Hellcat Challenger CQuartz Finest Detail - Scottsdale, Az

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  1. Wills.WindowsAndWheelsAz

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    With all they hype that has been surrounding this 700+hp beast the last few months - we were very excited when we received a call to do a full paint correction and apply CQuartz Finest paint coating on a new Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

    We would be performing a full exterior detail and decontamination - followed by a full paint correction, interior detail, leather conditioning and engine bay protection...and to top it all off, CQuartz Finest would be applied to the exterior. With its 2 year warranty, extreme protection and second to none gloss...you can bet this was going to be one hell of a turn out ;)



    Out to Scottsdale, Az we went with our "detail bus" to tackle this highly anticipated job.

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    A badge completely fitting of such a fierce ride. We had completed the wash, clay bar, cleaned the tires/rims/wheel wells and then applied a sealant to the matte wheel faces and a protectant to the tires and wheel wells...up next...was inspecting the paint and taping off all this trim!



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    "New" is a very relative word when dealing with paint correction. True, the Hellcat only had 182 miles on it when we arrived...but there was more than enough damage to go around. Between the transport and the dealership "detail"...this paint was not in like new condition - and the owner knew it.

    Having already looked the car over himself, he told us he was aware of the swirls and scratches that were present and that he didn't just want a 1-step polish, but rather our "Full paint correction" He was also admittedly a very particular person who had seen a lot of hype on the internet about awesome detail work, but had yet to see anything that impressed him in person...our job was to show him that we were one of the exceptions. If you're a CQuartz Finest installer...you've put the time in to be one of the best at this labor of love.



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    It took about 1 1/2 rolls of tape on this big monster to tape off and protect all the plastic trim, window moulding etc. The reason for this is to make sure we do not get any polish on these areas while correcting the paint. Every inch of the paint is to be corrected..and that means right up to the edge where paint meets plastic.



    As noted above, there were plenty of swirls and scratches to go around...so our first polishing step would be to completely remove all of these deeper defects.

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    Progress was being made but there were some rather deep scratches that needed additional attention. We ended up having to use our 3" polisher with a more concentrated cut to remove some deep individual scratches that still remained.

    The worst of which were on the drivers side front quarter panel.

    A quick side note - in the middle of our detail...a bobcat...a real live bobcat, walked across the front yard ...just strolling around like he owned the place...kinda look like he got jealous and clawed the car here!

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    These were deep and took more than one pass to get them down, but even then...one very deep one remained:



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    No, no no! We cant have that! After hitting it a couple of times with our 3" microfiber pad though - it cleared up



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    After the first polishing stage was complete, it was then time to refine the paint even further - to squeeze every bit of gloss we could out of it and make sure it had a crystal clear finish.

    While the deep scratches were all removed...there was now a very fine marring left on the paint:

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    After the finishing polish stage though - it cleared up nicely



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    This process was completed over the entire car as well. Once the paint was in tip top shape, we then prepped it for CQuartz Finest. During the first day, we would only be applying Finest to the doors, rear quarters, trunk and roof. The front 1/3 of the car and areas on the rear clip behind the rear wheels would later be receiving clear bra. The owner just wanted the paint to be perfect first before applying the clear bra...and then would later have us back out to apply CQuartz Finest on top of the clear bra.



    That being said - we still had to apply a protection to the panels that would not be coated just yet...leaving paint bare is never a good thing...birds seem to have "smart bombs" that find the weakest point in the paint...and a bird bomb on bare paint will likely lead to it etching the paint. So, Meguiars D156 synthetic wax was applied to the non coated panels as a temporary protection.

    Here's how she looked at the end of day one:

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    Glowing is the word that came to mind :)

    This was the end of Monday night. Thursday the owner had Xpel applied and Friday we returned to finish up the rest of the detail.

    Finest being applied to the paint protection film...

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    Dani in the mean time completed the interior detail and engine bay detail



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    Carpro's Reload Silica paint sealant was applied to the door, trunk and hood jambs as well as any painted pieces in the engine bay.

    After a couple more hours of work - it was time for the finishing touches...CQuartz Finest warranty sticker and card:

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    And of course - the gloss shots out in the sun! This baby was BRIGHT under Arizona's lovely afternoon sun:

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    Had to give our van props in the picture too since it kindly hauled our entire shop out to the owners location since a drop off at our place wasn't in the cards. Thank you detail bus!

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  2. Wills.WindowsAndWheelsAz

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    When it was all said and done - this Hellcat stood out as a beast among beasts. The best part for us was - the owners overwhelming excitement of how the car turned out. Thats the biggest complement we can get.

    Hopefully this will just be one of many of these babies we have the pleasure of working on this year.

    For more information on how to get your baby to look this good visit:

    Windows and Wheels Detailing - Arizona s Premier Auto Detailers -

    And for more information about a CQuartz Finest installer in your area visit:

    Where to Find CQuartz Nanotech Ceramic Automotive Paint Coating
     
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    I will probably be hitting you guys up sooner than later.
     
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    Im taking my SRT on a months long road trip, and itll be in to see you guys. Car looks fantastic!
     
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    I am wondering how it will look with the Ivory White Pearl Tri Coat.
     
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    Who has Ivory White?
    Post it!
     
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    Hey Guys, Just got my Tored Hellcat Saturday and want to know the best way to protect the front end and all the possible places stone chip can occur. Open to any and all recommendations
     
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    Are you guys taking before & after paint/clear thickness measurements ? Just curious as some of those scratches looked pretty deep & you probably had to buff off more than a few mils of clear to eliminate them :cool: No clue how thick (thin?) the clear is from the factory, but I'm guessing it's on the lean side.
     
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    Nice guys -- Welcome. Very cool. Glad to be ur first

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    The best bet for protecting the front end would be to have paint protection film (aka clear bra) applied. So far all of our Hellcat jobs have received a full nose protection (full hood, front clip, front fenders and side mirrors) as well as a piece behind the rear wheels (which protects from all the kick up that occurs from those extra wide wheels). If you'd like me to give you some quotes feel free to PM me or email me at windowsandwheels@aol.com

    As for the CQuartz Finest paint coating, it works to protect the rest of the car from UV ray damage/fading, light clear coat scratches, bird bomb etching etc and of course gives the paint extreme gloss and slickness. It comes with a 2 year warranty and makes maintenance a breeze. :)
     
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    This Hellcat was the bright white i believe, but still looked amazing after full correction and Finest. He also had us coat the plastic and pull the wheels to coat them inside and out...(ill post more photos later when i get a minute!)

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    Awesome we will be looking forward to it! Have fun on the road trip and hit us up once you get back in town.

    Yes we do measurements to make sure we can safely remove anything that doesn't come out after a couple of passes. Even though they look deep, they can still be safely removed with only removing fractions of a mil of clear coat. So far we have been getting total thickness readings of between 4-6 mils which is pretty decent for factory paint.

    After full correction most times we remove a max of .2-.3 mils. The beautiful part of about CQuartz Finest is it restores the majority of the thickness (it measures about 100x thicker than a wax or sealant layer does) and thus becomes the sacrificial barrier between your clear coat...and the elements. Its super slick finish creates a "self cleaning" ability so that this lovely Arizona dust doesn't tend to STICK so much to the paint. Just rinsing releases the majority of the dirt, then a gentle hand wash will remove whatever's left - and then you are back to having your car look like it was freshly detailed.
     
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    Glad to have yours as our first!
     
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    Hey that's my car! Yes the wheels came out amazing × 10!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    lol Yes sir it is! Glad you splurged on having the wheels pulled in the end right! :D
     

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