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Detailed the Taco this Weekend

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 95SLE, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Sep 13, 2009 at 4:15 PM
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    95SLE

    95SLE [OP] Starting to get cold outside

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    I purchase the Tacoma on August 5 and promptly went on vacation August 6th. We did not return until August 18. The Toyota color is Black Sand Pearl, a very striking black.

    Projects and rain stopped me from doing a full detail until this weekend.

    Since the car is new and there were no scratches I decided to just jewel the paint, apply a sealant and apply wax. A pretty straight forward detail. Below is the process used.

    Wash with Zaino car wash Z7
    Claybar with Maguire’s over the counter kit
    Polish with a Porter Cable, PC, set on 6 and using Menzerna POR85RD polish on a blue, no cutting value, pad.
    Isopropyl, IPA, Wipe down
    2 coats of Zaino Z2 Pro sealant, Z2P, about 2 hours apart.
    2 coats of Fuzion, high end boutique wax, 13 hours apart.

    Total time spent was around 13 hours.

    This first pic is my attempt to show the metal flakes in the paint. IMO Toyota has really takes a stock metal flake paint to a new level. When you look at the flakes there appears to be 3 to 4 different colors but I believe that is just the way the light refracts off of the paint and back to your eye.

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    Here are some pics in full sunlight.

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    These pics are in the shade.

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    Overall I am very happy with the outcome and finished look. Fuzion is truly a magnificent wax. When you apply the second coat you can really see the paint pop. The depth increasers tremendously.
     
  2. Sep 13, 2009 at 4:24 PM
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    David Tarantino

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    good work looks great:D
     
  3. Sep 13, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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    tacobell007

    tacobell007 Does that have the v6?

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    good job :thumbsup: sharp looking truck.
     
  4. Sep 13, 2009 at 4:33 PM
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    Incognito

    Incognito μολὼν λαβέ

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    Looks good!
     
  5. Sep 13, 2009 at 4:46 PM
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    HwyRogue

    HwyRogue Resident Canuck

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    13 hours?!?!:eek:

    I washed mine last weekend and just from driving in the city and from sitting in the driveway it's dirty again. I won't spend that kinda time on my truck until I move back to eastern Canada (SK has no damn trees!).

    Pat on the back for you - looks wicked! :D
     
  6. Sep 13, 2009 at 4:48 PM
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    neslerrah

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    great job!
     
  7. Sep 13, 2009 at 5:42 PM
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    95SLE

    95SLE [OP] Starting to get cold outside

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    Thanks for the props guys.


    What can I say. I am into detailing. A normal 3 polish step detail for me takes close to 24 hours. This was a simple detail. When the swirl marks start that is when I need a more aggressive polish and pad combo with a rotary polisher. The PC is a random orbital buffer. When I jewel the finish I only use a PC set on high. Normally jewelling is the last polish step. Think of it as a jeweler polishing a diamond to bring out the depth and clarity. It does the same thing to a paint finish.

    Preparing to polish also takes time.

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  8. Sep 13, 2009 at 6:38 PM
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    wmb67

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    Your work really paid off 95sle... that truck looks great.
    I too am "into" detailing. Not professionally, just a driveway enthusiast. I love getting out there and spending all day making my baby shine.
    Again, kudos to some great work!
    wmb67
     
  9. Sep 13, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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    carmellocafe

    carmellocafe Begin With The End In Mind.

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    Looks great. :thumbsup: Time well spent!
     
  10. Oct 3, 2009 at 5:51 AM
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    Nice detail! Now you need some mods. First things first: The TW sticker ~ PM Bob.
     
  11. Oct 3, 2009 at 5:53 AM
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  12. Oct 3, 2009 at 6:11 AM
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    95SLE

    95SLE [OP] Starting to get cold outside

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    Being a new Taco helps as well. ;)
     
  13. Oct 3, 2009 at 6:31 AM
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    Your work speaks for itself. Nice looking truck! Now you must do an anit-rain dance!!
     
  14. Oct 3, 2009 at 9:00 AM
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