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Old 30-06-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
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Arrow Ferrari F50- Gleammachine.

The Ferrari F50 was designed to commemorate Ferrari's 50th anniversary in 1996.
The 12-cylinder, 4.75-litre, rear-mounted engine slams out 520 horsepower, flashing the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and taking the carbon-fiber body to a top speed of 203 mph.
Only 349 F50s were made in Ferrari's factory near Modena in northern Italy. Ferrari declaring 175 having been reserved before the car was introduced.

The brief was to enhance, add gloss, clarity and depth of shine whilst removing some light swirling without compromise to the thin clearcoat.

Upon arrival.

Starting with the engine bay, all cleaned by hand using apc, various brushes, dressing and polishes,

Tubi exhaust silencer before and after,


Whilst I had been dealing with the engine compartment, Jim had been dealing with the front luggage area,

Ferrari luggage clean and treated,


Alloys, tyres, arches & calipers cleaned with various brushes and apc,

Bugs pre-soaked in apc, then pressure rinsed off,

De-contaminated, washed using the typical safe methods and then dried with plush towels & the Black baron blower, typical overall standard of the paint,

Vunerable paintwork and trim masked up, then after trying various combinations of pad and polish to gain the best results whilst keeping clearcoat removal to a minimum.
Settling upon a cocktail of IP 3.02 and 203s on a green Hexlogic pad, most areas requiring 2-3 sets of passes and burnished down to lsp ready, Jim working round the bonnet area and O/side, myself round the N/side and towards the back end,

A few before and afters,

Hard to focus on the colour but you can just make out the 50/50's,

Tight areas polished using a 80mm meguiars pad,

End of day 1 and the F50 pulled outside to check progress.

A few well deserved beers and a steak dinner, then of to the B&B for an early night.

Day 2.

Jim demonstrating the basics of exposure, as you can see I'm well impressed at 9.00 am in the morning.

Whilst I carried on with polishing the huge rear end of the Ferrari, Jim was testing different combo's out on the spare engine cover, at a price of £15k for a replacement, nothing was left to chance.

Now having switched to a Meguiars polishing pad to add a little bit of a cushion between pad and backing plate,

Glass and perspex engine cover polished using 106 FA on 80mm pads,

Rear lights polished using 203s,

Final areas polished,

Polishing dust removed using the blower,

An IPA wipedown given and areas checked,

Prime applied to rear under carriage, inner perspex cover, exhaust tailpipes and door shuts,

Clearkoat red moose applied via the DA,

Supernatural applied and left to cure,

Whilst curing the alloys were sealed, followed by a wipedown,.

Centre caps polished,

Tyres, arches and rubbers dressed,

Grills protected using Opti-seal,

Seals nourished and treated using SV,

Areas tidied up with the trusty cocktail sticks,

Interior given the once over with leather cleaned, carpets vacuumed and trim wiped down.

Glass cleaned throughout, then finally a wipedown to painted areas with Z-8.

Finished results.

Thanks for looking, comments welcomed and appreciated.

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Old 30-06-2010, 12:17 AM   #2
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Not every lifetime a boy gets to detail one of these... Awesome teamwork Jim and Rob! And this is one awesome shot!!

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Old 30-06-2010, 12:20 AM   #4
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Ooooooh that's a rather special car

Looks spectacular now mate
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Gorgeous car! After seeing one in Monaco the other week my opinion of them ahs changed. Stunning!
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A beautiful car and a stunning detailing job!!
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Old 30-06-2010, 12:42 AM   #10
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