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jediknight83

Cambridge Autogleam - 2011

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I should probably make a new thread soon as we are way past 2011 :)

 

You can keep up with my work on various social media sites. A follow or a like would be appreciated. There are also over 300 cars in my online portfolio now so have a browse 
 
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So a couple of months ago now I was asked to improve this Pagani Zonda S Roadster. Then it got cancelled as the customer locked himself out of the car and almost had to resort to breaking a window to get back in :wall: Turns out if the battery goes flat and the external trickle charge point is broken then these cars are a right PITA to get into as the doors need to open before you can open the engine cover but for the doors to open, the windows need to drop about 2" when you pull the handle and with no battery... they don't drop.
 
A couple of weeks later it was all back on though and as we stood in the garage looking at this fine yellow beast the customer joked "It would be funny if the battery was flat again" :o
 
Seconds later we realised it wasn't actually all that funny and not only was the battery flat but the make shift cable he had made to touch the battery terminal and give the car some juice... Yes.. it was inside the car. :wacko:
 
Many hours later after a trip to buy more industrial cable and several attempts poking that cable virtually blindly into the engine bay in the hope it would touch the battery terminal, we had everything powered up and we were in. 
 
To avoid this happening again I fitted a Ctek charger connection to the battery, extended the cable, and routed the plug to somewhere that was hidden but easy to access should the car die again with everything closed. :cool:
 
Anyway.. on with the detail.
 
Tyres were cleaned with Autoglym acid free wheel cleaner and Wheels with Autofinesse Iron Out and then brushed inside and out
 
A strong APC mix was then used for the pre wash which was applied and left for a few minutes before being pressure rinsed with the main aim to remove all the dirt from the car, not just rinse the foam off. 
 
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In the video you will see that we had the front and rear clams open next to de grease and clean suspension and engine components.
 
Next was the shampoo, Auto Finesse Lather.
 
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The car was then dried and clayed although the claying didn't show up any dirt, but best to be safe as if you don't clay the car and realise there are bonded contaminates later during polishing it can be a pain to then get the car wet again.

 
Most of the defects on the paint were light swirls (although with the hard paint this still required a lot of polishing) and sanding micro-marring, neither of which photographed well so I just have this before and after of the carbon roof.
 
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This was achieved with a 2 stage polishing process, first with Megs cutting compound on a Megs MF pad and then with Menz 106FA on a red Lake Country pad both with the Flex 3401VRG machine.
 
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With the loss of working time early on the first day I then didn't take many photos but there is more video footage of all the polishing and lots of lovely little intricate details on this car.
 
The paint and carbon was then given a coat of Wolfs Bodyguard... a product which despite my initial complaints about how it worked is now one of my favourites for its looks and durability.
 
Wheels where hand polished and then protected with Gtechniq C1
Tyres with CarPro PERL
Glass with RainX
Leather with Gtechniq L1
Fabric part of the removable roof with Gtechniq I1
Metal parts withGtechniq C1
Black plastics and rubbers with Gtechniq T1
 
I think thats everything... now for lots of pictures. Really impressed with both the build and the finish on this low production car.
 
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Great write up. Love a Zonda.

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Fabulous car and yet another amazing result from your hard work...

 

Just stunning.

 

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Hello.

 

After 6 years the old website was retired this weekend and a brand new one has replaced it which now works properly on phones and tablets. There are still a couple of tweaks needed to the gallery for smaller screen phones and I still need to add the picture descriptions, but otherwise its now nice and easy to swipe through over 300 cars in our portfolio.

 

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And we are still all over social media where you can see all the cars as we work on them.

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This isn't a full write up today but I thought I'd feature a few photos from some cars we've worked on recently. The full sets of photos can of course be seen in our portfolio.

 

This Ferrari 458 Speciale was protected with PPF by CG Performance and then detailed by us.

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Some overspray on the passenger door before and after

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And some sanding marks on a few panels, before and after on one of those marks

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The body was protected with Wolfs Bodyguard sealant. More photos in our portfolio

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Next up we did this Alfa 4C in a very tight garage. The owner had tried a couple of detailers and none had got the non metallic red paint to really shine as he had hoped. He was over the moon with our results. More photos in our portfolio

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Next up one car I was pretty nervous about detailing to be honest but the job couldn't have gone better. A 3000 mile completely original NEVER BEEN WET Lamborghini Countach 5000S. Thankfully it wasn't really dirty so after a careful dust off we set about carefully correcting the old red paint.

 

 

A quick example of the difference we made in this 50/50 video. Change to 720p for the best viewing

 

Another before and after

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The finished car, protected with CQuartz Paint Sealant to give the best scratch resistance. More photos in our portfolio

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And finally, a Porsche Carrera GT with some of the hardest paint I've ever polished! We got there in the end though. Again protected with CQuartz Paint Sealant. More photos in our portfolio

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Many thanks for reading. Hope the new website works well for everyone.

 

Nathan Willits.

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LoL, you seem to be having a red car moment. I do love the GT.

So a never been wet Countach? Does that mean it had never even been cleaned, let alone gotten rained on?

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Loving your work Nathan. GB's best detailer?

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Loving your work Nathan. GB's best detailer?

 

Ha! Thank you. Not sure there is a best. Very hard thing to quantify. But I'd like to think I'm viewed as in the top group. :)

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I was playing around with the image sizes, trying to optimise everything for the web, but I deleted the old images and as I can't edit old posts, most of the ones I posted have disappeared.. so just posting them again quickly.. Sorry...

 

 

Hello.

 
After 6 years the old website was retired this weekend and a brand new one has replaced it which now works properly on phones and tablets. There are still a couple of tweaks needed to the gallery for smaller screen phones and I still need to add the picture descriptions, but otherwise its now nice and easy to swipe through over 300 cars in our portfolio.
 
new%20website%20700.png 
 
And we are still all over social media where you can see all the cars as we work on them.
y2.png f2.png t2.png i2.png.
 
This isn't a full write up today but I thought I'd feature a few photos from some cars we've worked on recently. The full sets of photos can of course be seen in our portfolio.
 
This Ferrari 458 Speciale was protected with PPF by CG Performance and then detailed by us.
20764007188_147e18fc19_o.jpg
 
Some overspray on the passenger door before and after
20762459808_1c07fc04d3_o.jpg
20762461078_4bfcf75f86_o.jpg
 
And some sanding marks on a few panels, before and after on one of those marks
20762353410_212c96aee5_o.jpg
20329381843_95b8ca6e1f_o.jpg
 
The body was protected with Wolfs Bodyguard sealant. More photos in our portfolio
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Next up we did this Alfa 4C in a very tight garage. The owner had tried a couple of detailers and none had got the non metallic red paint to really shine as he had hoped. He was over the moon with our results. More photos in our portfolio
21118235705_c42b83195a_o.jpg
 
Next up one car I was pretty nervous about detailing to be honest but the job couldn't have gone better. A 3000 mile completely original NEVER BEEN WET Lamborghini Countach 5000S. Thankfully it wasn't really dirty so after a careful dust off we set about carefully correcting the old red paint.
 
A quick example of the difference we made in this 50/50 video. Change to 720p for the best viewing

 
Another before and after
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The finished car, protected with CQuartz Paint Sealant to give the best scratch resistance. More photos in our portfolio
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And finally, a Porsche Carrera GT with some of the hardest paint I've ever polished! We got there in the end though. Again protected with CQuartz Paint Sealant. More photos in our portfolio
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Many thanks for reading. Hope the new website works well for everyone.
 
Nathan Willits.

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Wow its been AGES since I've updated any forums. Been very busy this year and have focused more on keeping social media up to date.

I've also started making a few YouTube VLOGS to show more of what goes into a detail.

If you've got a spare 10 mins at lunch why not check it out..

 

 

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On 23 November 2016 at 10:18 AM, jediknight83 said:

New VLOG for all of you bored at work :)

 

 

Great work 'grumpy' ;-)

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On 24/11/2016 at 10:30 PM, garcon magnifique said:

I'm sure that Lime Gold is the same shade of beige as eldavo's Twbo. :bike:

Not for long . . .

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On 23/11/2016 at 10:18 AM, jediknight83 said:

New VLOG for all of you bored at work :)

 

You missed a "detail" though - the point at the bottom of the crest on the centre caps should always point to the tyre valve according to Porsche. 

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1 hour ago, eldavo69 said:

You missed a "detail" though - the point at the bottom of the crest on the centre caps should always point to the tyre valve according to Porsche. 

Oh good! I've always done this on wheels. Cycle tyres get the label next to the valve, car centre caps always put on the same way etc

Glad it's not just me!

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