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03-03-2012, 07:37 AM #1
McLaren MP4-12C detail tag team detail
Here are my pics from the wonderful time spent working on McLaren's new supercar....the MP4-12C! This is a car I've been looking forward to for some time and this car may seem conservative in pictures, but in person its much more aggressive looking and the exhaust note is nothing short of vicious. Much fun was had during the 2 days Bob from Auto Concierge and I spent on this car. McLaren of San Francisco treated us VERY well and were very accommodating to our needs and was a pleasure to work with them and am looking forward more in the future.
The metal flake is so vibrant and intense on this car that it made capturing the defects extremely difficult. The vast majority of my pictures were shot in full manual mode in addition to manually focusing nearly every picture.
Here is Bob wiping the car down while I start photo-documenting the car.
A few of the defects we found....we would find a lot more later
Scratches by the headlight removed..
Bob and I working the paint together
Some sand scratches
03-03-2012, 07:37 AM #2
At this point the prep work was all done and while the clear bra guys were wrapping the front, I snapped some pics of other cool stuff at the dealership.....Let's start it off with an actual retired F1 car!
A couple other McLarens....
This silver has SO much metal flake in the paint...it was blinding.
This is also a Fisker dealer and there were about 10 Fisker Karmas here! The all electric super-luxo sports car is gorgeous in person and again the metal flake was the brightest I've ever seen on a car. They make a cool sound as they go by (for pedestrian safety).
That's a whole lot of Karma!
As I was snapping pics, I spotted them wheeling this mechanical marvel out of service and into the showroom....had to get pics of it. The guys at the dealership were very accommodating in this respect and didn't mind the pictures which was very cool of them.
03-03-2012, 07:38 AM #3
Bob posing next to the rolling chassis.
The MP4-12C parked next to its older brother....the big daddy McLaren F1!
Fast forward a few days....The owner had taken delivery and gone on a few fun drives. But now it was time to do the remainder of the correction work and get this car to a full 100% perfect.
Had you noticed there are no door handles on this car?....Bob demonstrates the secret here....
Once Bob got inside, he fit very comfortably......I did too. Its a nice place to be
Bringing it outside for the wash and decontamination
Sonax doing its thing on the wheels
Here I am getting the left front wheel dialed in...
Sonax turning all the embedded iron particles that nice dark red color and ready for cleaning....
Bob foamed the car and then we started the wash process.
Gotta love the FOAM!
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03-03-2012, 07:38 AM #4
Flooding the paint to carry the majority of the water off the surface
Using the electric leaf blower to assist in getting the water out of the tight places.
Wiping up the last of the water....
Bob taking readings on the paint thickness
Nice and healthy readings
More defects to be sorted out....
03-03-2012, 07:39 AM #5
Check out that reflection of the owner's Scuderia
Compounding on the back end....
Scratches in a bad place....not an easy place to get to....much time hand polishing was spent here as even our smallest machines could not reach all the way.
Deep tracer scratch on the roof....
After several compounding hits, its looking ship shape again.
We finished the final correction with minutes to spare to get sun pics. We hustled for you guys to get these shots.
We brought it back in for a few shots before putting the Swissvax Concorso wax on.
03-03-2012, 07:39 AM #6
Bob hitting the areas that no one ever sees.......unless your doors open UPWARDS like these do! These areas need attention too!
The smallest details matter.....door trim dialed in.
The super nice Swissvax Concorso curing, ready to be wiped off.
The final shots!
Beautiful beading shot!
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03-04-2012, 04:58 AM #10Senior Member
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Fisker!!!!! Thats what I saw on Beach blvd the other day! sweet looking ride
MP4 looks good as expected