is a sing your paint is contaminated.




    Detailing Clay
    A few of the guys had never used detailing clay and knowing how to use detailing clay is a great skill set to have for taking care of your car's finish. Here's Rob, Harris and Al all using Pinnacle Ultra Poly Detailing Clay and Pinnacle Clay Lube to clay the paint on Harris's Nova.








    Nanoskin Autoscrub Pads
    An advanced technique to decontaminate paint is to do it by machine using Nanoskin Autoscrub Pads. I teach this technique in all my Detailing Boot Camp Classes which are held three times a year and always fill up.










    Just decontaminating the paint actually starts to increase gloss because decontaminating the paint removes surface texture which restores a smooth surface and....

    Gloss comes from smoothness....


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    Re: 1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    Machine Compounding & Polishing

    The prep steps like compounding and polishing, even a little wetsanding for this project, are the most important factors that will determine the end results.

    Here's some random shots of the machine work performed. We used a variety of tools, pads and products including,

    Tools
    Rupes Bigfoot 21
    Rupes Bigfoot 15
    Rupes Bigfoot Duetto
    Rupes Bigfoot Mini
    Flex PE14 Rotary Polisher
    Griot's Garage 6" DA
    Griot's Garage 3" DA
    Meguiar's DA
    Porter Cable DA

    Compounds & Polishes
    Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover
    Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish
    Rupes Zephir Gloss Coarse Compound
    Rupes Diamond Ultra Fine Polish
    Meguiar's M100






















    After the correction step there was a quick lesson on correct technique for how to do the polishing step...





























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    Re: Sign-up: 1966 Nova Pro Touring - Thursday, March 27th 2014

    Mike, another interesting and learning night as always, example: using two different products and pads to accomplish the same result so newer people can work on a show car and not worry about doing any harm. Being new to detailing what was most interesting about new attendees was how many folks who have been around cars for years have not been exposed to your techniques. The upside to that is there's a huge opportunity out there if cloning is possible! 😃 Den

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    Re: 1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    Quote Originally Posted by boomer1649 View Post

    Mike, another interesting and learning night as always, example: using two different products and pads to accomplish the same result so newer people can work on a show car and not worry about doing any harm.

    Being new to detailing what was most interesting about new attendees was how many folks who have been around cars for years have not been exposed to your techniques. The upside to that is there's a huge opportunity out there if cloning is possible! �� Den

    Good observations...

    We had 3-4 new people attend last night and three of these people had never used detailing clay nor even seen nor heard of the tools, pads and products we used.

    I would call the paint on this Nova on the hard side and there were a lot of deeper scratches like tracers.


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    Re: 1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    Machine Waxing

    Next step... seal the paint with Pinnacle Black Label Synergy

    Most people hand apply their waxes but I'm a machine guy. By this I mean I try to do EVERY step by machine and the reason why is because the human hand cannot compete with a machine when it comes to creating the best results. Period.


    First a quick lesson on how to machine apply a wax using the Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher with Rupes 4" white foam finishing pads....






    Here's the owner machine applying Synergy....












    Here's Denis machine applying Synergy while his brother Matt watches.... these two brothers flew to Stuart, Florida from New York just to be a part of this project.








    Dry to a haze
    These next pictures show a thin machine applied coat of Synergy drying. This wax needs to dry to a haze before removing.













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    Re: 1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    Microfiber towels and microfiber gloves....

    The gloves help you to grip the microfiber towels effortlessly and also prevent finger smudges from getting on the car.






















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    Re: 1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    And here are the results....

    Here's the after pictures....




















































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    Re: 1966 Blown Nova - Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    Prep work is the key to any show car finish but just as important is to use a high quality car wax that will not only seal the surface and protect it but build-off the results created in the compounding and polishing processes and then take the paint to its maximum potential.....

    To seal this paint and create the deep, wet shine we used Black Label Synergy











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    Pinnacle Black Label Synergy

    Simply amazing is the only way to describe the fluid, shimmering gloss that Black Label Synergy - the first and only paste wax that fuses nano-glass ceramic particles with No. 1 Brazilian Carnauba Wax - imparts on your vehicle. Formulated using the same nano-glass ceramic particles found in Black Label’s line of Diamond Surface Coatings, Synergy combines Pinnacle’s proprietary blend of Carnauba wax with the most advanced synthetic ingredients available. This synthesis of gloss-enhancing ingredients creates an incredibly glassy, reflective finish that shines like a diamond.

    Synergy represents the cooperative action of state-of-the-art nano-glass ceramic particles with all-natural Carnauba wax, providing incredible paint protection, a superior water contact angle, and a remarkable shine that will take your breath away. Black Label Synergy is the element of shine.

    Pinnacle has been a name that’s synonymous with Carnauba wax since the brand’s inception over twenty years ago. Through years of careful research and development, Pinnacle has pioneered a refining process that creates the purest of Carnauba waxes - ivory Carnauba wax. You’ll recognize this as the main ingredient in Souveran Paste Wax, a wax that has won more awards than any other car wax. Synergy takes ingredients once reserved for only the finest Carnauba waxes and combines them with exclusive nano-glass particles to create unmatched clarity, depth, and protection.

    Pinnacle Black Label Synergy



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