Jaguar's SUV Entrant
The Jaguar F-Pace made quite a splash on it's release in 2016, arriving around the same time as two other luxury SUV entrants; the Bentley Bentayga and the Maserati Levante. It's looks were uniquely Jaguar but it managed to transition into a small SUV quite smoothly and carried over it's success in recent years.
This particular F-Pace in Ammonite Grey Metallic was dark and contrasting. The owner came from Mosman, wanting to provide it with an exclusive and effective paint protection. After researching and going through the various options with us, the owner opted for Modesta BC-04 Nano Titanium Glass Coating for its durability and high gloss and additionally Modesta BC-06 for the beautiful two-tone black wheels.
Paint Correction & Priming the Paintwork
A key point of difference to Modesta versus other coating systems available in Sydney, Australia is that Modesta is a complete system. While other coatings have a universal product or just a standalone product, Modesta provides a comprehensive solution offering over 4 types of coatings. Each one has a different chemical makeup and provides a different solution; providing the best results matched for different colours, varying durability and the difference between hydrophillic and hydrophobic.
The car exhibited light swirl marks and light marring after our wash and decontamination process. The F Pace underwent our 21 Stage Wash & Decontamination, making sure it was ready for inspection and paint correction.
Many clients ask why its necessary to polish and paint correct their new vehicle. There are two major reasons, the first is to remove any light defects that may be leftover from the dealership such as swirl marks and scratches from the mechanics handling the vehicle. Secondly, in order the get the best results, the paintwork must be polished. There is no questioning this, the paintwork never comes from the factory as refined as it can be as it just isn't economical for the dealership.
Once the paint correction is complete, the final step for a Modesta application is polishing with Modesta P-01A which is the specially designed primer. P-01A is an outstanding finishing polish, able to bring the gloss to an extremely fine level of clarity. In addition, P-01A contains an Alkyd resin which over a few hours binds to the clear coat creating its own coating which is measured between 8-10µm per layer. This product can be layered for additional thickness and compounding gloss.
Finally, the reason why P-01A is an essential step and is that it aids in the installation of the actual coating that is to come. The coating bonds to the Alkyd resin, forming a much stronger and longer lasting result.
BC-04 Nano Titanium Glass Coating
The owners decision to choose BC-04 among the various Modesta coating options was based off the desire for durability and also the prevention of water spotting. In addition to providing a deep gloss and shine on the Ammonite Grey Metallic, BC-04 contains titanium-oxide which adds to the durability of the coating. With a measurable thickness of 2-3μm, BC-04 is also hydrophillic by nature.
Being hydrophillic, this is key to preventing water spotting long term which is especially prevalent on gun metal shades of colour. The hydrophillic surface allows the coating to 'sheet' the water rather then purely beading like many other hydrophobic coatings available. This allows the coating to better rid of the water which is likely to sit motionless and etch into the surface overtime.
Once the coating has cured and has been removed from the surface of the paintwork, the coating continues to cure while leaving behind an unbelievably deep gloss and reflections.
Modesta BC-04 application is complete.
The Importance of Infrared Curing
Infrared curing is becoming more and more prominent to the coatings which exist in Australia. However, Modesta to date is the only one which requires the infrared to be part of its system. The infrared curing causes the solvents in the coating to evaporate faster and greatly accelerates curing but most importantly strengthens the molecular reaction and makes the coating stronger.
Many other coatings are beginning to use these lamps in order to speed up their curing times but unlike Modesta the lamps are purely to speed up the curing and do not affect the chemical reaction.
BC-06 Heat Resistant Coating
Modesta has a wide variety of coatings, as aforementioned each coating is specially designed to be different and be able to provide the best protection for its purpose. Modesta BC-06 is a primary example of this. Undergoing years of research, BC-06 is spray applied and coats the receiving surface with a thin layer of PHPS Silica (perhydropolysilazane) which in turn become extremely durable.
Surfaces coated in BC-06 are extremely resistant to heat as the coating is designed to be resistant beyond other coatings in the Modesta range. By providing protection up to 1,300 °C, wheels and brakes are able to stay protected even with long term or extreme use.
In fact, we have had great feedback from clients informing us that the coating has allowed his wheels to be extremely easy to clean post track use.
Once all the wheels are coated and have dried to the touch, the wheels are then cured with infrared just like the paintwork. For those concerned with how the BC-06 coating will affect their wheels, it is a brilliantly designed product which accentuates the gloss finishes while creating a much deeper and richer finish for matte finishes.
Miscellaneous Parts of the Service
There are also many little things we do to make sure each installation goes perfect for the client. Deep cleaning the wheels is a core component, because at Project Detail we are able to use our hoists and remove the wheels thoroughly they are then cleaned much more effectively then detailers who are not able to remove the wheels.
In addition, something a little extra we did for this car is remove the Centre Caps, polish them and coat them in Modesta BC-05 for extra pop to give it a little extra effect.
The Final Results
It's extremely hard to describe how a finished product for Modesta looks and photos rarely do the car justice but Modesta is strikingly glossy. The culmination of all the steps, all the hours going into preparing a car makes it look amazing when it's complete.
The following slideshow showcases the effects and how the car looked completed.
Modesta requires 3-4 times the amount of time when compared to other coatings. This is not something extraordinary, but when a product has additional steps and is much thicker as an end result it makes sense that more time must be taken to prepare, install and finish the overall service.
Modesta is also a very exclusive coating, with only 2 applicators per capital city in Australia the approach is vastly different then many other coatings which in the interest of selling products induct as many applicators as possible. Modesta and Project Detail's interest lays specifically in quality and the satisfaction of the client.
The cost is definitely higher, and our clients appreciate the approach of quality rather than the approach of price matching or cost cutting.
Total Time Taken: 23 Hours
2 Hours for 21-stage wash and decontamination
6 Hours for 2 stage paint correction & P-01A
10 Hours for Modesta BC-04 Coating Application & Infrared Curing
2 Hours for Wheel Removal, Clean and Application of BC-06
3 Hours for Interior Detail & Leather Conditioning
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