Porsche Carrera 4 S - Atlas Grey
Porsche Carrera 4 S – Atlas Grey.
• 3M Glass Cleaner
• AutoSmart G101
• AutoSmart Tardis
• AutoGlym Vinyl & Rubber Care
• Belgom ALU
• Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
• Dodo Juice Supernatural
• Jeffs Werkstat Prime
• Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel
• Meguiars Last Touch
• Menzerna 106FA
• Menzerna 203s
• Menzerna 85 RD3.02
• Sonus Green Mild Clay
I was asked not to touch the wheels as they would be coming off in the next week or so for a full refurb. (They were very clean as it was! (Obviously a well looked after vehicle from the start))
As there we no wheels to start on, I focused my attention in the engine-bay instead. AutoSmart G101 allowed to dwell before agitation and a light pressure rinse. Later dried and dressed with AutoGlym’s Vinyl & Rubber Care.
After the doorshuts were cleaned, I performed the snowfoam/two-bucket wash stage.
Second sign showing that the vehicle was already well looked after was the already in-place protection. Water was beading well and gave a great base to start with.
Third sign of a well maintained vehicle was the lack of build-up spotted on the clay bar in the decontamination stages. So far so good!
Megs Last Touch residues rinsed as I clayed each panel.
Before throwing around the drying towel, I sheeted water over the body panels to remove the excess ‘stood’ water.
And after (only a few specs to remove now):
Black Baron vehicle dryer used to remove trapped water in the window seals, panel-gaps and badges (which only later drops down mid polishing and smears product all over the place! Grr!)
Early indications of defects:
Seems to be some pretty deep marks in that bonnet:
As per nowadays, I started with the small spot-pad work.
Green Light Cut Hexlogic pad used with 203s.
Before/After on N/S pillars.
Other smaller intricate areas worked in the same way.
Sticking with the smaller spot-pad for the majority of the wings as a larger pad proved a little difficult to manoeuvre. 203s still cleaning things up nicely.
The second I reached for the larger Hexlogic pads, I had issues with the sticky Porsche paint. Throwing in a little Megs #7 glaze helped, but, it was a slow and tedious process.
Time to look at those nasties on the bonnet.
Paint thickness readings told me that the bonnet had been sprayed (probably down to stone-chip accumulation)
Giving a first pass with the Green Light Cut Hexlogic pad made little difference. Sure, it removed the ‘swirls’, but, it still looked in a bad way. More action needed.
Looks great from a far:
But in close:
These scores were pretty deep; I’d round them off as best I could, but I wasn’t confident they would be completely removed.
Mind you, plenty of paint to be playing with.
Changing my set up to a 3M cutting pad and Menzerna 85 RD3.02.
One of the scuffs seen above was massively improved:
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