Hey guys, sorry for delay but welcome to yet another of our blog posts! This time it’s on our customer Simon’s Porsche Boxster. He got in contact with us through a friend of his that had been following our Instagram page (don’t forget to follow us if you don’t already! ATD Detailing IG). We spent some time inspecting the car and talking through his options and to find out what he wanted as an end result, after an hour or so (of which 90% of the time was chatting about cars in general and other car enthusiast talk!) we settled on a Paint Enhancement Detail to restore the paint back to former glory, Gtechniq coatings to protect the paintwork and other surfaces and Wheel Refurbishment.
Upon delivery we started with the lower areas of the car, concentrating on the tyres and arch’s. We used Britemax Grime Out. Following this the wheels were thoroughly cleaned then the car was pre-washed using snow foam. We then went on to cleaning the hood, the overall condition wasn’t bad but it had a few stains so we used an All Purpose Cleaner, diluted and sprayed onto the fabric hood, we then agitated it to remove any ingrained dirt.
Once the washing stage was complete we went onto the decontamination, we used a tar & glue remover for safe removal of any tar spots, a fallout remover for any iron fallout and then finally a good old fashioned clay bar to pull out any further contamination that had embedded into the paint over the 10 years of the cars life.
We finished with the decontamination and followed up with drying the car thoroughly. The paintwork was dried using a high quality plush towel and all crevices were blow dried to remove any hidden water. The car was then given a wipe down with panel wipes to ensure the paintwork was true and what we detailers refer to as ‘naked’.
Following the decontamination stage we inspected the paintwork to see what we were working with, the paint was covered in light to medium swirling with only a couple of deeper scratches, paint depths were checked to then see how much clear coat could be removed safely without burning through.
After the inspection was complete the next step was trialing various machine polishers/pads/compounds to find the best combination that works with this paint to safely remove the defects. Once the combination was found we proceeded with the ‘correction’ or ‘cutting’ stage.
All plastic lenses on the lighting were also cut and polished to remove any imperfections and to enhance clarity.
Polishing complete so the next step was to wipe down the paintwork to ensure the finish was ‘true’ and oil free for the best surface for coating. We usually use Gtechniq Panel Wipe but found it to be quite harsh on soft Porsche paints, so we gave Menzerna Control Cleaner a go, great results!
The paintwork was then coated with Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light, offering up to 5 years of protection, perfect for Porsche paint due to the almost scratch proof durability. This was left to cure for 12 hours to ensure the coating had crystalised. Next up was to carefully mask up the whole car so that the fabric hood could be treated. The roof was treated to Koch Chemie Convertible Top Protectant giving the fabric roof hydrophobic properties to make help prevent water and dirt soaking into the fabric material.
We sprayed the coating onto the roof, left for 15 minutes to cure then followed up with another coat to ensure all areas had been covered. Once cured we gave the roof a water repellency test. Impressive results!
Fabric hood done, so it was time to finish the rest of the car. The paintwork was then topped up with Gtechniq EXOv2 to give the paintwork the best hydrophobic protection. The glass was coated in Koch Chemie Nano Glass offering up to 12 months of protection, trims were coated in Koch Chemie Nano-Plast Care.
No details were untouched. We also went over the interior, we were given some new products to test from Dom @ Shop’n’Shine. The product in question was Dr. Leather – Leather Cleaner. Very impressed with the results, as you can see from the 50:50 below!
We also picked up the wheels from our friends at The Wheel Specialist Burton after having being stripped back, fully refurbished and powdercoated back to factory standard (if not better), we coated the wheels with Gtechniq C5. Along with the wheels our friend Richard @ TWS Burton shot-blasted the wheel bolts and re-finished them in silver. It’s all the details!
Here’s the rest of the pictures after a final check on completion, the car was transformed and the depth restored!
And there we have it, the car left our hands with a very happy customer behind the wheel, enjoy it Simon!
Thanks for reading, don’t forget to check out our Services page to view the various services that we can provide to restore your vehicle back to factory, if not better! You can also call me on 07885498381 (Arun).
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