We were called upon to detail a recently acquired 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera LP570-4. Painted in Verde Ithaca green and with plenty of carbon fiber accents this particular example stands out from the crowd; one of the big selling points for our customer. In his words he wouldn't have bought any other colour.
Upon an initial phone call it was clear this car was in fairly good condition; however we knew that there is always room to improve. Note this insight post is heavily image based and written to cover all points with a high level of detail. We highly recommend boiling the kettle and making yourself comfortable!
The initial plan of action was to inspect all areas of the vehicle with an idea to start with a Stage 4 Restoration Package plus add on a wheels off under guard detail, interior carbon fiber detailing and any other areas that needed addressing.
Initial Delivery & Inspection.
The photos below are of the vehicle as it was initially delivered to us. Our customer was kind enough to have washed the vehicle not long before delivery, and on the surface you would not consider this car to be heavily defected - in fact it almost looks brand new. This is one of the great challenges of detailing; taking a vehicle in already good condition and further improving it to better than factory finish. We love showing photos like this as it gives a true indication of how on the surface a car may look clean and tidy; but detailed it is not.
Inspecting For Defects
After the vehicle has been washed down, dried and is inside our studio we can really start to see what we're dealing with. When setting up our studio we were sure to choose the correct lighting with the right amount of Lumens for the level we are detailing cars at; something which we didn't have the luxury of at our previous Newmarket studio. The two main types of defects we will discuss are marring and scratches on both the painted surfaces, plastic lights and carbon fiber surfaces plus the contamination on the paintwork.
Attacking Dirty Areas First
It is always good practice to attack the dirty areas of the car first - in this case the wheels and under guards. As we are removing heavy grime from these surfaces we want to ensure that there is no chance of re-contaminating paintwork or having any splashes or grime hit the paintwork. If grime does get re-introduced to paintwork we would prefer that happens before we have spent countless hours polishing to perfection!
OCD specialise in paint correction and this Lamborghini was no exception. The customer had one request; to bring the paintwork to the best possible level. We operate to achieve two main objectives; removal of as many of the swirl marks and scratches as we can safely remove plus produce the best level of depth and overall shine. To achieve this we performed a two stage compound and polish on the paintwork.
Compounding is the process of leveling the paint surface to remove scratches, swirl marks, buffer haze and other top layer defects. The compounding process increases shine to the paintwork but does not produce THE BEST shine possible. It is common of some operators to simply compound the paintwork and not follow up with a secondary process; we however do not cut corners!
In this instance we used a fine finishing/jeweling polish to remove fine haze left by compounding and jewel the paint surface to a level of clarity not often seen in the New Zealand detailing scene. This is truly one of our biggest differences and the products we use we import ourselves ex-Germany. After thorough testing of countless different products we have settled on the best.
We use dual action machines to achieve a crystal clear result and with maximum safety. Unlike traditional polishing machines, dual actions both spin and oscillate to ensure they are constantly moving across varying elliptical orbits. This reduces heat and in turn means less chance of burning paint, no chance of creating holograms and buffer marks and we wouldn't have it any other way. On top of this we have invested in multiple different sized machines to ensure we can correct varying surfaces and even complex panels with ease.
The below images are 50/50 shots of compounding in action. To achieve these shots we have taped off a line to make it easier to see the correction result. Look out for the swirls and where they suddenly disappear! This is the result of a true cut and polish - removal of defects, not polishing to add more like some inexperienced detailers will!
Paint Sealing & Final Wax
After the vehicle has been fully corrected we perform a final wash down to remove all traces of dust from the vehicle, and prepare the surface for the final stages of protection and enhancement. On all Stage 4 packages we complete a two-step final including both a synthetic sealant and also a carnauba wax.
After completion of the paintwork there were only minor exterior finishing touches to be completed before we could start the interior work. We started by applying a rain repellent to the exterior glass; allowing it to cure before buffing it off and cleaning the glass to a haze and streak free finish. We then applied a long lasting tyre protectant to add a satin sheen and repel dirt and water; and then performed a final check over of the exterior to look for wax residue, polishing dust or other left over traces of the work that had been completed.
Unfortunately in a bit of a hurry we forgot to take photos of our processes with the interior! As in all stage 4 packages the following processes were completed.
All interior surfaces including the boot are vacuumed. We pay attention to the carpets, mats, seats and under the seats. In the Gallardo there is also a lot of Alcantara features on the dashboard and centre console areas which were delicately vacuumed also.
The Alcantara steering wheel was looking worse for wear. There were signs of previous oils from the old owner which made the Alcantara look flat and unloved. With our specialist products and techniques we were able to bring back the steering wheel to a near-new finish; some wear remained which would need a replacement to correct - something our customer was not too interested in doing!
Interior Plastics Detailed
Using both pH Neutral interior cleaners and an array of different soft bristle brushes and microfibres we delicately detailed the interior plastics and left the surfaces clean and protected.
+ Interior Glass Cleaned