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The Vehicle – Nissan Navara King Cab

The Brief –

This is one of two Nissan Navara’s from a local farm. The vehicle is used as a general work vehicle around the livery yard, to transport feed and bedding. The owner wanted their vehicle to prepared and protected, to keep it looking good and easier to clean for longer.

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The Inspection – First inspections and the Navara ‘looked ok’, with just the paint a little flat and lifeless. Under closer inspection with the Brinkmann Xenon torch, it became apparent that this vehicle had spent most of its life to date being washed with strong Traffic Film Remover. This has caused the paint to dry, hence the loss of gloss from the paint.

The Process –

After checking that the wheels were cool, we first started by pretreating the wheels with Meguiar's Wheel Brightener, cut 10:1 with water (10 parts water) We've found that by mixing the wheel brightener with 10 parts water instead of the normal 4 parts, that we still get good cleaning action, but that the product is a little less harsh. You will need to agitate this weaker mixture of WB with a brush, but the results are excellent.

We then went round with the Gilmour Gun and it's usual mix of Super Snow Foam and Chemical Guy's Maxi Suds II. The foam seemed to be sticking to the verticals of this vehicle more than I've seen on a vehicle before. The arches and lower sills were all treated with Meguiar's Super De-greaser cut 10 parts water to 1. We rinsed off the foam after 5 minutes with warm water from the Steam Cleaner, then followed with a two bucket method using Eurow wash mitts and Meguiar's Shampoo Plus. Rinsed again with warm water from the steam cleaner.

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The rinse water seemed stuck to the panels, refusing to sheet. An inspection with rubbing a hand covered by a bag over the paintwork revealed a fair bit of bonded contaminant, so time to clay. We've started to keep all of the clay in a container of warm water, now that the cold weather is here. We broke out a couple of bars of Sonus Green, and used last touch as lube. During claying the surface of this Navara took on an oily appearance, that I haven't seen before. I am sure that this was the residue from far too many washes with TFR in the past. Claying completed, a quick rinse from the steam cleaner, then back into the unit for drying. We used Sonus towels, and Last Touch as lube. This Navara still not wanting to dry, with the water and last touch smearing badly.

Under the Xenon light of the Brinkmann, and also of the halogen spotlights, damage caused by the Navara’s previous owners poor wash technique..

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This wasn't booked in as a 'Paintwork rectification' job. It was felt that we would not be able to get this vehicle looking it’s best without removing the dead paint caused by the regular Traffic Film Remover washes it had suffered in the past.

We set up one of our PC's with an orange LC pad, and using Menzerna PO106FF set about freshening up the dry and oxidised paint on the Navara. This was not a paint rectification job, where every last defect is carefully polished out, rather removing a layer of dead paint caused through regular TFR washing, restoring a high level of gloss to this almost new vehicle. This vehicle did leave us with random scratches etc still in place.

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After being polished with the Menzerna PO106 Final Finish, we followed with Chemical Guy's EZ Cream Glaze by PC with a blue Sonus SFX pad.

The tyres got a coat of Meguiar's Hyper Dressing mixed 3:1
The wheels got two coats of Chemical Guys Wheel Sealant (1/2 hour apart)
The trim got a double coat of Chemical Guy's New Look Trim Gel.
The glass got polished by PC with Einszett Glass polish, followed by Clearkote Vanilla Moose.

I did all bright work. chrome with the Vanilla Moose glaze, this is a really good product.

After we had finished with the Chemical Guy's EZ Cream Glaze, we applied the first coat of Chemical Guy's M-Tech Sealant by PC using a black LC pad. The EZ-Cream Glaze leaves the ideal surface for this to bond to. After going all the way round the vehicle, Mick buffed off the thin coat of M-Tech residue, while I followed applying a second coat. This second coat, when buffed off, seems to make a huge difference to the protective layer left behind.

Mick buffed off the 2nd coat of M-Tech, while I followed behind applying a coat of Collinite 845IW by PC with a black 4" LC pad.

Just as we'd finished buffing off the 845, the owner arrived to collect his vehicle. To say he was happy with what we had achieved in such a short space of time is an understatement.

The afters -

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