February Posters Are Here!
At Oberk, we love so many types and generations of automobiles, and we love to celebrate style of heavily modified vehicles, factory original preservations and even restorations. From Japanese classics, vintage concours historic vehicles, European sports cars, and hot rod builds are just a few. The evalution of how we build and modify vehicles has started to cross and blend styles or design from all areas of the automotive aftermarket. We colloborated with CenterScene Media to bring you a limited endition Calendar for 2023, and with that we have decided to offer limited edition 11x17" prints each month of the same vehicle featured in our Calendar.
January Posters sold out before the end of the month so make sure you scoop yours before they are gone.
We ran 100 print for each month and January's K5 Blazer was one people loved! To keep with the "Valentine" theme, this month we are featuring this beautiful NFR AP1 Honda S2000.
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These are matte prints on premium 100lb weight stock with digital vectorized images of photoshoots and vehicles captured by David Heller of Centerscene Media and David Patterson of Oberk Care Care. Each vehicle was a project we did or participoated in over the last year or so.
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Jessie's Classics and Customs - SEMA Build - 1968 Dodge Charger - wet sand and polish
OFFICIAL RING BROTHERS REVEAL - DETAILED ENYO 1948 Chevy Truck
Written by David Patterson
Photos by David Heller of Centercene and myself.
When a farm truck collides with F1, Enyo is born.
This project has been in the works for over 2 years, and I remember seeing the renderings at the first Gloss U class in 2020. Obviously, Mike and Jim Ring are huge when it comes to the development and finished product but there are a lot of extremely talented guys I want to shout out that put their passion into making these cars come to life.
Adam Richard Federman
I'm sure I'm missing some, but these guys deserve a shout out.
Original Renderings and drawings from Gary Ragle
This truck was originally designed and rendered by Gary Ragle. If you aren't familiar with Gary, just search his name online and you can see all the amazing work he's done. Many of the cars RIng Brothers build are drawings and renderings that start from Gary. This car is a full CAD designed car done in Alias. What people might not exactly know is that Gary isn't just a designer, he is an OE designer with tons of real world car designing experience. Scott Ahlman lended a hand in the engineering and design of the chassis itself that was done with assistance from the Roadster Shop. This 1-off chassis, incorporating cantilevered independent suspension front and rear, corvette torque tube transaxle 480LS transmission with Ohlin shocks and Brembo brakes is just an art piece by itself. Scott was actually the designer of the 05 Ford GT and made all the details come together.
The image above is from Christmas 2021, when I was out preparing CAPTIV to get shipped to Australia (or New Zealand, i cant remember). The side exit exhaust has a cutout, so it can quiet down by going all the way and exiting in the rear. It sound ridicoulous no matter what. The maniforld is all custom stainless, but the side exit is all titanium. Normally people see the burnt blue color, but really titanium welds should look like this if they are done correctly and penetraed the metal properly as well.
This 1948 Original cab was narrowed/chopped 4”, narrowed 4”, lengthened 2” and wedge cut 2-4“ through cab. The rest of truck built in carbon fiber: 2-piece clamshell hood, belly pans, diffusers, doors, , bed sides, spoiler, brake ducts, side air intakes, fan shrouds, door panels, dash, seats, torque tube, headliner,
- 1000 hp on race gas, 510 cu in built by Todd Goodwin, Kinsler fuel injection 8-stack, custom one off ss headers with titanium side exhaust
- Power rear window, air conditioning
- Too many one-off machined parts in stainless steel and titanium to list
- Exposed components showcases the cool factor each product brings to the project
It uses an open wheel design using Porsche 911 pin drive wheels by HRE wrapped in 18’ race slicks front and rear. SIngle lug race hubs FTW The Brembo setup is just the icing on the cake visually.
Shown is 480LS transmission with Ohlin shocks. This car also has air jacks, so it can be jacked up within second with just an air line.
With the carbon fiber side vents off the car, you can see how this ducting directs the airflow from the sides of the car into the rear mounted radiator as well as the oil cooler behind it.
Although I sand a lot of body work by block, I decided to use some of the new RUPES DA interface pads for sanding. Any opportunity to save some time in areas that don’t need it is important. It takes so long to sand and polish these cars that you need know ways where you can achieve the same or similar result, faster.
Most of the cars are presanded once prior to us coming in, so we usually start with 1000. It usually enough to flatten the areas where there might be peel or sand scratches left.
The autoclave front end parts were a lot heavier than you would think for carbon fiber. I didn’t ask but I would assume it has to do with impact points like the front end and the doors in case of an accident.
Every single accessible painted panel was polished. Actually, a ton of car got covered in Xpel inside and out to avoid damage during road testing. It came back looking crazy, and everyone was glad it was filmed.
Chassis designed by Scott Ahlman, designer of ’05 Ford GT chassis, in conjunction with Roadster Shop for 1-off chassis, incorporating cantilevered independent suspension front and rear, corvette torque tube
In the hood above, you can see the texture on the left side. The right side was sanded with 1000, 1500, 3000 and polished out. The crazy part is that the carbon fiber weave would actually shrink and come back if any heat was induced by polishing. Really the look and bed sides could use to sit for a year or so before diving back into it. The off gassing of the resin usually needs time to fully settle.
Once the Exhaust was installed, the side skirts were mounted. The exhaust was then quenched to shrink the metal and slightly move everything to make sure the exhaust pipe was centered just perfect. Most people associate titanium with the burnt purple color, but proper welds on titanium actually look more natural like the ones on these. The manifold was stainless, and is all titanium after the cutouts. A flip of a switch and the exhaust is routed all the way to the back. It still loud!
The carbon brake ducts are just perfect, and we completely corrected these like everything else.
Connor Harrison of Ch. Detailing polished the valve covers along with the firewall, carbon brake booster and so many more.
Connor and Jason Kilmer corrected the roof out after I removed the PPF. Connor inspects to make sure its perfect, and it will get PPF installed once it returns from the SEMA show.
“Matty” Matthew Arendt is one of the more detailed guys I know, and I had him tackle the rear truck bed and suspension setup. He knocked it out of the park and got everything looking incredible. All the shrouds needed polishing and there was a ton of debris from road testing in the belly pan and stuffed in every crevice.
I spent time inside the cab with Connor polishing all the door panels, dash pieced, seats and driveshaft tunnel.
We actually waxed all these cars. The amount of hands that touch them makes it not worth the time and preparation of ceramic coating. We will most likely tackle this at a later time when the truck comes home.
I love photography, but admittedly I am not great by any means. Once and a while I Impress myself and the image above was one of those shots. :)
I think the term “Motley Crew” is appropriate for the cars.
Left to right -
Matthew Arendt - Matthews Specialized Detailing and cohost of Driven by Details Podcast
Dan Smith of Dans Auto Detailing LLC
Myself - David Patterson - Oberk Car Care, Gloss University
Connor Harrison of CH. Detailing
Jason Kilmer of KXK Dynamics, cohost of Driven by Details podcast and Gloss University.
We had a lot of fun shooting pictures the final night after everything was complete.
Photos by Centerscene, cleanliness from Matty :)
Enjoy these amazing shots from David Heller of Centerscene.
Thanks for taking the time to check out all our BLOGS today, and stay tuned for so much more.
RING BROTHER PATRIARCH - SEMA OFFICAL RELEASE
I will admit that I am not a huge Mustang guy, but this one really has some cool features and styling that get me. Same with the color combo. The blue and yellow just works with this car. One thing I regret is not grabbing good engine shots on this car. Im not sure what I was thinking, It has a beautiful Coyote 5.0L motor that is just muahhhh!
Matt Arendt puts on the finishing touches before the Mustang takles off for Las Vegas.
Jason Killmer is all smiles when he gets a rotary polisher in his hands, In this pic, hes cutting down sanding scratches with the Oberk Thundercut pad and Oberk Cut.
ANother one cleaned and clayed with Oberk Rinseless wash, The window trim was damaged by the winow not being aligned properly, so after we cut this car down, they jumped in and air brushed the trim to repair it. We came back to clay the overspray and go right into finis polishing.
Most of this car was actually done by Jason Killmer, but but Dan Smith and myself helper during the cutting step. This was actually a 3 step process. We cut heavy panels with a rotary and thundercut pad, but then we followed up with a microfiber pad and sole, and finishing with a yellow foam pad and polishing,
In between the vinyl, the paint was taped and it etched into the clear. I had to tape these off and sand it out prior to compounding.
Iron Free is the way to be. safe on all finishes.
Killmer the seconf day finishing the mustang off before I applied Swissvax OBSSSSD wax, This is an amazing wax that smells great. Ive been using it for years and is a go to for me. Ceramic Coating these cars just doesnt make sense., It will be handled by so many people, and will most likely need repolishing before the owner takes it home. Many of these cars will go other places after SEMA before the come back. Whether its a trip to Hoonigan, or a tv shoot with Leno, these cars are all over the place, The time, effort and labor just isn't worth the sqeeze.
Put some soue in it....or sole, whatever works.
Watching all the hard work come together. The local cop stopped by to see the cars load up. Mike Ring is usally never visually stressed, and doesa great job with keeping peeopl in a great mood and keeping things light even during a crunch. This year, with 4 cars, hes just had so much into this that I think he was releived it all came together, but stilla week to go. They actually drove one of the cars out himself. Over the years, Mike has become a friend and someone I look up to, but also sincerely appreciate, He has supported Gloss University and the Oberk brand over the last couple years and I always look forward to catching up with him and his wife Nancy. They make everyone feel like family and are top notch hospitality.
Had to snag a picture of the new glass cleaner on the blue seats. Usually Ring cars have a certain style. the interiopr is no different than the exterior. They usually have a legend and artist named Steve do all of their interiors. with the amount of wrk this year, they had to have this vehicle get the interior done by Avant Garde in Florida. I think it turned out fantastic, but if you compare the interiors and seats tot he other cars, you can tell it looks differen tan what they have traditionally done.
Of coarse, most of the finished shots and the loaded trailed shots can from David Heller at Centerscene.
Ryan Fielding is the bearded gentleman below is super talented. This guy had a custom motorcycle shop in the past. He is good with fab work, all the way to fine body work, painting, and even air brushing. Super talented guy.
Thanks for reading and tay tuned for the last and most epic car reveal at 2PM PST or 4 PM CST/5PM EST
Visit www.ringbrothers.com to see and learn more
Oberk Car Care
Iron Removing Wheel Cleaner and Fallout Remover: The Ultimate Solution for Automotive Detailing
In the past, weve always had traditional non acid wheel cleaners, as well as the acid spoecific wheel cleaners. Both were caustic and were a very high or low PH. Iron removing wheel cleaners have become overwelmingly popular in the last 10 years.
If you're a car enthusiast, you know how frustrating brake dust and fallout can be on your wheels. But fear not, with the right iron removing wheel cleaner and fallout remover, you can restore your wheels to their original shine. In this blog, we'll explore what iron removing wheel cleaner and fallout remover are and how they can help you keep your car looking like new.
What is Iron Removing Wheel Cleaner? Iron removing wheel cleaner is a specially formulated solution designed to remove stubborn iron particles from the surface of your wheels. Brake dust, road grime, and other contaminants can leave behind iron particles that can be tough to remove with regular soap and water. These particles can oxidize or rust and imbed into the wheel surface. Iron removing wheel cleaner uses advanced chemistry to break down these iron particles and safely remove them from the surface of your wheels.
What is Fallout Remover? Fallout remover is a similar product to iron removing wheel cleaner (and sometimes able to be used as both), but it is designed to remove fallout from other areas of your car, such as the paint, chrome, and glass. Fallout can come from a variety of sources, including brake dust, industrial pollution, and even the air we breathe. train tracks, brake dust, or other industrial local businesses can induce these particles in the air. It can leave behind stubborn stains that can be difficult to remove with regular washing. Fallout remover is specially formulated to dissolve these contaminants and remove them from the surface of your car. often times on white paint it can look like rust specs.
Warning - we reccomend only using soap and water when washing vehicles with carbon ceramic brakes like many ferrair, Lamborghini, and Porsche cars.
How Do Iron Removing Wheel Cleaner and Fallout Remover Work? Iron removing wheel cleaner and fallout remover both work by using chemical reactions to dissolve and remove contaminants from the surface of your car. The exact formula varies between brands, but most products use a combination of acid, surfactants, and chelating agents to break down and remove iron particles and fallout.
Why Use Iron Removing Wheel Cleaner and Fallout Remover? Using iron removing wheel cleaner and fallout remover is an effective way to keep your car looking its best. Brake dust and fallout can cause permanent damage if left untreated, so it's important to remove these contaminants as soon as possible. Using iron removing wheel cleaner and fallout remover regularly will also help to prevent future buildup and keep your car looking like new.
One thing to remember is that these cleaners are not always needed. The chemicals in these products can brown tires, as well as cost more than basic wheel/tire cleaner products. We reccomend using these iron specific cleaners on cars with heavy brake dust, or only using once every few cleanings, and use a wheel/tire cleaner or all purpose cleaner when cleraning in betwen those times.
In conclusion, if you want to keep your wheels and car looking like new, consider using iron removing wheel cleaner and fallout remover. These advanced cleaning solutions are specially formulated to safely remove stubborn iron particles and fallout from the surface of your car, so you can enjoy a clean and shiny ride. When choosing a product, make sure to select a reputable brand with a proven track record of success. Happy detailing!
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The History of Automotive Paint: From Its Origins to Today
Automotive paint has come a long way since its early beginnings. From simple, one-color applications to complex, multi-layered designs, the evolution of automotive paint has been shaped by advancements in technology, changing consumer preferences, and the need for durability and protection.
What is Auto Detailing and what are some of the most important steps in the process
Auto detailing is often times called "Valeting" in European countires and places around the world. Auto Detailing has become much more in deapth and professional in the last decade making the business grow rapidly.
Auto detailing is the art of thoroughly cleaning, restoring, and protecting the interior and exterior of a vehicle. It is a crucial aspect of car maintenance that not only enhances the appearance of a vehicle but also protects it from the elements and extends its lifespan. Auto detailing is much more than a simple wash and wax, it involves a comprehensive cleaning of every inch of a car, from the wheels to the roof, to ensure it looks and runs like new. The importance of auto detailing cannot be overstated, especially in today's world where people are investing more and more in their vehicles.
One of the most important components of auto detailing is the use of the right products. There are a multitude of auto detailing products available in the market today, each designed to serve a specific purpose. Choosing the right products can make all the difference in the results you achieve. In this blog, we will take a closer look at some of the most essential auto detailing products and the role they play in keeping your vehicle looking its best.
Car Shampoo: A high-quality car shampoo is the foundation of any auto detailing process. It is important to choose a shampoo that is pH-balanced and gentle on your vehicle's paint and surfaces. Car shampoos can be used in a bucket or with a pressure washer, depending on the level of grime on your car. It is important to avoid using household detergents as they can strip the wax from your car's paint, leaving it vulnerable to damage from the elements. The best car shampoos will leave your car's paint looking shiny and free of streaks.
Clay Bar: A clay bar is a malleable piece of clay that is used to remove contaminants from your car's paint. It is typically used after washing the car, but before waxing. Clay bars are effective in removing contaminants such as tree sap, bird droppings, and bug residue that can be difficult to remove with a wash alone. Using a clay bar will leave your car's paint feeling smooth and free of any rough spots or bumps.
Car Wax: Car wax is a protective coating that is applied to your car's paint to protect it from the elements. There are several different types of car waxes available, including paste wax, liquid wax, and spray wax. Car waxes come in a variety of formulas, including natural waxes like carnauba and synthetic waxes like polyethylene. It is important to choose the right type of wax for your car's finish and the climate you live in. Waxing your car regularly will not only protect it from the elements but will also enhance its shine and make it look more vibrant.
Wheel Cleaner: Wheels are some of the most neglected parts of a car, but they play a crucial role in the overall appearance of a vehicle. A high-quality wheel cleaner can help remove dirt, grime, and brake dust from your wheels, leaving them looking like new. Wheel cleaners come in a variety of formulas, including acidic and alkaline cleaners, and it is important to choose the right one for your wheels. Some wheel cleaners are even designed to work on all types of wheels, including aluminum, chrome, and plastic. Regularly cleaning your wheels will not only make them look great but will also help prevent corrosion and brake dust buildup.
Glass Cleaner: Glass cleaner is an essential auto detailing product that helps to keep your car's windows crystal clear. A good glass cleaner will remove grime, fingerprints, and streaks from your car's windows, leaving them looking spotless. It is important to choose a glass cleaner that is ammonia-free, as ammonia can damage some of the materials used in modern car interiors.
2023 Oberk Calendars - Limited Print
Our 2023 Oberk Limited print Calendar is a special collaboration with Center.Scene Media to bring you a calendar WORTH hanging in your garage, shop, office or home.
We took 12 of the most memorable cars and build sthat we have participated and detailed over the 2022 Year. We took some of the best photorapghy of each car and digitally created this incrtedble work of art.
Each month features a new build, from JDM cars, Hotrods, SEMA builds, and vintage European classics. We love all cars and this is a great representation of the wide range of beautiful automotive masterpieces.
We did an extrmely limited run, so get them while theyre available. Order one, and get 10% off your entire order of that, plus whatever you want with Code TENOFF at checkout.
***Each month we will be featuring each month's vehicle with a limited 11"x17" veritcal poster in premium matte finish
We only ran 100 prints of each! Once they're gone, They're gone!
Preorder TODAY by clincking the image below!
Detailed : 1967 BMW 1600
Check out the full video HERE
The Next Detail was one that didn’t go as planned. This all original 1967 BMW 1600 has only 12k original miles and a stunning example. The pale ivory color fits this car so well, but needed some serious work to get right. When the owner asked about getting it in, his main concern was preservation of the rubber seals, gaskets and trim. Some of the seals were dry rotting and staring to crack, while others still showing little to no wear.
We started by cleaning and clay baring the painted surfaces as well as the glass. Most of the trim on this car is raw steel or aluminum, so everything needed to be tapped of to avoid altering the finish. Before we got started, we took one of our new beta products to rejuvenate the seals. We cleaned all the seales that wer solid and in tact with oberk Tire and rubber cleaner to get a good base for the conditioner to bond. We used a hyper concentrated water based silicone and brushed all the rubber seals on the inside and left them to soak. All the exterior seals and trim were treated post paint correction to avoid issues with tape adhering or additional issues.
We measured the paint and got a good average of 4mils on this paint which is thick for the single stage factory paint on this car. It’s likely it didn’t get polished much or at all after being delivered from the factory. The horizontal surfaces like the hood, roof, and trunk had major etchings, defects and scratches that needed to be addressed. Typically, on cars like this, I actually choose light polishing over correction unless the customer asks, but I made the decision that we needed to really cut this car down to “exfoliate” some of the dead paint that was at the surface. On a newer Vehicle, I would actually choose to sand this paint, but to avoid changing the texture on the paint, I choose to heavily cut the paint. We tested both wool and microfiber pads, and while the wool finished better, the microfiber created a more uniform leveled surface. The final combination was the standard Oberk Microfiber cutting pad and Oberk Cut Compound. We didn’t chase defects and scratches but did an intensive cutting session where we measured regularly and removed .3 mils on the top surfaces, and much less on the sides. This still left plenty of measurable paint for the vehicle and made it look a lot better.
Once we get to the polishing step, we quickly realized that the paint did not like to be polished with foam. It would gloss the surface very well, but almost magnify defects and actually cause its own defects or marring that made the paint look worse. After a few sections, we actually chose to use the Rupes Yellow wool pad paired with Oberk Sole. This provided a perfect finish for us to lay down out Swissvax Crystal Rock Carnauba Wax to seal in the paintwork.
This Detail was actually pretty in depth, and we have video from this detail also. We had about 30 hours in the paint and seal rejuvenating, and before wrapping up, lightly detailed the trunk, engine bay and interior. We hand polished the brightwork both on the inside and the outside of the car, cleaned the floormats, and polished all the paint in the engine and door jambs as well.
The owner of this car has a soft spot for this car, as his first car ever was a BMW 1600, so the detail and experience was something special. I had a lot of help on this to complete it from Zach Minch, who is a local car enthusiast and hobbyist detailer. We helped as we slowly polished the car to get it looking the way it does now.
Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned for the video!
VIEW the VIDEO HERE
Oberk Car Care
The Rise of Rinseless Car Washes: How Drought and Water Restrictions in California Fueled Their Popularity
Being located in the Midwest, we don't have the restrictions or issues with traditional wash methods. You'll regularily see detailers and hobbiest using a foam cannon in their driveway or shop with the soap and dirt going down the drain for proper processing as long as harch chemicals arent used. I need to admiot that I personally love doing a traditional wash and being able to flush out all the dirt and debris from our nasty winters or simply use a preasure washer to clean some wheels. Times are changing, policies and laws are becoming mopre restrictive and changing the way we look at the way we clean cars.
The recent years have seen a significant increase in the popularity of rinseless car washes. This is due to various reasons, with the most prominent being the drought and water restrictions in California and other areas of the US. California, being one of the largest automobile markets in the world, has faced severe water shortages in recent years, forcing car owners to look for alternative car washing methods. Rinseless car washes are an excellent solution to this problem, as they conserve water and are more environmentally friendly.
Rinseless car washes work by using a mixture of specialized cleaning solutions and advanced polymer blends to encapsulate the dirt particles to be cleaned with a microfiber towel or wash sponge to remove dirt and grime from a car's surface without the need for a hose. This eliminates the need to waste large amounts of water, making it an ideal solution for areas with water restrictions. Moreover, rinseless car washes are also biodegradable and eco-friendly, making them an excellent choice for car owners who want to be environmentally responsible.
The popularity of rinseless car washes has also been fueled by their convenience and ease of use. Unlike traditional car washes, rinseless car washes do not require a hose or a lot of water, making them perfect for those who live in apartments or condominiums. Moreover, rinseless car washes can be performed anywhere and at any time, making them ideal for busy individuals who want to keep their car looking its best.
In conclusion, the popularity of rinseless car washes has increased dramatically in recent years due to the drought and water restrictions in California. Rinseless car washes conserve water, are eco-friendly, and are convenient and easy to use, making them an excellent choice for car owners who want to be environmentally responsible and keep their car looking its best.