Bentley Continental GT in Dark Sapphire

Presence, Luxury & Power

Imposing yet elegant, a Bentley always makes a statement.

One of Project Detail's favourite vehicles to date was this 2006 Bentley Continental GT. The paintwork was a deep shade, Dark Sapphire and the interior was a unique scheme between the leather swatches, Saffron Brown and Nautic Blue for a two tone finish. The car was finished in Modesta BC-05 Advanced Water Repellant Glass Coating.

Bentley Continental GT's always have a special presence about them, their size, the long curved panels, the overly powerful but understated engine and the sheer luxury that's expected of the brand. 

The owner had been overseas and the car bad been neglected for a long period of time, rather than use his mobile car detailer he entrusted his Bentley to Project Detail and made the trip from Mosman to our workshop in Gladesville. He was particularly interested Modesta's range of glass coatings as he had encountered them travelling abroad.

Rejuvenating a tired Bentley.

The car had clearly been not washed or detailed for a while. There was contamination and tree sap all over the paintwork.

Because of the sheer size of the Bentley Continental GT, both the interior and exterior required some time in order to gently clean and restore.

The interior was worn and showing the typical signs of body oils and grime, luckily the nappa leather in a Bentley is excellent quality and that allows for the deepest cleaning before rejuvenating.

The exterior had swirl marks, was slightly oxidised paintwork and light marring. What was shocking, there were clearly some panels showing signs of it being repainted; paint runs and areas that required de-nibbing.

Interior & Leather Treatment

Leather was dirty, we cleaned gently and conditioned the leather afterwards.

Using a combination of steam, gentle leather cleaners and the right brushes we slowly worked our way through the leather. We were able to get some good photos illustrating the before and after and showcasing what can be expected. It's important to highlight that when cleaning leather, the better quality of the materials the more likely it can be cleaned and restored back to original condition.

After cleaning, the leather was treated with Swissvax Elephant Fat (synthetic) treatment and then topped with Swissvax Leather Milk. The resulting leather was supple and felt very luxurious.

Exterior & Paint Correction

Due to the age of the Bentley, the paintwork required an extensive amount of polishing and paint correction. We used a combination of Rupes polishers combined with Modesta C-02 Compound which works well on European paintwork, cutting away the paint defects effectively while leaving a relatively high level of gloss compared to other cutting compounds.

These photos showcase the before and after shots during the paint correction process. While these swirl marks may be negligible to some detailers, in order to obtain the highest finish no compromise is taken.

Finishing Polish, priming & Coating

The Dark Sapphire really had an intense glow and looked almost liquid after the paint correction process. We finished the polishing with an application of Modesta P-01A. This finishing polish also contains a special alkyd resin which serves a dual purpose making the Modesta system truly unique.

The alkyd resin takes a few hours to cure and set. Once cured, it allows a better surface for the soon to come coating to bond. This ensures a stronger and longer lasting coating. Secondly, this resin coating (which is measurable between 5-7µm in itself per layer) gives a tactile surface to allow simply for better application. Because Modesta's range of coatings are incredibly thick in comparison to other coating systems, wiping can be difficult in certain temperatures or environments. The P-01A forms a barrier allowing the coating to be removed safer without marring the paintwork.

Finished results

Bentley Continental GT coated with P-01A & BC-05 leaving a deep, liquid looking finish.

The finished Bentley definitely attracted attention, it was a shame we couldn't finish the wheels as the owner was sending all 4 away to be refurbished. But as for the interior and exterior, 9 year old car was refreshed for the owner.

Our detailing includes all parts of the vehicle, being a Bentley there are many details parts.

Not cleaning the W12 Twin Turbo Engine would be a shame.

With Modesta BC-05 applied, the Bentley's paintwork naturally has candy like gloss, furthermore it will be much easier for the owner to maintain and wash. Here are some more photos show cashing the finished results.

Total Time Taken: 40 Hours
2 Hours for 21-stage wash and decontamination
26 Hours for 2 stage paint correction
8 Hours for Modesta BC-05 Coating Application & Infrared Curing
4 Hours for Interior Detail & Leather Conditioning

If you would like to consider Modesta glass coatings for your vehicle, contact Project Detail today for an obligation free meeting to discuss your requirements. You can also contact us by clicking here.