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Aston Martin Vanquish S - Nick D

Entered for the December 2013 competition.

Competition Entry

Name: Nick D

Make: Aston Martin

Model: Vanquish S

Year: 2007

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Votes/Comments: 9

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Aston Martin Vanquish S
Aston Martin Vanquish S
Aston Martin Vanquish S
Aston Martin Vanquish S

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The trick is to look after the original paint finish. Treat it like a soft gold. Get as much dust and dirt off the car as possible without actually touching it as the scratches start when you start to physically set about it with your soaps and waxes. If it's full of fine scratches, get them detailed out by a professional polisher. This is what I do:

  • Clean the wheels first using Halfords Car Wash.
  • Rinse as much dirt off as possible.
  • Soap the car up with snow foam and leave it for 10 minutes, using Chemical Guys Snow Foam.
  • Rinse off with a small pressure washer.
  • Then use a soft soap and a wash mitt, I used Zymol Auto-Bathe and a Meguiar’s synthetic wash mitt. Use the two bucket soap and rinse method. Avoid sponges.
  • Rinse again with the pressure washer.
  • Re-rinse using a water softening filter to avoid streaks, lime marks and standing water, I used an Aquagleam Water Filter.
  • Pat dry using drying cloths.
  • Apply Swissvax polish using a small sponge, I used Swissvax Zuffenhausen Premium Wax for Porsche.
  • Apply a thin layer using a soft sponge. Buff when nearly dry.
  • Re-apply a series of thin layers over the following days.

So far as methodology goes, I don't take the car out in the wet so it never gets really dirty anyway. However the basic principle remains; the paintwork must be free of scratches and the more work you can do without actually rubbing something over the paint, the less scratched it will become. You have to be almost paranoid about scratching the paint with anything that can be considered remotely abrasive.

I understand that the cars that are entered into the competition cannot have been done by a detailer. That's fine. However I wouldn't trust myself to flatten the paint with a polisher, it's too easy to burn through the paint. I got a professional from a recommended body shop and hi skimmed over the top with some very fine grade stuff.

You can't make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. You can't get a high definition shine from something that's scratched. Simple as that!

(Also to note – Don't wash and wax the car and then put it into the garage for 2 months. I did with a DB7 Vantage and came back to seized brakes and a £700 bill. The pads absorb the water. Drive the car up and down the road to get them hot and dry them out if you're going into storage)

An Aston Heritage dealer recently told me that he cleans leather on their customer’s cars with CIF bathroom cleaner. That was a surprise! I haven't had the chance to try it yet.

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  • All that fab black gloss finish polished to Rolls Royce standard with contrasting white leather.

  • Good to see one f the last "real" Astons (i.e. built at Newport Pagnell) being so well looked after!

  • If you keep polishing it like that you will be able to see your face in it, oh no!

  • Nice finish and good tip about the brakes.

  • Very very shiny, wish my 10 year old Mondeo looked like that! well done

  • Jeez that's a great finish

  • outstanding finish, combined with dark colour & curves just gives it that wow factor!

  • Great tips and an amazing finish. The CIF for the leather is certainly something I'm going to try.

  • Very nice car, and well looked after

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