Gloss Enhanced Daytona Grey Audi RS4 Avant

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

When asked to name a performance road car, few people would name anything with an estate body style. The Audi RS4 Avant however, is the wolf in sheep’s clothing dispelling the myth that practical cars can’t also be fun to drive!

The Audi RS4 Avant is powered by a hand-built 4.2 litre naturally aspirated engine providing a roaring 444bhp at 8250rpm. For the 2012 release Audi amended the design, shortening the front end overhang and repositioning the powerhouse engine, distributing the weight more evenly over the chassis. Coupled with the Quattro drive system and a ride height 20mm lower than standard A4 Avant, the ’62 RS4 Avant is incredibly responsive and grippy even in the wet, contributing to the overall driving exhilaration factor.

This customer had recently bought this particular RS4 Avant and brought it to the Ultimate Detailing Studio for a Gloss Enhancement Treatment. Although the car had been very well looked after in general, there was a dent on the bonnet as well as three stone chips which required special attention.

The dent was small, about the size of a 20p piece, but it was enough to detract from the look of the vehicle. As the customer was investing in a Gloss Enhancement Treatment it made sense to have all the issues dealt with at the same time, so we arranged for our skilled repair specialist to take care of this dent before we started the detailing process. – Master Detailer, UDS

The first stage of any detail is decontamination, so the whole car including the wheels was treated with Bilt-Hamber Korrosol Fallout Remover to remove any iron contamination and other bonded inorganic components. The wheels were then cleaned using Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner and UF Wheel Woolies.

The wheels were in absolutely perfect condition, either they were brand new or they had been very, very well maintained. It isn’t very often we see wheels on a ‘daily driver’ as perfect as these ones! – Master Detailer, UDS

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

The engine bay, wheel arches, boot, bonnet and door shuts were all cleaned using ValetPRO Citrus Pre-Wash and a ValetPRO Large Sash Brush to get into the tight corners of badges, grille and around door catches.

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

With the details taken care of the whole car was then pre-washed using Ultimate Snow Foam, the non-contact cleaner designed to remove larger particles of dirt and grit from the surface of the paintwork, prior to the main wash.

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

After dwelling for around five minutes the car was rinsed and then washed using Ultimate Finish Two Bucket Set With Scratch Shields to further minimise chances of introducing scratches to paintwork. For this wash the Detailer used POLISHANGEL® Glissante, a carnauba gel shampoo with a pH neutral formula.  Having washed the car once to ensure lightly bonded dirt had been removed, he then used a Clay Mitt (like a clay sponge but in ‘mitt’ form!) to remove bonded organic contaminants such as tar, tree sap and squashed bug remains.

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

The car was then rinsed completely clean, using an Aqua Gleam deionising water filter for the final rinse to ensure a spot-free finish and then patted dry using a Gtechniq Zero Scratch Microfibre Drying Towel.

With the car completely decontaminated, clean and dry a thorough paint inspection could then be carried out using a RUPES Swirl Check Portable LED Light.

The paintwork was in pretty good condition, with the exception of the stone chips and the dent. A few random deep scratches and some wash induced swirls – fairly typical on any car that gets used on a regular basis. Master Detailer, UDS

The first stage involved using the RUPES LHR15ES and the RUPES Blue Microfibre Polishing Pad with POLISHANGEL® Master Compound Polish I to remove the deeper swirls and to mitigate the appearance of the random deep scratches.

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

The second stage used the RUPES Yellow Finishing Microfibre Polishing Pad with POLISHANGEL® Invincible 9H Primer to fine out the polishing process and prepare the paintwork properly to accept a layer of sealant.

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

The three stone chips were cleaned with Nanolex Premium Paint Cleaner and then, using the ChipEx Paint Chip Repair System, three layers of 6Y/6Y Daytona Grey paint was applied to the stone chips to build them out.

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

I always use ChipEx on stone chips rather than chip filler pens because ChipEx contains an Acrylic Lacquer in the paint – this ensures the repair sites harden properly, meaning it will be less likely to soften up and wash out. I also like the paint code matching system – it means you get the colour match exactly right, every single time. – Master Detailer, UDS

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

To finish, the RS4 paintwork was protected using POLISHANGEL® Cosmic 9H, a nanotechnology-based glasscoat sealant with added carnauba for that glossy, deep, wet-look shine.

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

All the glass was cleaned using Nanolex PREMIUM Paint Cleaner and sealed using Nanolex ULTRA Glass Sealant. This sealant encourages rainwater to bead and blow away whilst driving, reducing the need for windscreen wipers and making visibility much easier during rainy weather conditions.

The perfectly maintained alloy wheels were prepared first using Nanolex Paint Cleaner and then protected using Gtechniq C5 Alloy Wheel Armour. Tar, brake dust and road grime will now be repelled from the surface of the wheel, to ensure keeping the wheels in good condition will be easy.

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

Finally, to finish the look completely, the tyres were given a coat of Swissvax Pneu, leaving a natural satin sheen. The grille and exhaust tips were polished to a glowing lustre using Gtechniq M1 All Metal Polish.

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

Gloss Enhancement Treatment

More images of the Gloss Enhancement Treatment for the Audi RS4 Avant, including ‘before and after’ shots, can be seen on the UF Car Care & Car Detailing forums here.

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1973 Ferrari Daytona With POLISHANGEL Glasscoat Cosmic 9H

Polish Angel

The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ is one of the most iconic cars of the 1970s. First introduced to the general public at the Paris Auto Salon in 1968, the unofficial ‘Daytona’ nickname was coined to celebrate the Ferrari triple podium win at the February 1967 24 Hours of Daytona – an endurance race held annually at Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is a front-engine, rear wheel drive gran turismo with DOHC (Double Over Head Cam) V12 engine and 6 Weber twin carburettors, managing 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds. 4-wheel independent suspension with wishbones and coil springs give this classic sports car impressive handling. It famously won the inaugural Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1971 and in 2004 the Daytona was voted Top Sports Car of the 1970s by Sports Car International Magazine.

Only 1,406 ‘Daytona’s were ever made and of those, only 158 of them were factory-built right hand drive. One of these recently found its way to the Ultimate Detailing Studio for a Gloss Enhancement Treatment. With less than 48,000 miles on the clock and having spent a decade on display in the Museum of Transport in Glasgow and more recently, six years in dry storage, this Daytona had been looked after very well. However, as with all classics that do not have a layer of clear coat, it did require a little TLC to remove some oxidised paint and swirl marks.

We’ve been trying out the POLISHANGEL range for several weeks now and when I saw this wonderful Daytona come in to us I knew the Rosso Chiaro paintwork would benefit beautifully from the unique colour-enhancing properties imparted by POLISHANGEL products. – Master Detailer, UDS

Polish Angel

To start, the Daytona was sprayed with Bilt-Hamber Korrosol to remove the bonded iron contamination from the bodywork and intricate, Borrani wire wheels. After rinsing the contaminants away, the Daytona was pre-washed using a Kranzle Ultimate Snow Foam & Lance Kit to remove larger particles of dirt and grit from the surface of the bodywork.

Polish Angel

Ferrari paintwork is typically very soft. The paint on the Daytona was more of an intermediate composition, however the lack of clearcoat meant I needed to ensure I didn’t introduce any deep scratches or extra swirls during the wash process. Whilst any type of paintwork is going to benefit from being Snow Foamed before being washed, soft paintwork makes it even more important. – Master Detailer, UDS (Kent)

After being left to dwell for around three minutes, the Ultimate Snow Foam was rinsed off the Daytona. The Borrani wire wheels were then thoroughly cleaned using Valet PRO Bilberry Wheel Cleaner and the car washed using Gtechniq G-Wash
shampoo, a Microfibre Madness Incredimitt microfibre noodle wash mitt and the two bucket method using Ultimate Finish Two Bucket Set With Scratch Shields. Scratch Shields provide a means of removing grit and dirt from the wash mitt – brushing the wash mitt across the surface of the grid releases dirt from the fibres. The dirt particles then settle to the bottom of the bucket rather than reattaching to the mitt and then being transferred to the paintwork again – the principle cause of swirl marks!

Using a detailing brush with soft bristles, the badges, grille and door handles were all gently agitated to make sure all traces of road dust accumulation was removed.

Polish Angel

Once clean and rinsed free from suds, an Aqua Gleam De-ionising Water Filter was used for the final rinse. The Aqua Gleam filter neutralises the impurities in tap water that cause water spot marks, ensuring a spot-free finish. Finally the Daytona was patted dry using a Gtechniq Microfibre Drying Towel. Then, using water as a lubricant sprayed liberally over the surface of the paintwork, the Daytona was clayed using soft Bilt-Hamber Auto-Clay, removing any residual bonded contaminants such as tar spots and bug splatter. Thoroughly decontaminated, washed and dried the paintwork was inspected under high intensity lighting to reveal the extent of the paint damage.

Polish Angel

In order to tackle the swirls efficiently, the Ferrari badges were carefully removed – this allows complete access for the machine polishing pads without the inconvenience of the pads and polish residue being caught in the corners and edges of the metalwork.

Polish Angel

The unusual setting for the rear lights makes them the trickiest part of the car to polish with a machine polisher.

Polish Angel

Using a FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Machine Polisher the Master Detailer selected a 3M Yellow Polishing Pad to use with Polish Angel Master Compound.

Polish Angel Master Compound contains tiny abrasive particles, perfect for correcting the fine swirls in the Ferrari paintwork. I found Master Compound easy to work with – it works quickly and it’s dust-free so, there isn’t lots of powder to clear up when you’ve finished correcting. – Master Detailer, UDS (Kent)

Polish Angel

Having removed the swirls the next step was to prepare the paintwork with Polish Angel Invincible 9H Primer – a primer that doubles as a polish with diminishing abrasive particles. Although it can be used to correct moderate defects, it also contains specific ingredients designed to help promote the chemical bond with Polish Angel Glasscoat Cosmic 9H, the sealant selected for the last step protection of the Daytona.

Polish Angel

Having used Glasscoat Cosmic previously I knew it would show off the Rosso Chiaro beautifully. So I prepared the paintwork with Invincible Primer using the 3M Black High Gloss Polishing Pad, as I didn’t require any cutting power from the primer. Then I applied a coat of Glasscoat Cosmic by hand and allowed it to cure for two hours before applying a second coating. Glasscoat Cosmic is extremely easy to use and because it contains reduced carnauba I knew it was going to make the red really glow. – Master Detailer, UDS (Kent)

The wheels were sealed using Polish Angel Glasscoat Cosmic – a time consuming process due to the myriad of spokes! The glass was all cleaned with Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass and to finish, the tyres were dressed with Swissvax Pneu, leaving a natural satin sheen, providing the final, elegant touch to this classic Italian icon.

Polish Angel Glasscoat Cosmic brings out the Rosso Chiaro on this 1973 Ferrari Daytona

Polish Angel

More images of this gorgeous Daytona can be seen on the UF Car Care & Car Detailing forums here.

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BMW Alpina B3 S Convertible (E46) Limited Edition (No. 113)

BMW Alpina B3S Cabriolet (E46) Limited Edition - Ultimate Snow Foam

Hearing the word Alpina is good for the soul of any car enthusiast. Alpina is the official BMW tuning company responsible for creating some of the fastest and most desirable cars on the road. To see one in the flesh is a rare sight, and think yourself lucky if you do. UF recently had the privilege of working on a Supercharged Alpina B5 and the owner was so impressed with the results that they booked their second Alpina in for the award winning Gloss Enhancement Treatment – some people are just plain greedy!

The car in question was a Limited Edition 2003 E46 BMW Alpina B3 S Convertible. Based on the E46 BMW 330i, the E46 B3 S was produced between 2002 and 2006, and its engine was the E5/1, a 3.4 litre straight 6-cylinder Bi-Turbo, putting out 305 bhp and 267 lbs ft (362 Nm) of torque. This pushed the Convertible from 0 – 62 mph in 5.8 seconds – or 6.6 seconds should you own the Switch-Tronic automatic model – and on to 164 mph (264 kph) for the manual, and 160 mph (259 kph) for the Switch-Tronic.

BMW Alpina B3S Cabriolet (E46) Limited Edition - Gloss Enhancement Treatment

Badged number 113, this B3 S had covered just 14,450 miles since 2003 to now (2014), equating to only around 1,300 miles per year! Although it had covered very few miles over the years, it had been in long-term storage with zero protection on the paintwork, showing this visibly by water pooling on bodywork, instead of beading or sheeting away. Time then to protect it with a Gloss Enhancement Treatment in readiness for its new active life.

BMW Alpina B3S Cabriolet (E46) Limited Edition - Bilt-Hamber Korrosol

The recognisable Alpina multi-spoke alloy wheels were first decontaminated by removing any metal particles embedded in the paintwork using Bilt-Hamber Korrosol, before moving on to the safe Valet PRO Bilberry Wheel Cleaner to thoroughly cleanse the rims and inner wheel arches of any brake dust build-up. The panel gaps, door shuts and sills were degreased with the solvent-free Bilt-Hamber Surfex HD - a superb product that removes even heavier build-ups quickly and effectively.

The next stage of the process was to pre-wash the car using snow foam. Ultimate Snow Foam was sprayed onto the bodywork through a Professional Foam Lance and left to dwell for around 2 minutes. Snow foam breaks the dirt’s bond with the paintwork, allowing it to be rinsed away safely, reducing the chance of adding further scratches to the as yet unprotected surface. To ensure that the car was thoroughly clean, the snow foam was worked into the panel gaps and any small areas – such as around the badges and in the mesh grille – with a soft Valet PRO Sash Brush.

BMW Alpina B3S Cabriolet (E46) Limited Edition - Aqua Gleam 0ppm De-ionising Water Filter

After snow foam had performed its magic, it was rinsed off with pure water from an Aqua Gleam De-ionising Water Filter. Harmful water-spotting and streaking is often seen on cars washed with normal tap water, but the Aqua Gleam system removes calcium and other unwanted minerals eliminating these marks. It’s a brilliant system, and highly recommended if you want a spotless finish after washing your car!

The second stage of the process was completed using two buckets (Wash & Rinse) complete with grit guards, to prevent scratching during washing. Gtechniq G-Wash was chosen as it’s a pH neutral shampoo that effectively wraps a layer of lubrication around dirt, helping its safe removal from the paints surface. Again, the Aqua Gleam system was used to final rinse away the suds. The Alpina was then carefully hand dried with a super-absorbent Gtechniq Zero Scratch Microfibre Drying Towel.

The car was now ready for the lengthy paintwork correction and refinement process, beginning with a Bilt-Hamber Auto-Clay bar to remove any natural or industrial fallout embedded in the paintwork, making it smooth to touch. Estoril Blue Metallic is a fabulous colour, but after the cars lengthy storage, it needed to be refined and protected to bring back the clarity and depth of shine it had when first manufactured.

To achieve this the RUPES LHR 15ES BigFoot DA (Dual-Action) machine polisher was used, as it easily covers large sections of bodywork quickly and efficiently. The chosen combination for the correction stage was RUPES Keramik Gloss, a fine abrasive gel that removes scratches without leaving holograms or marring on a Green Polishing Pad - suitable for both heavy and light compounds.

To refine and finish the paint to a blemish free high gloss, RUPES Diamond Gloss an ultra-fine abrasive gel was applied on a RUPES White UltraFine Finishing Pad. The Alpina’s hard top was then removed to be machine polished separately and stored safely.

BMW Alpina B3S Cabriolet (E46) Limited Edition - Gloss Enhancement Treatment

The paintwork now had an impressive high gloss finish, but required a layer of protection to keep it that way. Prior to the sealant application, Gtechniq Panel Wipe was used to make sure any machine polish residue was completely removed before applying the sealant by hand. Gtechniq EXO v2 & C1 Crystal Lacquer Kit is a two-part system that adds a durable scratch resistant layer of protection to the surface, whilst providing extra ordinary levels of hydrophobicity (water repellence).

BMW Alpina B3S Cabriolet (E46) Limited Edition - Gtechniq EXO v2 & C1 Crystal Lacquer + Kit

The wheels were also carefully treated, ensuring that future brake dust could not settle onto the surface, making them much easier to clean. Swissvax Pneu was applied to the tyres to bring back a deep natural sheen. For the glass, Gtechniq G1 SmartVision was applied resulting in rain water beading away at higher speeds and therefore negating the need to use the wipers.

The work on this fine Alpina was nearing completion, but the soft top convertible roof was still to be protected. The surrounding bodywork was carefully masked off using 3M High Performance Tape, before RaggTopp Fabric & Vinyl Cleaner was applied using a non-abrasive Raggtopp Natural Horse Hair Convertible Top Brush to thoroughly work the product in. When the fabric was fully dry, Gtechniq I1 Smart Fabric Coat was applied and left to cure. This protectant seals each fibre allowing the material to breathe, whilst making it water proof and fully protecting it from the elements.

With the detailing work completed, this rare B3 S Convertible now looks fantastic, with a level of protection that will ensure it continues to do the Alpina badge justice for many years to come.

Thanks for reading, and more images of the car can be seen on the UF Car Care & Car Detailing forums here.

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Time Warp 1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet – Gloss Enhancement

1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet - Gloss Enhancement Treatment

The E30 BMW 3-series (1982 – 1992) can now be classified as a modern classic, and in looks terms they are an attractive car in any of its variants, whether that be the saloon, coupé, Touring (estate) or cabriolet models. The distinct round twin headlights and BBS multi-spoke wheels made the E30 3-Series a stylish car and one which is sure to be a firm favourite with BMW enthusiasts for many years to come.

The next E36 3-series version gained more weight and bulk, and some say looked cumbersome and unattractive next to the stylish E30. Certainly it will be hard pushed to reach the same classic status that the E30 has obtained. The E30 is a rear wheel drive car, which handles well for the most part, although the powerful M3 version was prone to over steer on even slightly damp roads.

A clean E30 is a beautiful thing to behold and this 1990 example in granite silver with crimson red leather is certainly no exception. Amazingly, it had covered just 15,000 miles from new (or a mere 625 miles per year as an average!) and whilst overall it was mechanically in very good condition, the exterior needed freshening up, especially the black plastic trim, which had faded badly – even to white in certain places.

The meticulous customer had owned the car from new and after an initial vehicle appraisal to discuss their requirements, opted for a Gloss Enhancement Treatment to bring the car back to near ‘concours’ standards.

1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet - Gloss Enhancement Treatment

On opening the door, it was immediately clear that this was a car that had been treated with respect, as the stunning red leather looked as good as it did when brand-new, some 24 years ago! The fabric cabriolet hood looked like it had never been folded down, and it too was in ‘as new’ class condition with no visible signs of creasing. A wonderful and extremely rare example then, a real credit to its one and only owner.

After a good look around the car, it was time to begin the two day treatment, starting with the timeless BBS alloy wheels. Firstly these, and the inner wheel arches, were cleaned thoroughly with Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner, a particularly effective cleaner which is safe on all wheel types. After these had been washed and rinsed, they were then sprayed with Bilt-Hamber Korrosol - a product that neutralises harmful metallic particulates, allowing them to be safely removed. If left, these contaminants can cause irreversible damage to the as yet unprotected paintwork.

1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet - Ultimate Snow Foam

Now that the wheels had been deep-cleansed, the door sills and shuts had any build-up of grime and grease completely removed with Surfex HD, a safe and effective all-purpose cleaner. So often, opening the doors of a ‘clean’ car is let down by contamination in these areas, and removing it is an indication that the process has been completed thoroughly.

Due to its age, the paintwork was understandably in need of refinement, but before this could begin, a thorough wash process needed to be completed. The first part of this process began with the BMW being soaked with Ultimate Snow Foam, and left to dwell. This pre-wash breaks down the heavy road contaminants on the paint surface, allowing the majority of it to be rinsed away. Next the car was washed with Gtechniq G-Wash, a pH neutral shampoo that lubricates dirt to ensure it can be washed away without any further harm to the paintwork. The water for final rinsing was passed through an Aqua Gleam De-ionising filter, to remove any harmful minerals that could cause water-spotting and streaking on the bodywork. Finally the BMW had any excess water carefully soaked up using a super absorbent Gtechniq Zero Scratch Microfibre Drying Towel.

1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet - Bilt-Hamber Auto-Clay Original

After the wash process had been completed, the paintwork required decontaminating to remove the environmental and industrial fallout that embeds itself into paintwork over time, making it rough and taking away from the clarity and the depth of shine. To make the paint ‘glass’ smooth in readiness for correction requires the use of a clay bar and on this occasion the popular British-made Bilt-Hamber Auto-Clay was used.

1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet - 3M High Performance Tapet

With the ingrained contaminants now removed, any swirl marks and light surface scratches became much more obvious to the eye and the process of paint correction and refining by machine polisher could begin.

After masking off exterior trim with 3M Tape, a Flex PE-14 rotary machine polisher was put into action with a combination of  SCHOLL Concepts S40 Anti Swirl-Compound, applied firstly on a SCHOLL Concepts Orange Pad followed by a second refining stage this time using a soft SCHOLL Black Waffle Pad. S40 is an innovative aluminium oxide based compound which breaks down easily and removes swirls and scratches to leave a high-gloss and optically clear finish.

1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet - FLEX PE-14 Rotary Machine Polisher

The exterior trim had weathered with age and if left any longer would inevitably start to fade and crack. Swissvax Seal Feed was applied to the affected areas and left to soak in. Seal Feed is a glycerine based product that ‘feeds’ rubber and plastic trim, moisturising and protecting them to restore the original colour naturally.

1990 BMW 325i Cabriolet - Seal Feed

This complete, the paintwork could now have its protective layer applied, and for this Swissvax ‘Best Of Show‘ natural carnauba wax was carefully applied by hand. Best Of Show contains 51% of pure grade No 1 carnauba wax by volume, as well as passion fruit and apricot extracts, to ensure the finish has a depth and lustre that will make heads turn.

1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet - 'Swissvax Best Of Show'

With the Gloss Enhancement Treatment now complete, this time-warp E30 325i Cabriolet looks as impressive on the outside as it does on the in. A show standard car with protection to keep it that way for the next 24 years!

1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet - Gloss Enhancement Treatment

1990 BMW E30 325i Cabriolet - Gloss Enhancement Treatment

Thanks for reading, and more images of the BMW E30 325i Cabriolet can be seen on the UF Car Care & Car Detailing forums here.

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Aston Martin DB4 – Refining A Classic

Aston Martin DB4 - Full Paintwork Correction Treatment

Recently, UF carried out in-depth detailing treatments on a 1965 Aston Martin DB5, and a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante. Both exceptionally beautiful cars, they were a real joy to work on. Following on from the success of these commissions, we were privileged to be invited to work on another timeless classic – a 1960 Aston Martin DB4.

The design of the DB4 started out in 1956, and for this model, every major component was brand new. For obvious reasons, people often think of the Aston DB cars as being thoroughly British in design and character, but actually the body was designed by an Italian company named Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. This revelation is perhaps a shock to those who have always assumed that Aston’s of that period were thought out by chaps sporting bowler hats and straight suits, but then it is conceivable that they needed the passion and flair of an Italian to bring such a beauty to life!

This all-new Aston Martin was more graceful, sporty and focussed than the previous DB Mk III, with a large air intake on the bonnet, and side vent in the front wings, as well as a new front grille pattern. Inside, the car is good-looking too, with four large and very readable dials in the instrument panel placed behind the three-spoke steering wheel, and pull-type switchgear – as was fashionable in the day – is positioned smartly, and easily visible to the driver. Soft leather seats finished off the Aston’s luxurious interior.

Aston Martin DB4 - Full Paintwork Correction Treatment

The DB4 was a four-seater constructed with aluminium panels fixed to a strong tubular frame, which is then attached to a substantial platform chassis. This is known as the Superleggera method. The DB4′s engine was also new, and designed by the famous Tadek Marek. This was an all-alloy engine, and a straight-six cylinder, 3.7 litres twin overhead camshaft putting out 240 bhp and 240 lbs ft of torque.

The DB4 was available with either a 4-speed manual and optional overdrive transmission, or an automatic 3-speed Borg-Warner gearbox. As a gentleman who wanted something sporting, you’d perhaps choose the manual, but for touring the Continent, with maybe a quick detour to Monaco in the process, possibly the automatic was the correct choice.

Powerful for a production car in the day, it was capable of 0 – 60 mph in 9 seconds, and a 140 mph maximum speed. The DB4 was also the first production car to boast a 0 – 100 – 0 mph time of under thirty seconds, and an ability to reach one hundred miles-per-hour in just 21 seconds too. The Aston Martin DB4 was a real sports car then, and with it they were once again able to compete with other high-performance manufacturers of the time.

The DB4 was produced in different guises from 1958 to 1963 – including a convertible version in 1961, as well as a GT model – with only 1,185 cars ever made. This then, is a very rare car, and UF was indeed honoured to be able to work on one.

This particular DB4 was mechanically sound, but the bodywork required refinement with severely swirl-marked paintwork possibly caused by incorrect washing procedures and equipment during its 54 years of service! UF’s brief was to carry out much more than paintwork correction though, and the work on this DB4 would take around four days – or 50 hours to complete.

Aston Martin DB4 - Refining A Classic

Firstly, a paint chip on the boot lid and shut area needed to be rectified, and this was carried out using the revolutionary ChipEx Paint Chip Repair System. This system is not to be confused with one of the cheap options of simply visiting your local garage to procure a ‘paint stick’, or having a poorly-applied ‘smart repair’ which can look ugly and obvious to the naked eye under any lighting.

Although the ChipEx system is inexpensive, each kit is hand-made to the original manufacturers colour formulation using the vehicle’s original paint code, which in the case of the DB4 was supplied by Aston Martin Heritage themselves.

In the past, UF has used ChipEx to great effect on a variety of cars, and the product video found here demonstrates just how easy to use it is, and how efficacious the results are. It’s simply a matter of cleaning the damaged area, before applying the custom blended paint on a supplied applicator, allowing it to dry, before removing any excess with a special blending solution and cloth. Next, the treated area is polished with ChipEx’s finishing polish, before any remaining residue is wiped away in readiness for refining.

Aston Martin DB4 - Detailing Perfection For Hard Working Engines.

Before the lengthy paint correction process began, the engine bay was detailed, and also hand-polished, and any rubber and plastic treated for both a great finish, and future protection. You can see from the photograph that the end result was a superb-looking engine bay, which will draw instant admiration whenever the bonnet is lifted.

Engine completed, it was time to begin the careful and thorough decontamination process. This began with the door sills and shuts being thoroughly cleaned of grease and grime, using Bilt-Hamber’s Surfex HD, a non-toxic and biodegradable product that makes quick work of cutting through even the heaviest build-up of dirt in hard to reach areas.

Ultimate Snow Foam™ - Pre-Wash Non-Contact Cleaner

Now clean, the bodywork was treated to the first part of the wash process, starting with a snow foam pre-wash using Ultimate Snow Foam, to soak into the layer of dirt on the paintwork, breaking it down and allowing it to be rinsed away safely. After the snow foam had been allowed to dwell for a while, it was then rinsed away with water filtered through an Aqua Gleam De-ionising Water Filter. This excellent system filters the water and removes natural minerals that would normally leave watermarks and streaks behind.

For the second wash phase, the DB4 was treated with Swissvax Car Bath - a luxurious, paint-friendly car shampoo which is pH-neutral, and works by gently breaking the bond between the grime and the paints surface. Finally the car was rinsed once again with water through the Aqua Gleam De-ionising system.

Aston Martin DB4 - Refining A Classic

Drying the car was carefully undertaken with a Microfibre Madness Dry Me Crazy, a super-thick towel, which is one of the most absorbent on the market. To remove water from gaps that the towels couldn’t get into, an air blaster was used to safely disperse it.

Next step was to take off the fantastic chrome wire wheels, clean the inner wheel arches, first using Bilt-Hamber Korrosol to safely remove any embedded metal particles from the chrome, thanks to it being Alkaline-free and pH-controlled. Then, Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner a highly effective and safe wheel cleaner with a pleasant fragrance was used to complete the process.

Bilt-Hamber Korrosol Fallout Remover

With the wheels now fully cleaned, the labour intensive polishing work could begin. Whilst they were not in bad condition, with only a few imperfections, a show-standard finish was required. Supernatural Fine Cut Metal Polish was put to use, as it polishes safely on the most delicate metal surfaces, and leaves behind a silky-smooth finish – perfect for these wonderful Aston Martin wheels. To do this to a high standard on each strand of the wire wheels is not a quick job, and indeed it’s very time-consuming, but the end result is absolutely worth the extra effort.

Next, each piece of removable trim on the exterior was taken off carefully, before being logged and cleaned. The front and rear lights were replaced with genuine parts sourced from Aston Martin, as were the front indicators and side light lenses, as the originals unfortunately had suffered slight hairline cracks with age.

The paint correction stages began with the surface being smoothed using a detailing clay bar - Bilt-Hamber Auto Clay Soft - in this instance. Decontamination with a clay bar is carried out to remove industrial and natural fallout embedded in the paint surface causing it to feel rough to the touch. Completing this process is essential before machine polishing.

Aston Martin DB4 - Bilt-Hamber Auto Clay Soft

The correction itself, however, proved to be far more challenging than usual, due to the paint being extraordinarily soft. So soft, in fact, that even using a paint depth gauge gently marked the paint!

Using the trusted FLEX PE14-2 Rotary Machine Polisher, the worst of the heavy swirl marks and surface scratches were removed with SCHOLL S17 High Performance Compound on a 3M Yellow Polishing Pad. SCHOLL S17 is a one-step product which uses pure aluminium oxide based powder to remove even deep marring with ease.

Aston Martin DB4 - FLEX PE14-2 150 Rotary Machine Polisher

Normally, this would quickly be followed by a finishing polish, but the paint was so unbelievably soft that no matter how careful the machine polishing was done, more machine-induced marring and holograms were put into the paints finish.

Hard-to-reach areas (such as under the front headlights) needed refining, and for this part of the process the all new RUPES BigFoot 75E Mini dual-action machine polisher was used on a very low speed, to generate as little heat as possible. Scholl S40 Anti Swirl Compound and a 3M Black Waffle Pad were chosen for the finishing. S40 is perfect for removing polishing marks and holograms and with careful application the refining process achieved the mirror finish seen in the image below.

Aston Martin DB4 - SCHOLL Concepts S40 Anti Swirl-Compound

Corrected and refined, the gloss black paintwork was ready to receive protection and for this the DB4′s owner requested we use a bespoke automotive wax called ‘Philip’ by renowned UK manufacturers Mitchell & King . ‘Philip’ is an exceptionally high-class wax, produced in very limited numbers – just 20 per year, in fact – and as you can see leaves a mirror-like finish on both metallic and non-metallic paintwork.

To produce the clarity and reflective qualities, as well as adding depth to the paint, only the very best organic ingredients are used in the making of ‘Philip’, including cosmetic-grade Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Capric Triglyceride (Coconut) Oil and ultra refined, pure Brazilian White Carnauba flake.

The final result of all the hard work and long hours invested into the Aston Martin, has seen this DB4 go from being a used classic to a phenomenal show-stopper, worthy of being lined up alongside some of the best examples in the world.

Aston Martin DB4 - Refining A Classic

Thank you for reading, and more images of this elegant DB4 can be seen on the UF Car Care & Car Detailing forums here.

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