The day after picking the car up we went for a decent break in drive through the hills to King Lake and then onto Healsville. We put about 350km on the car and it didn't once skip a beat, it's seriously good fun.
On the Sunday I gave the car a full exterior detail in preparation for Opticoat, being new the paint was already in very good condition so I only had to do a quick pass with some Menzerna Ultra Finish and a finishing pad.
Once finished the entire car was wiped down twice with Carpro Eraser, this removes all of the polishing oils, finger marks and other contaminants from the paint and also preps it for Opticoat.
All finished and ready for Opticoat.
Opticoat ready to go.
The Opticoat process took about an hour and a half, the entire car was coated, including paint inside the door and boot. The wheels would be done in the morning.
The next day each wheel was taken off the car and Opticoated inside and out, this will make them much easier to clean and stop brake dust from destroying the alloy.
The car was left in the garage for the next 24 hours so the Opticoat could cure correctly.
A few days later took the Focus into the city where it was accompanied by a few other hot hatch friends.
The next morning the car was booked in with Rob Tait at Cartint in Ringwood to get the windows tinted. I didn't want some slap dash place to do the tint, so I searched online and Robs name kept popping up as being the best tinter in Melbourne.
He's been tinting cars for over 37 years and I found out (once I got home) that he actually tinted my dads Honda Accord back in 1978. I got home and my dad said "Nice tint job! I remember back in 78 I was one of the first people in Melbourne to have tint on their car, a man called Rob Tait did it for me." Seriously blew my mind when he told me.
I brought the car down at 11:00am and Rob got stuck into it straight away, I had nowhere else to go so I stayed there and helped him out. He seriously knows his stuff and is an extremely nice guy, he showed and explained the entire tinting process to me and was happy to answer any questions I had.
Getting the rear window ready
Four and a half hours later it was all finished, in 35% (darkest legal) Madico Charcool film. Not the cheapest place but considering his knowledge and attention to detail it was well worth it.
At home after tint and a wash.
A few days later the set of euro plates I ordered arrived in the mail, so I got the paper work sorted and fitted them up. They finish the car off much better than the standard Victorian plates. (sorry but I have photo shopped out the last digits)