I didn't spend a ton of time documenting the previous damage but did take a few shots that allows you to grasp the extent of how bad it was. This project was going to take a lot of time and I was not going to spend any more time taking typical (how the car gets washed/ect.) shots that everyone's seen. In leu of those shots I focused a bit more on the finer areas.
Every principle involved with a 100k Porsche applies to a $35k Tacoma. If you have any questions on how to work on your own paint correction/restoration feel free to ask.
Probably the best helper I've had through the years. haha
Over the years, emblems will generate some nutty types of visual flaws. They are difficult to clean thoroughly, gather hard water deposits that have air-dried and it's practically impossible to correct around properly. This one was removed.
Emblem came off without being damaged should the owner want to replace it himself.(Dealerships offer replacement emblems with fresh double sided tape for $90. Considering they come with low profile tape that covers 100% of the emblem it is a better option vs removing all of the old tape and reapplying to the emblems. The bottom line is the cost of this detail was so far beyond $90 that it is a non-issue, they just want the restoration done properly)
Restored. Unfortunately, the hard water damage was so deep that there was no safe way to completely remove the traces of damage. I would say it was a 90%+ kind of job. The paint was measuring too thin to safely get any more aggressive.
This does a fine job showing off how difficult it is to see the traces of the old emblem damage. Once the owner saw the rear end he said he liked it better without the emblems.
While I did not do a great job documenting all of the damage this car had, I did take a few great shots to show off the afters. Too much emphasis is placed on hood shots. Bumpers shots are the real deal.(hood shots to come haha) I use halogen lighting for all restoration as LED is terrible for hiding finer damage. These halogens show off as much if not more than you will see in direct sunlight.
Another set of shots that show off the attention to the finer details. Restoring the paint on the engine louvers sucks. It's a real pain moving protective tape countless times and cleaning residue with alcohol. I spent about 2+ hours on the engine louvers for just the first two steps of the correction.
The payoff was worth it.
Direct sun shots are a great tell-tale to how things come out for a resto-job.
When he pulled up and saw it, he lost his mind. He loved it.
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It sucks in the middle of these jobs but knowing what comes from 30+ hours is rewarding(plus the swell pay). Thanks for looking and check out my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/PaintCorrectionPro I've not been able to stay on top of adding new videos as I would like but I have a TON of videos I have taken of many different restoration jobs and once I get the time, I will be adding a bunch of great video.