2012 Ferrari 458 Italia by Mike Cardenas of SweetCars
When a car travels over 1200 miles for a detail, you know the owner is serious about restoring a vehicle to a like new finish and properly protecting the paint. This 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia suffered from holograms, swirl marks and marring due to a previous detailers work. The task at hand was to correct these imperfections in order to remove at least 90% or more of the imperfections in the paint.
Compounding with Scholl’s S3 Gold & Rupes Bigfoot
The thick sheepskin fibers safely loosened and removed contamination from the paint in order to get a better idea of the paints finish. Upon inspecting the paint, it was apparent that some RIDS (really intense deep scratches) were prevalent. Some imperfections were simply too deep to safely remove on such a new vehicle. Upon using Scholl’s S3 Gold on Meguiar’s MF pads, I was able to achieve a level of correction I was after. The Rupes Bigfoot handled the work on the larger flatter panels, while the Griot’s Garage DA handled the smaller, tighter areas of the car.
The following two pictures show just how bad the condition the paint was in. The magnified close up shot shows a RID that needed to be wet sanded in order to remove. The 50/50 shot shows the condition the paint arrived in and what the Scholl’s S3 Gold compound paired with a MF pad is capable of correcting.
Sonax Perfect Finish and 22ple Glass Coatings
Once the correction step was completed, the paint was jeweled using Sonax Perfect Finish and black Lake Country foam pads on a Flex rotary buffer. This step really enhanced the gloss and ensured that the paint was restored to a like new condition. Using speed 1 the entire time, “Slow and Go” is my philosophy when using a rotary polisher. Following this jeweling step, a 50/50 IPA wipedown was performed to properly prep the vehicle for the 22ple coating. The engine bay was properly cleaned and dressed and the wheels received some 22ple VM1 Rim Coating.
Esoteric Signature Wax and Finished Photos
Once the 22ple glass coating cured, this Ferrari 458 Italia was topped with the Esoteric Signature Wax. Every step of the process this Ferrari underwent the paint got more and more intense. The Esoteric Wax gives a silky smooth feel to the paint with some added depth. The customer described the finish by saying “It looks like wet paint”.
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