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Vehicle: Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

Project: The following is an extreme reconditioning process of the F355 Berlinetta exterior. This is a unique process that combines our service team and detailing department. We hope you enjoy following our project.

Stage 1: Dismantle and Inspection.

The paint had deep swirl marks, oxidation, compound burns, industrial fallout, and the typical road wear and tear. Upon full inspection under 3000 watts of fluorescent lights, 1000 watts of halogen work lamps, and a 3m sun gun, it was determined that a full wet sand would be necessary in order to correct the paints damage and achieve a perfect finish. The F355's hard angles and difficult to reach body lines make it imperative to take apart the exterior. The front and rear hood, lower door air intake grille, mirrors, locks, bumpers, wheels, and rear grill were removed. This is to ensure that each beautiful contour of this Ferrari is equally restored.
 

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Dismantle.
 

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Stage 2: Surface cleaning

We started by removing all of the contaminants from the paint with Chemical Guys Citrus car wash/stripper, 2 microfiber towels, and an assortment of brushes.

Paint was then clayed with Clay Magic's Red aggressive clay, Then followed by 3m Perfect it 3 fine grade clay. We used a highly concentrated amount of Chemical Guys Citrus car wash solutions because it adds a very good barrier of lubricity, which is key when claying with an aggressive grade.

Paint was then wiped down with a 70% isopropyl alcohol to ensure all old wax, glazes, etc were fully removed.

The vehicle and all panels were then blown dry with an compressed air at 120 psi.
 

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Stage 3: Clean all fender liners

All fender liners were removed and brought to our wash area to clean. A 50% water and 50% Malco outrageous orange mixture was applied and left on for 20 minutes to loosen and remove all contamination. Next, all liners were washed with straight water. The process was then repeated, but followed by scrubbing with a stiff horsehair brush to remove stubborn spots.
 

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Stage 4: Wheel recondition.

Upon inspection, all four wheels showed paint chipping and it was determined that they were beyond saving. Tires were removed, then valves and caps. Last night all four wheels were soda blasted to strip the old finish. Soda blasting is a process by which baking soda is sprayed at a high pressure to remove all finish. Baking soda is a safe alternative to commonly used sand media.
 

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Stage 5: Bumpers

The front and rear bumpers followed the same fate as the wheels. Cracks, deep scratches that were poorly repaired, and paint removed behind the wheels from road debris makes them impossible to recondition without painting. Paint meter readings were inconsistent, meaning its likely they have been repaired earlier in their life.

The bumpers were soda blasted down to their orange gel coat. Being an early model Ferrari, these bumpers were made from hand laid fiberglass. They will be repaired, prepped, wet sanded, and then painted. These bumpers will join the car towards the end of the process.
 

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Stage 6: Body prep

With the body fully clean, wheels being painted, and bumpers off to the body shop, we will continue the detailing end of the process. The F355s sharp angles and deep intake scoops, it will be very important to tape all edges for protection against breaking through paint. A paint meter is a must when detailing this type of body.
 

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Stage 7: Wheel coating finished

Originally we planned on painting the wheels. With the cars sole purpose being performance, we decided that a powder coated finish would be better suited to handle the abuse. We went with a matte black finish for an aggressive look. With what we plan on doing to the car, it will fit its character well.

With magnesium wheels, we only recommend painting. However, with aluminum wheels; painting and powder coating is common. On this set of rims, we went with a low temperature baked powder coat. All surface flaws were sanded and filled before coating. We are very happy with the end result.
 

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Stage 8: Tire mounting and wheel protection

With the wheels back and coated, it was time to have the tires installed. Our hunter mounting machine does not have any contact with the wheels edging. This allows us to consistently mount tires without the risk of damage. Once mounted, the tires were filled with nitrogen. We prefer this gas in performance applications for a consistent tire pressure. Once filled, the tires were road forced balanced. The high quality of OEM wheels is evident in the balancing process. Only minor correction was needed.

A mixture of 50/50 alcohol and water was applied to a microfiber towel to remove any dust and overspray. Once cleaned and dried, Autoglyms' radiant wax was applied to seal and protect the surface. This is a great process for all rims. It makes brake dust easy to clean up. Finally, tires were treated with Malco prizm dressing. We recommend this dressing even to enthusiasts. It leaves a natural lasting finish compared to the greasy wet look most products leave.
 

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Stage 9: 2000 grit body wet sand

The actual paint correction process started today after all the prep work over the past two days was completed. Two 5 gallon buckets are filled 3/4 full of pure water. One bucket is a rinse bucket, the other is a fresh water supply. 3m 2000 grit paper is wrapped around a rubber sanding block. With florescent lighting all around and halogens as a spotter, the body is sanded 4" x 4" at a time. It is important to keep checking paint depth with a paint meter to make sure equal pressure is consistently being applied.
 

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Stage 11: Body 3000 grit wet sand

With the aggressive 2,000 grit hand sanding stage complete, we moved to a finer grade - 3,000. The body was fully wiped down with a 50/50 mix of alcohol and water to remove all dust and clear the surface. 3M's trizact system in 3,000 grit was applied to a DA sander; speed was set at half speed. Using water for lubrication, each panel was sanded in stripes roughly 3' wide.

This stage removed all scratches from 2,000 grit and fully leveled the paint. Now, there is not a single scratch or wave in the paints surface.
 

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Compounding was done in 3 stages.
1. 3m wool compounding pad with Presta ultra cutting creme
2. 3m foam compounding pad with Presta ultra cutting creme
3. Cyclo green polishing pads with perfect it two rubbing compound

The first two stages were done with a Dewalt high speed rotary polisher and the 3rd stage with a cyclo orbital polisher with counter balanced polishing heads. After each stage, the vehicle was wiped down with a 70% rubbing alcohol to check for remaining swirls and blemishes.
 

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stage 13: compounding and start assemble
 

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Stage 14: Decklid compounding

Perhaps the most time consuming and nerve racking step in this entire detail would be the decklid. Sharp, multi angled louvers make prep work and compounding a very tedious task. Special compounding disks that are much smaller were used to access all surfaces. The same sequence of compounding was followed as the body.
 

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Stage 15: 1st stage polish

The 1st stage of polish starts the "finishing" stage of the recondition process. There will be no more stages of "cutting." Each stage from this point on will further enhance the depth and gloss of the surface.

With a DeWalt rotary polisher and a blue finishing pad, Mezerna intensive polish was applied. This stage removes any swirls or blemishes caused by compounding and brings the gloss back into the paint. Polishing will be done with the hood installed; decklid will be polished off the car.
 

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Stage 16: 2nd stage polish

Auto Glyms super resin polish was applied using the Cyclo machine and Cyclo polishing pads. You can really start to see the paint pop now.
 

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