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Old 28-10-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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Just for Fun Skoda Octavia Taxi (Pink to Red)

Just for Fun Skoda Octavia Taxi (Pink to Red)

I was contacted by the owners of this Octavia as I had previously worked on his sons wife’s New VW Polo and carried out a protection detail. Unfortunately as in some inquires these seem to fall by the way side and 4 months passed by. Before further contact was made again. He was looking for his taxi to be red once more and we discuss various options as we had previously. He opted for just to have the colour restored and a price was agreed.

Skoda on arrival

As you can see in the following picture she was not in the best of states. But this is where my warp sense of humour comes in, as I do love transforming less that desirable car. I have been part of some mad project in the past and this is no different. So here we go.






















Not to mention the lovely faded paintwork.




Onto the general wash process. Although it was in need of heavy cleaners. This would them effect the paint due it being single stage. Rather than a general APC. I choose a degreaser to aid the breakdown of the algae and moss., which was present on all surfaces and gaps.
During cleaning and snow foaming. You can see the grime being broken down and running from the car. The product I choose was one that I have been put though it passes over the last few weeks and it was 1ne from Russ & Reflexology. More in time on my thoughts of the product as a whole.



















Rinsed off Two Bucketed and brought in doors of claying and drying off.
This is how the car looks at this stage of the detail.









Further inspections where taken combined with paint readings to confirm levels and looking for inconsistencies. Defects present as you will seen not only was the car faded. But has hard a hard life with brush and car washes. Which would have also contributed to the lack of colour and clarity, within the finish.























MMMMM Not the greatest in areas. But we can only work within the paint levels and considering the level of defect present. The decision was made to run with a cocktail on none diminishing abrasives on a polishing pad. So I could increase or decrease the cut accordingly as I worked around the car. The only area that showed up visually and with readings was the tailgate, as this had been clear coated in a past repair.


On to correction Before During and Afters.
I carried out a test set monitor removal rates based on improvement in gloss and clarity, and was happy with my choice. As correction was not on the cards on this detail.

I carried on and my warp humour caught up with me once more as I knew the owners son was due to pay a visit. I carried out some nice 50/50 as it where on his old mans bonnet.





His face was a peach. But no pictures of this event



























First side completed. Major increase in gloss clarity and looks..


























And Viper strips no more.




At this point just before I continue to the afters. The owners son had visited and informed me why the change of heart the owner had about the car and the reason it was in such a condition on delivery. The owner has parked the car up under trees at his home. While he tended and cared for his long term terminally ill wife over the past year and a half. She had only recently passed away from the effects of cancer and was now looking to sell the car on to add to the funds he had already gathered to go to Cancer Research. I also told the son that I would also only require payment to cover products used and If I could not donate a few hours to possibly increase the value of the car it would be a hard day.

Tyres dressed with RD50, Paintworks protected with 476, trims dressed with maxolen trim dressing.
So thank you for taking the time to read this write up and I will leave you with the afters. Enjoy. I will be back to posting in the studio very soon with some very nice tasty car.
Gordon.






















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Old 28-10-2012, 11:31 PM   #2
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Very good Gordon, a fantastic turnaround and true enough - memories of that old Transit flooding back. Loved the bonnet stripes! Excellent restoration work of the car's finish, well documented with pictures
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Old 28-10-2012, 11:39 PM   #3
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Good to see you back and in the pink! The bonnet stripes could start a new trend, art correction.
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Old 29-10-2012, 12:27 AM   #4
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Great Gordon and a real detail and turnaround.
That is class and what detailing work I enjoy doing.

I'll donate to Cancer Research as well as you are a top guy for doing that.
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Old 29-10-2012, 12:31 AM   #5
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Hi Fella, great to see you back and kicking dull lifeless paint again

Cant say Id have had your discipline, I would have been SO so tempted to have left the Viper Strips

Hope you are back to your fighting weight again Gordon, all the very best. As always, a pleasure to read your post
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Great work, love that pink to red transformation write ups .
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If there was more people like you in the world it would be a better place!
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Brilliant!!

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Fantastic turnaround mate

Great work!
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