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So instead of making some different threads every time we post work, I figured I'd make one thread that will be a living thread (at least as far as we are concerned) where our latest work will be posted.  I saw a thread similar to this a long time ago here and it was a great idea and seemed popular.  I don't recall who's it was, so if you're still here...thanks for the idea and hope you don't mind me stealing it!

 

 

Audi S5 - This thing was pretty hammered when it came in.  So it didn't come back to perfect to keep within the budget for the client.  But from where we started to where we ended up was a huge improvement and the client was happy.  Car was finished in another LSP.

 

This thread will be very photo intensive.  You guys are all welcome to ask questions based on anything you see here and I'll be happy to help out.  So to kick this off I'm going to post some of our previous work and what we did for LSP on each (to the best of my recollection off the top of my head).  Anything finished in other products other than Adam's will be referred to as "other brands" out of respect for who hosts this fine forum for us.  If you want to inquire more, please do so privately.

 

We do have some upcoming work scheduled and some fun projects...so this thread should grow nicely.  We are wrapping that Indian MC this week, we have a few coatings coming up next month so I'll finally be able to do the write up on how to airbrush wheel coating...and some other fun stuff going on!!!

 

Anyway, hopefully y'all enjoy this thread.

 

Audi S5 - This thing was pretty hammered when it came in.  So it didn't come back to perfect to keep within the budget for the client.  But from where we started to where we ended up was a huge improvement and the client was happy.  Car was finished in another LSP.

 

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Dodge Ram MegaCab finished in full ceramic from another manufacturer.  This was a huge truck and took quite a few hours despite being brand new when it came to us.

 

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Dodge Charge SCAT Pack coated in another ceramic coating.  

 

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Ford F-150 finished in another ceramic coating while brand new for a client.

 

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Ford F-250 finished in ceramic from another manufacturer (I promise I have some Adam's ones in here)...

 

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Honda Accord that we aren't sure was ever washed...but turned around.  Finally a before and after.

 

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Honda HR-V finished with some Adam's Paint Sealant and topped with another brand of spray.

 

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Jeep Wrangler Sahara that we removed some graphics from and ceramic coated with Adam's...finally!

 

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Subaru Forester finished in Adam's Sealant and Americana

 

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Subaru WRX finished in ceramic from another company.

 

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Volvo S60 R-Design that's coated in Adam's and maintained by us.

 

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That's what we have for now.  We have some old, old work I could post.  But that's current stuff going on.  We are redoing a Lotus Evora we stripped the ceramic off of to guinea-pig a new product...so that will be done and up soon.  And we have some other cool stuff going on!  

 

Hopefully you guys enjoy this thread!  

 

 

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And here we go...that Indian motorcycle we were working on?  We didn’t forget!  Finally got it all coated before reassembly. One base coat of ceramic and two coats of the top coat ceramic for long durability and superb gloss. 

 

No special lighting was used for these photos. Standard home lighting and the camera flash for some. 

 

We will get this back together this week and ready for delivery...but not until final photos in the sun. So this won’t be the last you’ll see. 

 

If there’s anything we learned from this bike project, it’s that cars are way harder than bikes to work with from every point of view. Only thing smaller is the product used isn’t as much in terms of quantity. Time, resources, patience...all way more needed than a car. Live and learn. 5109F3DB-52BF-4FE4-84F4-C60A1BF33F40.thumb.jpeg.14a6311cca7b532960faf53edcf449b1.jpegFDB6384D-9B84-4A44-8C82-5BA3A0D2A693.thumb.jpeg.d003cd0855da69743da7b971b7a4a812.jpeg1EDBF6F0-720B-49CA-9729-CF8F4D74D76C.thumb.jpeg.b31d127836c2553a40aa9ec67bc22a5c.jpegDC9C603D-489D-4632-871E-F5669A08C304.thumb.jpeg.569c5f1da21e0f985805fc1a4090a586.jpeg975F1544-1C97-4868-A61D-083A9087D818.thumb.jpeg.9da9815eb7291d1459b38bbac1d6d206.jpeg8994BBC4-21FD-4FA7-B0CE-DE7D666188D4.thumb.jpeg.f25bca68ec8161edd26a048f1dccf053.jpeg2D840434-0A40-4AA4-9E71-25EA4CE73A0F.thumb.jpeg.98de5017e846c113c058e61e5dbc688f.jpeg

 

 

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Nice work Shane!  I guess bikes are similar to brass-era cars - you have to work on all four sides of some pieces vs. just the outside of a standard car.

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Thanks for the compliments and the follows guys!

 

We finally had the chance to do some work on my own Lotus Evora to test some new product out.  This one involved two coats of a base layer and two coats of a top layer.  It's all done with the exception of some final touches and spraying their version of Boost on it.  That will happen later this week once it's all done curing.  Along with final photos...but here's some teasers for now.

 

These first photos are after the base coats were applied.

 

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And the final one was after all four coats were applied.  Keep in mind lighting is NOT ideal when these pics were taken.  The lighting in the shop is harsh to show as much defect as we possibly can.  The car still has some light scratches in it but it becomes a dangerous game chasing perfection that most people will never even notice or that won't be visible in all but the harshest light.  It wasn't worth sacrificing that much clear coat to chase something you may not achieve.  These cars are assembled by hand in the UK, so they have their little quirks.  The paint is one of them since I believe they're even sprayed by hand as opposed to machine.

 

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And that's when she shows you her butt!

 

Enjoy!

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24 minutes ago, Red Rambler said:

I for one am thankful for this thread and looking forward to: A ‘71 Nova, a ‘65 Mustang, ‘67 Mustang and a ‘52 Ford truck. :2thumbs:

 

Sorry to tease you, but you’ll have to wait until the third week of April for the Nova...and June 2-3 for the Mustangs and truck. We are going to try to pull off coating all three in a matter of days since we have to travel to do them. But what portfolio pieces they’ll make and they’re already in great shape...

 

They just need some enhancement and prep by us, and patience in laying down the glass!

 

I don’t have pics of the truck, but he just finished building it. 

 

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32 minutes ago, shane@detailedreflections said:

 

Sorry to tease you, but you’ll have to wait until the third week of April for the Nova...and June 2-3 for the Mustangs and truck. We are going to try to pull off coating all three in a matter of days since we have to travel to do them. But what portfolio pieces they’ll make and they’re already in great shape...

 

They just need some enhancement and prep by us, and patience in laying down the glass!

 

I don’t have pics of the truck, but he just finished building it. 

 

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It will be worth the wait, really digging the American muscle.

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It’s been cloudy today and I want to take high res photos in the sun. But you guys can enjoy these quick phone snaps of the Lotus all coated up in four glorious layers of ceramic. 

 

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And here comes some outside shots of the Lotus...

 

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And the Indian MC that we finally got to finish...

 

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And lastly a Honda Civic that came in for a one step polish and sealant...

 

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We finally got that ‘71 Chevy Nova in. This car always comes in clean since it’s not driven much and maintained by us. So no before shots. But here’s some in work shots. All the way through the first coats of the ceramic. The next two coats are the true glossy ones!  The base coats are just that, a base. High res final shots later this week...

 

 

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Posted (edited)
12 hours ago, shane@detailedreflections said:

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Still using that inexpensive LED setup!  The mounts on mine are now a little 'droopy', so I  mount them 'upside down' with the heads below the mount.  

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Nice work, Shane!

 

I know not the place for this, but didn't you have a clinic planned in your area? I can't find the original post, and I'm interested to see any pics.

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32 minutes ago, falcaineer said:

Nice work, Shane!

 

I know not the place for this, but didn't you have a clinic planned in your area? I can't find the original post, and I'm interested to see any pics.

 

Thank you!  We do have one coming up on Saturday. It will be on a small scale. We are expecting 8-10 people. We are jamming out a bunch of work between now and then. This Nova will be on display at it, my Lotus Evora and we will have a Ford F-250 as well. I’ll have the camera batteries charged up and be taking a bunch of photos since we want it to be hands on to let people play with tools and products. It should give us an opportunity to step back and take some photos. 

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3 hours ago, shane@detailedreflections said:

That’s not a bad idea to flip them around. Although at some point I can see ScanGrip D-Match’s in our future...

 

Those lights are great!  Amazon carries Astro Pneumatic lights which are similar, but are 1/2 the price - https://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumatic-Tool-200SL-Rechargeable/dp/B01CHP78TG/ref=sr_1_2?s=hardware&srs=2582526011&ie=UTF8&qid=1524684490&sr=1-2 .  Not sure how they compare though, but the reviews are positive.

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