Polished Bliss vs The Batmobile

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Polished Bliss
Done by Clark, posted by me...

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Yesterday saw this Lamborghini Gallardo belonging to a very good friend of ours come in for a 1 day All Surface Protection Detail, due to the stealthy appearance of the car it's started to be known as the Batmobile - hence the title :D

The car itself has been driven "enthusiastically" over it's short life and has competed in 2 Gumball Rallies aswell as having a full camouflage body wrap at one point, so being solid black it was looking a bit tired:

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Previous machine polishing attempts were easily visible by the buffer trails and product sling:

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A quick tip for you all - Don’t leave your car with a window half down in a damp garage or there's a good chance you'll get this....

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Good grief!

Clearly the car could have been doing with a lot more than just a 1 day detail but the owner is the first to admit he isn’t overly fussed about swirl free paintwork etc so a good general clean up was agreed as the most sensible option.

The front and rear grills were removed for easier access for cleaning:

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Then as always, the wheels were done first:

Gloss-It wheel gel (4:1) was used with the various brushes:

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Then rinsed (the inner rims were dry of paint and a bit rough so they only came up around 90%):

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Arches and tyres were then cleaned with Meguiars Super Degreaser:

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There was a large amount of tar in the arch liners...

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...so out came the Tardis and a MF towel:

Before:

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After:

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The car was then foamed with APC at 60 degrees:

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This was thoroughly rinsed and then all the exterior trim etc were cleaned with APC and a brush:

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The engine bay was sprayed with R222 and then agitated:

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I then rinsed at 60 degrees and left the engine to idle for 5 minutes to help with the drying, as you can see from the steam it doesn’t take long for the heat to build up from the V10!

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With all the little details completed the car was then washed with the 2 bucket method and Meguiars Shampoo Plus. After rinsing this then highlighted the defects in the paint even more now the bodywork was clean:

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After a quick going over the bodywork with Tardis to remove some minor tar spots I moved the car inside for claying. Surprisingly the clay took next to no contaminants off the paint or glass:

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When it comes to preparing a car with swirly paint that’s only in for 1 day we usually glaze to try and fill/hide as much of the defects as possible but once inside the buffer trails and massive amounts of scratches were clearly visible, making the paint extremely dull and milky looking:

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Luckily, having the fast acting Meguiars 205 to hand for a good few months now I was confident of making a vast improvement without taking multiple hours to complete. So with the Kestrel and a Gloss-It green polishing pad, I worked the polish at speed 6 with alot of heavy pressure for the first few passes before stepping down to speed 4 and using very light pressure. This took no longer than glazing but produced far better results:

We went from this:

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To this:

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Obviously loads of scratches left but alot of clarity and depth restored to the paint.

Left side of the bonnet polished, right side untouched:

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The paintwork was then cleansed with Raceglaze Pre Wax Cleanser and then waxed with Vintage.

The wheels were also given a spruce up with the machine:

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I then sealed them with Blackfire Metal Sealant:

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For the tailpipes (which had been removed from the full Tubi system - my god the car sounds nice!!) a combination of Blackfire, Brilliant and Meguiars metal polishes were used as well as the dremel:

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Side by side comparison:

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The engine bay was dressed with 303:

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The interior was fully detailed including the leather, which was cleaned and fed with Raceglaze leather products:

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The plastics and vinyls were thoroughly wiped with APC and then a new product from Raceglaze to ensure the mould didn’t re-appear:

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The faded trim around the boot was dressed with Meguiars All Season Dressing:

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After just over 12 hours of work and a wipe down this morning with Werkstat Carnauba Glos, this is how it looked:

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Thanks for looking!

Clark
 

S3 HODGE

Brown passenger seat.
Wow, Nice work! Looks like the owner didnt give a Fudge about the condition of the car....:no:
 

Drmatrix

Vorsprung Durch Technik
wow what a car excellent work chaps
 

NHN

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Nothing changes, just skill & professional as always, nice job boys.
 

James.Asbri

Vorsprung Durch Technik
Just goes to show what experts can achieve I suppose, if only I was at the same level!

Incredible work as always guys, gutted that I'm such a distance away, I would quite happily leave my car with you. Keep up the good work!
 
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