Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pontiac GTO Judge - Multi Stage Paint Correction revival detail

This is a project we completed some time ago, but I decided to revisit because it showcases perfectly, what is possible from a restorative standpoint. True paint correction is an art, a skill built on patience and years of experience honing the craft. It is not a time friendly process, in fact quite the opposite as a skilled technician might spend 40-50 hours reviving a paint finish. Many "detailers" claim to do it, but a select few do it with such precision, that the end result is many times better than what the manufacturer turns out from the factory. This particular Pontiac GTO Judge was brought to us as a result of years of neglect from improper maintenance, washing, and drying. The black paint was absolutely riddled with swirl marks, chemical etching, and RIDS (random isolated deep scratches). Certain panels, the trunk lid in particular appeared to have been agitated with a coarse scrub brush at one point. Through a 3 step machine correction process totaling 30+ hours, beginning with an aggressive cut compound, and ending with a polish containing abrasives as fine as dust, the black paint's rich reflective glow has been resurrected.

The above image is a sample from the initial compounding stage, what we call a 50/50 shot. This is accomplished by running a tape line across a panel, then machine correcting only one side. After the correction is performed, the tape is removed to reveal a crisp picture of untouched vs touched. The difference is quite dramatic!

For the full gallery featuring many shots of before, during, and finally the finished product visit our gallery here:  Pontiac GTO Judge - Multi Stage Paint Correction

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