911 (997) GT2 RS – XPEL Install

November 19th, 2015

911 (997) GT2 RS - XPEL Install

And now for something completely different; the installation of XPEL paint protection film to the front end (bumper, bonnet, wings and wing mirrors) of a solid black Porsche 911 (997) GT2 RS. This is a brand new service that we will be formally offering from the start of 2016. In the past, we shied away from the concept of installing such films, as many had a negative effect on the aesthetic of the underlying bodywork. The issues we frequently observed on film-wrapped panels were an increase in visible orange-peel (due to the surface of the film being microscopically uneven), a reduction in gloss level compared to the original finish, increased susceptibility to etching by the organic acids in bug splatter and bird droppings, and a strong tendency for UV damage to cause yellowing of the film over time (which was most noticeable on lighter-coloured cars). All of these factors put us off installing such films on our customers’ cars, with our alternative recommendation being to counter the accrual of stone chip damage by having affected panels periodically resprayed.

Over the last couple of years, however, significant advances in paint protection film technology have virtually eliminated these issues, to the point today where such films can actually enhance the appearance of underlying bodywork, in addition to protecting it against stones and other airborne debris. Furthermore, some of the most advanced films now feature self-healing clearcoats, meaning that fresh swirl marks and scratches are automatically corrected by semi-viscous polymers that flow into, and then level, any surface disturbances. This process is temperature sensitive, with the rate of self-healing increasing with temperature; if you wash your car with hot water any fresh marring disappears almost instantly! Consequently, our view of paint protection films has changed, and we now feel ready to recommend and install them. In line with this, Clark recently attended a week-long training and accreditation course at XPEL’s training centre in Hertfordhsire, which he passed with flying colours; he’s now officially a certified installer of XPEL products!

Golf Mk2 GTI – Correction Detail

October 28th, 2015

Golf Mk2 GTI - Correction Detail

Back at the start of August this year the owner of this lovely Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI made the long journey north from Cheshire to have us work our magic on it. I’d previously inspected the car back in the summer of 2014, when the owner was holidaying in Scotland and decided to kill two birds with one stone by visiting us to discuss his options. The car had previously received a bare metal respray, and while it looked great from ten feet away, when you got up close it was easy to spot the usual paint defects typically left in situ after a trip to the bodyshop – sanding marks, random scratches/swirl marks and buffer trails. It was therefore agreed that we would carry out a full correction detail and then apply a warrantied GYEON Q2 DURABEAD bodywork treatment…

Jaguar XJS – Protection Detail

June 12th, 2015

Jaguar XJS - Protection Detail

This month we have a modern British classic for you; a 1994 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Convertible that came in to us for a Protection Detail. This rather lovely example is essentially a summer car and does relatively few winter miles, so the purpose of this detail was simply to freshen it up and get it ready for another Scottish summer… which in reality usually involves all four seasons on a daily basis, plus a lot of splatted bugs and flies! As such, the use of good quality protection was going to be important, particularly on the fabric convertible top and exterior brightwork, which are both prone to staining. Compared to many of the details we post this one was actually very simple and straightforward to perform, but we’ve still included a few tips that you might not have come across before…

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…

911 (991) GT3 – Correction Detail

January 30th, 2015

Porsche 911 (991) GT3 - Correction Detail

After a lengthy delay (eighteen months from the date the order was placed!) this GT3 was finally delivered to its new owner and then brought out to us for its first ever detail. A couple of engine related fires in the early batch of cars lead to Porsche recalling all of those that had already been delivered and delaying the production of those that were still to be built. This particular car fell into the latter category, so it was eventually delivered with the revised engine fitted straight from the factory. Keen to experience the engine screaming towards its 9,000rpm limiter, the owner managed to squeeze just over 700 miles onto the clock before he delivered the car to us, in an effort to get it through its running in period as quickly as possible (and, after an eighteen month wait, who could blame him?!). Notwithstanding this, it was pretty clean upon arrival. The brief for this detail was to apply the best protection possible, so a warrantied GYEON Q2 Quartz Protection Package was agreed upon. With the detail not due to commence until the following day, I parked the car inside our studio and was about to leave for the day when I noticed some nasty looking paint defects under the intense fluorescent lighting. I reached for our 3M Sun Gun and checked the car over more carefully panel by panel and was dismayed to find that every single one was blighted by buffer trails, sanding marks and random scratches. So much for this being a Protection Detail; based on what I could see, I knew that at least a couple of days of machine polishing was going to be required as well…

Tesla Model S – Protection Detail

September 30th, 2014

Tesla Model S - Protection Detail

So, what’s it like to detail an electric car? Well, until earlier this month we had absolutely no idea, but all of this changed one Tuesday morning when a two week old Tesla Model S rolled up silently to our studio for a Protection Detail. And when I say silently, I mean silently; the all-electric Model S doesn’t feature a traditional combustion engine (i.e. it’s not a hybrid), meaning it has no exhaust system and emits no sound. Before I get stuck into a summary of the detail, here’s some background information about this remarkable car, which the mainstream media is already hailing as potentially the most important vehicle to be made since the Ford Model T back in 1908…

McLaren P1 – Protection Detail

August 27th, 2014

McLaren P1 - Protection Detail

In what’s going to become a regular slot here on our blog, I’ve prepared a short write-up about a rather special detail Clark performed in our studio a couple of months ago. The aim of this (and future) write-up(s) is to give you more insight into what goes on in our studio, and to share useful tips and tricks that will help you to improve your knowledge and skills. In this case, the car involved was only a few weeks old when it was delivered to us, but had already been to Belgium and back for a McLaren P1 owners event at Spa, so was covered in road grime, bug splatter and tar spots…

Auto Finesse Collaboration Detail

April 11th, 2013

As we mentioned in our last post (Superleggera Studio Photography), in late February we had a visit from James at Auto Finesse, who flew in with award winning F1 photographer Dom Romney and Jay from Miglior Detailing to make a detailing video with us. This is the end result – turn up your speakers, select fullscreen HD and enjoy!

Enzo Ferrari Ne Plus Ultra

April 17th, 2012

After six years of working hard to firmly establish our reputation, we’ve finally been rewarded with our first ever hypercar detail; a no holds barred Ne Plus Ultra on a 2003 Rosso Corsa Enzo Ferrari. With just over 7k km on the clock and mechanically excellent, the only thing letting the car down was the state of the bodywork, which showed all of the classic signs of many years of improper washing and maintenance. Ferrari paint is usually quite soft on pre-2005 cars, but early on in the detail it became apparent that the paint on the Enzo was rock hard and was going to need compounding with wool if a near perfect result was going to be achieved. Ultimately just over 144 hours were required to complete the detail, with more than 96 hours of this time being spent carefully machine polishing the bodywork to near perfect condition. To celebrate this detail we have made a short film for you to enjoy. It is obviously impossible to show everything that was done to the car in just six and a half minutes, but we do hope that it gives you a flavour of the effort we put into our work and the breathtaking thing of beauty that is an Enzo Ferrari.

Viewing notes: Due to the length and high definition quality of the film, we recommend that you pause playback immediately and then allow it to pre-load completely before watching it. If it still does not play perfectly smoothly, try watching it on a more powerful playback device, or else turn HD off and watch it in SD instead. The sound quality used is equally good as the 1080p footage, so if you are able to play the film through a cinema surround sound system or through good quality headphones you will enjoy it all the more!

Porsche 911 (996) GT3 Club Sport Correction Detail

December 7th, 2011

This video shows the results of a Correction Detail performed on a 2005 Porsche 911 (996) GT3 Club Sport in our studio in Kintore. The total work time was 40 hours and the car was finished with Swissvax Crystal Rock. We hadn’t originally planned to share this video, as it was only made to learn new editing methods in readiness for features we plan to produce next year (it was created entirely from still images taken with a Canon 60D DSLR; all of the pans and zooms were created digitally in Adobe Premiere Pro). However, we were so delighted with the end result that we decided to share it!

Ferrari 355 F1 Berlinetta Ne Plus Ultra

January 26th, 2010

January is usually a slow and steady month at Polished Bliss, but this was not the case this year due to the exceptional amount of snow that fell early in the month. Not only did the snow disrupt order dispatch for over a week, but several customers were also unable to bring their cars into us for detailing services to be performed. This necessitated some painful reorganisation of our diary, but fortunately we were still able to squeeze in the Ferrari 355 F1 Berlinetta shown in the video below. Just over ten years old with 22k on the clock and mechanically excellent, the only thing letting the car down was the state of the bodywork, which showed all of the classic signs of many years of improper washing and maintenance. Ferrari paint is usually quite soft on pre-2005 cars, so we originally allocated four days to complete a major paint correction detail. However, early on in the detail it became apparent that front and rear end cosmetic resprays had left a rock hard finish that was going to require substantially more work if a near perfect result was going to be achieved. In light of this, the detail was upgraded to full Ne Plus Ultra status and ultimately more than 112 hours were spent restoring the bodywork to near perfect condition.

Audi S5 Major Paint Correction Detail

December 10th, 2009

We were recently contacted by a local customer who was experiencing difficulties with the condition of the bodywork on his six week old Audi S5. He advised us that the car had been handed over from new with wash marring evident in the finish. After he complained, the dealership took the car back in and had their bodyshop machine polish it. Unfortunately, this made matters far worse, to the point where ultimately more than 28 hours of additional polishing work by ourselves was required in order to restore the finish to perfect condition. In the above images the severity of the defects we faced can clearly be seen (wash stage images were not taken because it was raining hard on day one of the detail). Such swirling and hologramming is typically caused by either: (i) the use of an overly robust abrasive compound that does not break down properly; (ii) the use of a contaminated pad on the polishing machine; (iii) the use of an inappropriate method when using the polishing machine (usually speed related). Fixing such defects simply requires that these points are addressed, i.e. that a suitable cutting polish and a clean set of pads are used, and that a carefully controlled polishing method is employed. In this case a two stage process was employed, and this is described in full in the rest of this article.