Titanium Mugen Goodies

Just some small little things to add to the car now while my mind thinks about what to buy next… LOL. In all seriousness though – I’m quite content with how the car sits now and I have a small list of things I want to get but at the same time, I want to just keep it nice and problem-free… The next best thing is to just add small things that don’t really change anything but add some small details. I really love the little details that are put into cars – whether you can see/notice them or not and this post happens to be one of them.

First of all, sorry for the proper editing – I edited these all on my phone. My computer is out of commission currently so I’m stuck using Photoshop mobile lol. Not sure anyone would’ve noticed anyway…

Anyway, I’ve been waiting about 5 weeks for the titanium Mugen badge and Mugen commander stickers from King Motorsports. The other titanium goodies come from TiBurnt – still one of my favourite titanium goods providers out there. None of that cheap looking neo-chrome titanium stuff with the green and yellow (who thought that looked good?) and he has a great selection of bolts that you can replace in places people don’t really think about replacing… You can see in the pics.

Just a small set of Mugen commander stickers to place in some discreet areas… Really loving the new logo for Mugen.

The awesome titanium Mugen badge…

Supposedly it’s hand-burnt and so each badge looks slightly different. Pretty cool… Just thought it would make a nice addition to the rear.

I was debating long and hard on where I was going to put it. Initially I was going to put it on the left where “CIVIC” was but after mocking it up, it didn’t look too good. The sizing between “Type R” and the Mugen badge was uneven and it was making my eye twitch. So I ended up moving it to be under the “Type R” and will be replacing the “CIVIC” badge on the left to even it all out again…

The titanium bolts from TiBurnt were to bolt in the Mugen pieces. He was waiting for these pieces to come in and as soon as he added them to the site, I copped them real quick. 4 bolts for the front lip…

5 bolts for the sideskirt…

The front part of the sideskirt – peep the Mugen sticker on there. Not sure how I feel about it yet – we’ll see when I get the car all washed up and I can take a better look from a distance.

And two more bolts for the rear lip. Initially I only wanted to replace the bolts that held the Mugen pieces up but now it’s look a little weird with the remaining stock black bolts that hold the fender liner and such as you can see in some of the pics, so I’ll probably end up replacing those soon.

Anyway, just some cool little pieces to bring it all together.

If You Jump In Muddy Puddles, You Must Wear Your Boots…

… Peppa Pig quote for those of you blessed with children who love to watch that terrible show. LOL

Anyway, first time in the rain for the CTR after CQuartz and Gliss combined. I’ve been waiting for this day – just to see how well they hold up and it was awesome. Most of the time it usually just drizzles for a few seconds and then it ends up just messing the car up but this time it was pouring hard and fast. Perfect for a quick rainy day shoot to test the coating and to get some cool pics!

The only thing I wish I had was a rain jacket… Otherwise it was perfect weather for reflections and some cool effects. The only thing that sucks about this pic is that I caught the damn wipers LOL

Just some quick test shots in front of the house at first…

Really loving the way this sits right now. The cool thing about shooting in the rain – especially at f.14 is that you can capture the rain droplets suspended in the air and if you zoom in, you can see them. It was also misting at the same time so it creates this haziness that allows you to play with some masks and filters if you want…

Reflections reflection reflections!

It’s hard to tell how hard it was raining in the pics but I was out for literally 5-10 seconds and was pretty drenched, so I had to be quick with the shots. It was also pretty windy so it was pushing all the rain onto the lens, so I had to find the right angles to avoid that.

Most of my shots in the past were of the front because it was my favourite but… Now all you’ll see is the rear LOL.

A better example of all the rain falling and captured at f1.4. Soo good.

I wasn’t out long because I was drenched in the few seconds that I was out each time to grab a shot but I needed to get a shot of the car after the drive. Water beading perfectly and after it all dried, it looked like my car was never outside. GOD, I will never not praise ceramic coating. The sad thing about it all is that 99% of people will never notice. LOL

When White Paint gets Whiter… Carpro Gliss

Sometimes white paint is overlooked when it comes to gloss and finish because it’s really hard to see swirls and imperfections but when you put enough work into it and care for it the same way as darker coloured cars, it can shine pretty damn well too.

JC came over last weekend to apply Carpro Gliss over top of the already shining CQuartz UK 3.0. We initially only applied UK 3.0 and then topped off with Reload and other mixtures to maintain gloss and slickness and a few weeks later, we found out about Carpro Gliss. Essentially it’s a permanent version of Reload. Instead of re-applying Reload every few months, you just don’t even have to think about it with Gliss… It’s easier to apply, it flashes super fast and it’s easy to wipe off. The finish is slicker than Reload and it adds a lot more gloss than Reload… So in my books, it’s a winner and worth the extra time to apply.

One thing that we will continue doing is applying reload occasionally and continue detailing with our Merlin’s Majic Elixir to keep up the gloss and high slickness.

Just some quick pics of the finished results…

Really hard to capture how shiny and glossy white paint is in pictures…

Unfortunately I have to turn down highlights a bit so it doesn’t just look like you’re staring at the sun lol.

I’m super happy with how JC’s car turned out. We put a lot of hours into correcting the paint and ensuring we’ve gotten the highest gloss we could achieve. Doesn’t get much better than this…

Playing with some editing here to help with the crazy exposure lol

One of the newest additions are the TRD front lip additions. Minor but makes a big difference in the overall front end look.

Last shot of the front end. Perfection.

 

Custom Toons Showcase

You guys have been keeping me hella busy lately with all the requests for toons. I feel like I work during the day and then I’m drawing the rest of the evening! Not that I’m complaining – it’s totally sweet being able to toon for you guys and I appreciate the huge support over the last few weeks.

I only really share them as stories on Instagram, so I thought I’d share them here so you can see them on your monitors too. I know it may not seem like it, but there’s a lot of detail in a lot of these cars – whether it’s from all the different shades of colours to little pieces on cars that make it unique – I really try to get in and capture those details in the toons.

For those of you wondering, I’m using my iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil with Procreate. I was thinking about putting together a video or a tutorial on the steps if you’d like to try it yourselves whenever I have time…¬† Anyway – here’s a few of my favourites over the last few weeks!

Darin’s Mugen TSX full toon. You rarely see a clean TSX – let alone a Mugen one. Super clean and fun to do this one. This one was fun to do to add the show lights into the toon as well to try and mimic real paint.

Philip’s M3 Sedan on Bronze TE37’s. Another super clean build that I really love.

Phil’s Spoon S2000. I incorporated a ton of layers into this – you’d think black would be easy but when you shoot a black car with a polarizer, tooning it means tons of shading.

Steve’s S2000 in yellow. I really loved the gradation in this with the dark corners.

Suyang’s amazing RE RX7 with a full toon. The RE RX7 has always been one of my childhood favourites so it was awesome to be able to toon one.

Derek’s boosted FR-S. A bit nostalgic for me to do an FR-S… The blues were fun in this one.

Mike’s Ghia with a shot I took years ago! This was super awesome to do with the rust and the green paint. I wish he had kept building this…

Steve’s M3 on TE37’s. Another fun one to do.

Van Russell’s Focus RS. This was one of the first toons I had where I incorporated the oil slick reflection in the headlights. A cool learning experience and something I have learned to love doing!

The first toon after mine that I did was Eric’s S15. One of the cleanest S15’s around.

Kenji’s 4Runner full toon. This one was proabbly the most involved and intricate with all the details in the grill, lights, front bumper and tires. Turned out amazing!

A full toon of a Ford GT350R. Carbon splitter and intricate reflections… Also that blue *heart eyes*

Tommy’s GT-R Sedan half toon. So fun doing rollers and the yellow reflection in the pain added some awesome effects.

Posh Detailing’s McLaren half toon. Learned a lot from this one with the rain effects and the lighting.

Peter’s FR-S half toon. This one had an interesting array of colours – from white, gray and blue. Came together perfectly.

This was an interesting toon of Ryan’s Celsior. I ended up changing the rear Bazreia’s to gold as he got them refinished after this shot was taken. Turned out rad.

Mike’s Civic Sedan full toon. Loved doing this one – from the DC5 Mugen-style wing to the grill fins and foglight intake.

Adrean’s Altezza in the sunset. Super fun doing sunset toons.

Another challenging one for me because this included lots of yellow on the right side which meant mixing colours properly to achieve the right effect. Another one that had a ton of layers to get right.

Bill’s Focus half toon. Again, gradation in the yellow looks so good!

Sue’s Focus hatch – also I cursed those wheels. LOL

Sue’s S13-vert in red. Classic cars are the best to do.

Spencer’s BMW 3-series half toon.

 

Something a little different – Chantelle’s dog, Chopper. This one was super fun to do with a TON of layers to ensure I was getting all the colours accurately and properly. I think I re-did this one a few times trying out different methods until I got what I wanted.

And last but not least – full custom toons… These ones are super fun for me to do because I can add my own style into it and make it how I see fit. From drawing all the little custom bits that people have on their cars to playing with different shapes and angles to make it really look cartoony.

In Philip’s M3 – parts like the hood hump and the whole front end were super fun to do. I always loved this gen and it was cool to do. The Volk bronze is challenging because it requires like 6-7 different shades of bronze/brown to bring it all together to look like that.

Darin’s Mugen TSX also fully custom tooned. Again, fun to do something different with the Mugen kit and add in the Spoon BBK…

If you enjoyed these, feel free to reach out to me for a toon if you’re interested! One thing I will say is these are most definitely, absolutely, positively¬†not free. I always chuckle to myself when people DM me and ask to get a toon and start sending pics through Instagram and then I tell them to email me the pic and the money and they just peace out like they didn’t message me first and I never hear from them again.

That’s cool and all and I understand that not everyone wants to pay for these kinds of things, but I also don’t think you can go and ask for a service and assume it’s free either. Like most things, this takes time and as you all know – time is money. I don’t want to come off as a money mongering dude – I definitely am not – just saying if you put yourselves in my shoes, you probably wouldn’t spend hours of your time doing stuff for free for the public either.

Rant over. Enjoy!