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458 Speciale – Correction Detail

March 27th, 2015

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

This awesome Ferrari 458 Speciale is one of three that we have been lucky enough to detail to date. It’s fair to say that the Speciale more than lives up to its name; in styling terms alone it makes the standard 458 seem very tame, and it really is a pleasure to work on – there’s just so many additional details to take in and enjoy. Unfortunately though, none of the three we’ve detailed so far were delivered to their owners in perfect condition. In this case, the car arrived looking fairly clean, having only traveled a couple of hundred miles since leaving the showroom, but in the morning sun I immediately spotted product residue wedged in the panel gaps and along the edges of the paint protection film, and sanding marks, random scratches and buffer trails on many of the main body panels. Unfortunately, it was already clear that this brand new £250k+ supercar was going to need nothing short of a full Correction Detail…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

I began the detail by giving the arches, rims and tyres a thorough rinse at high pressure. I then cleaned out the arches with Auto Finesse Citrus Power and an old wheel woolie, and rinsed them out again…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Next, I tackled the rims and tyres with Citrus Power and a combination of PB Boar Hair Detail Brushes and PB Luxury Spoke Back Woolies, and rinsed them off again…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Given the low levels of brake dust produced by carbon ceramic discs and pads, you often find that normal shampoo mixtures are sufficient for routine cleaning duties. However, in the case of the Speciale, the inner rim area is textured (to the point of feeling slightly rough), meaning that the extra cleaning power of Citrus Power is often required. With all of the dust and grime removed, I then used Autosmart Tardis to remove a handful of minor tar spots and some residual traces of a greasy tyre dressing that had stained the outer edges of the rims in places. I then foamed the whole car with Auto Finesse Avalanche, which was left to dwell for five minutes before being rinsed off…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

While the foam was dwelling I used Citrus Power again to clean the shuts and exterior trims, this time agitating it with a pair of PB Boar Hair Detail Brushes before rinsing it off. The engine bay was very clean with just some light dust present, so I carefully gave it a light rinse on low pressure and quickly dried it off with our Metro Vac Air Force Blaster. Using Auto Finesse Lather and a Microfiber Madness Incredipad, I then gently hand washed the whole car (two bucket method) before rinsing it off again…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

A few minor tar spots were present on the back end of the car, so Tardis was again used to remove these. Auto Finesse Iron Out was then used to remove any iron contamination present, of which there turned out to be surprisingly little. The car was then moved inside for some spot claying to remove some residual overspray (again, not unusual on brand new Ferraris). I then pat dried the main panels with a PB Luxury Drying Towel and used our Air Force Blaster to blow the shuts, grills and wheels dry…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

With the car now completely dry and positioned on our scissor lift, I set about inspecting the condition of the bodywork in more detail with our 3M Sun Gun, taking paint thickness readings in the process. A mixture of sanding pig tails, random scratches, scuffs and buffer trails were present over much of the car, thus ensuring I was going to have a busy few days sorting them all out!

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

After half an hour or so of playing about with a couple of different pad and polish combinations I settled on the Meguiar’s DA Microfibre System (140 mm DA Microfibre Cutting Discs and DA Microfibre Correction Compound) on my trusty FLEX XC 3401 VRG Positive Drive Orbital Polisher. This combination removed most of the defects on the first attempt, although some of the panels worst affected by sanding pig tails required a second hit…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

For the tighter areas, such as the bottom of the front wings and around the Ferrari shields I used a smaller Meguiar’s 85 mm DA Microfibre Cutting Disc on our Kestrel DAS-6 Dual Action Machine Polisher

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Even the badges on the engine lid and rear bumper had defects visible behind them, so these were removed to ensure that I could polish the underlying panel properly (instead of trying to polish around them, which never looks as good, no matter how good a job you do)…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Once the main bulk of the correction work was done I refined the finish with Menzerna 106FA and a Lake Country 140 mm Hydro-Tech Polishing Pad, again using my FLEX polisher…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

The front bumper and bonnet were covered in paint protection film, which was showing signs of being etched by what looked like tree fallout, so a Meguiar’s 140 mm DA Microfibre Finishing Disc and Auto Finesse Tripple was used on the DAS-6 at speed 4 to gently clean and polish the film. I then carefully removed all of the polishing dust with a PB Lambswool Duster before applying Auto Finesse Desire. As usual, this was applied a couple of panels at a time and removed with a Microfiber Madness Crazy Pile Towel. The rims were protected with Swissvax Autobahn, which is a great choice for all matt and satin-effect rims, while the tyres were dressed with Swissvax Pneu

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

The exterior glass and plastic engine cover were sealed with Nanolex Ultra Glass Sealant, while the interior glass was cleaned with Auto Finesse Crystal. The tailpipes were given a light polish with Meguiar’s NXT All Metal Polysh, while the door shuts were polished and protected with Tripple. Tripple was also used on the carbon fibre sections of the engine bay before I turned my attention to the interior, which is largely made up of alcantara and carbon fibre, so careful dusting with soft brushes and microfibre towels was necessary there. One last job on the interior was to improve a small but fairly deep scratch on the driver’s side door card. Due to the depth of the scratch it wasn’t going to be safe to remove it fully (and given that the chances of this area being kicked/scuffed again are quite high, it’s best to conserve clearcoat for future polishing!) but with an 85 mm DA Microfibre Cutting Disc and DA Microfibre Correction Compound on our DAS-6 I managed to reduce it greatly, and what remained could only be seen by looking very closely…

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

And with that done, it was time to refit the badges, remove any excess wax residue from the edges of the paint protection film and give the paint a final wipe down with Auto Finesse Finale. This left the car looking like it should have done at the point of delivery to the customer!

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Ferrari 458 Speciale - Correction Detail

Clark @ PB

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12 Responses to “458 Speciale – Correction Detail”

  1. Martin Welsh says:

    Truly awesome! Both the car and the correction/treatment.

  2. Marco says:

    Great job colleagues as always! Congratulations and keep raising the bar! Best regards from La Paz, Baja, Mexico.

  3. David says:

    Very nice work. I can’t imagine showing that to a customer before you made the car look as it deserved to. David.

  4. Dennis says:

    Cracking job as per usual, it’s poor that dealerships will send vehicles out in such condition.

  5. richard says:

    Always more than impressed with the quality of your work, always a pleasure to see… I often wonder though, do the customers ever treat you to a run out in the cars?

  6. James Robb says:

    Why would anyone in their right mind pay £250K for a car that is so full of paint defects? Must have more money than sense in my opinion. If I had that kind of money for that type of car I would not even think of having to have it detailed from new. Shame on Ferrari, quality control must be dismal.

  7. Thanks for all of the kind words everyone – we’re glad you’re enjoying our work and write ups.

    @richard – Sometimes!

  8. Chris Taylor says:

    Hope the bill was sent to Ferrari!

  9. Giulio Elmo says:

    You are TOP detailer for me!

  10. Lee says:

    Great work as always! How many hours did that end up taking?

  11. @Giulio – Thank you!

    @Lee – Around 40 hours in total. Cheers!

  12. Steve says:

    What a transformation! The colour really stands out.

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