The Saleen Forums at

The Saleen Forums at (
-   Detailing (
-   -   Detailed our 2006 S281 3-valve (

KMG 04-09-2015 01:29 PM

Detailed our 2006 S281 3-valve
Before Pictures
This is actually one of our personal cars we just picked up a few weeks ago. My wife saw this on craigslist and thought she had to have it. Now that the weather is a bit better it is time to bring that exterior back to life. The car is pretty rough and has 127k miles on it.
before picture of the roof. the paint on the car was pretty rough with lots of swirls
picture of the hood, which has lots of RIDS and swirls.
trunk lid and spoiler which are also in very poor condition
passenger door and quarter panel before picture
rear bumper cover and exhaust tips which have a fair amount of carbon build up on them
before shot of the passenger rear quarter
dirt build up around the tail light and rear bumper cover
before shot of the passenger front wheel

KMG 04-09-2015 01:31 PM

The Cleaning Process
The car was washed using the 2 bucket method with Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Clear. After that it was decon'd with Iron X, after being thoroughly rinsed it was then followed up with another wash using a Nanoskin wash mit.

Sonax FE doing its thing
cleaning the exhaust with APC and wheel whoolies
CarPro IX working on removing surface contamination
another shot of IX doing it thing
area around the trunk opening before cleaning
picture of the rear bumper after being washed and decon'd for compounding to start
freshly washed and decon'd car ready to start the real work

The real condition of the paint
condition of the passenger front fender under the LED lights
passenger door before picture. lots of swirls just like the rest of the car
another angle of the same area only below the door handle
scuff marks on the passneger side of the front bumper cover
before picture of the rear bumper cover. the finish really lacks gloss due to the condition of the paint
paint defect on the passenger front fender
before pic of the passenger rear quarter

KMG 04-09-2015 01:33 PM

The Compounding Process
all taped up and ready to start the compounding

taped off for my test spot on the driver side rear quarter
50/50 shot after FG400 on a Megs MF pad
another picture of the same 50/50
before picture between the driver door window and rear window
After picture of the same area
before of the driver side door handle area
after of the driver side door handle area
getting ready to do a 50/50 on the rear bumper
50/50 shot on the rear bumper after compounding
a closer view of the 50/50 on the rear bumper
before compounding on the driver side of the rear bumper cover
after compounding on the driver side of the rear bumper cover
Just finished up all the compounding on the car
me working on applying EZ-creme on the passenger side

KMG 04-09-2015 01:34 PM

After Shots
freshly fnished car with Chemical Guys EZ-Creme and Pete's 53 Wax
the car now has lots more gloss and clarity
tires dressed with CarPro PERL

Saleen1331 04-10-2015 05:50 PM

Nice job!

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Dave 04-10-2015 11:06 PM

Looks great! :cool:

Do my car. :smile:

Firehead 04-11-2015 10:34 AM

Dang! Now I know what need to happen to mine.

KMG 04-12-2015 11:00 PM

I really wasn't try to make it perfect, just buying sometime till I can get it repainted. Thanks for the complements, and if anyone has any detailing questions or needs any product recommendations feel free to ask.

sidvicious 04-19-2015 08:57 PM

Incredible results.

Roadfoolsride 04-20-2015 09:52 AM

Very nice work.

jbone 04-27-2015 06:39 PM

Yes she sure cleaned up nice!

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:00 PM.