Paint Protection

Audi RS3 Sportsback in Glacier White

Audi's 5 Cylinder Madness

Audi RS3 Sportsback in Glacier White. Coated by Project Detail with Modesta BC-04 Nano Titanium Glass Coating. We have had the opportunity to maintain this for the owner.

Audi's decision to release the RS3 variant to Australia was well met by car fans in Australia, fitting nicely into the premium and and sitting atop performance hatchback category. The 5 Cylinder was a standout, with owners either keeping them stock or getting mind blowing (and ear piercing) performance with just a few select changes.

Project Detail has been chosen to protect a number of RS3's as an official installer for Modesta Liquid Glass Coatings including this example in Glacier White. The owner had previously had his older vehicles coated in other professional ceramic coatings including Silicon Carbide coatings which he was not happy with their long term performance overall.

Infrared Curing & the right procedures

Project Detail utilises the right equipment in order to provide the right results.

The RS3 underwent a full protection process; paint correction and an application of P01A, and then the BC-04 Coating. We also fully removed the wheels in order to deep clean and spray apply BC-06 Heat Resistant Coating for the wheels and brakes.

Each panel or wheel was then cured with infrared heating lamps in order to finish the curing process. Modesta requires infrared curing in order to achieve the full potential and hardness of the coating.

Even each individual wheel is infrared cured, this ensures that the BC-06 gives long lasting protection.

Ongoing maintenance is another important aspect that many other coating companies neglect. Any coating, even Modesta requires the right care. Just as if one were to purchase a Ferrari, the Ferrari would still require servicing and ongoing care. 

Project Detail can provide this ongoing maintenance for its clients but it also sells a the Maintenance range from Modesta which greatly aids in keeping and getting the most from your coating.

M4 Smoke is a wet applied conditioner designed for your Modesta coating. It preserves and prolongs the water behaviour on the surface of your vehicle.

Project Detail has been maintaining this particular Audi RS3 for over a year, the owner has been very impressed and the car has remained in great condition for a long period of time. Occasionally the car will require more intensive maintenance since it is a white coloured vehicle, areas such as tree sap, tar or iron fall out can be removed through the right detailing techniques preserving the coating underneath.

1 year later, the surface of the RS3 remains bright, glossy and still sheets and repels water.

Total Time Taken: 24 Hours
2 Hours for 21-stage wash and decontamination
7 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

If you would like to enquire about any of the services mentioned above, contact Project Detail by sending us an email or clicking here.

More information on the range of Modesta coatings can be found here.

More details on our services can be found here.

Porsche Panamera in Carbon Grey Metallic

Porsche DNA in Executive Styling.

2016 Porsche Panamera protected with Modesta BC-05 Advanced Water Repellant Coating

When the Porsche Panamera was first unveiled in 2010, it took quite some time for it's distinctive design to be readily accepted amongst Porsche fans. Those who were looking for daily drivers preferred the ever popular Cayenne and soon after Macan models. However, in more recent years gradual acceptance has built a strong case for the Panamera and Porsche certainly see's it that way by releasing the second generation of the Panamera due to launch in 2017.

The owner of this Panamera was one such Porsche fan having purchased the car without conviction, it wasn't until the unrivalled comfort over long distances combined with a better handling sensation versus his Cayenne that he really fell in love with the large sedan.

Because of this realisation, the owner approached Project Detail in Sydney, Gladesville to detail the vehicle. Paint Correction, interior detailing and paint protection were sought after. The coating of choice was Modesta's flagship coating, BC-05 Advanced Water Repellant Glass Coating. This Option not only provides an extremely effective hydrophobic surface in addition to the iconic 'Candy Like Gloss.'

Inspection & Preparation 

One of the key elements to providing the best possible results is in the inspection and preparation work on any vehicle after the wash and decontamination phase. The Panamera had signs of light holograms possibly from when it was delivered to the owner. Furthermore, although it's quite hard to see in the photos the car did have light to medium swirl marks present which needed to be polished and removed before applying the Modesta coating.

Inspection beforehand lets us see the defects present; swirl marks and buffing holograms.

The inspection is extremely important as it allows the detailer to note down any issues in addition to paint defects, we report any scratches, dents or other would be issues for the owner. The 3 photos in the next slideshow shows a deep scratch on the rear extendable wing & a deep scuff mark both of which will need wet sanding to remove and the general swirl marks on the door.

As we inspect the car, any areas we notice we place a small piece of green tape. This usually represents a deeper scratch or something where we would need to inspect again as we move onto the paint correction phase.

Modesta + Plus Creation Technology

The vehicle is finished inspection and read for paint correction. The green masking tape either protected sensitive areas or is a highlight for potentially troublesome areas worth revisiting.

One of the biggest standout features with Modesta is that it not only has a range of high quality coatings but an entire range of supporting products too. Every single one of these products has passed strenuous research and development phases, which for the installer like Project Detail, we can be assured that the results are going to meet expectations.

Modesta C-02 is a highly specialised cutting compound which allows installers to produce the best results possible compared to other products on the market which contain fillers or oils.

Paint Correction is a specialised form of machine polishing or 'buffing' with a machine. At Project Detail we use a combination of the more current machines in order to produce the expected results, such as the Rupes Bigfoot polishing System or the Flex VRG 3401 forced rotation polisher. Combined with the latest dual action or 'random orbital' machines we also have machines of different sizes and also our set of rotary tools. While rotary tools are less commonly used, it's still a powerful and much needed part of the detailers arsenal.

Paint Correction consists of two main elements; compounding and polishing. Compounding focusses on removal of defects such as swirl marks, light to medium scratches, oxidised paintwork and water spots. Polishing is the secondary phase and this begins to jewel the paintwork to a highly glossy and clear finish rather then removing defects. 

More on paint correction can be found by clicking here.

On this Porsche Panamera, Modesta C-02 made light work with the swirl marks and light scratches present on the body. This allowed us more time to focus on troublesome areas, like the deep scratches and scuff mark previously show.

Modesta P-01A, BC05 and M1Shot make up just some of the range within the Modesta System.

Once the compounding phase work was completed, we then moved onto the finishing steps using Modesta P-01A. This is Modesta's specialised Primer and in our experience is a truly unique product. Often imitated by other coatings brands, this primer is not only a very effective finishing polishing which leaves the paintwork with extreme clarity and gloss but also contains a special Alkyd Resin coating.

This Resin coating performs two functions, primarily as a bonding agent promoting a stronger catalyst for the incoming glass coating and secondly the Alkyd resin provides a better surface to protect the paintwork during the coating application phase.

BC-05 Advanced Water Repellant Coating

BC-05 is one of the choices of Modesta Coatings, it is a very effective hydrophobic coating.

One of the key differences between Modesta and other coatings we have used previously is the application. Yes, the results are outstanding but the application itself is where the long term results are built. In the past, when we applied other coatings such as professional level ceramic 9h coatings, the process was very straight forward. Easy to apply, wipe on and wipe off and no special curing required. The customer was able to pick their car up within a few hours.

Modesta's coatings in general are much thicker than the competitors for starters, this makes the application process much more tedious and time consuming. Furthermore, the curing time can be extensive even with the aid of infrared curing. The combination for example on this Panamera, of P-01A and BC-05 is a total of 10-15μm versus the other ceramic coatings rating of 0.2-1μm. This is a significant difference which is why Modesta bears the results that it does.

BC-05 is considered the flagship coating for Modesta, highly hydrophobic, extremely thick giving a strong resistance to physical abrasions and chemical etching and finally an unreal level of gloss is attained one the coating is cured.  

Infrared curing is mandatory for Modesta.

It results in a harder and full strength coating.

The Finished Product

The curing process for Modesta is a lengthy and technical process. Many coatings proudly display the use of infrared curing and while the lamps do speed the process dramatically as with Modesta the chemical compound of those coatings do not require infrared curing. Modesta does not reach full strength unless it is cured with infrared, this is an important point of difference versus other coatings. While some may see this as a drawback, the results are the contrary. The end results of a Modesta coated care at full strength is something only the installer and the client will experience.

Gorgeous leather in Carrera Red and Black Two Tone finish, detail complete.

The Panamera took us 3 days to complete, in addition to body work we also coated the wheels in BC-06 Heat Resistant Hard Glass Coating and also detailed the interior of the Porsche. The owner had chosen a very striking Carrera Red and Black Two Tone finish for the leather. This was deep cleaned and conditioned with Swissvax Elephant Fat (synthetic) and treated with Swissvax Leather Milk.

In addition to the leather treatment, we also steam cleaned all upholstery and carpeting.

The final results of the Porsche Panamera were complete. The vehicle was now rejuvenated to match the owners new found love for the vehicle. From a car bought without much thought to the owners new daily driver replacing his Cayenne, the Panamera now has long term protecting for years not weeks or months.

Please take your time looking through this slide show, showcasing the the finished results of the Panamera.

Total Time Taken: 35 Hours
2 Hours for 21-stage wash and decontamination
20 Hours for 2 stage paint correction
10 Hours for Modesta BC-05 Coating Application & Infrared Curing
3 Hours for Interior Detail

If you have a vehicle you would like rejuvenated or a new vehicle protected with an exclusive coating like Modesta, consider contact Project Detail by clicking here or check out our other projects.

Mercedes AMG W205 C63S Coupe in Obsidian Black

Power & Precision has a New Look

2016 Mercedes AMG C63S Coupe coated with Modesta BC-03 Pure Glass Coating.

The wait in Sydney for the new AMG coupe's is finally over. With the first allotments finally trickling in, Project Detail has had the opportunity to detail and protect one of the first arrivals in beautiful Obsidian Black with Modesta BC-03 Pure Glass Coating.

The owner having previously had Opti-Coat Pro and Ceramic Pro coatings applied by Richard to their past vehicles was keen to try something new for their new AMG.

 The new Coupe's boast not only a more aggressive look versus the sedan but after speaking to a few clients, we found out there were quite a few changes. Differential setup, exhaust, wider stance and more aggressive flares in the guards to name a few. 

Rectifying Pre-Deliveries Defects & Polishing

Strict preparation & paint correction is needed before coating for the optimum results.

One of the major issues that any decent detailer must face is the prospect of a new car being covered in defects. Educating the client as to why their brand new vehicle requires paint correction can be daunting but it is worthwhile for not only the results but earning the clients trust that you have their best interests at heart.

Modesta P-01A Primer & Polish.

P-01A cures for 3 hours before coating.

This Obsidian Black AMG Coupe was no different. Arriving straight from the dealership, we inspected the vehicle after our 21 Stage Wash & Decontamination to make note of all the various swirl marks, light scratches and random isolated deeper scratches across the paintwork. interestingly, we found the the rear and front bar's in plastic were the worst and as usual the bonnet and drivers door's were trouble areas also.

After P-01A, the gloss and depth is pushed to it's limits before coating with BC-03.

The paintwork was corrected using a combination of Rupes Bigfoot System, Modesta's C-02 Polishing Compound and a variety of pad types. This combination allowed us to fully remove all the defects in the paintwork while leaving a haze and clear finish. Typically, the paint correction stage can take anywhere from 4 hours to a whole entire day to complete depending on a variety of factors such as colour, hardness of paint, how severe the defects are and also the equipment used and the skill of the operator. Project Detail's specialised detailing studio has 3 vehicle hoists which allow us not only better access to the vehicle, it actually speeds up the process when polishing the lower portions and the bumpers.

Once the defects have been removed to our satisfaction, we finish the vehicle with Modesta's Primer & Polish P-01A. This finishing polish is totally unique to Modesta, the gloss and finish it provides is outstanding, the clarity and richness of the colour is always amazing. But what makes P-01A even better is the Alkyd Resin within the polish, this Resin forms a special coating which requires 3 hours to cure and harden on the vehicle.

This Resin coating is the foundation of Modesta's 'Plus Creation Technology' meaning that it can be layered to increase the overall thickness of the coating. P-01A has a measurably thickness of  up to 10μm. Once formed, the resin coating not only protects the paintwork during the difficult installation of Modesta's coating range but also the increases the bond and effectiveness of the coating to come. 

BC-03 Pure Glass Coating

All Modesta coatings must be cured by Infrared in order to reach maximum strength & potential.

Modesta is a unique coating and protection system in the fact is has over 6 different types of coatings. Many other brands hail a universal coating for all paint types but this approach isn't logical. With so many paint finishes, some vehicles being used as daily drivers and others for weekend use only, Modesta has a range of coatings designed to suit all these different applications.

Modesta BC-03 Pure Glass Coating is all but one in the Modesta Range of coatings.

BC-03 is a Pure Glass Coating that is Hydrophilic in nature. This means it is the polar opposite of the majority of the coatings on the market that are Hydrophobic by nature. With 'phobia' meaning a fear of and 'philic' meaning to love, Modesta's BC-03 Pure Glass Coating and BC-04 Nano Titanium Glass Coating provides a out of the box approach to the water spotting problems that plague many other coatings on the market. 

As the coating is cured with the Infrared lamp, the gloss really begins to show.

BC-03 & BC-04 are also unique as they are both applied under 'wet' conditions. Due to their hydrophilic nature, the application is done with a lot of water involved. This is very different to other coatings because getting most coatings wet during the application is a big problem causing hazing, seizing up the coating and early product failure.

By being Hydrophilic, the water naturally sheets off the surface of the vehicle. This means that while the water beads may not be as pronounced and as visually impressive as a hydrophobic coating, the flat panels such as roofs, bonnets and boots are more resistant to water spotting.

Further more, BC-03 Pure Glass Coating gives an immense gloss to the surface it's coated in, providing a wet and candy like gloss and when combined with P-01A the overall result is simply mind blowing. BC-03 has a measurable thickness of 2-3μm. This means that when combined together with P-01A, the overall thickness is between 10μm+

BC-06 Heat Resistant Hard Glass Coating 

Protecting the paintwork is only one part of the application process for this AMG. The wheels and brakes were removed and deep cleaned before having a spray application of BC-06. This highly durable coating is spray applied through a HVLP (high volume low pressure) gun, allowing for an even and smooth application.

Modesta BC-06 Heat Resistant coating for wheels, brakes and even body.

BC-06 also protected brake callipers keeping them bright and from discolouration. 

After - BC06 Rich, velvety and resistant.

After - BC06 Rich, velvety and resistant.

BC-06 was engineered to be resistant of temperatures up to 1,300 °C. This makes it not just the coating of choice but a necessity for performance brakes and wheels. During the application process, we coat not only the face of the wheel but also the barrel. This gives the car overall better cleaning ability, as well as better aesthetics. Gloss wheels pop while matte/satin finishes become very rich and velvety.

Like with all Modesta coatings, after application, curing with Infrared is a necessity. 

Candy Like Gloss & Pure Protection.

Swissvax for your Interior leather, fabric and plastics

Project Detail also provides the very best in leather, fabric and interior car with Swissvax.

Project Detail is also Sydney's only authorised Swissvax Detailer, combined with Modesta we aim to provide your car with the very best in global car care.

Swissvax Leather Glaze, Leather Milk and Lotos Fabric guard in effect.

Total Time Taken: 35 Hours
2 Hours for 21-stage wash and decontamination
21 Hours for 2 stage paint correction
10 Hours for Modesta BC-03 Coating Application & Infrared Curing
2 Hours for Interior Detail

If you would like your vehicle protected, detailed and restored consider Project Detail. We are based in Moorabbin, Melbourne and Gladesville, Sydney.

For further information regarding Modesta, Swissvax or any of the detailing services on our site, contact us by clicking here.

BMW M2 Sapphire Black

Bavarian Precision & Engineering

Project Detail was fortunate enough to detail and protect one of the first BMW M2 Coupe's to be delivered to the country. Painted in beautiful Sapphire Black, the newest M Division car certainly doesn't disappoint on any level; performance, looks and quality.

Striking BMW M2 in Sapphire Black finished with CS2 Titanium ceramic quartz coating.

Striking BMW M2 in Sapphire Black finished with CS2 Titanium ceramic quartz coating.

For the M2, the customer wanted give the car the best protection possible in order the preserve the looks after with finished the paint correction process. We spent a total of 3 days working on the vehicle, beginning with our 21 stage wash & decontamination and the 2 stages of paint correction.
After we were happy with paintwork, we applied CS2 Titanium ceramic quartz glass coating to the paintwork. We also coated the wheels, brakes and the windscreen with CS2 range of protection products.

Deep cleaning arches, wheels & brakes.

Coated to enhance and preserve.

Finer details normally missed by most.

Wheels & Brakes full protected.

BMW - Designed for Driving Pleasure

The CS2 Titanium took 8 hours overnight to fully cure before it is water contact ready. In that time we finished detailing the last components such as polishing the exhaust tips, coating and protection the interior and applying CS2 Clearvue to the exterior windscreens.

CS2 carries a wide range of interior coatings that allowed us to protect the leather, vinyl, matte carbon finish and also the upholstery.

We were very happy with the results and the client was extremely satisfied when he received his car. Overall, the car took longer than usual due to the hard ceramiclear finish on BMW paint but the results speak for themselves.

Total Time Taken: 45 Hours
2 Hours for 21-stage wash and decontamination
37 Hours for 2 stage paint correction
2 Hours for Interior Detail
4 Hours for CS2 Titanium and CS2 interior coatings

For more information on CS2's range of protection products click here.

If you would like Project Detail to work on your vehicle or have any enquiries, click here to contact us.

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

Ferrari F430 Spider

A Ferrari is always a special occasion to a detailer. In Sydney, we are fortunate enough to be able to see these works of art come by occasionally. Project Detail's specialised detailing workshop allows us to perform customised services for supercars and specialised vehicles alike.

Project Detail is located in Gladesville, near Hunters Hill which is accessible to most of Sydney. Our 3 vehicle hoists allow to detail supercars that may be hard to detail due to their height or requiring removal of wheels that are very expensive. We also utilise a hot water pressure washer, allowing us a more thorough wash that cannot be achieved without one. Project Detail is aiming to provide your car with a service unmatched in Sydney.

Our goal is to make these cars look amazing, allowing their busy owners to smile when they take time from their busy schedules to drive these cars they have worked hard for. If we can achieve that, then we have accomplished what we aim for which is beyond detailing.

The wash, decontamination and prep takes hours before any polishing even begins.

Project Detail was able to meet the strict requirements of the owner of this Ferrari F430 Spider in the classic Ferrari red 'Rossa Corsa.' These requirements were:

  • Perfectly Corrected Paintwork
  • Touchups for stonechips on front bar, front quarters and bonnet
  • Restore cream leather interior 
  • Find solution for cracking & peeling black paint in door jambs
  • Apply the best Paint Protection available

Our work on the F430 took us a whole week to complete before we were satisfied before presenting the car to the customer. The existing paintwork was mediocre condition. It was cared for by all of it's owners, however the paintwork still needed 2 stages of polishing in order to remove all the defects. The soft nature of Ferrari paintwork meant there was a lot of consistent swirl marks and 'random isolated deep scratchs' or RIDS.

Before - Swirls, faded paint & watermarks

Consistent swirl marks and light scratches 

The paintwork also showed signs of light oxidisation which is perfectly normal for the age of the car and also being red paint. Surprisingly the interior was in good condition, the leather was slightly dirty but the two parts that were worth noting about the interior include the black rubber coating for all interior buttons and the carbon fibre on the back of the seats. The owner did not want them removed, so polishing them properly was impossible.

Soft-top rub marks to be removed

Matte finish exhaust tips to be polished

Paintwork is painfully dull with defects

Ferrari paintwork is known for it's softness

For the paint correction required an extensive 2 stages, this was painstaking as we made sure we polished all the contours, small vents and only on the hoist were we able to polish the low side skirts properly. We used a combination of Rupes polishing machines and Scholl Concept polishes which are manufactured in Italy and Germany respectively. This allowed us to produce the top tier results we were after. 

One important element often overlooked by carwashes and detailers is the requirement to have quality tools, chemicals and products. Just like the Ferrari, Lamborghini's or Porsche's quality can only be achieved sometimes with a higher cost. We do not compromise at Project Detail, only the focus of quality is important.

A particular nuisance areas of many convertibles or Spider supercars is the rub marks left behind by the soft top sitting on top of the paintwork. Fortunately with the right tools, these can be polished and removed revealing the glossy original paintwork.

After correction, the vehicle was coated with CS2's Black Edition coating. Black Edition is a bespoke coating that is only created for specific detailers in each country. Project Detail is privileged enough to be able to apply this to only to the best cars and where the customers demand the best.

2 Stages of paint correction & a quality glass coating can achieve unbelievable results.


CS2's Black Edition is a very difficult product to apply, however the results are outstanding. It has an extremely high percentage of SiO2 (Silicone Dioxide.) The gloss is undeniably deep and wet. The long term benefits become apparent to the owner as after each wash, the car looks freshly detailed. The coating beads so aggressively that the water literally falls off the surface, these attributes allow the car to preserve it's looks and look extra special when these busy owners take them for a drive.

This Ferrari F430 definitely is one of our most memorable cars we have completed to date. The owner allowing us to go the extra mile is motivating and seeing their reaction when picking up the car is memorable.

If you care for your vehicle and demand the best, consider contacting us and organising a time for us to discuss what we can do for you.

The finished result on this Ferrari F430 in Rossa Corsa was superb.

Total Time 68 hours - 

45 hours Washing, 2 Stage Paint Correction (paintwork, brakes polished, clear vinyl on soft top)
8 hours applying CS2 Black Edition glass coating to paintwork
5 hours to detail interior, deep clean leather, condition leather and finishing conditioning interior
10 hours applying exterior coatings; wheel's removed and coated, exterior windscreen coated