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How to detail a 2014 Corvette Stingray

 
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Here's a great write up by the legendary Mike Phillips at the Autogeek Show Car Garage. He is using the new Pinnacle Black Label Products on this beautiful 2014 Corvette Stingray. Enjoy

How to detail a 2014 Corvette Stingray


Actually, how to coat a new Corvette Stingray. Most people outside the forum world don't know what a paint coating is. They do understand what a car wax or synthetic paint sealant is but not a paint coating.


Process

Step 1: Wash and dry car or wipe car clean
The owner washed his Corvette the night before and then next morning drove it to Autogeek. During the 3 hour trip to Stuart, Florida he hit a few showers and wet areas of the highway so after moving the Stingray into the garage we wiped it down using Detailer's Waterless Autowash.


Step 2: Inspect paint for swirls
For this we used the new Flex Swirl Finder Light. This Corvette is brand new and has been carefully hand washed by the owner using products purchased at Autogeek. There were no visible swirls or scratches in the finish.


Step 3: Inspect for above surface bonded contaminants
For this we first inspect using our clean, bare hand and felt no contamination. Next we used the Baggie Test and even with the baggie test we only felt nominal and sporadic contaminants. Not enough to justify claying or some other mechanical means of decontaminating.


Step 4: Chemically clean and polish paint to prep it for a coating
I used the Black Label Surface Cleansing Lotion on all the paint, hard smooth plastic and glass. Product was applied to the entire car at one time using a 5.5" Lake Country Black Flat Pad on the 5 speed setting of a Porter Cable 7424XP.


Step 5: Hand apply Black Label Diamond Paint Coating
For this step we wore black nitrile gloves and applied the coating using Lake Country Coating Applicators. We applied to all body panels at one time.


Step 6: Hand apply Black Label Diamond Glass Coating
For this I used round foam applicator pad.


Step 7: Hand applied Black Label Diamond Wheel Coating
For this we used the Gold Wax Finger Pockets.


Step 8: Removed coatings
After applying the last coating, (wheel coating), we carefully and methodically wiped the coatings off following our path of travel used to apply the coatings. That is start wiping off first where we applied first.



Here's a few pictures from this project...


Taping off Trim
There's some coarse or rough textured plastic trim pieces on the car as well as a few rubber gaskets that I would recommend covering with painter's tape to prevent staining them with any type of compound or polish.





Prep paint for coating
Here you can see the residue covering the car everywhere the Surface Cleansing Lotion was applied by machine. For a few of the tight ares like the fresh air intake louvers on the hood, around the tail lights in the back and the vent areas on the sides of the car.








After pictures...
























Wheels & Tires
Wheels are coated with Black Label Diamond Wheel Coating. Tires have three applications of TUF Shine Tire Clearcoat.











Thanks to Mike Phillips for the great write up and thanks for looking

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That looks fantastic
 
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Thanks Schabe,

It does indeed look fantastic. The only way I can really describe it; it just looks like glass. Maybe it's because the coating is made out of nano-ceramic glass particles I guess . I absolutely love the look
 
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Absolutely gorgeous finish............job well done!!

Thanks for sharing
 
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Could you not use the Black Label Surface Coating to treat the windows? Is there an advantage to using the glass treatment and if so, what would it be? The same question could be made for the wheel treatment. (Not the cleaner, but the protectant)
 

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Originally Posted by ndy.boyd View Post
Could you not use the Black Label Surface Coating to treat the windows? Is there an advantage to using the glass treatment and if so, what would it be? The same question could be made for the wheel treatment. (Not the cleaner, but the protectant)
You can use the individual coatings or you could use the Pinnacle Black Label Surface Coating. The Surface Coating is safe to use on headlights, glass, wheels, and paint. There is no advantage or disadvantage of using the individual coatings versus the surface coatings. The reason for the individual coatings is so people can pick and choose which coating they would like to try and use. So if someone is looking for a wheel coating and that's it, they would simply just get the wheel coating instead of buying the surface coating. But like I said, there is no advantage of disadvantage, both coatings are a nano-ceramic glass particle formulation that will last 3 years on paint, and about 1-1 1/2 years on wheels and glass. The wheels and glass go through A LOT and don't hold up as long but it's still longer protection than conventional wax protection. Thanks
 
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Originally Posted by PinnacleWax View Post
You can use the individual coatings or you could use the Pinnacle Black Label Surface Coating. The Surface Coating is safe to use on headlights, glass, wheels, and paint. There is no advantage or disadvantage of using the individual coatings versus the surface coatings. The reason for the individual coatings is so people can pick and choose which coating they would like to try and use. So if someone is looking for a wheel coating and that's it, they would simply just get the wheel coating instead of buying the surface coating. But like I said, there is no advantage of disadvantage, both coatings are a nano-ceramic glass particle formulation that will last 3 years on paint, and about 1-1 1/2 years on wheels and glass. The wheels and glass go through A LOT and don't hold up as long but it's still longer protection than conventional wax protection. Thanks
Thanks for that explanation. I've discovered yet another application for your incredible Surfase Coating product. After thoroughly cleaning my marble counter tops, I applied a very thin application of the surface coating and the result was spectacular. Like glass. My wife is in awe of me right now.
 
 
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