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    1977 Can Am Corvette - Modeled by Amy and Janna - Pictures and Video!

    1977 Can Am Corvette - Modeled by Amy and Janna - Pictures and Video!


    Autogeek's Car of the Week!



    We're all set-up and ready go... Dave said he'll be here right around 5:00pm




    Dave's 1977 CanAm Corvette...



    It has a wild custom paint job with a beautiful multi-color metallic flake under the clearcoat and our goal will be to restore 100% clarity to the clear coat to really get the metallic flake to *pop* when you look at the finish.

    We're going to have roughly 4 hours to remove the swirls and get the paint perfectly prepared for a coat of wax so I'm looking for a team of people ready, willing and able to lend me a hand.











    We'll be using the brand new formulas for Optimum Hyper-Compound and Optimum Hyper-Polish



    Along with a combination of tools and pads...











    And I've heard the Swirl Girls will be sporting 70's theme attire...


    This is a placeholder thread that will be closed till I get the process and after pictures ready to post.

    I will be posting pictures on-the-fly to my Facebook page...


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    Re: Picture & Comments - 1977 Can Am Corvette - Extreme Makeover

    The Can Am Vette has arrived...

    Robert and Adam inspect the paint...



    Prepping the car for rotary buffer work...



    Robert is my "Test Spot Guy", he's very good at dialing in the pad, product and process for the paint system at hand...



    Here's Robert using the new Optimum Hyper-Compound with a Flex PE14 Rotary Buffer and a Hydro-Tech Cyan Foam Cutting Pad








    Anytime you're working on a clear coat the only color you want to see on your buffing pad is the color of the pad and the color of the compound, polish or wax. If you see the color of the paint... that's a bad thing... a real bad thing...




    [IMGAfter testing and inspecting the results we start buffing out the paint...
    ]http://www.autogeekonline.net/gallery/data/1261/CanAmCorvette030.jpg[/IMG]





    Here's Adam aka Harleyguy working with Robert aka Impressions as Chavron watches and learns a few tips and techniques. In the background Chavron's wife gets caught up on her own projects...



    There's no glory in buffing out the side panels. It's important to be able to look directly across from the paint you're buffing...






    Here we sizing up some experimental small pads for use with rotary buffers, note the extension to create some wiggle room by extending the pad away from the buffer.



    After the rotary work, Chavron helps by re-polishing using a Griot's Garage DA Polisher with a Crimson Finishing Pad and Optimum Hyper-Polish



    Adam using a Crimson Finishing Pad and Optimum Hyper-Polish on a Flex 3401



    There was some thin looking paint and rough edges that needed a light touch around the T-tops...






    Small buffing pads enable you to do precise buffing close to edges or emblems...






    More to come...


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    Re: Picture & Comments - 1977 Can Am Corvette - Extreme Makeover

    Continued...

    Here's Robert doing some finish polishing...



    Adam working the Flex PE14





    Chavron was a huge help and drove all the way from Orlando with his lovely wife Alisia...



    Check out this shot...



    Robert buffs out the plastic headlight covers...






    If it has paint it gets polished...






    Rick using the Griot's Garage DA Polishers



    Dave using the Griot's Garage DA Polishers





    This is Adam testing out the experimental Crimson Finishing pad on the Flex PE14





    Surgical precision buffing...







    More to come...


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    Re: Picture & Comments - 1977 Can Am Corvette - Extreme Makeover

    Continued....


    After wiping the paint down to remove any polishing residues Adam starts in applying the Opti-Coat II





    Next up Chavron will give it a try...











    Here's the owner Dave checking out the application of Opti-Coat II on the T-tops...






    Before we stated we covered the windshield and the wiper arms and fresh air intake vents using an Autogeek's Microfiber Cover-up Towel



    All work done using 3 products form Optimum Polymer Technologies



    And now some beauty shots...













    More to come...

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    Re: Picture & Comments - 1977 Can Am Corvette - Extreme Makeover

    Continued....


























    More to come...

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    Re: Picture & Comments - 1977 Can Am Corvette - Extreme Makeover

    Continued...


    The Swirl Girls came by to for the final wipe...









    Time to inspect for swirls using the Brinkmann Swirl Finder Light

















    This is Adam aka Harleyguy, he's not one of the Swirl Girls...



    Thanks for all your help Adam!





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    Re: Picture & Comments - 1977 Can Am Corvette - Extreme Makeover

    Continued...

    We do all the hard work and they get the easy part...



    Looks like we missed a spot...




    Optimum Hyper-Compound and Hyper-Polish from Optimum Polymer Technologies...






    Amy's using a Flex PE14 Lightweight, compact rotary buffer with an RPM range from a low of 400 RPM and a high range of 2100 RPM, my personal favorite.



    Janna likes likes that it only weighs around 5 pounds so she never gets tired while buffing out a car...



    Janna says she loves classic Corvettes because of their sleek and sexy body lines...



    This Can Am Corvette has a custom interior that blends well with the exterior color scheme...



    Janna likes...



    Opti-Coat II for a high gloss, long lasting shine!




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    Re: Picture & Comments - 1977 Can Am Corvette - Extreme Makeover

    Continued...


    Optimum Polymer Technologies Opti-Coat II
    Opti-Coat II is a permanent coating and before you apply it you need to remove as many of the below surface paint defects as you can and then you'll need to wipe any polishing residues off the paint in order for the Opti-Coat to properly bond to the paint.


    If you do everything correctly, you'll create a high gloss shine like you see below...





    Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is a permanent coating that protects automotive paint over its lifetime! Unlike a wax or sealant, Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 will not wash or wear off. It acts as a second layer of clear coat which provides increased protection against the elements. Formerly only available to professionals, Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is now available to the public in a more user-friendly formula.

    Plus it creates a highly reflective finish...










    Whoops... looks like we missed a spot...



    That little spot there to the left...




    The new Racedeck Tiles offer excellent stain resistance and spills wipe off easily... check them out!

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    Like Janna, Amy loves the sleek classic lines of classic Corvettes...




    Just look at the metal flakes *pop* out of the finish!




    Another handy tool for detailing your car is the versatile Kreepstool Rolling Utility Seat with plenty of space below to hold your detailing tools and supplies as you work on your car.



    The Can Am Vette is looking good with a deep, wet shine that shimmers under the lights...




    Parting shots...





    Check out the results on this 1977 Can Am Corvette with multicolor metalflake black paint!
















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    Re: Picture & Comments - 1977 Can Am Corvette - Extreme Makeover

    All products used for this extreme makeover can be found on Autogeek.net

    Power Tools
    Flex PE 14 Rotary Buffer
    Flex 3401 Forced Rotation Dual Action Polisher
    Porter Cable 7424XP Dual Action Polisher
    Griot's Garage Dual Action Polisher


    Products
    Optimum Hyper-Compound
    Optimum Hyper-Polish
    Optimum Opti-Coat II


    Pads
    Lake Country Hydro-Tech Pads


    Misc
    Kreepstool Utility Chair
    Racedeck Tiles
    Extension for Rotary Buffer


    Autogeek's Customer Care is top in the industry, if you have any questions about any of the products used to transform this diamond in the ruff into a glistening gemstone call during business hours where are staff is always ready to answer your questions.


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    Re: Picture & Comments - 1977 Can Am Corvette - Extreme Makeover

    Wow almost looks like I knew what I was doing . I just wanted to thank Robert and Chavon and a big thanks to Mike and Auto Geek for putting this all together . I live just about an hour away so it's an easy trip for me . I missed the last two makeovers due to my full time job .

    What I really enjoy doing these makeovers is the one on one time Mike spends with anyone who participates in one of these projects .As Mike mentioned I was able to use some new HT pads so being one of the first to use it was a big thrill . If and when these pads come out I can only say buy them you will be glad you did .

    Other then that I look forward to another makeover and spending time with Mike and Robert again it's always fun to get together with them we had plenty of laughs and plenty of cold drinks .
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