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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
A very good customer of ours picked up his new Subaru STI, at delivery he already noticed that it was in pretty bad shape, but he knew he was coming in for a new car prep and Opti Coat so all was well.

That being said I'm still surprised at how dealers just don't understand how to deliver a car. Why not train your crew to do it right?


- 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
- Washed with Adam's Car Wash
- Decon with Auto Finesse Iron Out
- Wash down and rinsed
- Door jambs were cleaned up
- Nano Scrub AutoScrub
- Dried
- Tires dressed
- Masking
- Paint Measurement
- Compound - Adam's Paint Correcting Polish and Meguiar's M100
- Final Polish - Sonax Perfect Finish 4/6
- Last step - Opticoat
- Inspection with Fenix, Brinkmann, and natural sunlight
- Wheel wells were cleaned - polished - Opti Coat
- Rubber and Plastics Treated
- Exterior windows and mirrors cleaned and sealed
- Exhaust tips cleaned
- Windows were auto scrubed, cleaned, and sealed

Products used:
Adam's Car Wash
Auto Finesse Iron Out
Stoner's Tarminator
Auto Finesse Oblitarate
Sonax Multi Star
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
NanoSkin AutoScrub System
Adam's Paint Correcting Polish
Meguiar's M100
Sonax Perfect Finish
Opti Coat
Optimum Bond Tire Gel
Auto Finesse Crystal Glass Cleaner

Tools used
Uber Wool Wash Mitt
Uber Quick Detail MF Towels
Uber All Purpose MF Towels
Rupes LHR75E
Rupes BigFoot LHR 21ES Random Orbital Polisher
Rupes BigFoot LHR 15ES Random Orbital Polisher
Flex XC3401VR
Uber Buffing Pads
Meg's MF Cutting Pad
Defelsko Paint Meter
Fenix TK35
Kranzle Pressure Washer
Uber Foam Canon
2 Grit Guard Buckets with Caddies
Adam's Firehose Nozzle
Metro Air Force Blaster


Prep - wheels, tires, wheel wells cleaned up - car washed, decon'd, and clayed.

Using the Uber Wool Wash Mitt for the tops and the Uber Yellow Wash Sponge for the bottom of the car. We do this to prevent dirt getting into the mitts and potentially scratching the paint.

Paint correction

Using the Flex XC3401 to get linear scratches off the wing and rear deck lid.
Using an Adam's Orange Pad and Adam's Paint Correcting Polish.

50/50 shots - left side before - right side after.

Surprising how dull the paint was on a brand new car.

Customer requested to debadge, since the car was new it was quite easy to remove. We used dental floss and remove the emblems. We removed the leftover adhesive with Auto Finesse Obiltarate. Ghosting was remove with the Rupes LHR12 and Sonax Perfect Finish.

Results after compound and polishing

After prepping the paint we applied Opti Coat Pro


Hope you enjoyed this one.

If you have any questions please post below or feel free to email me at [email protected]

126 Posts
Looks amazing !! Great depth. Looks like the dealer prepped it with sandpaper (facepalm). What product is the best to use on the interior plastics? I've never had much luck with anything off the shelf.

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Tried calling a fEw times..just kept ringing. I'll contact you once I pick up the car to get some feedback. Car looks great.

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Wow, as I guy who REALLYYYYY is anal with car washing, you guys really did a splendid job. I wish dealerships were like you guys. Hell the high end dealerships should hire you guys full time! Can you give a personal review on that opticoat pro? Do you use it on clear bra, or just the raw body panels? Does it really last forever (before buffing) - sort of like a thicker clear coat? I'll be sure to pick up some supplies from you guys.

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Discussion Starter #17
thank you.

we have been using opti coat for the last 5 years, basically since it was introduced and installed properly it does great!

I prefer not to use it on clear film as the Xpel has self healing properties.

I would say it doesn't but I have seen it go for 3-5 years - depending on mileage driven, conditions, in a garage or outside.

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I wished I had a detailer near me that I could trust to do the job. I have all the materials to detail the car but I just don't have the time like I use to. It's very unfortunate because when I picked up the car and while doing the walk around with the sales guy I found three deep scratches at different places on the car. I told the dealer that I did not want them to put it through the "mop" car wash that they had and they didn't have a problem hand washing it. I did not find that there where any swirl marks on the car, but the insides of the wheels where dirty for being a brand new car. I'm going to have to spend the time to fully detail the car soon. I actually won't mind spending the time on the STI since it won't be my daily driver so the results will last longer.

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Wow that car looked terrible. When I picked up my 13 it looked way better than that. You made it look the way it's supposed to when you pick it up
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