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Old 06-18-2013, 01:46 AM   #1
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2013 1LE Opti-Coated w/Full Correction

Had my brand new 2013 1LE detailed. It was only 3 weeks old but still needed a 2 step correction (wtf does GM wash these things with before they leave the factory?) then had Opti-Coat applied. Didnt coat the hood because I want it to have a mat look to it.

Greg at Signature Detailing in Hillsborough NJ did the work. It took him about 25 hours over 3 days to complete it.

All I can say is that im blown away at how it came out.

And of course it started pouring about 5 miles from my house on the way home .....

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Old 06-18-2013, 02:04 AM   #2
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What the **** happened to your paint? My 4 year old paint does not have that many swirls.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:34 AM   #3
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Seems there was either a door ding before I bought the car (on pass door) or some PDR work done to it. I have no clue.

I ordered it and tracked it thru its entire build, then had the dealer call me when it got to them. Car was made the first week of May and delivered mid May. The only thing I could think of was that they send the cars out from the factory to get the hood wrap and somehow damaged then. Maybe they wash them there before they put the hood wrap on?
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:58 AM   #4
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One car wash would not do that much damage unles he was washing with a brillo pad.

Looks good now though I love it!
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:08 AM   #5
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What exactly did u use and how?
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:34 AM   #6
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I've seen Greg Gellas' work on detailing forums and he always impresses!

Your car looks fantastic!
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:49 PM   #7
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Wait, what did I use to wash it?

Nothing, I never washed it. Came prepped from the dealer and looked like that.

Greg used a 2 step correction. The first step was a light polish and decontamination. The second step was a full correction a heavier polish/cutter (if im using the correct terminology) Then an IPA wipedown then the Opti-Coat.
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Wait, what did I use to wash it?

Nothing, I never washed it. Came prepped from the dealer and looked like that.

Greg used a 2 step correction. The first step was a light polish and decontamination. The second step was a full correction a heavier polish/cutter (if im using the correct terminology) Then an IPA wipedown then the Opti-Coat.
Other way around, heavy polish or compound first, then a light polish, then opticoat

Either way, you'll be real happy with opticoat!
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:58 PM   #9
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One car wash would not do that much damage unles he was washing with a brillo pad.

Looks good now though I love it!
Take a bath towel to your paint like some dealers do then look at your paint. And that black is going to show every swirl and defect where as other colors like yellow, white, silver hide them very well.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:07 PM   #10
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What the **** happened to your paint? My 4 year old paint does not have that many swirls.
My brand new 13 looked just like that from the dealership.

just did the exact same thing as OP did 3 weeks ago.
Full correction and Opticoat.

looks like a billion bucks now.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:41 PM   #11
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Looks amazing congrats now you have to keep it that way.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:02 AM   #12
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Thx, Just got a MTM foam Cannon and Chemical Guys Honeydew snow foam. Along with 3 buckets and grit guards, along with all the other supporting mods (microfiber towels, mitts etc)

Greg was really good and explained how to minimize swirls on black paint. He said to not move the mit back and forth, just place it on the paint and then kinda wave it back and forth. Then when drying, sheet the water off and then lay a microfiber towel on it and blot it. This way you reduce the chance of contaminants moving along the paint. I hope this advice and the hardness of the opti-coat add to the lower total number of swirls I get this time and will make the paint look better overall.
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