04 September 2012

Opti-Coat on a Brand New Alfa-Romeo Guiletta

We have just detailed a brand new Alfa Romeo Giuletta. Having just purchased the car, the owner wanted the best possible protection, so he booked in with us for an Opti-Coat treatment and a full leather and interior protection package.

Despite being a new car, and telling the dealer to not wash it, we still managed to find some swirl marks and scratches:

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The roof was especially bad being black:

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The headlights also weren’t looking great:
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We started with a snow foam wash to completely strip the car of any remaining delivery wax and get the paint as clean as possible. Consisting of a mixture of shampoo and degreaser.
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We then clayed the car. Despite being a new car, check the contamination on the clay bar after just two panels:
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The wheels were taken off and washed inside and out:
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The car was then completely machine polished. We used Meguiars M205 and a combination of Lake Country CSC Black pads, and Hyratech Cyan and Tangerine pads. After polishing the car already looks a lot cleaner and is beading water due to there being no contaminants on the surface:
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We then foamed the car once more and gave it a good clean:
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And then wiped the whole car with 15% Isopropyl Alcohol in preparation for the Opti-Coat:
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Applying to an applicator with a syringe. A little goes a long way, and as it should. This stuff costs an absolute fortune!
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Applying to the wheels:
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Using a Torque Wrench to torque the wheels back up to spec. No rattle guns here!
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This car had a glass roof, and we applied Opti-Coat to all exterior surfaces. Here you can see how reflective the glass gets after Opti-Coat application:
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And some finished shots! It was a long day and we ran out of light, but luckily managed to catch a few shots with some flash:
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Hope you enjoyed!