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Old 29-06-2015, 12:52 PM   #1
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Cool Offset Detailing Essex: Mazda RX7 Twin Turbo - Major Detail

This RX7 was booked in for a major detail. The RX7 was a 1999 model packing twin turbo's and a healthy amount of horsepower. The owner will be using this for track days, so having good sealants applied for easy cleaning was a priority.


The Mazda had a repaint a short while ago but not including the shuts or engine bay. So around 16 years of engrained dirt were firmly lodged in the shuts and recesses which took along time to get them looking better.


The engine bay was fully cleaned and dressed with Aerospace 303.


On arrival.








Treating the plastics and rubbers - a nice difference!


Engine bay all done.









After the engine bay and shuts were taken care of the paintwork needed some TLC. Being a fresh paint job I was expected a fairly easy task - not likely! Areas of this car were so thin I didn't even go near them with the machine. Orange peel in some sections were so bad you could feel the difference with your finger.

Chips were found around the car and the lines of the bumper weren't looking good either. Overspray in the petrol flap and serious scratches, pigtails, hazing and micromarring were evident on the entire vehicle.

I proceeded with extreme caution and took out what defects I could creating a glossy more glassy finish with Rupes and Scholl products. Gtechniq Exo and C2V3 were applied as sealant to paint, Gtechniq was also applied to the glass. Aerospace 303 applied to the rubbers to keep them supple.

















Probably the worst colour coding I've seen.



Making my way around the car.











Hurrendous orange peel. You could feel this with your fingers.









Poor.




Small dent.




More peel.


Previous polishing attempt.



Chips in the new paintwork.




Paint blistering?





The interior was fully wetvacced with all seats and carpets getting treated. Check the dirt out!!! Grim.

Spare wheel well tidied up.








Rubbers treated.




Gross!


Rear leather seats treated.



The RX7 was then put onto axle stands with the BBS wheels taken off and fully washed and IPA'd prior to having Gtechniq sealants applied. Tyres were also dressed inside and out, arches dressed and then refitted to the Mazda factory torque settings.




Barrels sealed. And tyre walls dressed both sides.





Fresh.


Exhaust revived.


And after.


Gtechniq applied to paintwork and glass.




















And other problem areas with the paintwork. Flaking door shut.


Poor finishing.




Overspray in the fuel flap area and poor finishing on the edges.


If you look closely you can see the run in the paint on the front bumper.




And all finished.







I'll pop some more finished pictures up later on today.

Many thanks for looking.

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Old 29-06-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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That re-spray is atrocious, I wouldn't have taken the car away in that state.

Cracking job on the clean-up though, you've made even a dodgy spray job look really good there.
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Old 29-06-2015, 06:57 PM   #3
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cracking job looks lovely i have a 23yr old supra, always wanted a rx7 but reliability issues have always but me off.
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I feel your pain lol iv done a couple of resprayed cars in similiar condition and its just demorilising to work on but top job done as always
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A friend of mine has an RX-7, it's pushing ~300bhp, it went into the garage about 6 or 7 years ago for a problem where it just cut out and he couldn't start it.

The guys were struggling to find the cause and it's still there at the same garage!!!! Well unless they've sold it on lol
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I had a few rx7s in the early 2000's starting problems is normally rotor tips... they are fragile cars; that need quality oil and regular fettling! but god do they handle, and with 300+hp they're properly fast too!
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From what you had to work with at the beginning to how you made it look at the end of the job .I'd say it looks stunning .A word associated with your threads a fair bit these day's
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I had a few rx7s in the early 2000's starting problems is normally rotor tips... they are fragile cars; that need quality oil and regular fettling! but god do they handle, and with 300+hp they're properly fast too!
Oh yeah it was quick, i think the rawness of the car combined with the lack of sound deadning made seem quicker too.
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I feel your pain lol iv done a couple of resprayed cars in similiar condition and its just demorilising to work on but top job done as always
I hear you there. I'll be honest I did not feel comfortable at all working on this sort of paintwork. Thanks for the kind words!
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Excellent work mate. I remember when I first got my Celica, I thought the paint was superb. Perhaps blinkered by how good it looked under the showroom lights I bought it. Now every time I wash it I think, ' holy moly this thing's had more paint than the Eiffel tower.'
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