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Ferrari 328 GTS

Ferrari 328 GTS Detail

This stunning Rosso Corsa Red Ferrari 328 GTS came to us for our Minor Correction Detail to correct the paintwork and restore its former glory. Having visited a bodyshop it was time to freshen it up having been in storage for quite a few years.

We carried out our Level 2 Detail which most importantly comprises of a 2 stage minor paint correction.
This involves a pass with a cutting compound or polish and then a pass with a fine finishing polish to create a deep and glossy finish.

With this detail we are Aiming to remove 60-70% of the defects and abrasions on the paintwork.

The full process includes…

Wheel arches cleaned, degreased and flushed out with PH neutral degreaser,
Wheels cleaned and decontaminated with PH neutral cleaner, Iron Decontamination product, Tar Remover and finally the clay bar
Entire car Snow foamed with PH neutral Snow foam and all edges and door sills brushed clean (degreased if necessary)
Bodywork cleaned with a premium lambswool wash mitt using the 2 bucket method
Tar, Iron and fallout chemically removed from paintwork
Claybar used over entire car to remove all remaining contaminants which give a glass like smooth finish
Dried with compressed air and a plush microfiber drying towel
Multipoint paint and coating inspection to ensure safety of the paint before polishing
Two stage machine polish with a Medium swirl removing polish and fine polishing pad to remove light swirling, fine scratches and take away oxidation, finished with a fine polishing pad and Ultra fine jewelling polish to give a glossy and deep finish.
Final multi-point inspection done to make sure the highest standard is met
Protected with a wax or sealant to give a high gloss and protective coating.
All exterior trims and tyres dressed

Now this is completed, we applied a coat of Swissvax shield.

Here are some photos of the end product!

Ceramic Coating or Wax?

It’s a question we get asked alot… Which is better?

Car Detailing, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire

Well, first of all let us tell you what each are…

A Ceramic, Glass or Nano coating is a hard, durable, inorganic coating applied to the paintwork of a vehicle to create a strong barrier against the elements and everything the skies and roads have to throw at your car.

A Wax be it Polymer or Carnauba is an organic coating created from Natural waxes, mixed with fillers and silicons to give your car some protection from the weather and to give it a really nice shine…

So, lets break this down into the 4 cornerstones of applying protection to an automobile…

Number 1, Durability…

How long does it last? and how do I keep doing its job?

Let’s take Gyeon Duraflex for example. Duraflex comes with a 5 year warranty and is a 2 layer Ceramic Coating. This means that one layer is applied (known as the base coat) and then a second layer is applied (called the top coat). The function of both these layers is to give you a tough durable base layer with a hydrophobic self cleaning top later to make maitnanence easy.

A Wax, for example Swissvax Shield, will give you 6 months durability. You can put as many layers as you want on the car but ultimately it will diminish much faster than a Ceramic coating due to it being an organic based product. A harsh wash or poor maintenance would see it last much less time than 6 months. The longest last wax out there would probably be something like Swissvax Crystal Rock which even still is only rated for 12 months (and costs £900 a pot!)

Repellency, Self cleaning, Hydrophobic properties…

This is the big one. This determines how much of what you drive through is actually going to stick to the car. This is why we protect cars, to stop the build up of contamination bonding to the paintwork and making the car dirty and unsightly.

A Wax will sit on the paintwork at a “contact angle” of around 40-50 degrees.

A Ceramic coating generally sits on the paintwork as a contact angle of 110< degrees (depending on what one you chose)

So, in theory a Ceramic coating actually repels at twice the angle of a regular wax.

Clarity and Gloss

Any form of protection is also the finish touch to any detail to give it that extra mile of shine. Wax or Ceramic coating, it gives the paintwork a bit more depth and shine which is the reason we are all here!

A wax (depending on which one) typically is full of fillers and polymers to artificially make the paintwork shine. It can hide oxidation and swirls to a certain extent in order to make the paintwork appear shinier.

A ceramic coating is optically clear, which means there is no hiding. If the paintwork is not in top condition underneath the coating, it will appear the same under a coating. We would only ever apply a Ceramic Coating to a car that has had its paintwork corrected as not only does this ensure the best possible finish, it actually prepares the surface for the coating itself to bond to the surface of the car.

Maintenance

the idea of protection is to make cleaning it and keeping it in top condition really really easy. Most abrasions and marks come from bad contact which can be from washing techniques or having to scrub the car clean because all the grime has bonded to the paintwork.

Once a car is Waxed or Coated, all you should need is a PH neutral Pure Shampoo to clean the car with. No special fancy Wash and Wax concoctions or heavy duty chemicals, just a good clean with the right methods and chemicals.

A ceramic coated car is far easier to maintain and will not require any reapplication. A waxed car will need the wax reapplying often to make sure that it is always protected.

 

Just a finishing note on application of both.

A wax can be applied by most people on their drive way relatively easily. It is a product more aimed towards the enthusiast who likes to get stuck in and give their cars a really good clean and protect.

A Ceramic Coating is a much more difficult and thorough process. It can not be applied outdoors. It can not be applied in direct sunlight under ANY circumstances. It can not be applied quickly and easily. Anyone claiming to do so is not applying a hige quality product in the proper environment. At Huntsmiths, application of Gyeon Duraflex takes between 2-5 hours and is done indoors in a controlled well lit studio to ensure the highest standard is met.

 

 

Audi RS4

Audi RS4 Level 2 Detail with Gyeon Coatings

 

This Audi B7 RS4 came to us in need of some TLC and Gyeon Ceramic Coating. We carried out our Level 2 Detail which most importantly comprises of a 2 stage minor paint correction. This involves a pass with a cutting compound or polish and then a pass with a fine finishing polish. Aiming to remove 60%< correction and defect removal.

The full process includes…

Wheel arches cleaned, degreased and flushed out with PH neutral degreaser,
Wheels cleaned and decontaminated with PH neutral cleaner, Iron Decontamination product, Tar Remover and finally the clay bar
Entire car Snow foamed with PH neutral Snow foam and all edges and door sills brushed clean (degreased if necessary)
Bodywork cleaned with a premium lambswool wash mitt using the 2 bucket method
Tar, Iron and fallout chemically removed from paintwork
Claybar used over entire car to remove all remaining contaminants which give a glass like smooth finish
Dried with compressed air and a plush microfiber drying towel
Multipoint paint and coating inspection to ensure safety of the paint before polishing
Two stage machine polish with a Medium swirl removing polish and fine polishing pad to remove light swirling, fine scratches and take away oxidation, finished with a fine polishing pad and Ultra fine jewelling polish to give a glossy and deep finish.
Final multi-point inspection done to make sure the highest standard is met
Protected with a wax or sealant to give a high gloss and protective coating.
All exterior trims and tyres dressed

Now wearing GYEON DURAFLEX Ceramic Coating with a 5 year warranty. This is a cerfitified only product that allows up to 5 years of fantastic cleaning capability, gloss and scratch resistance.

Bolt ons included on this occasion was.
GYEON View, increasing visibility, wiper performance and water repellency to the glass, GYEON Fabric Coat to protect the fabric roof from the elements, an Engine Bay Detail and last but not least a full interior package cleaning the leather and all materials inside the car.

 

BMW M140i

BMW M140i New Car Detail – Gyeon Duraflex 5 Year Certified Only Ceramic Coating

New Car Detail, Paint Protection, Northamptonshire

Protecting your new car is crucial when ensuring that you have protected your investment from all the nastiness the roads has to offer. By opting for a Detailer to carry out your new car preparation
you benefit from having a professional focused on that one and only element of your vehicle. Dealer solutions are often not thorough, rushed, and a far inferior product. With a Huntsmiths New Car Protection Detail
you will benefit from a 5 year warranty on your bodywork Ceramic Coating via GYEON Duraflex or GYEON MOHS+. On this occasion, we opted for Gyeon …..

The full New Car Detail process comprises of the following…

Wheel arches cleaned, degreased and flushed out with PH neutral degreaser,
Wheels cleaned and decontaminated with PH neutral cleaner, Iron Decontamination product, Tar Remover and finally the clay bar
Entire car Snow foamed with PH neutral Snow foam and all edges and door sills brushed clean (degreased if necessary)
Bodywork cleaned with a premium lambswool wash mitt using the 2 bucket method
Tar, Iron and fallout chemically removed from paintwork
Claybar used over entire car to remove all remaining contaminants which give a glass like smooth finish
Blown dry with warm air and a plush microfiber drying towel
Multipoint paint and coating inspection to ensure safety of the paint and identifying any factory defects before polishing
Single stage machine polish with a fine polishing pad and Ultra fine jewelling polish to give a glossy and deep finish. Localised corrections carried out where necessary.
Final multi-point inspection done to make sure the highest standard is met
Protected with a 5 year warranted Ceramic Coating
All exterior trims and tyres dressed

Now wearing GYEON DURAFLEX Ceramic Coating with a 5 year warranty. This is a cerfitified only product that allows up to 5 years of fantastic cleaning capability, gloss and scratch resistance.

Bolt ons included on this occasion was our wheels off package with GYEON Rim applied to the wheels, brake and suspension components.
GYEON View, increasing visibility, wiper performance and water repellency to the glass.

 

Paint Correction…

What is “Paint Correction”? And why do I need my paint corrected?

 

Paint correction as a definition should come down to this. The removal of unsightly defects, abrasions, marks and blemishes to the paintwork in order to leave a better than new finish. (even new cars don’t roll out of the factory perfect).

Have you ever looked at a car when its wet and thought “wow, that’s how i want my paint to look all the time!” Or have you ever seen someones car that might even be 10 years old and thought, jeez that looks good. How come theirs looks so much better than mine?

Abrasions, defects, marks and the likes of these score the paint and leave it uneven. It craters and pits the finish. When cars have these kinds of marks they usually come along with haziness and marring which is not always abundantly obvious to the unkeen eye. And when water is covering the car its actually filling in all of these craters and pits and dips in the paintwork and effectively making it appear level.

These kinds of marks and defects result in the car looking dull and worn out. When light hits your car, the light should reflect and bounce off the paintwork giving it that wet and brand new look. It should look like the paint is liquid. Modern paintjobs with metallic basecoats and rich colours have alot of depth and richness. This is what really shows off the car, gives it that WOW factor. Thats what you really want from your pride and joy, right?

Well, thats what we aim to achieve with a paint correction. The methods we use in machine polishing and correction work is effectively to relevel the paint so that it does exactly that. It allows the light to bounce off and make the colour pop rather than light being refracted and absorbed in.

To achieve a full correction, it really is a labour of love. It can take multiple stages of polishing with different machines, polishes, polishing pads, chemicals, lighting, skills and the list just goes on. All cars are unique in that they have all had a different life. Different paint reacts differently to the last as no manufacturer uses the exact same lacquers and colours to paint their cars. If cars have had work done at bodyshops, we would have to constantly adapt to the way that the paintwork responds to the work that we are carrying out. Some vehicles can take 2-3 days, some can take 2-3 weeks.

Each of our jobs are carried out in a bespoke manor in that we would always carry out a full consultation of the vehicle before working on it. We assess damage, condition and paint depths to ensure that we can achieve a high level of work without compromising the amount of paint on the vehicle whilst also keeping your own personal results and budgets in mind.

 

 

Find out more by getting in touch with us or by checking out our portfolio!

 

Huntsmiths Detailing

Paint Correction and Protection specialists based in Brackley, Northamptonshire.

Near Silverstone Race Circuit.

 

Audi RS3 Detail

AUDI RS3 Detail – Level 2 Detail with Gyeon Ceramic Coatings

 

The Detail!

This Audi RS3 Detail comprises of our Level 2 package teamed up with our “Wheels Off Package” and Total surface protection using Gyeon Ceramic Quartz protection.

The Level 2 Detail comprises of the following steps to ensure the highest standard is met.

Protection time!

 

Now that the vehicle is up to standard, its now time to lay down some protection to keep it looking its best. Gyeon Duraflex 5 year warranted Ceramic coating applied to the bodywork, Gyeon Rim on the wheels, Gyeon View to the glass and Gyeon Leather shield on those stunning white RS seats.

Here are some photos of the process and finished article. Enjoy!

 

Porsche Cayman GT4

Porsche Cayman GT4 – Huntsmiths Detail

Cayman GT4 – Car Detailing, Ceramic Coatings, Northamptonshire

Cayman GT4 Paint Correction and Gyeon Duraflex. Northamptonshire.

This Porsche Cayman GT4 Detail came to us for our signature service. The Huntsmiths Detail.

The Huntsmiths Detail is our top tier package which consists of chasing absolute perfection within a 5-7 day period. This includes carrying out major paint correction, chasing every last defect out of the paintwork while not compromising the clearcoat, engine bay detailing, wheel removal and undercarriage detailing, major interior works including carpets shampooing and leather cleansing.

Once this is done, we then load the vehicle up with the very best in automotive paint protection using the GYEON range of products. For this particular service we used GYEON Duraflex – 5 Year Warranted Paint Protection Service restricted to Certified Detailers only. We also applied GYEON Rim,Trim and View to the exterior of the vehicle. We then coated the interior with Fabric Coat and Leather Shield.

 

If you are interested in a similar service, please get in touch and ask us for more information!

 

Here are a few images of the Detail carried out…

 

Porsche 997

Porsche 997 Enhancement Detail

This beautiful electric blue Porsche 997 convertible came in for an enhancement detail, convertible roof clean and interior treatments which included carpet shampoo and extract, leather cleanse and condition and dash protection.

Interior was left looking and smelling like it had just rolled out of the factory, with freshly cleaned leather using only the best products – Chemical Guys – Leather cleaner and conditioner. This along with carpets and mats having an extensive deep clean via shampoo and hot water extraction left the interior very fresh and crisp.

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