With the Cootha Classic being re-launched this year, we decided we needed something special to display. It doesn’t get much more special than this 700 rwhp GT500.
Imported and converted by our good friends at STANGFEVER INTERNATIONAL on the Sunshine Coast, we knew after 45,000kms this GT500 would be due for a spruce up.
It was in pretty good condition to start with, just the usual wash scratches, especially on the black vinyl stripes. We’ve got some good photos of the process to help you through it all.
The wash, decon, and prep stage…
We started with the usual rinse then safe FOAM pre-soak. Followed then by a two bucket method wash. All performed with a lambs-wool wash mitt to significantly reduce the chances of inducing any more scratches and creating more work for us in the correction stage.
Next up is to remove any bonded contaminants, including brake dust, rail dust, pollution and many more.
With a combination of chemical decon and use of a traditional clay bar, we achieve this without marring or other damage.
You can see some of the black lines and brown sections to show the removed contaminants. This is ESSENTIAL before polishing.
HINT: If a “detailer” offers a polish and charges extra for the clay bar, run for the hills. You must clay bar before polishing.
Once we had completed the decontamination and got the GT500 in under lights we could see the extent of the damage. Mostly just swirl marks/wash scratches, some light water spotting.
Here you can see the black vinyl’s damage.
The correct combination of machine/pad and polishing compound, along with the great technique, of course, make short work of the defects. Removing scratches and restoring gloss and clarity.