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      01-05-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Detailer's Domain: 1993 Mazda RX7 - an old favorite gets some love!

Subject: 1993 Mazda RX7
Requirements - get it back to NEW like condition and ready for sale


- Wheels were prepped with Sonax Wheel Cleaner and cleaned up with various brushes
- Tires were spritzed down with Adamís All Purpose Cleaner and washed down
- Wheel wells were cleaned up
- Washed with 1Z einszett W99
- Auto Finesse Iron Out
- Wash down and rinsed
- Door jambs were cleaned up
- Nano Scrub AutoScrub
- Dried
- Tires dressed
- Masking
- Paint Measurement
- Compound - Menzerna FG400
- Final Polish - Sonax 3/6 Nano Polish
- Last step - Lusso Oro
- Inspection with Fenix, 3m Sun Gun, Infratech, and natural sunlight
- Wheel wells were cleaned and dressed
- Rubber and Plastics Treated
- Exterior windows and mirrors cleaned and sealed
- Exhaust tips cleaned
- Windows were auto scrubed, cleaned, and sealed

Engine Detail
- Cleaned
- Dressed

- Vac
- Clean and protect dash
- Clean and protect leather
- Clean glass

Products used

Links to products used -

1Z einszett W99
Auto Finesse Iron Out
Auto Finesse Oblitarate
Adam's All Purpose Cleaner
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
NanoSkin AutoScrub System
Menzerna FG400
Sonax Nano Polish 3/6
Collinite 845 Insulator Wax
Adam's Super VRT
Optimum Metal Polish

Adam's All Purpose Cleaner
Adam's Trim and Lug Brush
Adam's In and Out Spray

Auto Finesse Spritz
Auto Finesse Hide Leather Cleanser
Auto Finesse Hide Leather Conditioner

Tools used
Uber Wool Wash Mitt
Uber No Name MF Towels
Griot's 6 inch Random Orbital Polisher
Griot's 3 inch Random Orbital Polisher
Rupes BigFoot LHR 21ES Random Orbital Polisher
Uber Buffing Pads
Defelsko Paint Meter
Fenix TK35
Kranzle Pressure Washer
Cam Spray Foam Canon
2 Grit Guard Buckets with Caddies
Uber Firehose Nozzle
Metro Air Force Blaster


Auto Finesse Spritz was used on the interior bits with great success - take a look at all the dirt and dust it lifted off the RX7's dash and plastics

Interior After


Prep - Engine Bay, Wheels, Tires, Wheel Wells, Pre Soak, Decon, AutoScrub

Engine - Before

Adam's APC
was used to clean up the engine bay

Various Brushes were used to agitate the grime in the engine bay prior to getting rinsed down


After shot

Before shot of wheel

Adam's APC on the tires and wheel wells

Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner in action

EZ-Detail Brush used to agitate the brake dust and grime in the wheel barrel

Rinsing down the wheels, tires, wheel wells

Pre soak - wash


Decon - Auto Finesse Iron Out

NanoSkin AutoScrub

After all that prep work this is what we found

Paint Correction - 50/50 shots of the restoration
Much improvement after Menzerna FG400 and Sonax Nano Polish 3/6

A bunch or scratches on the roof

After shot of the roof

Action shot of the Rupes BigFoot LHR 21ES

Griot's 3rd gen with Meg's MF Cutting Pads and FG400

Results after correction

Finishing touches
Wheels wells after being cleaned up

Adam's Undercarriage Spray was called into action

Pop the headlights and we find years of dirt and grime

Cleaned up

Exhaust tips - left side not touched/right side polished out


Cleaning around the reg sticker

Nice little touches to show the owner cares ; )

After polishing we did a final rinse to remove any of the compound/polishing dust

A blast from the past, we had some Collinite 845 sitting around and figured why not, so nice results from an old friend


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      01-06-2013, 12:40 AM   #2
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Another fantastic, unbelievable job... You guys are miracle workers.

Has there ever been a job that really challenged all of your detailing expertise?
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      01-06-2013, 06:22 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by bmw1racer View Post
Another fantastic, unbelievable job... You guys are miracle workers.

Has there ever been a job that really challenged all of your detailing expertise?
yea i second that! i also wana know if there is anything that you guys cant do :P.

this car looked really bad probably one of the worst iv seen! Must have been one big job!

Bmw 135i Convertable White...
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      01-24-2013, 02:46 AM   #4
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wow awesome job. great resources too
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      01-24-2013, 03:35 AM   #5
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That's a crazy transformation!
BMW 1M VO - Cobb + PTF e-Tune, Akrapovic wireless, MadDad mids, ETS 5" FMIC, ER CP, TurboSmart PB DV's, SSK, CDV, OCC, AWRON Gauge, Hankook RS-3's, Vorshlag Camber plates
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      01-24-2013, 03:48 AM   #6

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Another fantastic job Phil.
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      01-24-2013, 03:57 AM   #7
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I love your threads. Your work is amazing. How much would this service have cost? Truly amazing
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