With the Macan GTS, Porsche has once more taken inspiration from the racetrack and made it practical enough for the road. Practical, but once behind the wheel it’s immediately obvious the Macan GTS is anything but ordinary! The 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine produces 0-100km/h (0-62mph) 5.2 seconds and 265 kW (360 hp) at 6,000 along with a number of clever features that ensure this compact SUV performs like a sports car: electronic and map-controlled multi-plate clutch distributes driving force between the front and rear axles according to the road conditions, automatic brake differential (ABD) harnesses control and anti-slip regulation (ASR) reduces wheel slip, improving the performance, directly transferring kinetic energy to the road with maximum grip. The front brakes are six-piston callipers with 360mm discs – all the better to control a powerful car that weighs in at 1895kg. Porsche wanted to deliver Macan owners a vehicle that would provide intense driving pleasure with enough space to indulge other hobbies and the Macan certainly is built for ‘an intensive life’!
The owner of this brand new Macan GTS had taken delivery of the vehicle a few weeks previously, so by the time he delivered it to UF’s Brands Hatch Detailing Studio it was very dirty. As requested, the car had not been washed, so decontamination and cleaning could be professionally carried out with maximum protection for the paintwork. The Macan GTS was booked in for a New Car Protection Treatment with a Platinum sealant upgrade to Kamikaze Collection ENREI. The owner also specified ClearVision Glass Treatment and Alloy Wheel Protection for the black ‘satin gloss’ 20-inch RS Spyder design wheels. The interior was also to be given a Leather Protection Treatment.
The first step was to thoroughly decontaminate the whole vehicle.
As the Macan didn’t have a protective coating as yet, the dirt had accumulated and adhered to the untreated surfaces. Once the detailing treatment is complete, dirt and contamination will not be able to bond as readily, so the vehicle will stay cleaner for much longer. – Matt Back, UF Detailing Studio
First, the wheels and wheel arches were treated with Bilt-Hamber Surfex HD which acts as a degreasing solution and helps loosen general driving debris. After rinsing away this surface dirt using a pressure washer, the wheels were washed using a pH neutral wheel cleaning solution and Wheel Woolies, long-handled brushes that allow the head to pass through the intricate wheel spoke design for the bristles clean the rear of the rim.
The wheels were particularly dirty, which in part was due to the texture of the unprotected ‘satin’ finish which has a grabby feel rather than the slick surface of coated surfaces which resist dirt more efficiently. The corners of the spokes where they meet the rim had collected a lot of debris and these corners were cleaned using a small, ultra-soft sponge. – Matt Back, UF Detailing Studio
Once cleaned, the wheels were washed using a Kranzle K-1152 TST pressure washer to ensure all traces of suds and debris were removed.
The wheels and calipers were treated for iron contamination using Bilt-Hamber Korrosol.
Iron contamination occurs when brake pads shred when the brakes are applied. Hot, tiny particles become aerosolised and bond with the first substrate they land on – discs, wheels, sills – they can land anywhere, even passing cars! – Matt Back, UF Detailing Studio
Korrosol contains an ingredient which changes colour on contact with ferrous contamination. The active ingredient shrinks the particles causing them to break their bond with the substrate. Korrosol and contamination can then be easily rinsed away.
Next, the Macan GTS was covered with Ultimate Snow Foam. The high foaming formulation, combined with the pressure from the Kranzle K-1152 creates a thick lather which clings, even to vertical surfaces, getting into hard to reach areas and lifting dirt and grit away from the paintwork.
After rinsing, the bodywork was treated for iron contamination and then sticky substances such as tar, tree sap and, since the car was new, any residues of protective transportation film. After rinsing, a second application of Ultimate Snow Foam was made and used as lubrication for a clay mitt, shearing away stubbornly bonded contamination to leave the surface perfectly smooth to the touch. After rinsing once more, the Macan GTS was washed using separate wash and rinse buckets.
The two bucket method is relatively straightforward: a Wash Bucket with a Grit Guard in the bottom is filled with warm water and a pure shampoo is added – in this case, Nanolex Pure Shampoo. A Rinse Bucket with Grit Guard is filled with clean water. A deep pile wash mitt is dunked into the Wash Bucket, loaded with the soapy solution and then a section of the car is washed. The mitt is then cleaned in the Rinse Bucket water, brushed across the Grit Guard, releasing particles of dirt trapped within the pile. The clean mitt is then reloaded with soapy water from the Wash Bucket and the process repeated until the car is clean. This method prevents dirt already removed from the panels being reintroduced to the paintwork. This helps prevent creating swirl marks in the clear coat. – Matt Back, UF Detailing Studio
Once the Macan GTS was clean, an Aqua Gleam De-ionising Water Filter was attached in-line with the water supply to deliver a final, pure water rinse. The car was brought inside the detailing studio where it was dried using a BigBoi BlowR Pro, a touchless drying system that uses powerful twin motors and warm, filtered air to chase water off the panels and out from behind badges, grilles and around light and mirror housings. This eliminates the issues caused by these drips when they escape later during the detailing process which can be problematic if it occurs during the application of the protective coating. After drying the car, old water spot marks on the door sills were eliminated using Kamikaze Collection Silica Scale Remover. The condition of the paintwork was assessed under high-intensity lighting and found to be good, with only a couple of slight marks. These were removed using RUPES UHS 1-Step Machine Polishing System, designed to eradicate blemishes from scratch resistant paint finishes quickly and leave a high gloss finish. The panels were then wiped with Gtechniq Panel Wipe to remove polish residues leaving the panels ready for the protective coating: Kamikaze Collection ENREI.
Available as a service only through Kamikaze Collection-certified detailers, ENREI is a two-stage sealant using the latest technology to provide outstanding levels of gloss and long-lasting protection. Its longevity lies in the strong chemical bonds formed between the two layers and the paintwork. Primer Coat, the first layer, literally acts as a primer, effectively increasing the surface area to allow Top Coat to form an increased number of strong chemical bonds. ENREI’s molecular structure knits tightly together to inhibit water spotting, a common problem with many ceramic sealants. The highly hydrophobic nature of ENREI repels water and dirt, keeping surfaces cleaner for longer and brings out a dazzling, candy-gloss shine even on lighter coloured paintwork. Years in development and testing of the product, Kamikaze Collection has also spent much time and research on different application techniques until they found the perfect method. This attention to every detail is typical of the boutique Japanese manufacturer who is dedicated to continuous improvement and has released a number of unique, innovative automotive care products. Kamikaze Collection calls ENREI the ‘masterpiece’ of their range.
The exhaust tips were polished and protected using Britemax Metal Twins: Easy Cut Metal Polish removes tarnish and soot whilst Final Shine Metal Sealant protects from further tarnishing as well as repelling water, dirt and inhibiting soot build-up.
The wheels were wiped with Gtechniq Panel Wipe before being coated with Kamikaze Collection Stance Rim Coat.
Resistant to extremes of temperature as well as pH, Stance Rim Coat helps protect expensive wheels from brake dust accumulation, repels dirt, water and oils. Treated surfaces are easier to maintain during the weekly wash. Stance Rim Coat is applied carefully using a soft thin applicator pad, the better for reaching the tight corners at spoke joins.
The windows were treated with Gtechniq G1 ClearVision Smart Glass, providing a hydrophobic coating to encourage rainwater to roll into beads and blow away, even when driving at relatively low speeds. This makes conditions easier for the driver when the weather is bad. The hydrophobic nature of the coating also discourages snow and ice from bonding to the window, making frosty early morning starts quicker and easier.
Leather interiors can quickly become faded and dried out through use and through the damaging effects of UV. The interior of the Macan GTS was first lightly cleaned using Colourlock Mild Leather Cleaner before being protected with Leather Shield.
New car leather does not require a thick, conditioning cream to ‘nourish’ it. In fact, such creams can be detrimental as it sits on the surface of the leather as a sticky glossy layer. This layer attracts dust and when combined, forms a grinding paste which erodes the upper surface, damaging the leather. Colourlock’s Leather Shield leaves an abrasion-resistant coating, repelling dust as well as water and oils, and also inhibiting the fading and drying action of UV. – Matt Back, UF Detailing Studio
The detailing work was now complete and ENREI fully cured, the result was nothing short of extraordinary – a perfect compliment for a Macan GTS!
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