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    94k Mile 2003 Lexus SC430. The owner frequently drove from Cincinnati to NY to manage fashion shows and the road has done a LOT of damage to the car. Its evident that many panels have been re-sprayed, the orange peel and lack of luster in the clear coat was across the whole car. She didn't have a lot of money to throw at this project, but just wanted a nice refreshed car; repairing the scratches and cleaning the interior.

    The hood and front clip was totally shot-gunned with rock chips. I suggested we just do the ones that are at line of sight from standing level, as the front clip would benefit more from a respray VS doing the hundreds of chips it had. The car was washed and clayed, washed and dried, then moved into my garage for closer inspection. The following images show progress shots.






    The following scratch was DEEP. So I broke out the bondo to fill it first before painting. I used my finger to apply the bondo so as to make it concave to the surface-this would allow me to fill the cavity with paint and prevent the possibility of seeing bright orange bondo when doing any sanding/blending.






    On to the glamor shots, the paint was finished with BlackFire.









    Carpets and dash were scrubbed, the leathe was all cleaned and conditioned with Adams products.




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    Sweet looking job......

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    Thanks, Bill!

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    Nice job!
    How do you like that Blackfire?
    Did you use the paint sealant or the paste wax?

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    great job!

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    Very nicely done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z06-Goose View Post
    Nice job!
    How do you like that Blackfire?
    Did you use the paint sealant or the paste wax?
    99% of the cars I do I use the Sealant, i've only used the paste on 3-4 special cars (ferrari/porsche/NSX). I absolutely love it. It's slick as ice when cured and it lasts soooo long.

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    Looks great.

    How did you get the horn part of the steering wheel to look so great?

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    you do an amazing detailing job TSS. Awesome. that scratch looked like it was never there.

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    Very nice job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jknerr View Post
    Looks great.

    How did you get the horn part of the steering wheel to look so great?
    Adams Leather cleaner and a brush like this:



    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    you do an amazing detailing job TSS. Awesome. that scratch looked like it was never there.
    Thank you, yes that was a home run in my book, especially considering the depth and location on a curved surface!

    Quote Originally Posted by 024mula View Post
    Very nice job!
    thank you!

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