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