McLaren 570S: 2-Stage Gloss Enhancement Treatment
Despite being the so-called ‘entry-level’ into the McLaren range, the vital statistics for the 570S remain eye-wateringly impressive. So impressive in fact, that the acceleration stats mirror that of the iconic 240 mph McLaren F1 from the 90s. 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. 0-100 mph in 6.3 seconds.
Assembled at their world-famous Woking factory, the 570S was unveiled in 2015 as an every day performance car to rival the well established Audi R8 and Porsche 911 turbo. With the power on the McLaren coming from the rear wheels (not all four like the aforementioned Audi & Porsche) and coupled with the firmer ride, there is no doubt that the McLaren is a true drivers car.
Preparing for a safer wash
We welcomed this 2018 example to our studio after recent purchase by its new owner and at just a year old, there were already a lot of swirls and light scratches etched onto the bright orange paint. After appraising, our pro detailer prescribed a 2-Stage Gloss Enhancement Service.
It’s a cold, damp December morning when the McLaren is delivered to us. A time of year where the roads are particularly unforgiving on vehicles. Not only do they pick up the natural elements spraying up from the tarmac, there’s also the salty grit to contend with too.
Especially effective during winter months, we use SANSOM’s WHITE OUT Snow foam on the McLaren. The foam dislodges all the salt and grit which might not be quite so obvious to the naked eye.
WHITE OUT has now removed as much contamination from the paintwork as possible and as the foam is rinsed off, dirt particles are also removed. The main wash process will now be much safer for the McLaren’s paint. Elements that may have gotten trapped into the wash mitt, then going on to cause swirl marks are eradicated. The first contact cleaning via shampoo and wash mitt can now begin.
The 570s is delicately hand washed with a Ulti-Mitt Double Sided Merino Wool Wash Mitt and UF Pure Shampoo. We rinse free the suds on the McLaren before attaching in-line an Aqua Gleam De-ionising Water Filter to give it a pure water rinse as a final step.
Firing up the McLaren and rolling it into the UF Studio, the orange powerhouse was ready for the drying stage. As mentioned before, there are a number of swirls and light scratches on the paintwork, possibly obtained from previous wash/drying processes where they can often be easily collected.
The emphasis on trying to make car care as ‘non-contact’ a process as possible has become more and more prominent. Snow Foam and Iron Fall Out Removers are now commonplace in many a detailers routine for the pre-wash, but there was never a ready-made solution to drying your car without contact. Not until Bigboi came along.
We regard it as one of the most notable innovations to spring up in recent years for car detailers. The introduction of tailor-made non-contact blowers, notably the offering from Bigboi.
Our in-house Bigboi Blowr Pro blasts away all traces of moisture from the McLaren and there are plenty of intricate sections of bodywork for water to settle, not to mention hard to access. This is where the Bigboi excels. Crucially our pro detailer can be safe in the knowledge that the dreaded drips will not be making an appearance during the polishing phase.
Inspecting, correcting & refining
The 570S was then inspected under a high-intensity SCANGRIP light. With some of the bigger areas of concern such as the rear quarters noted down on the Vehicle Appraisal Sheet to be referred to during the correction stage.
The inspection revealed a surprising amount of sanding marks which were removed with Koch-Chemie Heavy Cut H8.02 on a RUPES Green Polishing Pad. H8 can be worked for longer without it drying out. This means the correction can be undertaken with optimum efficiency prior to the refinement stage.
To ensure the McLaren has the ultimate protection before leaving our studio, it is treated with Kamikaze ENREI. This product is available as part of a service only and requires detailers to have had specialist training in its application, with certification on completion of the training endorsed by Kamikaze Collection. With only a small number of detailers worldwide certified to undertake a Kamikaze treatment the exclusivity and quality of ENREI remains unrivalled.
The years of rigorous testing that have gone into ENREI, with small continuous tweaks and changes along the way, means it still remains the industry-leading next-generation two-step (base coat and top coat) coating.
The lack of static with ENREI is very noticeable, which so often when wiping away a sealant with a microfibre, naturally attracts lint and dust. Using ENREI, this is something our pro detailer does not need to worry about. The orange paint on the McLaren instantly gains a deeper appearance once the first step is applied and this comes before curing. A positive transformation is already becoming very apparent.
To ensure the best results can be achieved from a Kamikaze treatment, application technique, studio temperature and humidity are paramount. The studio is at optimum temperature for the base coat to cure, which takes 2 hours. The No.2 Top Surface Coat was now ready to be applied.
After completion of the two-step process, the gloss levels achieved with ENREI are simply outstanding. The McLaren leaves with an ultra long-lasting protection from water spotting and the elements.
Featured Products Used
SANSOM WHITE OUT Snow Foam £9.95
- Formulated to tackle heavy soiling from roads in autumn and winter months.
- Breaks apart oily film
- Dissolves and dislodges mud, salt and grit.
Ultimate Finish Super Plush Finishing Microfibre £8.95
- Thick, luxury finishing microfibre
- High microfibre weight for ultimate shine
- Also suitable for removing polish residues & quick detailers
Blowr Pro Touchless Car Dryer
- Touchless drying keeps paintwork safe from scratches & swirls
- Great for drying around filler caps, wheel spokes, calipers & nuts
- Dries vehicles up to 80 times faster than traditional drying methods
Koch-Chemie Heavy Cut H8.02 £12.50
- Quickly removes severe paintwork blemishes
- Suitable for use with all types of paintwork including soft & scratch-proof
- Combines a high level of cutting power with a high final gloss
Menzerna Super Finish Plus 3800 £11.50
- Contains finest polishing abrasives
- Leaves a show car gloss finish
- Minimal dust generation
Want your vehicle’s appearance cosmetically enhanced or protected? To discuss the most appropriate detailing treatment call 01474 360 360 or complete the online enquiry form here. We provide a bespoke, no-obligation quote via email.
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