Mini Cooper S R53 - 1 Step & Road Rash repair

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  1. JPerrydore

    JPerrydore Birth of a Detailer

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    This is one of my sister's friends cars. He takes part in Mini's on the Dragon each year in North Carolina. He is there actually right now.

    He had some sever road rash on the front of his Mini. Upon initial inspect I actually told him he should look into a repaint. But he was just looking to get it looking better. So, I told him I'd attempt some Dr. Colorchip and 1 step polish to the whole car. To my surprise the Dr. Colorchip did a really great job.

    Products Used:
    DP Extreme Foam - in two bucket wash and foam cannon
    Dawn - in wheel bucket and foam cannon
    Megs Super degreaser - diluted 4:1 for tires and wheel wells
    Iron-X - used for rims and paint decontamination
    D300 - used with LC orange pad and Megs MF cutting disk
    Blackfire Wet Diamond Paint Sealant
    Dodo Supernatural
    Pinnacle Black Onyx Tire Gel
    Megs Window Cleaner
    Poorboy's Trim Restorer
    P21s metal polish
    ONR - Diluted to clay lube strength

    Equipment Used:
    Karcher Pressure Washer
    3 - 5 gallon buckets
    PC 7424xp
    4 inch orange LC pad
    Megs MF Cutting disk
    Speedy Prep Towel - used to clay
    Microfibers
    Various brushes - daytona wheel brush, raceglaze XL brush, rim brush, tire brush, and small raceglaze brushes
    Cobra Tire Applicator
    Pinnacle foam applicators - for applying trim restorer and tight areas for sealant & wax
    0000 Steel wool - used for exhaust tips

    My application for the Dr. Colochip was some what unconventional. I started by polishing the whole car first. Then did the dr. colochip last. I started by wiping everything down with eraser to ensure a clean surface.

    After I attempted to fill in the holes and road rash with the little brush and toothpicks and it was just taking way too long. So, I decided to do a small area using a different method. I dipped my gloved finger into the paint, and rubbed it onto the paint in all circular motions. I allowed it to dry and then used the sealact that they provide to remove the excess paint. To my surprise it worked great.

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    Thanks for viewing!
     
  2. Jumbo Jet

    Jumbo Jet Jedi Nuba

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    Looks great.
     
  3. Lopealle

    Lopealle Jedi Nuba

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    Nice work
     
  4. Mr. Hyde

    Mr. Hyde Any Rag Vehicle Washer

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    Colorchip did a pretty good job! I love those little mini's. Think they'd be pretty fun to drive for a go kart.
     
  5. Wheelz25

    Wheelz25 Jedi Nuba

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    One of my customers had me detail his car this past sunday for the the yearly trip to the Dragon as well....he said there was gonna be around 800 minis there this year.

    Nice job on the car!...I used wolfs trim guard on the plastic this year...interested to see how it holds up...not much seems to hold on the trim of these minis.
     
  6. MartinD

    MartinD DB Certified Manufacturer

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    Looks great - good job bringing it back!
     
  7. Socal Brian

    Socal Brian DB Forum Supporter

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  8. P1et

    P1et Official DB Moderator

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    Nice work! But what are you those two extra little tailpipes for?
     
  9. sfarnon

    sfarnon Virgin Detailer

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    Thanks for your post . I have an 05 mini.....Astro black and my hood is loaded with those Dragon marks. I will give your suggestion a try? Can you tell me about the head lights?
     
  10. 604_Snooze

    604_Snooze Obsessive Detailer

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    Nice finish. Looks like everyone is using D300 with mf cutting pad nowadays.
     

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