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    My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    Some of you may remember this car. I bought it new in 2004. I loved it!! I had it 5.5 years and then my next door neighbour bought it. He's great at maintaining his vehicles, and I've done it for him 3 years ago. It was now (over)due again.


    Here it is as it arrived:





    Looked good from far...but you know how that saying goes...and 2 bird bombs attacking the surface:




    There were definitely some issues to take care of this time around:


















    I wasn't able to remove this scratch last time...I'd get another shot at it anyway:






    He had scraped the passenger door in his storage unit and took it to a PDR guy to fix the dents. The jackass volunteered to fix the paint transfer for him. This is what he left:






    PDR guy needs to stick to doing PDR!!!







    First up was wheels, barrels, tires and wells.

    Barrels got cleaned with Tarminator.
    Wheel faces and barrels then got cleaned with Zep Citrus and Megs HW.
    Tires were cleaned twice with Zep 505.
    The wells were cleaned with LATA.


    It was then washed with Megs HW followed by a decontamination wash of IronX paste. It was then blown off with my Master Blaster and checked for true paint condition. This is what I was seeing:









    This was a monster chip, but there were quite a few that needed attending to:





    A big scrape along the edge of the door:








    There were several bird bomb etching marks:








    Hood swirls:





    I don't remember the paint on this thing being so difficult, but it took a bit to figure out what would work best. I ended up going with my TB black wool, 3401 and then a 2-1 mix of M101 to M100. That gave me good correction, but also finished down well too. That was followed by M205 + 3401 + Americana black finishing pad. Here is a reflection shot of the driver's door after that combination:





    The whole car was done that way. I hand polished the wheels with M205 and a microfiber. It was then given a double coat of CQuartz (original). The trim was done with DLux. The tires shot with Opti Bond with my air gun. Here are some inside shots at 1 am:
















    SHAMELESS PLUG, LOL...









    It ended up being only partly cloudy, so I got some good outside shots too:






    Oh, I almost forgot. I hand polished the exhaust tips too and coated them with DLux:











    Here's the PDR screw up after I was done with it:









    Monster chip filled and coated:











    Well, I don't think it looks 12 years old anymore, after my 21 hours of work. Comments always appreciated.

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    Re: My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    You did a fantastic job, the wheels look amazing.

    Excellent write up thanks for sharing.

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    Re: My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    You slayed another one my man! I have a buddy with the same suv but it's a 45. Great driving vehicle and still looks great.

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    Re: My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    Very very nice!

    Stunning reflection pictures, Looks like there's a touch of dust on the corner of your ceiling fan . . . In some of the pictures it almost looks chrome. Beautiful work Richy. Go the 3401/wool combination!

    Interesting looking vehicle, not something we see down this end of the planet.

    Aaryn NZ.

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    Re: My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe@NextLevelDetail View Post
    You did a fantastic job, the wheels look amazing.

    Excellent write up thanks for sharing.
    Thanks so much! You couldn't get the FX35 with the 20" chrome wheels in Canada, but you could from the US, so I ordered them in. IMO they absolutely make the car.


    Quote Originally Posted by fly07sti View Post
    You slayed another one my man! I have a buddy with the same suv but it's a 45. Great driving vehicle and still looks great.
    Thanks Don! The 45 was available with the 20" chromes, but not the 35. I didn't want the V-8, so I specially ordered the wheels out of California at the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaryn NZ View Post
    Very very nice!

    Stunning reflection pictures, Looks like there's a touch of dust on the corner of your ceiling fan . . . In some of the pictures it almost looks chrome. Beautiful work Richy. Go the 3401/wool combination!

    Interesting looking vehicle, not something we see down this end of the planet.

    Aaryn NZ.
    Thanks so much! LOL@ dust. They were so far ahead of their time when they came out. I still love the shape of the hood. It's a very cool view from inside.

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    Re: My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    Looks great, especially for its age. I always liked them. That one still looks new even in terms of style.
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    Re: My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    Quote Originally Posted by pdqgp View Post
    Looks great, especially for its age. I always liked them. That one still looks new even in terms of style.
    Thanks so much! I had always believed they were way ahead of their time styling wise. It still looks progressive I think.

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    Re: My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    Quote Originally Posted by richy View Post
    Thanks so much! You couldn't get the FX35 with the 20" chrome wheels in Canada, but you could from the US, so I ordered them in. IMO they absolutely make the car.



    Thanks Don! The 45 was available with the 20" chromes, but not the 35. I didn't want the V-8, so I specially ordered the wheels out of California at the time.



    Thanks so much! LOL@ dust. They were so far ahead of their time when they came out. I still love the shape of the hood. It's a very cool view from inside.
    nice neighborhood and correction detail.

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    Re: My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    Not bad for a 12 year old ride...just kidding! It came out great!!!! Looks like it did the day you got it, maybe a little better! Great write-up. Thanks for posting!
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    Re: My 12 year old baby is back: 2004 FX35

    Quote Originally Posted by GSKR View Post
    nice neighborhood and correction detail.
    Thanks kindly on both accounts!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzle Chest View Post
    Not bad for a 12 year old ride...just kidding! It came out great!!!! Looks like it did the day you got it, maybe a little better! Great write-up. Thanks for posting!
    Thanks man!! When I started detailing for others over 12 years ago, I got business from the Infiniti dealer based on how my car looked every time I took it in for something.

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