The Ferrari 575M Maranello is arguably one of the most delectable Ferrari’s to drive – attention has been paid to details in the interior which sports many refinements over the 550M and cabin noise has been significantly reduced. Yet in spite of these little luxuries which some purists might say detract from its status as a racing type car, the 575M still manages to raise eyebrows and heart rates with a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds. The 575 Maranello was also the first V-12 Ferrari to feature paddle-shift gears, so the 575M really was the starting point for a whole new concept of road-going Ferrari.
This particular 575M had paintwork in need of some care and attention, Ultimate Detailing Studio-style. Once it arrived at our Brands Hatch-based studio it was determined the best route was to completely respray the front and rear bumpers as well as the passenger door. So, without further ado, away it went to the bodyshop. With all the usual components masked up, the paintwork was prepared and then given its new black finish.
Once resprayed the car returned to the Ultimate Detailing Studio where our Master Detailer got to work. It starts, as it always does, with an Ultimate Snow Foam pre-wash, Meguiars APC for the door, engine and boot shuts and a then a thorough shampooing using the two bucket method and Swissvax Car Bath. Once dried the car was clayed using Bilt-Hamber Auto Clay Original to remove any bonded contaminents from the non-resprayed panels and overspray from the glass.
Preparation complete the 575M was masked up with liberal amounts of 3M blue masking tape, protecting the trim and seals, badges and intakes from contamination with polishing agents. Our Master Detailer started out selecting the the SCHOLL Concepts Purple Polishing Pad with SCHOLL Concepts S3 GOLD High Performance Compound as the paintwork was in need of a compounding agent with some bite. However, after working on one panel this combination caused holograms (very unusual for SCHOLL), so the RUPES LHR15ES came into play. Using a combination of the RUPES Yellow Polishing Pad and the RUPES Zephir Gel Compound, the older paintwork polished out fantastically. Switching to the RUPES White Finishing Pad and RUPES Diamond Gloss for the fresh paint, the whole car was soon gleaming.
The next stage was the IPA wipe down, each panel treated to ensure any polish residues completely removed. This is such an important stage prior to applying a glass coat sealant; many polishes and compounds contain filling and masking agents – whilst this makes the paintwork appear perfect, they do hide lingering imperfections. The IPA solution reveals any areas still requiring attention. Paintwork needs to be absolutely perfect before it’s sealed, otherwise the imperfections are sealed beneath the glass coat.
After the IPA wipe down the first layer of 22PLE VX1 Pro Signature Glass Coat was applied, buffed and left to cure.
In the mean time the attention turned to the interior. Using Swissvax Leather Cleaner and Swissvax Leather Milk the interior cream and black upholstery was thoroughly cleaned and nourished. The dash received a buff with Swissvax Quick Interior Finish and the carpets were vacuumed and treated with Gtechniq I1 SmartFabric Coat to protect from accidental staining.
With much having been achieved from a very long day it was time to break for the evening. Early the following morning work began again! With the glass coating having cured overnight the first order of the day was applying the second layer. This would give the coating more than 24 hours to to cure before the car was collected the following morning.
Once the second layer of 22PLE VX1 Pro Signature Glass Coat had been applied it was time to finish off the extras. The wheels, having been cleaned with a pH-neutral wheel cleaner were treated with 22PLE VM1 Signature Rim & Metal Coat, which helps to prevent the build up of brake dust and protects from road grime and salts. Once the exhaust tips had been cleaned using Meguiars All Metal Polysh these too were protected with VM1 – it makes them much easier to clean up subsequently! The tyres were treated with Swissvax Pneu to give them a clean satin sheen. All the glass was cleaned using Swissvax Crystal and the exterior glass treated with Gtechniq G1 ClearVision Glass Coat to aid water dispersal should the 575M get caught out in bad weather. Quite likely at this time of year!
The end result was spectacular! A lot of hard work, but worth it for this gorgeous car.
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