This 2006 Ferrari F430 came in for a rejuvenation! The customer wanted his Ferrari to look cleaner and brighter than any other Ferrari F430 on the road! So a full paint correction detail was in order. The Ferrari’s signature Rosso Corsa paint was’t in terrible shape, but under the right lighting conditions plenty of scratches, swirls, and defects were quite obvious. Remember, you don’t own a $200,000 exotic only for it to look subpar. It has to be immaculate. So this car was definitely in need of some Superior Detailer TLC. And once we’re done with it, the owner will be able to drive this Ferrari as often as he wishes, as our Gtechniq applications will repel water, repel stains, and the Xpel will protect against rock chips. Here we go!
As always, we started off with a deep decontamination wash, removing all dirt and debris from the paint work and even the jambs. Remember folks, dirt and dust piles up along your door sills, so keep them clean!
The wash process helps decontaminate iron and deposits on the paint. This is a huge and critical step in the long process before applying any ceramic protection.
As you can see below, the Ferrari’s imperfections are quite noticeable. The paint has dulled a bit, the swirls are very apparent, and worst of all the luster and sheen of the Rosso Corsa paint is just not quite there.
Tools we used for paint correction: 5-inch Rupes Bigfoot DA polisher, Flex mini rotary, and Rupes 3-inch mini DA polisher. Scholl Concepts compound treatment
Here is our trusty Paint Gage tool. We use this digital gauge to measure the health of the paint. A vast majority of cars on the roar will usually measure somewhere around 4.5 out of the factory, some will register a 5. But a Ferrari isn’t in the same category as all other cars – the paint here is considerably thicker, making it more resistant to environmental damage, including the sun. A 7.8 reading on the roof of this Ferrari tells us that the paint is in good shape, and gives us a lot of room to work with to bring this finish to absolute clarity. A few things to understand about paint thickness and gauges such as these is that thickness readings can change within every few feet of the car and can fluctuate a few tenths up and down. Additionally, gauges measure overall thickness from bottom to top, and sometimes the top layer of paint can include grime and haze that’s built up over the clear coat with time. What this means is that we’re undertaking a task of removing this haze without ever compromising the safety of the clear coat or paint. So we’re literally dealing with having to work with micrometers and nothing more.
Here we have our first 50/50 polish shots. Still some work left to do, but this is just the start and once the compound and seal are applied, the paint will be absolutely rich and flawless.
And here we are. Direct light beaming down on the paint to expose defects…and there’s nothing. The Ferrari’s new finish is swirl and scratch free. We actually saw a little haze with our eye, so we went the extra mile to apply a final polish to clear things up. We wouldn’t deliver a car unless we were absolutely certain it was 120% to our standard. The same way Ferrari wouldn’t release a product unless they were absolutely certain its customers would love it.
Here we are again, gauging the thickness of the paint. It’s reading a fantastically high 7.5. We were able to safely remove a decent amount of built up grime, haze, and swirl marks safely – and the PaintGage tools proves as much.
But we’re not done, yet. This Ferrari is still getting a paint protection film install. We had Gerald from Orlando tinting services come by to install an Xpel film to the entire front-end of the car, mirrors included.
We let the film cure overnight to ensure no bubbles or oddities popped up. This ensures that the film looks imperceptible when viewing the car upclose.
How about this neat little touch? Xpel’s smoked headlight film. Unlike traditional headlight ‘tint’, the Xpel film is supremely classy and adds a beautiful touch to the front of the car.
Wait, still not done. Now it’s time for the Ferrari to receive a ceramic paint coating. We chose to use Gtechniq Crystal Serum. Crystal Serum provides an intense refection and true 9H hardness, which will actually aid in paint thickness by protecting the paint and clear coat even further.
The base layer Of Gtechniq’s Crystal Serum has been applied. The right ceramic coating should always enhance the paintwork’s appearance. After giving the first layer some time to cure, we add a final top coat layer.
We wrap the Ferrari’s paint in this breathable plastic, as the base layer coating cures. This step is necessary when applying a dual coating or multiple layers.
The Gtechniq EXO Ultra durable hybrid coat as a top layer offers incredible protection to preserving you base layer. EXO not only brings the warm and slick Carnuba look to the paint, but also has self cleaning properties and extreme water repellency, so you’ll no longer have to swerve around a pool of reclaimed sprinkler water.
Direct light inspection after the coatings were applied.
The finished product. 15 hours of paint correction was applied to restore this Italian beauty. Here are the finished photos!