Just about every auto manufacturer uses different paint / clearcoat formulas…some are hard as granite and very difficult to polish (Audi), some are soft as butter and a swipe with a microfiber towel will mar the finish (BMW Jet Black), some are finicky (Rolls Royce), and some are just a pleasure to work with.
I’ll put Porsche into the category of a pleasure to work with (at least the modern Porsche models). It’s soft and therefore corrects easily, but not too soft that the slightest wrong look will cause marring and swirls. Each car is different, and everybody will have their individual needs, however all things being equal a Porsche will require much less time for paint correction than most cars. So for Porsche owners out there, a full correction job on your car will require a smaller investment.
This past week I worked on a beautiful 997 Turbo in black. It had a moderate level of swirls, but I knew that I would be able to make it look really good in a relatively short amount of time. My client just wanted a mid-level paint correction on it, so I we decided on a simple one-step polish to get rid of 50% – 75% of defects and restore as much gloss as possible. With previous experience on modern Porsche paint, I knew what I could expect in a given amount of time on the car and figured that my correction estimate would be low, and my time estimate would be high (I’d rather under-promise and over-deliver than the other way around!).
So I broke out the Meguiar’s M205 Ultra Finishing Polish, my Porter Cable 7424XP, and a Lake Country Black Finishing Pad and went to town. With a very quick process, I was able to achieve an overall correction rate of roughly 80-85%. On the pure black finish I could notice just the slightest amount of haze when inspecting the paint with my Brinkmann Dual LED light (but not in the sunshine), so I quickly went around the car with Optimum Poli-Seal again on a black pad. This completely cleaned up any haze that might have been left over…haze that was so slight that most people could never have even detected it.
The entire process, which included wash, clay, rotary work on the 3M Clear Bra, interior clean, Leatherique treatment, and then the polishing process…took only 7.5 hours!
I only wish all paint was this easy to work with! Thank you Porsche…
This is what the car looked like when I was finished:
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