WE TOOK HOME BEST PAINT!
They say good things come to those who wait, and better things come to those who work for it. MAN, did we work, it took two guys and over 40 man hours to cut and buff the paint. We used a variety of sandpapers, starting with 1200 grit, then 2000 grit and finishing off at 3000 girt. Multiple compounds and polishes were used on the paint to get a mirror finish. For paint protection we choose Gyeon Q2 Mohs+ to seal and protect the paint. Makito did an outstanding job painting the car. He applied a thick enough layer of paint for us to work with, whilst minimizing the orange peel making the cut and buff stages manageable.
The wet sanding process is a delicate task which the detailer cannot rush. The goal here is to obtain flat surface. To do this, we level the clear cost by sanding down the orange peel. Patience and concentration is a must, as over sanding can expose the lower layers of paint thus ruining the paint work.
The buffing stage demands concentration and diligence from the detailer. The friction generated from the fast rotating buff pad can cut through the paint work. The key is to balance the speed and downward pressure on the buff machine, so the pad and cutting compound can do their jobs.
Du is constantly adjusting and modulating the pad speed as he works on different areas of the panel. He applies just enough pressure to guide the buff machine, allowing the cutting compound to do its job.
Final assembly is a mixture of excitement and anxiety. In one hand, the vision finally becomes reality, whilst on the other hand, a scratch or blemish would negate the 40 hours of cutting and buffing. We take care to make sure all panels are in alignment before tightening down any bolts.
We arrived at JDMAYARD HONDA SHOWOFF at 11.30am, it was hot, people everywhere and Hondas filled the parking lot. One of the first cars we spotted was PMH, a White modified widebody NSX, we couldn’t find the owner to talk to him so we kept moving on (also forgot to take photos). A Berlina Black and Formula red NSX then rolled in. They say 2’s company, 3’s a crowd and 4’s a party, and we were now partying. It was Nathan in his Berlina Black NSX and Roland in his Formula Red wide-bodied NSX. Nathan loves driving his car and is currently going through a restore-as-you-drive build. Roland’s car is like a lady in a red dress, when you see her, you stare until she’s out of sight or until you get a tap on the shoulder. Instead of the SENNA numberplate, it should be 15HOT =P. It was nice to finally catch up with the guys and check out their cars.
Greaser has been going to the JDMYARD HONDA SHOWOFF meets now for the last 4 years consistently, and before then, on and off. Its always a good a time and the builds on display have come a long way. Individual styles are beginning to emerge as people have become aware of different influences and styles worldwide. JDM isn’t JDM anymore and the import car scene has shifted to a global modified car scene with builders taking the best bits from Japan, USA and Europe, implementing them into their own builds. So to have received the Best Paint award from the hundreds of cars on display was a great honour.
Big thank you to JDMYARD, the BBQ volunteers, and the judges.