The sight of an SUV with a Porsche badge is no longer a surprise on our British roads, since the Cayenne was launched in 2002. The Macan hit the European streets in the spring of 2014 following its debut at both the Los Angeles Motor Show and the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. Porsche’s latest offering in the SUV category is an inspired compact SUV that drives as it if it were a sports car.
Named after the Javanese word for ‘tiger’, the Macan features a seven-speed dual clutch PDK gearbox, a unique engine, suspension tuning and transfer case all of which combine to make driving the Macan a true Porsche experience. The Macan S, the sportiest of the sporty SUV achieves 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds – pretty impressive for a vehicle weighing in at just under the two tonne mark. Off-road it’s more than capable, on road the ride is firm but grippy. On the inside, the Macan sports the quality feel expected from a Porsche. Porsche say: “The Macan. Life. Intensified.” The Macan S certainly lives up to its tagline. It’s enough to make even the most die-hard Porsche purists think twice!
The owner of this Macan S wanted his brand new pride and joy to receive the best start in life. Arriving at UF Detailing Studio just hours after it had been collected, the Macan was booked in for a New Car Protection Treatment.
It’s a great looking car and represents a significant financial investment. When new, you want to maintain the look for as long as possible and one of the best ways to do that is to treat the car with a next generation nanotechnology coating. One of the key factors that makes paintwork look tired and dull is swirls introduced during the weekly wash. A tough, hydrophobic sealant combined with proper wash techniques will help prevent this. Research has shown that the resale value* is significantly higher when paintwork is in pristine condition. – Jez Gilman, Managing Director, UF
During the drive the Macan had already collected some road debris.
Initially the Macan was sprayed with Nanolex Wheel Cleaner & Iron Contamination Remover to remove any ferrous particles which may have bonded to the paintwork during the car’s transport from the manufacturer to the supplying dealership.
After rinsing, Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner was applied to the bodywork including the door shuts to remove any traces of transportation wax or polish residue applied by the dealership during the PDI process.
Finally the Macan was treated to an application of Ultimate Snow Foam to remove any lingering larger particles of dirt and grit from the surface.
Snow Foam is a key part of the safe washing process. If you want to prevent swirls during the main wash, using Snow Foam first will help with that. The foam ‘fizzes’ under the dirt, lifting the particles away from the surface of the paint – you can actually see the foam change colour when the car is really dirty – and you can then rinse these harmful elements away before your wash mitt touches the paintwork. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UF Detailing Studio.
With the Two Bucket Method you have a bucket containing warm water and shampoo, and another bucket with plain clean water. Both buckets have a Scratch Shield in the bottom. You take the mitt, dunk it in to the Wash Bucket, load up the mitt with soapy water and start washing the car. When you’re ready you rinse the mitt in the Rinse Bucket brushing the mitt across the Scratch Shield at the bottom. Dirt collected from the car is dislodged from the mitt and settles into the bottom of the Rinse Bucket. Wring out the mitt, and then dunk it back into the Wash water again. In this way you’re not swirling the water around with all the particles of dirt you’ve collected from car, so you prevent cross-contamination. If you want to limit wash swirls, the Two Bucket Method is a must. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UF Detailing Studio
Once inside the studio the Macan was raised on the hydraulic ramp and the paintwork inspected using a 3M Sun Gun II Colour Check Light which provides high intensity lighting to show up any imperfections in the paintwork.
The theory is that new cars won’t have any blemishes in the paintwork but unfortunately this isn’t always the case. As we’re going to be applying a tough, long-lasting nano-sealant it’s really important we make sure the paintwork is blemish-free first, otherwise the swirls, scratches, etc. will be sealed under the coating. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UF Detailing Studio
The inspection lighting didn’t highlight any issues with the bodywork, so it was given a light polish using the FLEX PE14-2-150, a 3M Black Polishing Pad and POLISHANGEL Esclate Lotion to ensure the paintwork was as glossy as possible. Then the bodywork, glass, wheels and trim were cleansed of any polishing residues and silicones using Nanolex EX Residue Remover to ensure the surfaces were completely bare. This allows the sealant to bond more comprehensively with the substrate, ultimately offering more effective and long-lasting protection.
Once the surfaces were completely prepared, Nanolex Si3D paint sealant was applied. Si3D is the latest innovative nanotechnology based sealant from Nanolex. The special formulation of silica, nitrogen, hydrogen and organic compounds lay down a hydrophobic, flexible cross-linked matrix, which provides a barrier to harsh wash chemicals as well as industrial and environmental fallout.
With Si3D you get the durability of the nano-particles, which are inherently tough due to the surface area to volume ratio. The flexibility in the layer means it is less like to incur indentations, as it flexes and rebounds. Because it’s hydrophobic, rainwater – which typically contains dirt and other contamination – are repelled rather than adhering to the surface, so the treated surfaces stay cleaner for longer. This also makes the wash process safer as it reduces the need for ‘scrubbing’ at the paintwork with a wash mitt in an attempt to remove contaminants.
Whilst Si3D was curing on the bodywork and wheels, the trim was coated with Nanolex Trim Rejuvenator, which will protect from UV fading for around 10,000 miles.
The glass was sealed with a coating of Nanolex Urban Glass Sealant. The hydrophobic nature of this glass sealant’s formulation means rain drops disperse at driving speeds in excess of 20mph, making it the ideal choice for drivers who spend a portion of their time driving in urban areas.
Finally, to complete the look, the tyres were dressed using Nanolex Tyre & Rubber Restorer, a nourishing treatment which protects from the drying effects of UV and leaves a satin shine which does not sling off.
Fully protected, the Macan S was collected by the customer the following day. He was extremely pleased with the results, stating it looked better than when he had collected it from the showroom!
More images of the Porsche Macan S can be seen on the UF Car Care & Car Detailing forums here.
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