Monday, January 29, 2007

Fusso-ed Accord

As promised, I managed to detail the Accord today. It was last washed 3 weeks ago and the bonnet, roof and boot were treated with a layer of Fusso Coat. This car went through several rains and it was in really bad condition. Before applying the shampoo, I rinsed the car with water using my favourite Claiber spray noozle. This is how the water beads on the bonnet.

Excellent isn't it? I'm very impressed with such result eventhough the paint has layers of dirt film on it. I proceeded with normal washing and drying.

Next, I applied the Fusso Coat (Spray) onto the bonnet for topping up the previous layer. Spraying the product carefully on the paint and immediately buff it away with a piece of clean microfiber cloth left streak free and smooth surface. To see how this product affects the surface tension, I lightly mist some water with a spray bottle. Below is the result.

As expected, nice water beading! To revive your paintwork in minimal time, I would apply this product after each car wash.

It'd been raining for the past few months, lots of road tars were sticking on the lower panels. Before I applied the Fusso Coat, I chose the safe and easy way of removing road tars by lightly wiping across those panels with the M6000 using a piece of clean microfiber cloth.

Once the surface is clear from road tars, I proceeded with Fusso Coat application, including the wheels. As for tires, I dressed it with Meguiar's Insane Shine.

Now the car is ready for a new week!

Canon EOS350D, EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM, EF17-40mm F/4L USM

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Kelisa 1.0GX (2003)

You might have seen this car somewhere during a gathering related to detailing. The owner is a detailing enthusiast and he has been inspiring lots of forumers. This is his 4-year old ride with OEM paintwork. This is what he had been using on his car...
  • Meguiar's M85 Diamond Cut Compound
  • Meguiar's M83 Dual Action Cleaner/Polish
  • Meguiar's M80 Speed Glaze
  • Meguiar's M21 Synthetic Sealant
  • Meguiar's M16 Professional Paste Wax
  • Meguiar's Hyper Dressing

A silver car can shine well too!

Canon EOS350D, EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM

Friday, January 26, 2007

Fusso (Spray)

The new range of Fusso Coat has caught my attention. Today I picked up a bottle of spray type Fusso Coat. Unlike the previous version, this one has got no solvent smell. And the liquid looks abit creamy, quite similar to Meguiar's NXT Spray Wax. On the box itself, it mentioned that this sealant can last for 90 days in the lab test. I will only know its durability after I apply it on the Accord this weekend, hopefully.

90 Days Durability

Canon EOS350D, EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM

Monday, January 22, 2007

Fusso Fever

It's exactly a month I hadn't been washing my Vios. After the Iswara's accident, my car was used more frequent. This also means that my car was subjected to the recent crazy weather. What had I done to my car during the last wash? Just a simple wash, M6000 tar removing and Fusso coating on the left doors.

Again I'm convinced that Fusso Coat works perfectly under long harsh driving condition. Road tar and dirt rarely stick onto the left doors and my aged Ultimate Wipe microfiber cloth glides smoothly across the paintwork. It's just as if I just sealed the car!

I call this Fusso Fever.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Myvi Detailing

The absence of DISO on the new Myvi doesn't encourage me to pull out the rotary buffer and do the polishing. Instead, I spend about 5 hours doing the following tasks:
  1. Wash and dry.
  2. Apply M6000 and clay to remove tar splatters.
  3. Apply Soft99 Fusso Coat.
  4. Apply Autoglym Glass Polish to remove mild glass water spots (Type 1).
  5. Apply Rain-X.
  6. Apply Meguiar's Hot Shine tyre dressing.
  7. Shoot photos.

The car is in tip-top condition now. It's sheltered so that the sealant would cure in the next morning and ready to protect the paintwork for months. Considering the thin clearcoat on Myvi, paint thickness should be preserved as much as I can. Willing to live with mild orange peel and mild sissing.

Canon EOS350D, EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM

Fusso-ed Vios

A few months back I promised to post up some photos showing the result of the Fusso Coat. Today I had a chance to shoot at my friend's Champagne Gold Vios, treated with Fusso Coat 3 months ago. It has not been washed for the past 2 weeks and constantly being exposed in the rain. However, the water beading effect is still strong.

75mm, f/5.6, 1/13s, ISO400

75mm, f/5.6, 1/15s, ISO800

24mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO100

105mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO100

Canon EOS350D, EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM

Saturday, January 20, 2007


Had a chance to take a quick inspection on the new Myvi reveals a few factory defects:
  1. The gap between the trunk lid and the bumper is inconsistent with left side being larger than right side.
  2. The driver door is hard to close.
  3. Dashboard buttons (for hazard light and air-cond) are misaligned with the dashboard cover (what a shame!).
  4. Slight condensation in both of the headlamps.
  5. Minor road tar splash on front bumper, wheel fender and bonnet.
  6. Mild water spots on front and side glasses.
  7. Scratched wiper stalk.

The paintwork is in good condition (no DISO) besides the road tar splash. I will need to apply M6000 wax & grease remover before applying the Fusso Coat onto it. The windscreen water spots were removed easily with Autoglym Glass Polish.

Overall, I'm quite satisfied with this car but its quality is still far from Honda and Toyota, including the price. :)

Tar spots on the front bumper

After removing the spots with M6000

Misaligned buttons (note the A/C button is in off position)

Scratched wiper stalk

In dirty condition

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Midnight Worker

To those of you who view my blog, I really appreciate alot. Unfortunately I had been too tied down with work lately. My working time is now from morning till midnight and earliest I go back home is 1am, including the weekends. I haven't got the chance to wash my Vios for a month and I can only afford to wipe down the glasses daily. A recent visit to YSKhong revealed that my rear fixed axle beam is out of alignment. The left one is toe-in by 0.7deg while the right one is toe-out by 2deg! Now I need to pay Toyota a visit and start to make complain about this. :(

Anyhow, the Myvi is coming tomorrow. Quite excited over it, just wish to have it cleaned nicely and put on a layer of Soft99 Fusso Coat. Paintwork polishing shall only be done when the first 'batch' of swirls have come in after you know Myvi's paintwork is ultra thin.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Year New Car

This shall be the first post for the year 2007. Welcome back and happy new year! Hope all of you had a good rest over the long weekend. Some of you might be spending time pampering your babe or your ride. Well, for me, not much of detailing except washing up the Accord. I also spent abit of time at Taman Tasik Perdana doing some photo shooting.

FYI, the workshop informed that the repair work on Iswara is still not started yet. The B-pillar needs to be replaced (from half-cut I suppose) and it requires approval from PUSPAKOM/JPJ (whichever). It's going to be a lengthy process and the car might not be completely safe to be used. Anyhow, that doesn't matter much as my parents have booked a brand new Olive Green Myvi. It shall be delivered next week as it just left the factory on 26th December 2006. Hopefully everything goes on smoothly...and I shall start to shoot some photos of it.

90mm, ISO100, F/8, 1/30s

90mm, ISO100, F/4, 1/160s

90mm, ISO100, F/11, 1/4s

Canon EOS350D, Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1