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Old 11-13-2010, 11:30 AM
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Detailer's Domain: Subaru STI - Sticky Paint

Here we have an 06 STI...WOW is all I can say, STICKY Paint!
As Dave has said on a few occasions Subies have some major sticky paint! We have done a few of them in WRB/White/Silver but this is one of the first ones (Black) in which we encounter some really STiCKY paint, everything I put on this turn to paste, and each time we wiped off we would mar and put tiny scratches back in the STICKY and super soft paint.
After about 15-18 hours I really lost track of time we finally got it done.

The exterior is all we worked on with this one.

What was done -

- Wheels were prepped with Sonax Wheel Cleaner and cleaned up with various brushes
- Tires were spritzed down with Adam's All Purpose Cleaner and washed down
- Wheel wells were cleaned up
- Wash down and rinsed
- Door jambs were cleaned up
- Clayed
- Dried
- Tires dressed
- Masking
- 3 Step Paint correction (Meg's M105, Menzerna Power Finish, Menzerna Super Finish)
- Inspection with Fenix, 3m Sun Gun, Infratech, and natural sunlight
- Last Step - Menzerna Power Lock and Lusso Oro
- Rubber and Plastics Treated
- Exterior windows and mirrors cleaned and sealed
- Exhaust tips cleaned
- Windows were clayed and sealed

Products used:
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Lusso Auto Bathe
Adam's All Purpose Cleaner
Uber Yellow Wash Sponge
Uber Clay Bar kit with Optimum No Rinse
Einszett Spray Wax
Meg's M105
Menzerna Power Finish
Menzerna Super Finish
Menzerna Power Lock
Lusso Oro

Uber Wheel and Tire Kit

Adam's Glass Cleaner
Adam's Glass Sealant

Infratech 5300
Fenix TK11
Fenix TK40
Flex 3403
The Uber Foam Pads (5.5inch)
Tons of "Uber" Microfiber Towels
Uber Drying Towels

Cam Spray Pressure Wash and Foam Canon Attachment


Sonax Wheel Cleaner in action

Adam's All Purpose was used to strip all the waxes (not much off the paint)

Adam's All Purpose and the SV Brush was used to clean up the door jambs


Rinsed down ready for claying


Paint Measurement

It read about 90-140 microns all around

50/50 shots
This was one of the first panels it wasn't all too bad

The doors were a HUGE obstacle to tackle....this is where it got bad.

Exhaust before




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Old 11-20-2010, 11:57 PM
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Phil - What do you mean by sticky paint? and is that a normal problem with Subies?
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:59 PM
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Phil - What do you mean by sticky paint? and is that a normal problem with Subies?

did a quick search on google, this is what someone on a facebook discussion said:

"The effects of sticky paint are to cause the rotary polisher to feel like its dragging and sticking (hence the name), and the polish residue to flash and dry... You generally see high heats very quickly, owing I believe to an increased frictional resistance and this acts to dry out the polish by removing its lubrication... this then increases the heat yet further and in bad cases you get into a vicious circle where the polishing set can only be abandoned."
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