Bringing the shine back to the Mazda MX5

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Hello everyone!. As the title says, this was indeed a major challenge for me to restore the shine back to this 90's Mazda MX5 as the paint was heavily oxidized and neglected by the previous owner. This is by far, my longest detailing task to date. Here's how the car looked like upon arrival:



Notice the lack of gloss and shine?. The paint also appeared dull, weathered and pretty oxidized.



A closeup of the surface condition:



and of course RIDs



But that was the least of my headaches once i saw these marks all over the car:



Notice the white-ish patches on the front bumper between the logo and the signal lights? That's right folks, its caused by them car covers. KC has documented this in his blog :Car detailer: Water Damage from Car Cover - Rewritting History by KC

To make things worse, this car has totally lost its clear coat.

You'll soon see why these stains are by far one of the hardest to get rid off. Now onward to the path of restoring :D . Started the body wash with a mix of car shampoo and degreaser ,and followed by clay. Then i moved on to the rims. Didnt take any photos of the rims because the owner just had them changed very recently.



The white-ish streaks/marks were from the degreaser.

The petrol cap area before:


After 4 minutes of OPC and very minor agitation with a soft brush:


Now moving ahead with the paint correction process. Did a 50/50 shot on the test area:





50/50 on the hood:



A few hours later, i completed compounding the hood :) Pretty satisfying results, aye?



Now here comes the headache...remember the white-ish stains caused by the car covers? well here's how it looks like even after compounding the boot:





After hours of more compounding and advice from KC, here are the results.. g ggone! (pardon the splatter marks on the rear window)



The roof wasn't spared of the stains too :(



Removed the hardtop as it would be easier for me to work on and after hours of pushing on , voila! (i didn't have space to keep the roof, so i had to keep it in the house hehe)



Closeup shot of the crisp reflection:



Now that the roof has been sorted out, moved to the rear panel which seemed to be the worst part that got affected by the carwash:



After compounding magic:


Before calling it a night, i wanted to do a 50/50 of the doors. Here's the test area before:



after:



50/50:



Was already dead tired at this point and called it a night. The next morning, i continued on with the rest of the body panels starting with the rear bumper. Now when working on plastic parts like the bumpers, you really really need to becareful or else you might end up burning the paint.



midway working on the bumper:







after the exterior was done,it was time to coat the car with none other than Opti Coat 2.0. Special thanks to Muyo for sacrificing your Opti Coat to me :) thanks bro!



The following morning, i did the interior. Stains on seat:







After vacuuming and OPC-ed the seats:



Remember before? :



Now: (pardon again the missing hardtop)



More after shots:







After 3 days and lots of sweat and tears it was finally completed :D. Thanks to KC and Muyo for their words of wisdom! Thanks for looking guys! Cheers! - SevenDust a.k.a Erik
 

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Fuiyoh!!! Great job!!! Love the 50/50. I some ways working with paint like this is the most satisfying as you can really see the results of your work.

Keep it up!!!
 

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Fuiyoh!!! Great job!!! Love the 50/50. I some ways working with paint like this is the most satisfying as you can really see the results of your work.

Keep it up!!!
Thanks Seech!
Yeah man...the unspeakable joy you get when you see the shine being restored on each panel really drives you :biggrin:

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Wow... the rear fender shot especially is a major makeover!
Yup! i too was surprised how the degreaser reacted to the paint itself without the extra layer of clear coat. Love those kinds of before and after shots hehe thanks for looking!
 

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AWESOME work bro. Erik did my headlamps and bonnet on the DC5, fantastic results as well.

Heres a picture. Headlamps and bonnet looks BRAND spanking NEW.

Thanks for the compliments bro! :D

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SevenDust,

You the baus. Outstanding work, as always.

RC
Thanks! like a baus!
 

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wow eric wow! wow! i cant stop wow-ing at the red transformation!

next time u should tape a towel, or newspaper around the windscreen and windows before compound, reduce alot of cleanup work and saves time. ;)

epic job. i love red being transformed
 

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Wow! Very nice job and documentation there! I also love to work on oxidised paint because the difference is just satisfying. Keep em post coming.....
 

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wow eric wow! wow! i cant stop wow-ing at the red transformation!

next time u should tape a towel, or newspaper around the windscreen and windows before compound, reduce alot of cleanup work and saves time. ;)

epic job. i love red being transformed
Thanks for the tip and your compliments Josh! :D

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Wow! Very nice job and documentation there! I also love to work on oxidised paint because the difference is just satisfying. Keep em post coming.....
Thanks Bro Veloc! haha the oxidised red paint also made all my MF and wool pad red
 

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AWESOME work bro. Erik did my headlamps and bonnet on the DC5, fantastic results as well.

Heres a picture. Headlamps and bonnet looks BRAND spanking NEW.

wow..another priceless heart work my friend

Thanks Nukeezoid for sharing


Young Jedi you are awesome in many way...I knew you are special when u 1st called me....remembered our 1st conversation..... I believe thgat there are greater things install for you


cant wait to see u working on super exotics.....

BTW thanks for sharing your extreme make over
 
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