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    Wes_R + Testarossa [126 pics]

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    Hi everybody,

    First off I want to say a big thank you to Sakimano for recommending me to the owner of this car.



    Basically Sakimano had seen one of my other write ups and was impressed enough to recommend me to one of his co-workers which led to this detail. I received a call from the owner wanting to set up a full detail prior to putting it into storage. It was already cutting it close as the only available date I had was in the second week of Dec. ..... but who can say no to a Testarossa and wait until spring(not me ). A cool thing about this detail was I got to drive the car since the owner wanted me to pick it up and drop it off when done, I have to mention while driving the car in the beginning I was a little nervous lol.

    Any way this detail happened in Dec. 09 and I am now finally able to share it with you. Hope you like it



    Here she is








    lol yes that is a dog biscuit


    In defense of the owner he said it was I while since it was detailed and the last time it was just a quick job




    So getting started I dusted the car down to get in the tight areas. At the time I was using a Megs Slide Lock Brush but it gave out on me and I had to take what was left and wrap it in a rubber band, but it still did the job










    I then vacuumed the entire car




    Then gave everything an APC wipe down




    At the same time I used my foam stick to get in the tight areas that my fingers couldn't reach






    Got in the tight areas of the prancing horse on the hood and trunk latch and here are some before and afters

    Before


    After


    Before


    After




    Got in the even tighter areas with a q-tip










    Had to scrub a few areas with the fine side of my Triple Duty Brush like...

    The cassette tape holder buttons


    And the "PRESS" on the seat belt

    Before


    After

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    Scrubbed the door sill


    And the pedals, no dressing was applied after the clean up as common sense is I don't want the pedals slippery

    Before


    After




    Pretty much everything in the interior is leather. So I leather cleaned and conditioned everything... the seats, dash, doors, and roof

    Gliptone was what I used


    Scrubbing away with my leather brush


    Leather conditioned by hand and massaged it in to the leather


    Doors


    Seats


    Roof


    I let it soak in for a bit then wiped off the remainder for a nice natural finish.



    Did I mention it was cold!!!



    Brought the tool bag, owners manual, and jack inside for a cleaning.

    Tool bag was dirty and disorganized


    Cleaned up the bag with some APC and the tools as well


    Clean and organized


    Leather cleaned and conditioned the owners manual bag


    Cleaned the bag the held that jack etc and wiped down the jack and tools

    And here they are ready to go back in the car




    I took these pics at the final end of the detail but felt it was appropriate to put them here. These are the finished pics of the interior.






















    Now getting started on the exterior I start off with the wheels.

    P21s Wheel Gel was used to clean the rims which is non acidic


    Let the rims soak while I attended to the engine bay




    I didn't get to aggressive on the engine bay but still did the best I could. Here is a before and after pic

    Before


    After (still a little wet from the dressing)


    Artsy fartsy shot
    Last edited by Wes_R; 01-26-2011 at 06:23 AM.

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    Moving on to the rims

    Getting in the inner barrel with my handleless EZ brush


    Behind the rim


    Cleaned the rim face with a micro fibre mitt


    And used a foam stick to get in the lug nut area




    Rinsed down the car


    And sprayed on Prep Wash to strip off any silicones


    Then washed the car using the 2 bucket method and a natural sea sponge




    Rinsed my sponge off in the water only bucket after every panel or a half a panel


    Dryed the car off and brought it in to clay bar it.



    Riccardo Clay was used


    Pretty contaminated




    Measured the paint to see what I was dealing with. The owner had told me that the whole car had been repainted














    Masked off the rubber trimmings




    And here is what I was up against under 500w halogen lighting


    Did a quick test spot to find a combination that worked and here are the results


    Now for a few before and afters of the body panels

    Before


    After


    Before


    After
    Last edited by Wes_R; 01-25-2011 at 10:22 AM.

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    Before


    After


    Before


    After


    Before


    After


    And a 50/50 shot


    Single stage paint really clogs my pads up so I had to change them frequently


    All the tight areas my rotary couldn't reach I did by hand with on orange lake country pad and M105 then a white pad with M205. They did not end up perfect but still a huge improvement to how they were before




    This was a full paint correction so the few deeper scratches I wetsanded with Micro Mesh sand paper to either round off the edges of the scratch to make it less apparent or to completely remove the scratch.

    After all the compounding and wetsanding I finally jeweled the paint with a white Lake Country pad and P085rd. Here is a shot of me jeweling the paint.


    And the results of my work










    Unmasked the car




    Dusted it down and got in the tight crevices.

    Gave it an alcohol wipe down to clean off the polishing oils




    Then double check my work with my 3M Sun Gun


    Perfect




    Applied Swissvax Concorso




    While the wax was curing I attended to some other areas

    Sealed the rim with Poorboys Wheel Sealant


    Dressed the tires with Blackfire Long Lasting Tyre Gel which after being left on for awhile then wiped off leaves a beautiful finish


    Here is an after pic of the tires and rim


    I couldn't get the exhaust perfect but still made an improvement.

    Before


    After
    Last edited by Wes_R; 01-25-2011 at 01:38 PM.

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    Now finally after 50+ hrs of work, -10 weather, and the first snowfall of winter here are the finished pictures.

    First up some shots of the sun on the paint




































    And my last 3 favorite pics.








    I delivered the car to the customer right after taking the pics. Even though it had snowed the roads cleared up and it was a beautiful sunny day(remember for the Toronto/GTA guys it was a real mild winter for 09/10). I looked like a nut though driving the shiniest Testarossa you ever seen in December, and did not now how to hold my face with everyone staring lol.

    Hope you enjoyed the write up!

    Wes

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    Veteran Member Four Rings ahcow's Avatar
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    Nice work!
    When should I book a time with you for spring? Say around early May....
    2010 S4, Brilliant Black, Magma Red Nappa, S-tronic, Nav, Sports Differential

    Mods: Strat Intake, 35% Ceramic Tint, RS5 Pedals, BE GTS-AV, Hawk pads, Alu Kreuz, Vag-com, APR Exhaust

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    Veteran Member Three Rings Crucible35's Avatar
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    That is awesome, great work! ......bet you were hearing the Miami Vice theme in your head during the whole process.....I did just looking at the pictures!

    Do you ever allow people to watch you work?? Like watching an artist at his easel.
    Bone Stock....'til I get my next one. Gots me some cool tips tho!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahcow View Post
    Nice work!
    When should I book a time with you for spring? Say around early May....
    Thanks!
    Sent you a message.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crucible35 View Post
    That is awesome, great work! ......bet you were hearing the Miami Vice theme in your head during the whole process.....I did just looking at the pictures!

    Do you ever allow people to watch you work?? Like watching an artist at his easel.
    lol I didn't really get into Miami Vice, I'm more of a Knight Rider guy. I don't really do well with people staring at me(drives me nuts), but if your interested to learn I could teach you for the right price.

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    looks awesome!

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    Established Member Two Rings bluerocket's Avatar
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    Wes, That is some amazing work you did there. The car looks gorgeous! I will certainly be coming to see you come spring time!!

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    got to meet Wes today. going to book an appointment for a full detail soon.

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    One of the wrenches in the tool kit is backwards! Give him his money back!

    Seriously, beautiful restoration though!
    Current: 2008 Ibis White Ti S-line A4 Avant 2.0T 6MT
    Black Alcantara S4 Recaros | RS4 Grill | S4 Mirrors | JHM Short Shifter | RNS-e + OEM BT | BBS CH reps | Michelin PSS | KW V2 | F+R S4 Brakes | RS4 Sway Bar | 034 RSB End Links | APR Stage 1 Tune | JHM Downpipe | B7 S4 Exhaust | Apikol Snub + Differential Mount | 034 Street Density Motor + Trans Mounts

    Past: 2005 Brilliant Black A4 Avant 1.8TQMS | 2004 Arctic White S4 Avant

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolgraymemo View Post
    looks awesome!
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by bluerocket View Post
    Wes, That is some amazing work you did there. The car looks gorgeous! I will certainly be coming to see you come spring time!!
    Looking forward to it :).
    Quote Originally Posted by naemcivic View Post
    got to meet Wes today. going to book an appointment for a full detail soon.
    Looking forward to it also!

    Quote Originally Posted by phil@detailersdomain View Post
    looks good
    Thanks Phil.

    Quote Originally Posted by PNW Avant View Post
    One of the wrenches in the tool kit is backwards! Give him his money back!

    Seriously, beautiful restoration though!
    LOL Thank you!



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