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    2015 STI first exterior detail!

    ***UPDATED PICTURES ON POST 12***

    I picked the car up mid March and decided to order about $200 worth of Chemical Guys products. I want to really prolong the longevity of this paint, since I actually want to keep this car for 5-6 years, as opposed to my every other year car purchase. I've been sticking to basic spray washes until now, since the opportunity to get this done hadn't yet presented itself. This is my first attempt at anything other than a basic wash/clay/NXT liquid wax. Everything was done by hand.
    (Day 1)
    Step 1: Full wheel/tire clean with CG premium wheel cleaner, CG degreaser, and CG citrus wash. The raccoon brush is worth every penny.
    Step 2: Full wash with CG micro fiber sponge and CG Citrus wash
    Step 3: Full clay of all exterior smooth surfaces CG Fine grade clay bar and lubricant
    Step 4: Full CG Jet Seal treatment all smooth surfaces including windows. Lightly spread on face surfaces of the wheel. Let cure over night.
    (Day 2)
    Step 5: Full CG butter wax of all smooth/painted surfaces except wheels and windows.
    Step 6: Finishing touches:
    CG premium trim dressing for plastic bits around the mirrors, windows, rear diffuser, wiper area, and fog bezels. I didn't get the front grills.
    Saturates the tires in Aerospace 303 protectant

    Other tools: Hard bristle tire brush, raccoon wheel brush, soft touch wheel brush, micro fiber applicator pad for sealant, multiple CG soft sponge applicator pads, about 20 micro fiber towels.

    Total time approximately 10 hours.

    I was going to remove the "Subaru" and "AWD" badges, but I didn't have the time. I'll save it for my next wax in a couple months.

    Here are a handful of crappy pictures. It rained all day, so the car had to stay in the garage which made the whole process less fun.

    ***UPDATED PICTURES ON POST 12***










    Last edited by ProZach626; 04-20-2015 at 01:11 PM.

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    Great work!
    You should come over and do mine lol.
    My buddy is going to hand wash mine, then full claybar.
    Then 2 coats of wax. And tire shining.
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    ugh seeing how nice this car looks make me regret my decision on mine lol

    great work though!
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    ^come to the dark side

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    Sweet!

    And wow... what a nice clean, open garage! Seems like I'm always dodging something when working in mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProZach626 View Post
    ^come to the dark side
    noooo I can not!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk_Knight View Post
    Sweet!

    And wow... what a nice clean, open garage! Seems like I'm always dodging something when working in mine.
    haha. Ironically, the garage looks much more clean in pictures, but the car looks much more clean in real life.

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    panit correction??? what no blacklight???? Did you jetseal lights?
    Car looks good I let jetseal cure for ah hour still holds up well over this oh so fun winter
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    Looking good. I started my annual polish and wax this weekend too. I was only able to get the hood, front bumper, and front quarters done before I ran out of time and sunshine. Clear coat swirls really suck and I feel like they are never going away. Hopefully by all this preventative maintenance you are doing, it should help a lot to avoid the problem I'm consistently having. Nice work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProZach626 View Post
    I picked the car up mid March and decided to order about $200 worth of Chemical Guys products. I want to really prolong the longevity of this paint, since I actually want to keep this car for 5-6 years, as opposed to my every other year car purchase. I've been sticking to basic spray washes until now, since the opportunity to get this done hadn't yet presented itself. This is my first attempt at anything other than a basic wash/clay/NXT liquid wax. Everything was done by hand.
    (Day 1)
    Step 1: Full wheel/tire clean with CG premium wheel cleaner, CG degreaser, and CG citrus wash. The raccoon brush is worth every penny.
    Step 2: Full wash with CG micro fiber sponge and CG Citrus wash
    Step 3: Full clay of all exterior smooth surfaces CG Fine grade clay bar and lubricant
    Step 4: Full CG Jet Seal treatment all smooth surfaces including windows. Lightly spread on face surfaces of the wheel. Let cure over night.
    (Day 2)
    Step 5: Full CG butter wax of all smooth/painted surfaces except wheels and windows.
    Step 6: Finishing touches:
    CG premium trim dressing for plastic bits around the mirrors, windows, rear diffuser, wiper area, and fog bezels. I didn't get the front grills.
    Saturates the tires in Aerospace 303 protectant

    Other tools: Hard bristle tire brush, raccoon wheel brush, soft touch wheel brush, micro fiber applicator pad for sealant, multiple CG soft sponge applicator pads, about 20 micro fiber towels.

    Total time approximately 10 hours.

    I was going to remove the "Subaru" and "AWD" badges, but I didn't have the time. I'll save it for my next wax in a couple months.

    Here are a handful of crappy pictures. It rained all day, so the car had to stay in the garage which made the whole process less fun.










    love the details you did. Can I ask you what's a good product(s) to remove fine light scratches and swirl marks? When I bought my wrx , the dealer gave me 30 days unlimited car wash. But the car wash is not the company own, they filtrate with and they use soft bristle for soap. That the only time they use it. The scratches not deep, I can't feel with my fingernail. And that the last time I'm taking to the car wash. And my car is black !

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx1&allcarsR2nd View Post
    love the details you did. Can I ask you what's a good product(s) to remove fine light scratches and swirl marks? When I bought my wrx , the dealer gave me 30 days unlimited car wash. But the car wash is not the company own, they filtrate with and they use soft bristle for soap. That the only time they use it. The scratches not deep, I can't feel with my fingernail. And that the last time I'm taking to the car wash. And my car is black !
    Search Chemical Guys on youtube. They are just one company but if you really want to learn more search out the autogeek forum.
    Take some time to learn the paint correction process. If you remove too much clear coat you will leave the paint susceptible to even more damage. Though a glaze or good polish can help fill in and minimize scratches.
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    I actually had a chance to take some real pictures today. Here are a couple teasers:






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    all that open land and space... love it... solid pics bro... love 'em...
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    ^^ Looks great man, nice work!
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    Thanks, guys. I have a lot of twisty farm roads within 5 minutes of me. That's where she gets to stretch her legs a little.

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