Wheels

Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ (2017)

This 2017 Tahoe LTZ received a pretty comprehensive package:

  • Scratch Free Wash

  • Wheel Off Detail and Coating

  • Decontamination

  • Ceramic Coating

  • Interior Deep Clean

  • Leather Coating

The paint was in fairly poor condition at 60,000 miles. There was extensive acid etching, swirl marks, and RIDS (Random Isolated Deep Scratches) throughout.


Wash

First up was a foam bath with Chemical Guys Watermelon Foam to remove the majority of the dirt and road grime. Since it was threatening rain, I just wanted to get as much of the dirt off as I could before I moved on to a rinseless wash.


Wheels

A wheels off detail is what it sounds like - the wheels are removed so the barrels can be cleaned and coated as thoroughly as the faces.

Meguiar’s Wheel and Tire Brightener, Gyeon Iron Remover and Tar Remover were all used to clean the wheels and tires. Following cleaning the wheels were wiped down with Gyeon Prep to prepare them for coating with CarPro CQuartz DLUX.


Paint Correction

The lengthiest part - as usual - was the paint correction. Black paint is the most rewarding to work on, as you can get awesome, dramatic results; but also the most challenging for the same reason. I settled on Griot’s Fast Correcting Cream with Griot’s Microfiber Fast Cutting Pads and Lake Country Orange Cutting Pads, followed by Griot’s Perfecting Cream with Lake Country White Polishing Pads. The large panels were polished out with the Flex 3401, and 3” pads on the PC 7424 for the curves and pillars.

Unfortunately there were quite a few RIDS that went down through the clear and past the base - reducing their visibility was as much as I could manage for some of them.

This horribleness appeared to be where the dealer had globbed on some touchup paint and then tried to sand it down - apparently with some dry 1000 grit sandpaper. I ended up having to bust out the Menzerna Super Heavy Cut Compound 300 to take care of it.

I was able to remove the vast majority of the acid etching - guessing from sprinkler water. There was only one spot that had gotten entirely through the clearcoat.


Coating

After wiping down the entire vehicle with Gyeon Prep, I moved on to the ceramic coating. CarPro CQuartz UK 2.0 was used, and I had a harder time than usual applying it. It was quite a bit more humid than normal here in OKC, so the window to wipe it off was very short. Too early and it was smeary, too long and it had dried too much and was grabby. After several painful hours the paint was looking DEEP.


Finito

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get any photos in the sun, but it ended up looking VERY good. If properly maintained the coating will last a good two to three years of easy washing and excellent scratch resistance.

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Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (2017)

It’s tough to beat the C7 Corvette for a combination of beauty and aggression - and the Grand Sport just takes it to the next level.

With only 20,000 miles on the odometer I expected it to be in good condition, and wasn’t disappointed. The owner only does touch free car washes and it’s typically only driven in nice weather, so the paint was in outstanding condition. The customized package was for a full interior and exterior clean and ceramic coating of wheels, paint, glass, and leather.

If you’re interested in treating your car like the valuable investment it is, look at our packages here and get in touch!


Intake Photos


Tires and Wheels

I always start with tires and wheels, and these were pretty rough. This is when having a variety of different brushes and cleaners is key. We had planned for a wheels off detail, but the owner didn’t have the jack pads installed and I didn’t want to risk damage to the runners. After the everything was clean and dry the tires were dressed with Meguiar’s Silicone-Free Hyper Dressing.

Meguiar’s Super Degreaser and Wheel and Tire Cleaner, Gyeon Tar Remover, and a variety of brushes

The first step was removing the rim tape. Again, this is where having good tools helps.


Rinseless Wash

A Rinseless Wash is my go-to when the vehicle is already relatively clean. Meguiar’s Rinseless Wash and Microfiber Towels make an excellent combination.


Interior

The interior received a deep clean - carpet extraction was unnecessary, so a vacuum, thorough wipe down of all surfaces, and leather decontamination set the stage for leather coating.

Matte - the way leather should look.

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Note the denim transfer on the side bolster.

Denim transfer gone.

Shiny leather = oils and dirt.

Matte = clean and healthy.

Matte = clean and healthy.

Gyeon LeatherCoat Q2 applied for at least 3-6 months of protection.


Engine Bay Detail

As with the rest of the car, the engine bay wasn’t horrible - a wipe-down with All Purpose Cleaner took care of most of it. All rubber seals were treated with a Pflege Gummi Stick to keep them moisturized and assist in avoiding cracking.

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Paint Coating

Applying ceramic coatings is unlike any other protectant - you have to be careful, methodical, and pay close attention to curing time. Prior to coating it’s vital to remove all contaminants - for this I use a NanoSkin AutoScrub Fine Wash Mitt lubricated with NanoSkin Glide. This works like a claybar, but much faster, reusable, and less marring to the paint. It removes bonded contaminants like tree sap, residue from water marks, rail dust, and road grime.

The final step before coating is a wipe down with Gyeon Prep. This removes any chemical contaminants left behind after washing and using the Nano Mitt.

Finally ready to coat, I used CarPro Cquartz UK 2.0 for the paint and glass, and CarPro Cquartz Dlux for the wheels.


D-U-N Done Son

All in all it was about a 7 hour detail. It’s always a joy working on performance cars, and this one turned out beautifully.

After cleaning, 000 steel wool, and compounding

It’s the little things…

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Honda Odyssey

This late-model Honda Odyssey totes two adults and four kids around, and so had the usual amount of work to be done. A full interior, exterior, and wheel detail was on tap, and a one stage AIO (all in one) polish and wax.


Interior

I started with the interior - the seats in the Odyssey vans come out pretty easily, which made cleaning the carpets and chairs much easier.

The carpets were cleaned with our Bissell Big Green Extractor and Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner. We removed the trim pieces over the seat latches for thoroughness. The leather was deep cleaned with Gyeon Mild Leather Cleaner. Hard surfaces were wiped down with Meguiar’s Interior Cleaner and Glass Cleaner.

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Wheels and Tires

After the interior was complete, the wheels and tires were cleaned with Meguiar’s Degreaser, Tire and Wheel Cleaner, and Gyeon Iron Remover. With the combination of narrow and wide spokes, a few different brushes were used. The tires were then dressed with Meguiar’s Silicone-Free Dressing.

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Paint Correction

Menzerna’s 3 in 1 AIO is an outstanding product - it pairs well with Lake Country pads and wipes off easily. It can do some pretty good correcting with heavier cutting pads while still finishing with no hazing. After a test spot I settled on the 6.5 inch Lake Country Force Hybrid Orange Pad on the Flex 3401 buffer.

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I also used 3” pads with a heavy cutting pad and Menzerna Super Heavy Cut Compound 300 for some heavier RIDs.


Engine Compartment

The engine compartment was mostly just dusty, so some All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser did the trick.

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Both and I the client were very happy with how it turned out - huge improvement from where it was!