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2008 Ferrari 430 in for a 3 day full correction, interior and engine detail.



Began with the wheels and tires. Wheels were cleaned using regular soap and water with various brushes due to the carbon ceramic brakes.





Wash process:

Foam w/ CG maxi suds
Soak w/ Optimum Power Clean 5:1
Hand wash using Lusso Oro

Brought inside with the heat on full blast (sub 40degree temps outside now)

Claying using ONR as lube



After claying 2 IPA wipedowns were done before taping. I spent a lot of time masking this car to prevent a messy cleanup after correction. Most importantly the clear film edges on the front bumper, nose and by the side air intakes (upper and lower) were masked carefully.





Hood clear bra line taped thick enough so that I can run over it with a buffer and still not be onto the clear film as I was using a rotary for correction on the un-filmed upper half of the nose






Next I took measurements with the PTG. The rear bumper and engine cover area were repainted a few months ago, I took careful readings and surprisingly they were very close to the factory levels, at most a 40micron difference in thickness. The color match job done was hands down the best I have seen

Factory reading...





Re-sprayed panel





Onto paint correction. I played around with the new Flex PE 14-2 which is quite a cool machine.

Products used... Meguiars M105, Sonax Perfect Finish (both for light cutting and finishing w/ varied pads)













Switched to the Griots DA machine in the side skirts to make for easier polishing, these areas get hit the worst with RIDS and scuffs...

 

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50/50, not every defect was able to be removed but the haze did come out into a nice gloss to match the rest of the car after polihsing



After finishing



Front nose needed a good bit of work...







Before



After









Clear film correction. This was about the worst condition clear film I have dealt with. Far too many RIDS and scracthes to yield very high levels of correction, as usual I swicthed to a DA for the correction process on the film.



After first pass



After several more passes using Powerfinish with a tangerine cutting pad





I was having a lot of trouble wiping the film without marring it, I tried several types of microfiber all of which left some light marring behind... mind you I waited until the plastic cooled fully before wiping it.

I ended up using the eurow shag towels which seemed to glide best on the film not cause it to marr :thumb:





Top portion of film polished... bottom part untouched



I had better luck with this part of the nose clear film, finally was able to get a high level of correction because the defects were not as severe...



 

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Polishing the rear decklid was a little tricky as the decklid sits adjacent to the rear quarter panel and I hate polishing over edges and onto another panel by mistake...

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Decklid defects (re-sprayed area)





50/50 after compounding



polishing with sonax perfect finish









Engine took a bit of time to get right. Started with the exhaust, several polishing steps by hand a machine (on the can) to bring back the color

50/50



50/50







After



50/50 of the intake manifold...



Again 50/50 difference in color with the left side untouched



Finished





 

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Cleaned up the trunk area, 50/50 of the cowl. Polished up plastic with Z-AIO to remove water spots



Interior was generally clean. The main focus was cleaning the leather to remove an old dressing's sheen and restore a more natural matte finish.

Before





Put 2 coats of Opti seal on the CF trim







Polished the wheels using Werkstat prime followed by 2 layers of Rejex for protection.



Finshed



Then came the finishing details. Clear bra line had some old wax buildup which needed to be removed before LSP. I used a rather unusual toothpick/mini hotdog holder which I bought for instances just like this... worked great.



Removed chalked up wax very nicely



Old wax on mirror trim as well, before



After



Glass cleaned using some new towels I just got in which are designed for use in hospitals to clean windows. They are made to not leave streaks or residue behind because bacteria can apparently grow in the residual product left on glass (for cars not such a huge deal as we have been using glass towels forever but in a hospital i can see how this would be a concern)

Either way they work great!



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came out great
 

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Amazing David. This car seemed to put all your knowledge and skills to the test, from the weird clear bra to the hammered skirts. Question- what did you use on the upper intake manifolds? When I did an F430, it's texture was coarse so I had no idea that there was something to use on it. Enlighten me!
 

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Wow, excellent post and amazing work. You have to be proud.

SK, car looks world's different!
 

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Outstanding job!:D

Later,
 

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Looks absolutely perfect Dave!

I wouldn't expect anything less...

How's business?
I was looking forward to a little break for the winter months but I have been steadily busy and will be well into Feb. Doing a lot of 1 day winter preps so its more manageable than 20hr. corrections!

Hope all is well with you Rick ;)
 

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Great paint renovation, and detailing ...as always
 
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