Abbreviated Detail Summary:
- ONR wash
- Sonus Medium (Gray) Clay / ONR Clay Lube
- Edge 2k Yellow 50/50 twisted wool/acrylic with Menzerna SIP, 1300rpm
- Edge 2k White Foam pad with Menzerna 106ff, 1500rpm
- PrepSol paint cleaner
- Natty's Blue Paste Wax
As we found out with our previous experience with the Uber M3, the super-hard PPG clear coat requires a heavy cut, even for minor surface swirls. A single pass with the Medium cut Edge 2k yellow twisted wool/acrylic pad with Menzerna Super Intensive Polish quickly leveled the paint to remove the heavier swirls. The micromarring seen is typical of a heavy cut.
Multiple, slow passes were made with Menzerna 106ff on an Edge 2k white 6" finishing pad to further remove swirls and micromarring, leaving a highly reflective, glossy finish.
This is the kind of finish required when showing the car under harsh Sodium lighting at major car shows. Hopefully it will pick up a few more trophies to add to those seen in the background here:
Wheels were polished with the help of a Mother's Powerball and some Optimum Polish. The owner likes to get hands-on with the detailing on his car and was instrumental in the shine seen here!
After discussing the options for an LSP with the owner, we settled on going straight to a quality
Carnauba wax after preparation with an automotive Paint Cleaner (PrepSol, Prep-All, or the equivalent). We had used a sealant in the past, but decided that the long-lasting protection was not necessary on this car, and that the deep blue metallic color would benefit from a rich
Carnauba wax. Boy were we right!
The richness and depth in color in the deep blue metallic paint really came out with the
Carnauba wax. It definitely suited the car more than the glassy, mirror-like reflections seen with a Sealant.
Afternoon thunderstorms finally let up and allowed us to step outside to take some pictures with the trees reflecting in this stunning paint (that really needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated).
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