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    Cool Polished Bliss: DB9 Full Works

    One of last week's details, done as always by Clark...

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    This was the second detail of the week after completing a minor correction on a 997 C4S on Monday and Tues.

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    Service Option: 3 day Major Paint Correction Detail.

    The owner had travelled all the way up from Glasgow so it was no real surprise to find the car was quite grubby upon its arrival, so an extra generous helping of APC in the foam lance (60 degrees) was used to try and remove as much dirt and grime as possible:



    This was left to dwell for 5 minutes before foaming again and then rinsing at high pressure (again at 60 degrees):



    The hot water pressure washer comes into its own in these times - not much dirt left on the paint now.





    The wheels and tyres were cleaned with Blackfire's wheel and tyre cleaner (menzerna 7.5 replacement), then Autosmart Tardis followed by Megs Super degreaser in the arches:



    The engine bay was rinsed at medium pressure after being soaked with Super degreaser:





    All the exterior trim and shuts were cleaned with APC and a slide lock brush before I then washed the car with the 2BM and Meguiars Shampoo Plus:



    Tardis was used again to remove some minor tar spots along the lower half of the car and arch lips and I then put the car inside for claying.

    Meguiars Quick Clay was used as there wasnt a huge amount of contamination present as you can see from the (out of focus!) pic:



    Once dried off I took paint readings which showed everything on the car was original except for an area on the o/s rear quarter which had been blown in. The paint readings were anything from 65 to 150 microns but the composite gauge was able to split the layers nicely and I found that I still had decent (and safe) levels of clear to play with even on the low areas.

    Now time to inspect the paintwork...



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    Micro marring from a sanding disc used by machine:





    More micro marring:














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    And here you can see where the rear arch has been blown in:





    So overall the paint was in a pretty poor state of affairs, with pretty much every panel showing signs of sanding haze not properly polished out and some areas not even polished at all. As the paint was all original I can only assume this was due to the prep done by Aston Martin themselves as I have seen similair examples on various detailing forums before and have heard of new car prep problems of this sort...

    Correction:

    After a quick play about with polish and pad combinations I settled on a mix of Menzerna 3.02 and 3M Fast Cut Plus with a Meguiars Cutting Pad:



    This achieved the desired result with some areas needing 2 hits:



    The smaller areas were cut in with 4" and 3.5" pads throughout the detail:



    Some more correction shots in no particular order:

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    Rear quarter which had been blown in:

    50/50:



    completed:



    50/50 on top of rear quarter:



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    This 50/50 shows how much clarity you lose in the paint from all the micro marring:





    The lower lips on the doors were done with the smaller pads:

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    The back bumper took a bit of extra effort where the worst of the micro marring was:

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    Top of back bumper before:



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    Once all the correction work was completed I then refined the paint further with Menzerna PO85 RE5 and a Meguiars finishing pad. This stage alone took well over 7 hours to do properly.

    The flake really started to show through the nicely prepped surface though...



    A lambs wool duster was used to remove all traces of polishing dust and the paint was then given a thorough wipe down with Top Inspection to remove any remaining oils.

    A classy car needs a classy wax so Vintage was applied by applicator pad to the whole car and then buffed off after 10 minutes, meanwhile Marsha had sealed the wheels (Blackfire Metal Sealant), dressed the tyres (Gloss-It) and polished the tailpipes (Megs NXT).

    This was the interior process:

    - Thoroughly hoovered
    - APC wipe down
    - Glass cleaned with Eimann Fabrik
    - Leather fed with Raceglaze Leather Balm
    - Shuts waxed with Vintage









    The engine was dressed with Aerospace 303 and the underside of the bonnet was wiped down with Gloss-It QD:





    And here are the obligatory Sun Gun shots to show the final finish. I should point out that these were taken before the final wipe down so there are some smears from the Vintage in a couple of the pics:






















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    And here's the ones Rich took with his SLR:





































    Total Work Time: 33 Hours

    Thanks for taking the time to read as always.

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    Your work always gets positive comments, difficult to write something new so I'll stick with a tried and trusted, awesome work, looks fantastic. Hope the weather wasn't too harsh on it's way back to Scotland.
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    That is amazing... having it that clean make it look like one of those display model/toy cars totally flawless.
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    How'd the guy get it back to Glasgow without getting it all ****ted up?!
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    Great work, bet the owner was chuffed to bits.

    Nice car !!

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    As someone else has said, cant really say much more than what said before, the work is without a doubt 1st class every single time, great job & on such a fantastic car, but that really is sex on wheels, if there's a car that does it for me in a non sexual way this is it, supercar for sure, pity servicing is 2k a go but if you have this car then whats 2k huh, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by A4Quattro View Post
    How'd the guy get it back to Glasgow without getting it all ****ted up?!
    It would have been covered by the time he got home, but a careful wash the next day would have easily taken off all of the muck - it's amazing once paint is polished and protected just how easily grime rinses away, and the owner is a careful washer, so no danger of him causing fresh defects either.

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    That is awesomeee

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    Always a fan Brilliant work
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