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Old 09-09-2013, 09:02 AM   #1
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Default 2008 Mazdaspeed3 Paint Restoration

Well, the car has 71k miles and its a 2008, the paint well.. wasn't pretty, swirls, water spots, list goes on. Things i noticed on this car is that i found the paint to be very hard compared to Infiniti, Nissan, Lexus, and Toyota.

Anyways, here is how it went down. Enjoy

Products Used:
- Plastic Razor Blade
- Yellow Foam Applicator Pad
- 2 Buckets
- 2 microfiber washing mitts (one for the wheels, one for the car)
- Lake Country CCS Foam 6.5 Orange Pad
- Lake Country CCS Foam 6.5 White Pad
- Optimum Microfiber Cutting 6.25 Pad
- Optimum Microfiber Polishing 6.25 Pad
- Various brushes for wheels
- DI Fine Grade Clay Bar
- Menzerna Power Lock Polymer Sealant
- Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0
- Meguiar's Gold Class Carnuba Wax
- Meguiar's Tire Shine
- Meguiar's Gold Class Car wash soap (used to wash the car and the wheels)
- Meguiar's M105
- Meguiar's M205
- Invisible Glass

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Wheels
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Dirt stuck into the rubber
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Solution? Soap and plastic razor blade
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And clean
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Dull Paint
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Dirty with water spots
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Door (right corrected, left before)
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Roof (left corrected, right before)
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Roof finished
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Fender
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Doors
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No that is not compound on that little ledge where the trunk closes. Its faded
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Sideskirts
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And 95% done (windows needed cleaning)
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And i just noticed my license plate bulb is out
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Reflections
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Metallic flakes <3
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Thanks for looking!
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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Well, the car has 71k miles and its a 2008, the paint well.. wasn't pretty, swirls, water spots, list goes on. Things i noticed on this car is that i found the paint to be very hard compared to Infiniti, Nissan, Lexus, and Toyota.

Anyways, here is how it went down. Enjoy

Products Used:
- Plastic Razor Blade
- Yellow Foam Applicator Pad
- 2 Buckets
- 2 microfiber washing mitts (one for the wheels, one for the car)
- Lake Country CCS Foam 6.5 Orange Pad
- Lake Country CCS Foam 6.5 White Pad
- Optimum Microfiber Cutting 6.25 Pad
- Optimum Microfiber Polishing 6.25 Pad
- Various brushes for wheels
- DI Fine Grade Clay Bar
- Menzerna Power Lock Polymer Sealant
- Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0
- Meguiar's Gold Class Carnuba Wax
- Meguiar's Tire Shine
- Meguiar's Gold Class Car wash soap (used to wash the car and the wheels)
- Meguiar's M105
- Meguiar's M205
- Invisible Glass

Click the image to open in full size.

Wheels
Click the image to open in full size.

Dirt stuck into the rubber
Click the image to open in full size.

Solution? Soap and plastic razor blade
Click the image to open in full size.

And clean
Click the image to open in full size.

Dull Paint
Click the image to open in full size.

Dirty with water spots
Click the image to open in full size.

Door (right corrected, left before)
Click the image to open in full size.

Roof (left corrected, right before)
Click the image to open in full size.

Roof finished
Click the image to open in full size.

Fender
Click the image to open in full size.

Doors
Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

No that is not compound on that little ledge where the trunk closes. Its faded
Click the image to open in full size.

Sideskirts
Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.


And 95% done (windows needed cleaning)
Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

And i just noticed my license plate bulb is out
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Reflections
Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Metallic flakes <3
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Thanks for looking!

Looks nice. Try the 5.5" pads, you'll find they correct the paint a little quicker and won't use as much product.
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Old 04-06-2017, 04:22 AM   #3
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Looks great. Worth your time and effort. I also like using Menzerna sealant because it really protects the paint.
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