Ferrari 458 Spider in Nero Daytona Metallic

Italian Icon in Beauty & Power

Striking Ferrari 458 Spider

Perhaps one of the most popular models of Ferrari's in recent years has been the 458 coming in a variety of special models; the Italia, the Spider and of course the rare and ultra valuable Speciale.

When this 458 Spider arrived at Project Detail Sydney it was looking dull and the owner wanted the car rejuvenated and for us to reapply PPF to side mirror as it needed replacing and the original PPF job was done through another company. The overall paintwork had swirls and lacked clarity typical signs from regular washing but it was clear the owner cared about the vehicle. 

The car was optioned with a very striking combination, Nero Daytona Metallic paintwork with Gloss Black wheels and yellow brake calipers. While on the inside, it was bedecked with a gorgeous Beige leather option. The interior was slightly worn and had typical body oils and a glossy finish to the leather.

We opted for our Full Swissvax Detail and Paint Correction Services, more information can be found by clicking the links.

Luxurious Beige leather, cleaned and treated with Swissvax Leather Kit.

The interior of the 458 is both luxurious and extremely sport orientated.

Inspecting & Preparing the Ferrari.

The Ferrari 458 Spider arrives at Project Detail Gladesville, Sydney.

Project Detail inspects every vehicle thoroughly before starting the service. This hopefully detects any anomalies such paint chips, car damage or scratched wheels, anything that may concern the owner as early as possible.

One of the standout features of the Ferrari the vehicle had general wear over all. It wasn't in bad condition but it definitely had not had any regular or standout detailing done in the time the owner had taken the vehicle. The exterior was dirty and there was contamination bonded to the paintwork. The paintwork also showed light to medium swirl marks and marring.

The Interior was not dirty or soiled by any means but being beige leather, a slow build up of body oils, sweat and grim and begun to make the leather look glossy which is not what clean leather looks like.

After inspecting and taking notes on the vehicles, the 458 Spider underwent our 21 stage washing procedure before it was ready for paint correction and further stages of the detail.

Part of our 21 Stage Wash & Decontamination includes a luxurious Swissvax Foam Bath.

Swissvax products represent the pinnacle of car care and the results are oustanding.

One of the major points of difference at Project Detail is the time we spend on each vehicle during it's detail at our Detailing Studio. We are fortunate to not work on too many vehicles per week as we undertake larger projects then most car washes or detailers, this allows us to be extremely thorough. 

Many detailers overlook the importance of the 'wash' stage and simply rush through this step. But a proper wash achieves two things other then a 'clean car.' By properly removing all dirt, debris and contamination, this allows the vehicle to represent it's true self when it comes time to paint correction. Secondly, by washing properly, it actually saves time for the detailer in an efficient manner as nothing needs to be redone or repeated.

Project Detail still prefers the traditional Clay Bar. There are synthetic clay options, such as clay towels or clay pads but the best results we've found the clay bar gives the best results.

Once the vehicle has been washed, decontaminated and thoroughly stripped of any waxes and sealants that may be on the surface, you will find that the water naturally clings to the surface. This raw paintwork has zero affect on water behaviour and would be easily contaminated by dirt of water spotting if left without any product.

Without any products, pure paint will not sheet or bead water. The water will stick to the surface.

Paint Correction & Rejuvenation

Once the vehicle was properly prepared for paint correction, the painstaking process begins polishing each panel individually to remove the defects that would be found on the paintwork. Project Detail uses the newest polishing methods and equipment such as the Rupes Bigfoot System and a combination of the modern style of abrasive polishes and compounds.

Our Specialised detailing studio also has access to 3 scissor hoists. These allow us to work on the lower parts of the car with absolutely no compromise. This means a better finish for your vehicle.
Without these hoists, many detailers need to lie on the ground and this makes it extremely difficult to get the optimum results.

Our expectation is so high that if you have engaged us to perform paint correction, we will guarantee no holograms or buffing marks in the paintwork. But depending on the level of paint correction, we can remove differing levels of defects and scratches in the paintwork.

Rear Bumper - Before Correction.
Marring and swirl marks.

Rear Bumper - After Correction.
Clear and correction paintwork.

Paint correction depending on the type of vehicle or the level the client has engaged us can be a very timely process. Usually taking up to a whole day and easily taking several days to complete. The reason for this is to get the best finish, multiple stages of polishing is still required. 

There are many products which some detailers (and even us on the situation) which are claimed to be 'one step' polishes. These marks a major advancement in technology but still lack the refinement of a multi-stage correction.

The Rupes Bigfoot system is also made in Italy. It's good to see Ferrari and Rupes work together.

Application of Swissvax Scuderia

Swissvax Scuderia - Specially designed for softer Italian paintwork. 

Once the paintwork on the 458 Spider was refined and we were happy, the paintwork was then wiped down with a diluted ratio of IPA. This removes any final oils left over from the paint correction compounds and polishes. This also allows one final inspection to make sure we are happy with level of paint correction.

Because the owner opted against applying a glass coating on the paintwork, we chose the best wax suited for the task of making the cars paintwork standout. Swissvax's Scuderia is a handmade and hand poured wax manufactured in Switzerland. With a special blend of fruit oils, carnauba palm wax and other ingredients, Scuderia is specially designed for the softer paintwork on Ferrari's, Alfa Romeo's and Fiat's. We apply this thick paste wax literally by hand. A small portion is massaged into the palms and slowly and gently applied over the paintwork.

It may look like a mess, but the hand application allows a thicker and more even layer of wax.

With high quality waxes such was Swissvax, the wax must be allowed to cure and bond to the surface. In this instance, Scuderia needed 2-3 hours before it began curing and bonding otherwise it would still smudge and not protect the paintwork properly.

PPF Film & Wheels

During the long curing time for the wax, time was taken to finish the other parts of the 458. In particular, the client requested us to redo the PPF Film applied to the mirror as the older film (applied by another company) was lifting and required fixing.

Replacement of original PPF with specially designed kits.

Even freshly applied, the new PPF looks superior to the old film.

It was during this time, we wanted to highlight the issues with the existing Paint Protection Film applied on the vehicle. Rather than using a properly designed kit which is cut with a plotter, the application has been 'bulk fitted' this means that the PPF was applied in one large piece and completely cut by hand. While this method is acceptable for areas like bonnets, more complex areas like the front bar and especially on a vehicle as complex as a Ferrari 458 Spider, there was a large amount of seems and joins versus a properly designed kit. 

Both sides of the front bar have a large amount of seems and joins.

Both sides of the front bar have a large amount of seems and joins.

The worst part though is the more you cut by hand, the larger the chance there will be cut lines on the paintwork from the blades used. In order to decreases this risk, proper kits should be used in order to maintain both the paintwork and achieve the best finish in safe manner.

We also gave special attention to the wheels of the Ferrari, while normally we would remove and apply a coating such as Modesta BC-06 to the wheels, the wheels were cleaned and treated with Swissvax Autobahn Wheel Wax. This is a wax with a special concentrate of PFTE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) which is more commonly known as Teflon. This provides a slick and heat resistant finish to the wheels which allows easier cleaning and a nice glossy finish for a short period of time. While a wheel wax is fantastic, the heat generated from the brakes and wheels from driving greatly impacts the lifespan of the wax.

Project Detail recommends Modesta BC-06 for Wheels and brakes as it is highly resistant up to 1,300 °C.

The Finished Result

Once the wax was cured, wiping off the excess is always exciting to see the level of finish underneath. The richness and depth of wax is still something that is mind blowing to this day in an era of coatings.

Total Time Taken: 20 Hours
2 Hours for 21-stage wash and decontamination
15 Hours for 2 stage paint correction
3 Hours for Interior Detail

If you would like your vehicle rejuvenated with Swissvax or would like to protect your vehicle with an exclusive coating like Modesta, contact Project Detail to start a discussion on how we can assist.

BMW M4 Mineral Grey

Designed for Driving Pleasure

BMW M4 Coupe in Mineral Grey finished with Swissvax Blau-Weiss.

BMW's M Division has established itself amongst all the German tuning houses as a top contender when it comes to performance versus capabilities of their vehicles. Project Detail Sydney has had the pleasure of working on a few BMW M Division vehicles, but one that we want to share is this gorgeous M4 Coupe in Mineral Grey.

The owner was unsure of how long the vehicle would be kept but definitely felt that the car looked tired and needed a luxurious way to reviving the finish. One of the major issues with the vehicle, due to city parking the  car was covered in a lot of overspray, industrial fall out and also mineral deposits. After consulting and looking at the various options, the owner opted for our Swissvax Detail

Swissvax - Handmade & Bespoke Car Care Products

Swissvax is one of the most prestigious car care brands globally, Project Detail is Sydney's only authorised detailer for Swissvax. This provides us with the knowledge of the product and we also have on hand the majority of the range in order to provide a comprehensive service for our Swissvax Detail.

The BMW M4's powerhouse. Entirely detailed with Swissvax products for rich and luxurious finish.

The vehicle underwent our 21-Stage Wash & Decontamination, we replaced all products with Swissvax equivalents such as:

  • Swissvax Car Bath - Shampoo
  • Swissvax Forte - Wheel Cleaner
  • Swissvax Pneu - Tyre Dressing 
  • Swissvax Seal Feed - Trim and Rubber Restorer
  • Swissvax Leather Cleaner - Gentle Leather Cleaner
  • Swissvax Leather Milk - Luxurious Leather Conditioner
  • Swissvax range of Waxes

The BMW M4 responded really well, and after a single stage of Correction, the car was beginning to glow. The carbon fibre roof especially looked especially stunning as the defects and slight oxidisation were removed.

Blau-Weiss - A wax made for BMW Paintwork

Swissvax hand makes waxes designed for different paint finished. 

Carnauba Wax gives a warm and deep Gloss versus a glassy gloss from sealants.

Out of the 3 major German manufacturers, BMW utilises a proprietary clear finish on their modern vehicles called 'Ceramiclear,' this paintwork is notoriously difficult to work with due to its physical hardness. While it is very beneficial for the owner, when the paintwork does require polishing and paint correction, the process can take 30-40% longer then on a Mercedes Benz or an Audi.

The optional Carbon Fibre roof is restored back to 'new'

One of the downsides of having such a hard clear is that finish is simply not as glossy versus other types of paint. Swissvax Blau-Weiss is designed to bring out the best of the gloss while providing long term quality protection for the vehicle.

The benefits of a rich, quality carnauba wax is the warmth and the glow is very distinctive. Many people even with glass coatings prefer to finish with a carnauba wax in order to get the warm finish in their paintwork.

Total Time Taken: 10 hours
2 Hours for 21-Stage Wash and Decontamination
4 hours for Single Stage Paint Correction
2 Hours for Interior Detail
2 Hours for applying Blau-Weiss wax & Exterior Detail

For more information on our services or how Project Detail can help your vehicle looking its best, contact us by clicking here.

Porsche 997 911 Carrera 4S

A German Icon Restored 

We seem to be biased towards Porsche car detailing at Project Detail, while that may or may not be true, it is undeniable that the 911 has been an icon for the Zuffenhausen Company. In fact, it has been argued that the shape has very much become a 'brand' in itself that represents the precision behind Porsches success. 

We spent over a week working on this Porsche 997 911 Carrera 4S. The new owner had commissioned us to restore the interior, wheels, engine and paintwork to the highest degree.

To illustrate just how much time we spent on this particular Porsche, we've decided to make this article a bit longer then than normal. Thank you and we absolutely appreciate your patience in reading and viewing about our work.
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The 997 911 Carrera 4S, glossy and finished outside our Studio in Gladesville, Sydney.

As with most Porsches, they strike an emotional chord with their owners that seem to see them adore and wanting their cars looking their absolute best. This particular 911 Carrera had been washed incorrectly in its lifetime which unfortunately meant the paintwork was extremely dull and was covered in medium to heavy swirl marks and other paint defects.

Like all the Porsches we have worked on, they require an incredible amount of time in order to polish all the curves and make sure the hard German paint is corrected properly in order to show the real colour of the car.

Washing, Decontamination & Drying

In order to begin the process of detailing any major project, we need to be able to assess the vehicle thoroughly in order to decide how to appropriately approach the car. Our 21-stage wash is already drastically different from most car washes or even some detailers. It includes the use of a citrus pre-wash soak, Iron Ferrous Remover, snow foam, multiple grit guard buckets and the luxury of hot water. 

Before - Wheel has moderate brake dust.

After - Iron Remover reacting to brake dust.

After the wash the vehicle is then decontaminated; Iron Fallout, Tar, Tree sap and other contamination is removed from the surface. This contamination cannot be removed during the wash process.

Project Detail Sydney & Melbourne uses a mixture of Microfibre drying towels, Waffle weave towels and air blowers to dry the car after the wash. This way, no water is still present during inspection and especially during the paint correction phase.

Only once the vehicle is washed, decontaminated and dried properly we can begin assessment of the vehicle. This way none of the dirt, dust or contamination can affect the appearance of the paintwork. The inspection is done under a mixture of LED, fluorescent and halogen lights in order for us to see all the scratches, swirl marks and paint defects and make notes regarding the car as we progress.

Original Paintwork - Before Paint Correction

The photo's in the gallery illustrate the poor nature of the paint beforehand. Heavy Swirl marks were consistent and present all over the paintwork. The paintwork itself was dull and lacked clarity and depth.

In order the rectify these issues, we needed to proceed with intensive paint correction to remove all the defects and bring gloss back to the car.

Two Stage Paint Correction

Paint Correction is the technical term Project Detail uses to describe the machine buffing and polishing process. Paint Correction is a time consuming task which often means it can can day and sometimes weeks to achieve the perfect finish. To find out more about Paint Correction, click here.

50/50 shot - Passenger side door. The left side original & the right side is after paint correction.

50/50 shot - Passenger side door. The left side original & the right side is after paint correction.

This polishing process involves using a series of machines which slowly polishes the surface using abrasives which flatten the surface until the defects disappear overtime. From the photos, the depth and metallic flakes really begin to stand out.

The metallic flakes and colour can clearly be seen in the paintwork.

Before - Drivers side Rear Quarter

Passenger side after correction begins to show mirror reflections.

After - Drivers side Rear Quarter

Paint Correction begins with a more aggressive product called a compound, these contains abrasive materials which allow us to remove the swirl marks and scratches. This process can take hours depending on the severity of the defects and also the hardness of the paintwork. For example, most German cars using extremely hard paintwork versus the soft spongy paint from Japan.

Because Project Detail specialises in the correction of high end vehicles, we have access to a variety of tools which allows us to work in finer areas which would be out of reach normally. Our Rupes TA-50 is a team favourite, allowing us to polishing the smallest areas with ease.

Smaller & Finer areas are no problem at all.

Rupes TA-50 polishing the smallest areas.

Using the right tools for the job.

Swirls & scratches removed.

After the first stage of compounding, the paint correction continues to move towards refining the paintwork with finer polishes with more delicate abrasives. These allow the paintwork to begin to take its glossy finish. The fine polishes also allow any haziness or dullness from the first stage to be removed.

After Paint Correction

After many hours of paint correction, the car begins to resemble the finished product. The paintwork becomes extremely glossy reflecting the surrounding objects in our workshop. Only by spending the appropriate time in can you avoid costly mistakes such as buffing marks or holograms. You can find out more about the perils of cheap and quick buffing

The Porsche is then washed a second time to remove compound dust and debris that naturally collects during the paint correction process. This also gives the chance to clean rubber seals, remove masking tape and prepare the car for the application of the glass coating.

The defects and the swirl marks are now permanently removed. They will only return in the form of new scratches but with the right protection coating and care the car can stay looking great for a long time.

Finished - After Glass Coating Paint Protection

The vehicle then undergoes one of the final procedures. CS2 Titanium is a top tier, 2 part glass coating which gives great physical resistance, superior water beading and an intense gloss to the car's it's applied to. The curing time varies depending on the weather but normally we allow 7-8 over night to let the product become ready.

Finished - CS2 Titanium Glass Coating

Finished - CS2 Titanium Glass Coating

The final elements of the detail are finished at this stage including, any wheel detailing or coating, exhaust polishing etc. This Porsche also had it's interior detailed and also the wheels removed and coated giving it the long term protection it needs.

We hope that this longer article shows some of the work that goes into preparing the detailing these beautiful vehicles. Project Detail strives to deliver the best results for their owners. 

This Porsche 997 911 Carrera 4S looked remarkable when it was finished. The owner was stunned at the level of gloss that we could achieve and the paintwork looked completely different to when we began.

We have the pleasure of regularly maintaining this vehicle for the owner. This means that we can check on the coating's condition as well as dealing with any swirl marks or scratches that may develop in between visits. 

CS2 Titanium Glass Coating -  Notice the intense water beading during a regular wash service.

Total time 70 hours - 
60 hours Paint Correction
6 Hours for Interior detail and leather treatment, soft top care and wheel polishing
4 Hours Applying Coating