The marring was so fine that it was actually very hard to spot (and pretty much impossible to get a picture of) but you could tell it was there by the fact that the normally-sparkly Estoril blue colour did not have its usual stand-out flake pop. I surmised that only a single-stage correction would be needed for most of the bodywork. He did point out some heavier swirling on the doors so for these areas a slightly more aggressive 2-stage correction would be required there. I was also to clean and seal the wheels as a full wheels-off detail, and the client also elected to have the car protected with Swissvax Endurance - a rare wax that is only available for professional application and not available to the public, and gives fantastic shine and depth whilst also offering fantastic protection - think of it as extra-hardcore Swissvax Shield++.
Not a great deal of cleaning and prep was required so the car was quickly snowfoamed with Valet PRO pH Neutral snow foam and clayed. Wheels were prepped using Valet PRO Bilberry pH Neutral Wheel Cleaner and then CarPro IronX to remove brake dust fallout.
As always, click on images to enlarge them.
Foxx tried to get some shots of the swirls and marring but to be honest, they were exceptionally hard to shoot as they hid very well (although the swirling on the black plastic trim was obvious) but I knew they were there, and I knew I could get those flakes to pop much more.
Once the single-stage areas were refined enough, it was time to get out Meguiar's D300 Microfibre Correction Compound and work on the doors where the customer had pointed out heavier swirling. Although I was using a more aggressive compound, the actual level of correction needed was still minimal and I did not need the full medium-cut of the polish, so I stuck with the 3M Black Finishing Pad to step it down a little. But first: TEH LUNCHES!
(Yeah, like a songbird the size of a house with the voice of Barry White on an off day and the musical ear of a 60-a-day Glasgow dockworker - Foxx)
To apply Endurance, the paint has to be warm (at last 30 degrees) to make sure that it will correctly receive the wax and that the wax will cure properly Thankfully, although the temperature outside was approximately a million degrees below, with ALL the winds and ALL the rains, the bay is heated and so was boiling hot (which is why I am in a T-shirt). We got there early enough that the paintwork was the perfect temperature and in the best state of readiness once thoroughly cleaned with panel wipe to remove any polish residue and prepared with Swissvax Cleaner Fluid.
Also, note that I am not using a Swissvax applicator as I normally would, because I had a special moment and forgot to request a pad when I ordered the wax. D'oh!
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