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Old 1st September 2021, 04:11 PM
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I picked this up yesterday and I am amazed by the transformation. I'm actually proud to drive it around now, and it received compliments from both the paint guy and dent guy who saw it afterwards



Obviously I had a fair idea of how the paint was coming back when I saw it on Thursday, but that doesn't really give any idea of the overall effect when the whole car is done.



Its getting the few little dings and dents sorted in a couple of weeks, and then I need to decide what to do with the couple of paint defects. Once those are dealt with it'll go back to FiftyFive Details for a coating of some sort. I'm undecided on wax or ceramic at the moment. Ceramic lasts much longer, but doesn't really have the warmth or depth of wax. Still, its not a warm colour, so maybe ceramic and some gloss-adding sealants will work. We'll see.
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Old 1st September 2021, 07:35 PM
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Looks like those guys did a fine job ,are you heading for most of a grand for the detailing and a ceramic ( only ask as I've booked mine in for detail and coating now in oct when I put her off for the winter)
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Old 1st September 2021, 08:21 PM
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Yeah it'll be about 1k for the detailing and coating, plus a couple of hundred for the dent removal.
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Old 1st September 2021, 10:06 PM
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I picked this up yesterday and I am amazed by the transformation. I'm actually proud to drive it around now, and it received compliments from both the paint guy and dent guy who saw it afterwards

Once those are dealt with it'll go back to FiftyFive Details for a coating of some sort. I'm undecided on wax or ceramic at the moment. Ceramic lasts much longer, but doesn't really have the warmth or depth of wax. Still, its not a warm colour, so maybe ceramic and some gloss-adding sealants will work. We'll see.
It does looks like quite a transformation already . I'd recommend - and can vouch for - ceramic as a long-lasting and easier to care for coating than wax. I had that applied on my Tesla - 6 years ago this week! - and it's still providing good levels of protection (see recent photo), although some panels have been replaced and had new ceramic coating applied then. I think that works well for a light/grey coloured car, so it could look really good on this colour, but perhaps less so on darker/warm colours.
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Old 1st September 2021, 10:12 PM
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It does looks like quite a transformation already . I'd recommend - and can vouch for - ceramic as a long-lasting and easier to care for coating than wax. I had that applied on my Tesla - 6 years ago this week! - and it's still providing good levels of protection (see recent photo), although some panels have been replaced and had new ceramic coating applied then. I think that works well for a light/grey coloured car, so I could look really good on this colour, but perhaps less so on darker/warm colours.
That's a great picture
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I like the Yoda style number plate.
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Wow! Now that is fine looking FE
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That's a great picture
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I like the Yoda style number plate.
"From the front it better is, Hmmm..." .

Herman bringing up the rear...
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I picked this up yesterday and I am amazed by the transformation.



Amazing transformation from where it started. Testament to the 'MJ' magic.... and lots of hours in the workshop....

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It has truly been an interesting story!
Even more so for me, as this is a pf S8
I find myself going back to the photos quite often, to look for details
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