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.

 

Enter: Tony Dinh’s Lexus IS350 – Part III

The final part for Tony’s IS350. If anyone knows me by now from reading my blog, it’s that I have a love/hate relationship with rolling shots. I love them because when everything works out perfectly, it’s a great way to end the shoot. On the rare occasion, I’ll get nada for rolling shots and it’s a total bummer sitting at home after the shoot and finding out nothing came out the way I had intended. Sometimes it just happens with bad lighting, traffic, lack of time, etc. However, that’s not the case this time – Tony’s car was fairly straightforward except for the fact that he has the deadliest combination of wheels to paint colour – dark wheels on a light car… But it ended up working nicely!

Overall – it was a fantastic photoshoot for the first one of the year. Looking forward to doing way more because I slacked uber hard last year until the last minute. Not to mention that everybody has something new for 2014 (it sounds like I say that every year – but it’s a good thing). I personally love the attention to quality that is slowly coming our way with people’s builds and it just makes me itch to photograph them all!

Anyways – huge thanks to Tony for coming out as soon as I had messaged him for this photoshoot. It’s a great one to add to the books.

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Nice gold and red combo of the Junction produce Tsuna and Fusa.

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Diggin the 3000K DRL’s on this too. It was always one of my favourite first mods on my cars as well.

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Of course we need another ass shot! Can’t get over how well the lip and and trunk lip go together.

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Light/Shadow shot right under the Bow.

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Rollers!

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This was a great shot of Tony heading into the core.

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The lines of the IS at the front quarter all the way to the back are pretty close to the 08 GS. I also loved this shot because it showed how low Tony rolls on a daily basis.

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Another with a more monotone look.

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Downtown cruising. Peep the Calgary Tower in the back.

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And after the shoot chillin.

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I love the side profile of the LS with the long wheelbase. It just looks so ridiculously long hahaha

That’s a wrap for Tony’s photoshoot! Hopefully some good ones to come! Punit just got his air install completed by Jackie last night and we got a few more cars just getting ready now to do more shoots!

Enter: Tony Dinh’s Lexus IS350 – Part II

Part 2! We made our way downtown and JC found a new location we haven’t used before and it ended up being perfect in terms of lighting and shadows. The way that the shots turned out looks like it was at night with strobes but it was actually mid day with the sun beaming down with a few clouds in the sky. The way the overhead walkway was positioned and where the sun was coming from was awesome.

Tony’s car shined at this location because it just worked so well with the overall feel of the surroundings. Kudos to JC for this bad ass spot!

The shots turned out great and this is probably my favourite part of all the sets I will be posting. It shows a lot of the details that I enjoyed about Tony’s car that I think you all will like too. You might have guessed it by now but the rear is my favourite. I’m an ass guy. Ha!

Less talk. More pictures!

IMG_0482 copyA great shot showcasing the lighting that I mentioned earlier. I did little in terms of making his car pop in this shot. Always feels good when a shot turns out just how you wanted it.

IMG_0487 copyA better angle from higher up.

IMG_0488 copyUs chillin on the other side. I’m pretty sure this is where JC started editing his hipster picture of the Bow.

IMG_0490 copyFUUUU so dirty. I’ve been lazy to wash it because there’s been and will continue to be constant construction around my house and it will never stay clean so I will never try.

IMG_0493 copyAnother one of my favourite shots. That Wald lip spoiler is to die for. I wish the LS had one… The JP Vizage rear lip compliments it well.

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IMG_0508 copyA shot of his tucking.

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IMG_0513 copyMore of that Wald. Can’t get enough.

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And finally a shot of his Wald side skirts. Love the look of these as well…

Last part will go up tomorrow!!! If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know what’s in part 3 😉

Enter: Tony Dinh’s Lexus IS350 – Part I

Here we go with part 1!

I know a few of you were upset with the teaser last night because it was barely a shot of the car but that’s how I like to roll. Anyways – we started off right at noon and headed over to some industrial-type areas to get some basic shots. I’m usually excited and nervous for my first shoot every year because I really haven’t picked up the camera all winter and if I have, it was to shoot anything but a car. I always find that I can’t be inspired to shoot anything well unless the car or the location inspires me first. In this case, I was super stoked to shoot Tony’s car because it’s fresh and new to me so I ended up taking a bunch more pics than I usually do – hence the reason for three parts lol.

This was the first time I’ve met Tony in person – we were instagram buddies for a while and I knew that he had an Integra and he recently got the IS350 last August and has built it up to what you see today. In an amazingly short amount of time, he’s come a long way. In one way, I love builds that come together quickly and properly but on the other hand I hate it cause it takes the joy out of actually building it. That’s what happened when I owned the STI – I put it from stock to GT race car wannabe in a few months with nothing else left to do with it afterwards. That’s why I got so bored of it so quickly… But with the LS – I’m not quite done with it yet so I haven’t had a thought of letting it go nor has the thought of a new car entered my mind. I need to finish this first before I move on.

Anyways – let’s get on with part 1 of Tony’s slammed and static IS350.

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We stopped at our first location and we welcomed Tony to the Mode Luxe family. Him and his car was well deserving of it and it looks great!

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Tony wasted no time in slapping it on right away.

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The decal looks right at home on his rear window.

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My heap and JC’s in the back with his rears lowered a bit more from the last time I might have taken a picture of it.

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First shot of the day… Love the bronze on white.

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The side profile is my second favourite view of Tony’s car. His height is literally basically my bagged height in the rear. No rubbing back there either and the fronts are about as low as he can go without sacrificing his turning radius.

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Another shot of the rear tuck.

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And a profile shot. I love this picture.

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And finally my favourite view of Tony’s car is from the back. The set up is just super clean and aggressive at the same time. The best addition is the Wald lip spoiler IMO.

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Random rear quarter shot.

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Another profile shot… It’s very reminiscent of an IS-F due to the aggressive rear and addition of the kit pieces.

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Can’t forget about the head on shot either.

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JC and Diana chillin’. JC was busy editing his Instagram post..

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Our junkers off to the side. I’m not sure if that will offend JC or not… But it’s a good way to end part 1. We move onto the next location in part 2!

Tomorrow night!