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Old 02-04-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Tangerine Scream Ford Focus ST One Step Correction and Opti-Guard - TLC Auto Detail

Hi everyone, today we've got a brand spankin' new 2013 Ford Focus ST in the flagship color Tangerine Scream. This color is very cool because depending on the light it can look anywhere from a dark orange to a bright yellow, and it has tons of pearl. The customer wanted to have Opti-Guard applied to the vehicle to give it protection for it's new life.

Upon arrival the vehicle was fairly dirty, so we opted for a traditional wash. Here is how it looked when we pulled it in.





We washed the vehicle with Meguiars Hyperwash and cleaned the wheels, tires, and wheel wells with Meguiars APC. The customer still has his winter wheel and tire set up installed, so we will be applying Opti-Guard to his factory wheels in the spring.

We noticed after washing that there were a few stains on the paint that were not removed with the wash.



We ended up removing these during the decon stage with a light claying. Most of the vehicle was in great shape, so we only had to clay specific areas that were stained or had a bit of contamination.

It was very difficult to capture the swirls on this vehicle since it's a light color and there is so much pearl. Here is the best shot I could get in the sun.



And here is a closeup of the same shot to better show the swirls. they certainly aren't bad, but they would need to be corrected before applying the Opti-Guard.



For the correction step we again reached for the Rupes Bigfoot 21 armed with a green Uber Pad and Menzerna 106fa. With the power of the Rupes this combo yielded incredible results. We couldn't find any additional swirls or RIDs on the paint after the correction step. Here is how it looked in the sun after the paint was wiped down with Eraser but before the Opti-Guard was applied.









Next Opti-Guard was applied to the paint, trim, and glass. We will apply it to the factory rims when they are re-installed in the spring. Here is how it all turned out.















Thanks for checking out our write up, and we look forward to your feedback!


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Old 02-04-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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Looks great , nice write up!

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what's the routine you used to get the swirls out? they cover my entire car, and it's a project I want to tackle this summer. atleast the hood, where it's awful
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So i just googled opti-guard, since I have not heard of it before. Does it really work as claimed?...lifetime paint protection? Its a bit pricey. If installed over paint with swirl marks, are the swirl marks there forever?
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:41 AM   #5
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Even new cars need a little work! Looks damn good. I would love to go over this colour.
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Your tires?

You are in VA and it looks like you've got snow tires on your ST. Really?
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The tires that come on the ST are Summer only. So it is better safe then sorry.
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what's the routine you used to get the swirls out? they cover my entire car, and it's a project I want to tackle this summer. atleast the hood, where it's awful
On this vehicle we use a Rupes Dual Action buffer along with Menzerna 106fa polish. There are ton's of polishes, buffers, and pads on the market. If you plan to try it by hand I would recommend heading to your local auto parts store and grabbing Meguiars Ultimate Compound, and Meguiars Ultimate polish. Add a couple applicators and quality towels you you can get pretty good results if you spend a good bit of time working on it. You could also get a beginners dual action buffer kit for about $200 with everything you would need.
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So i just googled opti-guard, since I have not heard of it before. Does it really work as claimed?...lifetime paint protection? Its a bit pricey. If installed over paint with swirl marks, are the swirl marks there forever?
Opti-Guard does live up to all of it's claims. I've been testing it on my wife's car for 6 years now and it works just like the day I applied it. The key it to have someone apply it who has lots of experience with it since it can be a little tricky to apply properly. It can be removed by buffing it off, so if you apply it over swirls you would have to buff the Opti-Guard off before you could correct the swirls.

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Even new cars need a little work! Looks damn good. I would love to go over this colour.
Thanks! Dealership "detailers" can really wreak havoc on paint, and make it necessary to buff even brand new cars.
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The customer who owned this car decided to since we do get a little bit of snow and the car came equipped with summer only tires.
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The tires that come on the ST are Summer only. So it is better safe then sorry.
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Nice work, the before and after photos are a huge difference.

I have a question when using an orbital buffer, how much pressure do you apply? Also do you recommend applying the polish to the pad or onto the vehicle?
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Hey Dave, nice job!

I just did a 1 stage polish and used 22PLE glass coating on mine. So shiny!

These coatings definitely live up to their potential, I can attest.

After some rain, I went to wash the car and most of the dirt had already slid off, not to mention the car basically dried itself.

The 22PLE takes 5 days to cure, so a week later I added some Chemical Guys Black wax.

Car had 200 miles on the odo at the time:
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