Ford Racing Puma - Aaron Bentley
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Name: Aaron Bentley
Model: Racing Puma
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How Aaron Used Our Products
After owning my Ford Racing Puma since October 2010, and with it only having been used in the summer months, it was time for its first proper detail. The work took 25 hours over 3 days and here is a summary the process.
The car was firstly washed using Auto Finesse Lather and the two-bucket method. Meguiar's All Purpose Cleaner diluted 8:1 was used to clean around the windows, badges, lights and panel gaps. After rinsing, I then started the decontamination process, initially with Autosmart Fallout Remover. After a further rinse I used Autosmart Tardis to remove tar spots (mainly behind the wheel arches) and then rinsed again. Claying was up next, and I used Sonus Extra Fine Clay and Meguiar's Last Touch as the lube. I worked around the car and clayed the windows, lights and all body panels. A further two-bucket wash followed and I then dried the car off using a microfibre drying towel.
The car was then rolled into the garage ready for machine polishing. Using my new DeWalt DWP849X rotary polisher in conjunction with Lake Country Rotary H-T Cutting, Polishing and Finishing Pads, I carefully nipped out minor defects in the finish and enhanced surface gloss using a selection of Menzerna polishes. I then applied a coat of Auto Finesse Tripple to serve as a basecoat for my last step products. I went around applying it panel by panel with a microfibre applicator pad, and buffed off the residue using a microfibre towel. I then applied two coats of Auto Finesse Tough Coat back to back using a foam applicator pad, and buffed off the residues with a luxury microfibre towel. This was my first time using Tough Coat, and it was extremely easy to use and looked fantastic. A coat of my favourite carnauba wax was applied last to add even more gloss and protection.
Next, I turned my attention to the wheels, and removed them from the car in order to clean their backs more easily. My process was as follows. Firstly, I gave them a quick blast with my pressure washer to remove any loose dirt and brake dust. I then used a diluted wheel cleaner to tackle any remaining brake dust, agitating it thoroughly with various wheel brushes before rinsing off. I then decontaminated the rims in the same way as I had the bodywork, starting with Autosmart Fallout Remover and then moving on to Autosmart Tardis followed by Sonus Extra Fine Clay. After a final rinse, each wheel was blown dry with a pressurised airline and then treated to a basecoat of Auto Finesse Rejuvenate before a final protective topcoat of Auto Finesse Mint Rims was applied.
Once the wheels were done and back on the car, I then tackled all of the remaining jobs. Firstly, I cleaned all of the glass with Auto Finesse Crystal. Finesse Gloss was then applied to all of the tyres. Next, Auto Finesse Revive was applied to the small amount of exterior trim, and Auto Finesse Mercury was used to polish the exhaust. Finally, Auto Finesse Finale was used to give the whole car a wipe down to remove any remaining smears and leave a flawless finish. I'm very pleased with my results and I'm very happy with the Auto Finesse range, which is so easy to use."