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Turning a CHEAP Paint job into a show car finish | Prelude Build Esp 3

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What's up guys Joe here with episode 3 of my prelude series and probably going to be my favorite episode because we're working on the paint. For those that don’t know me, I am a detailer and have been professionally detailing for 7 years now.
One of the main reasons I chose to buy this prelude over a few others at the time I was looking was because mentioned in the ad it was recently repainted and unfortunately it was one of those cheap Matco type paint jobs, if you've seen a Marco paint job then you'll know what I'm talking about. So the goal of today's video is to remove all this Orange peel and see if we can't turn this cheap paint job into a more of a show car status. If you're not sure what orange peel is or why they call it that well grab an orange and you'll see why. Before I begin let me say this isn't something I'd recommend just anybody doing. unless you have some experience in refinishing or detailing Removing texture by sanding could be quite difficult. Before doing any time of color correction is a great idea to test the paint's thickness to gauge whether it's even safe to do a color correction. The average OEM mil or microns I believe should read around 5-7, anything lower then a 3 is a no go on the buff! As this prelude was recently painted and I was ecstatic that I measured an average of 9 to 10 microns on each panel. When testing each panel check different areas on that panel right down the numbers and you can get the average thickness So normally I'd prefer wet sanding by hand using an assortment of different sanding blocks and grits but I was given a set if indasa sanding disks to test out and this is a perfect opportunity to do that, if machine sanding I'd also recommend using a da palm sander but at the time of filming this my compressor hasn't arrived from Vegas Starting with 1500 then I'll set up to 2k then finish with 3k.

Ok so right here if you at this area you'll notice it looks different then this area right here. This is your texture almost completely leveled and this is partially level texture Think of All These dots or dimples like dips or craters and the flat finish areas are solid ground. since the goal is to remove the orange peel you’d want to sand this a bit more. I started with 1500gt and did a few passes then moved up to a 3k grit to refine the finish. The common rule of thumb for sanding is if I do 5 passes with 1500gt then I'd want to do 10 passes with 3k grit. The most common mistake people make when wet sanding is not refining the finish enough, it takes a bit more time but trust me when it comes time to buff it will be a lot easier to get the results you're after. After we're done sanding it's time to buff, I will be using the maxshine m21 da polisher with a meguiars microfiber cutting pad & M105 compound then ill refine the finish with a red hexlogic polishing pad and meguiars m205 polish.

Check out some of my other #autodetailing videos right here on my YouTube for more information on how I buff a car.


Now that looks a lot better now that the paint has been corrected now are next step is Protecting the car.

At the time of filming this video, I chose to use the new Cquarts uk3.0 ceramic coating. I chose this coating for a few reasons, one it being the new formula or version that just came out and I wanted to see if it was any good, 2nd it is a more costumer based coating it can be easily removed later down the road to apply a different coating to test or learning how to install PPF . I use my car as a test subject before using any products on my customer's cars.

You can check out my review on this ceramic coating coming later on this year.

Cquarts recommends putting a few drops on the applicator then working the product into the panel. I start with side to side passes then finish with up and down passes as my theory is for the last pass to be in the same direction you'd want dirt to travel in this case downward.

The flash time is pretty quick with this coating as I've had others that took longer to flash. When you see this rainbow effect that's when the product has flash or is ready to be buffed off with a microfiber. After each ceramic coating its smart idea to toss away the towels you use to buff of the coating as there’s a possibility the fibers can harden and you can scratch your paint.

Alright, that's it for episode 3, we still have quite a lot to do to get this car where I want it, like JDM once piece headlights, glass sunroof conversion, stereo and sound system, coilovers and much more stay tuned Subscribe to my YouTube and stay luding guys!
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