Over 15 years of washing, drying, along with some previous body shop (or poor detailing) work had left a fair number of swirls, and sanding marks. In addition, many of the original horizontal surfaces seemed to be suffering from UV haziness, turning the once rich black, cloudy and hazy. The contrast between original paint and repainted surfaces was evident through several different tones of black. (click any picture to enlarge)
Although we were initially planning on restoring the Mustang’s black paint with a single stage correction and protecting it with opti-coat, it quickly became evident that a single stage correction would not yield results worthy of being topped with opti-coat. Since we had enough thickness to play with, a more aggressive two stage paint correction was decided on.
We started with a thorough wash and assessed and documented the Mustang’s trouble areas.
As mentioned, we came across a lot of sanding marks remaining in the repainted areas. In addition, the non-factory paint was very soft, requiring a lot of care to not reinstall new swirl marks.
The oxidized areas corrected out nicely, and we got rid of all the previous sanding marks.
All the plastic trim was treated with 303 aerospace protectant, to keep further UV fading at bay. The paint was prepped and Opti-Coated. Car was left to cure overnight.
The results speak for themselves, the Mustang’s aggressive styling was nicely highlighted with the unrelenting shine and mirror like finish.
We got rid of the door ding and scratch on the door without using a single drop of paint! A great case study on the recovery power of a solid paint correction! If you have a vehicle you would like us to look at, drop us a line and follow us on Facebook!