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    Subaru Impreza WRX Paint Correction & Opti-Coat Pro by Mr. Sparkle Detailing - Long Island, NY

    Recently was contacted concerning a 2013 WRX that was in need of attention. The owner wanted his currently swirly paint to look as good as possible with a pro coating to offer protection going forward. After discussion some options, we agreed to a multi step paint correction followed by Opti-Coat Pro

    No photos of the initial wash & decon but the paint was pretty rough. CarPro TRIX & IronX on the paint followed by Clay Magic Blue. The wheels were done with Sonax FE (with brushes), rinsed and then gone over with Tarminator (by hand with MF towel). I also polished the exhaust tips with S100 polishing soap and much like the wheels, went over once more with Tarminator

    Taped off the trim and really got a look at the paint under my LED lights. It was a mess! That's what you came for isnt it?! Let the horror show begin!

    The hood






    Closeup





    Did a couple test spots and ultimately found a nice 2 step combo that got me where I wanted. Some areas definitely had to be gone over repeatedly but for the most part the car was done with

    Flex 3401 / Griots DA / Porter Cable (6in - 5in - 3in pads) + Megs MF cutting pads + Shine Supply Classic Cut

    then

    LC White + Opti-Coat Primer Polish


    A good look at the test spot. Note the shallow angle. I find on metallic paints this is the best way to visualize defects. Inspection under LED lighting of course









    Got settled in for the long road ahead (fenix headlamp & mp3 player) then got to work





    I will mention that this paint was a bit soft but the bigger issue was the stickiness. I've heard others complain and not encountered it that bad. This Subie had it. Any heat during cutting and the wipe off was BRUTAL. Tried a few things and it wasn't the polish or the pad or the air conditions. Just the paint. Everything behaved nicely on the glass - which I also quickly polished along the way. I had to consistently prime the pad with a mist of ONR solution to keep the temps down. Even still here and there I would need some help from CarPro Eraser to get it clear. This was more during the initial defect removal and not the finishing polish

    Enough geek talk - show starts now


    The hood AFTER









    Passenger door

    BEFORE





    AFTER








    Quarter Panel

    BEFORE





    AFTER






    Trunk lid (rear facing - closeup - this area barely fits a 3in pad)










    Driver Door











    Tailights too...













    After all that - vehicle was very dusty. Brought to the wash area and rinsed with DI water then dried with the finest Korean microfibers

    Tires dressed with Blackfire Total Eclipse tire shine spray. Final prep with CarPro Eraser. Applied Opti-Glass Pro to all exterior glass. Opti-Coat Pro applied to all exterior paint, exterior trim, exhaust tips and wheel face



    Registered the 5yr warranty with Optimum Polymer Technologies and took glamour shots


















    Also in the shop at the time was a 2015 Mustang GT awaiting pickup after install of Xpel Ultimate paint protection film and Blackfire Wet Diamond Sealant






    Reporting from the home of the swirl free finish here in West Babylon, New York


    Long Island Auto Detailer: Mr. Sparkle Detailing



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    Re: Subaru Impreza WRX Paint Correction & Opti-Coat Pro by Mr. Sparkle Detailing - Long Island, NY

    Beautiful work man.

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    Re: Subaru Impreza WRX Paint Correction & Opti-Coat Pro by Mr. Sparkle Detailing - Long Island, NY

    Very nice job my friend

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    Re: Subaru Impreza WRX Paint Correction & Opti-Coat Pro by Mr. Sparkle Detailing - Long Island, NY

    Great job man! Great pictures as well.

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    Re: Subaru Impreza WRX Paint Correction & Opti-Coat Pro by Mr. Sparkle Detailing - Long Island, NY

    thanks for the comments guys!
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    Re: Subaru Impreza WRX Paint Correction & Opti-Coat Pro by Mr. Sparkle Detailing - Long Island, NY

    Great job. I did a world rally blue one on Saturday. I thought that with my Cyclo dual head I won't get the heat issue as much, but I did and also had the sticky problem on my test spots, what a nightmare. As you mentioned though, regular ONR mist on the pads and it was alot better, and yes typical Subaru soft paint

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    Re: Subaru Impreza WRX Paint Correction & Opti-Coat Pro by Mr. Sparkle Detailing - Long Island, NY

    Always like to see your work bro, awesome job and your new shop looks amazing!

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    Re: Subaru Impreza WRX Paint Correction & Opti-Coat Pro by Mr. Sparkle Detailing - Long Island, NY

    Lol..."Come with me if you want to sparkle"

    Awesome job!
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