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While @ RAM AUTO working on Andy's Caprice, Rodger asked me to take a look at the Lexus. I performed a test spot on the hood and sent him a picture. And, the rest is history.

Wash: P&S Absolute Rinseless wash
Clay: Nano skin glide + The Rag Company Ultra Clay towel. I did use a clay bar on the passenger window, there was some stubborn contamination.
Wheels and tires: Gtechniq W5 Citrus all Purpose cleaner diluted 17:1 in an iK foam 1.5 and the leftover rinseless wash. No tire dressing because racecar things.
Polish: The last cut compound + Buff n Shine Urofiber 50/50 pad. I used a Lake Country MF Cutting pad on the rear section of the roof.
Refine and Protect: Rupes Uno Advanced + Rupes yellow foam. This is an all in one product that provides some 'correction' and leaves behind an Si02 based layer of protection.
Glass: Windshield was polished with the last cut and a urofiber pad ( this is more for deep cleaning than 'correcting' ). All glass was treated with Diamond Protech's Diamond Glass (nano diamond coating ). Windshield was given a second application to ensure coverage and longevity.

Machines: Milwaukee 15mm Dual Action polisher for the 'cutting' step, Rupes HLR15 for the finishing step, Mirka AROP312-B 3" polisher.
All battery operated machines, it's nice not to worry about a cord.
I measured the paint, most panels were 10+ mils which means there was plenty of material for a 'cutting' step. TLC is a pad dependent product so it is more mild than a dedicated compound.
The driver 1/4 panel and the roof were lower at around 4-6 mils. For reference, this is all 3 layers: primer, color/base and clear. New vehicles start out with around 4-5 mils of paint and once you have readings lower than 3.5, you want to be very careful as the paint is thin. #1 objective is to save as much clear coat as possible.

Before pictures are after the wash and clay steps:

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This is the passenger side of the hood, if you look at the lower left light reflection, doesn't look to bad, right ? That was the test spot:
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Here is the middle of the hood:
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On to the after shots:

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Yes, the lower section was taped off to leave the rubber. Sentimental value + I did not want Rodger to feel bad about adding rubber back to the area.
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Thank you to SRT41320 SRT41320 for trusting me with another vehicle. Tagging Broke EF Broke EF so that he can see his creation in all it's glory.

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Holy shit, that car actually cleans up good. Great job man!

Thank you. The paint quality is actually pretty good. Some areas have a little texture, that shows it's not OEM paint, but the body shop(s) did not skimp on material.
I was pretty pleased with the results.

Nice work broski

Thanks Shawn !
Great work, the car really cleaned up.
Thank you
Nice work Gav, as always dude 😎
Thank you
Pics do not do this work justice! It came out amazing! Thanks again Gav!
Thank you, Thank you. The color should really pop in the sun. I will leave the glamour shots to Mook Mook and his fancy phone.
God damn, such an improvement. Fantastic work as always!
Thank you !
 

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