One Filthy Range Rover!

I recently received an e-mail from a customer requesting a detail on her daughter’s Range Rover.
We began chatting about when a convenient time would work for her schedule, and then I picked it up and snapped a few photos out in the daylight.
Warning! The pictures below are for the brave-hearted!

Not too obvious from far away..
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Lets take a closer look..

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I had picked up this vehicle from the dealership, and they had claimed that it was just detailed.
I understand that there are different levels of detailing, but this was unacceptable.

Now that I knew what I was working with, I pulled it in for the night and started the wash process the next day.

Here are some of the washing process photos.

As with every detail, I decided to foam the rover with a degreasing paintwork cleanser to remove all of the dirt and grime from it’s exterior.

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Once foamed, I used a plush microfiber wash mitt to wash the vehicle. After rinsing, you can see that all of the previous protection has been removed as the water sits on the hood. No water beading, no sheeting, just a pure canvas to start paintwork decontamination.

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After finishing the rest of the wash (degreasing engine bay + cleaning wheels + wells) I dried the entire vehicle with safe, absorbent microfiber towels.

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Results after engine bay degreasing.
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The next step was a proper tape off of all of the cars materials that could not be polished. Taping these off protects them from damage or polish residue stains.

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The next step was claying the paint to remove all of the bonded contaminants before starting the defect removal process.
Once all of the paint was decontaminated, we began our first polishing step.
As this rover received a Hybrid- Correction Detail, not each and every square inch was polished to perfection. This service is a more cost-effective solution to customers that still want the majority of defects removed, but not to focus as intensely on parts such as the rocker panels and other non-obvious areas.
Here are a few photos before and after of the first step of polishwork.
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Just behind the passenger side fuel door..
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Polishing..

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After, Behind fuel door..
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On rear tailgate..
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The next step was polishing with a less abrasive polish to further refine the finish to achieve maximum gloss.
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After finish polishing..
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Once imperfection removal & final polishing was complete we moved to the fun part!
We finished the paintwork with a special long-lasting “synthetic sealant”.
Frequently, dealerships dress their cars with a lesser product to enhance the gloss and call it “paintguard” or “paint protection”.
The worst is that they don’t do any corrective polishing, (because they don’t know how) and they charge hundreds of dollars for the single application!
This next photo is a much higher end synthetic sealant being curing on this Range Rover’s paintwork.
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And now for what we’ve all been waiting for, After shots!!

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One of my favorite shots..
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Keep in mind, this detail was completed in ten hours!
A feat overcame indeed.
For the customer’s convenience, we delivered the Rover at 4am to their home!

I took this as an opportunity to try and get some neat highway night shots, but it proved more difficult than I had planned!
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Thanks for reading!

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