Classic 911 booked in for a full major paint correction.
Upon delivery of the vehicle the car, the car was inspected, the customer explained that the car had had a restoration a few years prior.
The car was undergoing a full decontamination of the exterior of the paintwork.
The car exterior deep clean began with a safe wash process which included glue tile remover and all purpose cleaner, followed by Claybar treatment.
Once this work was completed the car was brought inside, dried off and inspected under the light. We found extensive swirl marks throughout the paintwork and a good proportion of deeper scratches, one of the areas highlighted by the customer was the roof, which was particularly bad.
After further investigation there was overspray on all four corners of the car, the arches and bumpers, and blendlines from previous painting and masking up from where they have blown in the colours and then the lacquer.
At this stage we used a paint depth gauge and identified that the driver-side paint work was the thickest on the car. The passenger side was the second best area of paint joint with the front end of the car.
The roof was the thinnest with the minimal amount of paint left.
Due to the age of the vehicle and the overall condition of the car, there was a number of conversations between myself and the customer discussing the pros and cons of a full correction, and my concern was that there was not enough paint on the roof to go to this level, with an increased risk of burning through the paint.
We decided that a two stage on every panel was the best and safest option to move forwards.
Not to talk me out of work or anything, but this is what the car needed, and was the best option for the car.
We then taped up the whole car and masked up the alloy wheels, ready for the machine polishing work to commence.
Machine polishing two stage.
Every panel underwent a cut using a cutting compound and a cutting pad on a machine polishing jewel action polisher.
This was a very challenging project with it being older Tupac paint. As the paint was cut back, the panels appeared with what looks like an oily effect, basically it’s way more challenging than polishing a modern car!
Once the cutting procedure had finished, the paintwork was machine polished with a lighter polish and softer pad, to remove those lighter swirl marks and boost gloss levels.
The car underwent a final inspection. There were a couple of areas mainly on the driver-side that we were still not happy with so this had a final pass on the machine polisher for refinement.
(re-polishing this with a very soft pad and refining polish)
The Porsche was finished and protected with Swiss VAX Best of Show, offering excellent durability and incredible gloss levels, letting the cars paint breath through this organic product.
The alloy wheels were protected with gtechniq ceramic coating wheel armour, ceramic coating specifically designed for alloy wheels, for ease of cleaning and great protection to the alloy wheels.
The glass was coated in Gtechinq glass coating to improve visibility while driving in the rain. This makes the water bead off the glass, so window wipers are not required in light rain.
At the end of the job, the car really did look stunning. We arranged to collect the customer from a local train station to bring him to collect his car at a convenient time for him from our secure location.
The customer was very happy with the end result…and so were we.