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    Default 2013 Jeep: Ridden Hard & Put Away Dirty!

    This Jeep, on paper, should be an easy job given the year, right? Well, not so fast. For starters, some idiot keyed it on the driver's door which was going to take some serious time to try to correct. And it was just plain dirty. Good for a Jeep I suppose, but a lot of work for me washing it when it was in the 30's!! (I'll share a marvelous invention to help with that a bit later...) I knew this was going to be a big job and quoted 10-14 hours. It was getting OG for protection.


    Let's see what we were dealing with here:









    It usually takes me about an hour to do the wheels, wells and barrels. Having to remove the spare and the big areas to clean in the wells bumped this up to just shy of 2 hours!


    Scratch Pic on dirty door:















    The barrels of these wheels took more effort than normal to get pristine. I had to do an extra step with wheel acid to bite into it.

    Barrels and faces got treated first to Tarminator.
    That was followed by Car Brite Wheel acid on both.
    That step was followed by Zep Citrus to clean and neutralize the acid.

    The tires were cleaned twice with Zep 505.

    The wells were cleaned with LATA.


    Here is a wheel just having been cleaned:





    I had mentioned above about the "secret weapon" for washing in the cold. This is it:





    My good friend Heath (aka COOTER) sent these to me last year as well as a pair for Carlos. They are called Seal Skinz. I tried inserting a link, but their page wouldn't load. Just google sealskinz and you'll find them. I had these on for over an hour in and out of the wash bucket, etc and my hands were dry and warm. The interesting thing was that I could feel the heat of the hot water through them, but not the cold. I love these things!!!! Heath, thank you once again my friend!

    This Jeep was so dirty, that even spending over 2 hours washing it up it looked so much better. Here it is still wet and brought inside to get the heater going. The next step was the CarPro elastofoam block.



    Now it was cleaned and decontaminated, I could inspect the paint for all the sins, not just the nasty scratch. Here is what I was dealing with:

    From far away, it looked pretty good.




    How will it stand up to my "Going before God" lights??









    And some light scratches on both doors on the passenger side too:




    SCRATCH REPAIR:

    It was Friday night and I wanted to lay the paint down in the scratch and give it as much time as I could to harden prior to sanding it. Here it is after being filled with touch up paint:






    I deliberately laid down a fair amount of paint b/c I wanted to make sure it got down deep into the scratch and filled it entirely.


    The next afternoon I proceeded to sand it by hand with 2000 first followed by 2500. I then used my GG 3" polisher with a 3000 grit disc to even the area out. Here it is after sanding:









    The bonus of ending your sanding with 3K grit is that it is quick and painless to compound out those marks. I kept taking paint readings throughout the process. The sanding marks were eliminated with my Flex 3401 + TB black wool + M105. That was followed up with Flex + white B/S + Opt Hyper Polish. I forgot how much I like the product and dislike the sprayer, LOL. The end result wasn't perfect, but in my humble opinion it was a very good transformation. Here is the end result under the discriminating inside lighting. Compare that to the outside shot later, there is a difference.


    Here's a few at different angles:











    Paint Correction:

    The rest of the paint got the same 2 steps although the fenders and sides of the body at the fenders were done by my Dyna with 4" pads (yellow and white). Here's the back all done being polished prior to the trim being done. The rear wheel was replaced after the trim got coated.



    Trim:

    The trim on these is a big deal and what a great vehicle with which to try my new beta version of the DG trim coating. This one spreads easier which is one of the issues I've had with it. I spread it via a demoted mf (rough grade). Here's a 50/50 shot of the running board:






    Coating:

    As mentioned, the paint got coated with Opti Guard as well as the wheels. The glass also did other than the windshield which received 2 coats of the Optimum Pro Glass coating.

    The tires and wells were shot with DG Wet Shine via my air gun.

    The job came in at exactly 14 hours.

    Here are some inside shots of the finished product:












    Bye, bye marks on hood!!




    And a close up of the "Flawless Reflection", LOL.




    Passenger side scratches gone:












    And now for some outside shots. You can tell I was happy about how it came out due to the number of shots, LOL.














    Some Reflection Shots:








    The key scratch? Well it looks a lot better outside. They were very, very happy with the outcome.




    A closeup of the wheel & barrel:









    Thanks for looking. Comments always appreciated.



    I wouldn't need to manage my anger if people would manage their stupidity...

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    You can't touch this! Meticulous work and fine results, sir! So many nooks and crannies to tuck away ... It does appear the SealSkinz' website is down, I am getting 100% packet loss at the destination. Weekend/maintenance maybe?

    EDIT: Site is back up now http://www.sealskinz.com/UK/ The actual chillblocker is at http://www.hanzusa.com/products/wate.../chillblocker/
    Last edited by PerfA_ZN0W; 11-25-2013 at 04:09 AM.

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    Great work Richy!! We're gonna have to start calling you- The Scratch Master!! I'm sure the owner was thrilled when he got it back!!!

    Here's a link from the place I ordered the gloves from.
    http://windows101.com/shop/product_i...oducts_id=1328

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    Great work as always. You are like Picasso with the paint brush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfA_ZN0W View Post
    You can't touch this! Meticulous work and fine results, sir! So many nooks and crannies to tuck away ... It does appear the SealSkinz' website is down, I am getting 100% packet loss at the destination. Weekend/maintenance maybe?

    EDIT: Site is back up now http://www.sealskinz.com/UK/ The actual chillblocker is at http://www.hanzusa.com/products/wate.../chillblocker/
    Thank you very much!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cooter View Post
    Great work Richy!! We're gonna have to start calling you- The Scratch Master!! I'm sure the owner was thrilled when he got it back!!!

    Here's a link from the place I ordered the gloves from.
    http://windows101.com/shop/product_i...oducts_id=1328
    OK, thanks Heath. Anyone who does any wet work in the cold should get a pair!

    Quote Originally Posted by diesel x View Post
    Great work as always. You are like Picasso with the paint brush.
    That's very kind; thank you!
    I wouldn't need to manage my anger if people would manage their stupidity...

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    Excellent work Richy!! Thanks for the link Heath. I'm placing me an order for a pair.

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    very nice my friend!

    i love that colour when it is all cleaned up and coated!

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    Excellent work sir!
    Do yourself a favor and try to find Malco Brake off. It will save a ton of time on those kinds of wheels!

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    Default 2013 Jeep: Ridden Hard & Put Away Dirty!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lambert View Post
    Excellent work sir!
    Do yourself a favor and try to find Malco Brake off. It will save a ton of time on those kinds of wheels!
    Thanks for both.

    And Thank you Marcus & Jeff!


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    What can you say that hasn't been said already, awesome job, your paint corrections & scratch repair are off the chart and I love seeing picture of your neighbourhood!!


 

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