94 Porsche Carrera Wet Sand and Detail
Saving the classics! Not to long ago we had a 1994 Porsche Carrera come in for some desperately needed detailing. The car had been repainted (we don’t know when) and had many, I mean many body-shop mishaps during the repainting process. At first inspection of the car it had only looked as if a few sections were repainted. After getting the car cleaned up some we could notice the defects that were present upon inspection were actually caused by a complete respray. I love getting these older 993’s to detail! They are a load of fun to detail and its always great to see cars with age be transformed.
1994 Porsche Carrera Detail “Wet-Sanded”
This car was such a wreck as it came in and the only thing you could really think was “what were they thinking” as it had so many defects like fish eyes, orange peel, UN-even sanding marks, hugely faded paint and the normal scratches and swirls caused from working with a blindfold, “I would guess…” The paint however was somewhat easy to work with. It was soft and leveled nicely thru the wet-sanding & Paint Correction but was definitely not OEM Porsche Paint. This detail took 40 plus hrs to complete.
Various reasons why the wet-sanding was needed.
- Bad Repaint
- Some progress of sanding was done by body shop but never completed
- Fish eyes
- Texture (orange peel)
- Solvent pop
- Scratches & Swirls
- R.I.D.S (random isolated deep scratches)
- Clear Coat Overspray
- Mineral Etching
Here is a few shots of the paint as it was before the process began.
As you can see the paint is looking pretty rough… However Porsche 993’s are so worth saving “Send them this way please!”
Getting started with this detail I first removed a few pieces to give better access and better detailing to some areas that have been neglected for years. Lights, badges, plastic and rubber guards etc. was removed and carefully organized with its hardware before getting started with the paint work. You might notice in a few of the pics below all the greyish whiteness in the cracks and crevices where items were removed. This is from the (previous work) body-shop wet-sanding the car down and leaving the clear coat run off to dry behind areas we don’t usually look at. When a body-shop does not take 15 mins to pull a few simple parts off… It’s most likely a very bad job. (The currant owner is not at fault with the bad paint job as it was a situation that took place prior to ownership)
First part of this detail was disassembling and a lot of prep
OMG…. the picture below….
I kid you not… The car came in with this already tattooed on it. Under natural sun light it looked bad… but not this bad.
This being the most horrible looking spot on the car, “I just knew” I had to use this as a quick test spot. Whomever did the repaint work on this poor 993 just raised the bar for me 🙂 This particular section of the car was sanded and never polished back out…. Unbelievable. It is also noticeable that the sanding was done by hand as well, probably 2000 grit would be my guess.
The Conclusion…. This will be a lot of FUN!
The paint was soft and very much cured, It was definitely not OEM Porsche paint and it was very thick… My hunch is it’s probably PPG and will be pleasantly soft to work with.
Working in the same area I toyed with a few more spots to further an evaluation of the paint in how it’s going to cooperate… After a few quick passes I can see a lot of solvent pop and a few fisheyes…. just a whole lot of messed up paint really. “BLAH” Its Everywhere! Taking a step back I grab a coffee and a smoke before I indulge myself into this!
A lot of back and forth action goes into wet sanding for me and I lack on grabbing the camera to go back and forth with me thru every detail. Meguiar’s DA sanding disc’s (1200, 1500 UNIGRIT, 3000 and a few small spots with a block)
Meguiar’s 1500 unigrit sanding disc’s always are amazing when strapped to my PorterCable7424 , with Interface pad and 6″ & 3″ options! Highline Paint Meter will tell me to keep grinding or stop right there.
Moving on… Something decent would be nice to see!
Okay… We have hope! And that’s all we need! Now lets get around to the drivers side quarter panel…
What in the world is this?
- Some sort of sticky residue. (Most likely a piece of tape that sat on the panel for way to long.)
All cool things as you detail your way around a car like this!
- Each vehicle tells some sort of story.
- This will be the end of the story for this car.
- After this detail is complete this car will be able to start a new story beginning from chapter 1.
- But will have value and history of said “had” a past story.
Passenger side / Rear Quarter Panel deep RIDS
After the correction process was complete the car was then re-washed again and checked under natural sun. Polish and LSP still needs to be carried out.
All wheels were removed, cleaned, polished and sealed prior and was part of day 1 prep work.
Reassembling the 993
Headlights and taillights were polished out before install along with a list of other cosmetic repairs. Under the bonnet a full make over was done.
Repairing the adhisive bond to each of the corners of this rubber weather stripping. (below)
Somewhere along the 30hr mark my need to take pictures was diminishing with all the work in front of me. I apploigize for that. The newley installed convertible top was an easy one and was treated with Gtechnic I1 Smart Fabric. The Porsche 993 came out way better than before however a few little areas of the car were non-savable and would better benefit from a few low cost replacements parts. Most of these after pics were taken after the second wash/rinse down and a lot of final detailing and protection was still to be done. Hopefully this was enough to get the basic consept of the detailing benefits for this little beaut!
Thank You For Viewing!