This XR8 came to me all the way from Whyalla, as anyone who has ever owned a BA Falcon will attest to the paint on the top sections of the vehicle tend to fail and fail quite rapidly. Here is what I had to deal with when the vehicle arrived.
The paint on all the upper surfaces was heavily oxidised and producing virtually zero gloss or reflections. In my opinion oxidisation of the clear coat on modern paint is the early stages of clear coat failing and will likely return over time even after paint correction. The brief from the owner was to make it look as good as possible and extend the original paint’s life as much as I could with the understanding that the clear coat may continue to oxidise into the future.
A standard wash with Optimum No Rinse was carried out along with a clay bar treatment before breaking out the polisher to decide on a combination. Being so heavily oxidised I opted for a Flex 3401 with the forced rotation, spinning a Lake Country Purple Foamed Wool pad along with Carpro Clear Cut as my compound of choice. Starting on the bonnet this combination produced exceptional results.
A few 50/50 shots from the passenger side of the vehicle during the compounding stage.
Once the compounding was complete it was onto the second step for the paint correction or cut and polish, I chose to refine the paint and up the gloss with Concours Morph Polish on a red Shinemate pad, on completion the panel was cleaned with Carpro Eraser to remove all polishing oils and leave the paint super clean to accept the ceramic paint coating.
Onto the final step applying the ceramic coating to help lock in this dripping glossy finish, I opted for Cquartz UK edition which is a high content SiO2 ceramic paint protection coating with extreme gloss and a life span around 2 years.
Annnddd for the finished shots.