Yesterday one of my main tasks was doing a proper detail on my STi for the first time since purchasing the car. After driving it for a few months, the car was pretty dirty even with regular washes 2-3 times each month. This process included the high pressure soap and rinse from a coin op car wash to start. Then I did a bucket wash with a Turtle Wax product and a microfiber wash mit. After that I went home to do the full detail from the comfort of my garage. This would allow me to have food and bathroom access since I knew I had hours to go. I immediately started with some Meguiars clay and that took well over an hour to thoroughly cover the whole car. Right after finishing the clay, I used a Chemical Guys product called jet seal in order to seal the paint work and protect it for reportedly up to a year. That needed to settle about a half hour before microfiber polishing so I had some lunch and then got back to it. The final stage was a Chemical Guys Caranuba paste wax applied after polishing the sealant. Finally, I was done after 5 hours of grueling labor (plus an hour of downtime waiting for the sealant and wax). It is entertaining always to me, but man does it take long to scrub every inch of paint on the car.
These photos are from the same spot I stopped with the Miata yesterday, but today the ocean was not visible just yet since the Marine layer clouds were still over Malibu. However, we did go hiking and found some wonderful overlooks to get some nice photos from.
Also bonus shot of my girlfriend trying on my Autocross helmet. She says it’s too heavy and squishes her face.