It’s tough to beat the C7 Corvette for a combination of beauty and aggression – and the Grand Sport edition just takes that to the next level. This 2017 Corvette Grand Sport had only 20,000 miles on the odometer, so I expected it to be in good condition and wasn’t disappointed. The owner only does touch-free car washes and it’s typically only driven in nice weather, so the paint was in outstanding condition. The customized package was for a full interior and exterior detail and ceramic coating of wheels, paint, glass, and leather. While I would have preferred doing a wheels-off, lifting Corvettes can be tricky, and I didn’t have any of the Corvette-specific jack pads on hand.
As usual, I started with intake photos:
Tires and Wheels
I always start with tires and wheels, and these were pretty rough. This is when having a variety of different brushes and cleaners is key. After everything was clean and dry the tires were dressed with Meguiar’s Silicone-Free Hyper Dressing.
The first step was removing the rim tape. Again, this is where having good tools helps. Trim removal tools are versatile!
Wheels and tires can be one of the most tiring and redundant parts of detailing, but also most rewarding.
A Rinseless Wash is my go-to when the vehicle is already relatively clean. Meguiar’s Rinseless Wash and Microfiber Towels make an excellent combination.
The interior received a deep clean – carpet extraction was unnecessary, so a vacuum, thorough wipe down of all surfaces, and leather decontamination set the stage for leather coating.
Matte – the way leather should look.
The evils of denim:
After the decon was finished, Gyeon LeatherCoat Q2 was applied for at least 3-6 months of protection.
Engine Bay Detail
As with the rest of the car, the engine bay wasn’t horrible – a wipe-down with All Purpose Cleaner took care of most of it. All rubber seals were treated with a Nextzett Gummi Stick to keep them moisturized and to help prevent cracking.
Applying ceramic coatings is unlike any other protectant – you have to be careful, methodical, and pay close attention to curing time. Prior to coating it’s vital to remove all contaminants – for this I use a NanoSkin AutoScrub Fine Wash Mitt lubricated with NanoSkin Glide. This works like a claybar, but much faster, reusable, and less marring to the paint. It removes bonded contaminants like tree sap, residue from water marks, rail dust, and road grime.
The final step before coating is a wipe down with Gyeon Prep. This removes any chemical contaminants left behind after washing and using the Nano Mitt.
Gyeon’s BaldWipe microfiber is my go-to for wiping off the excess coating.
D-U-N Done, Son
All in all it was about a 7-hour detail. It’s always a joy working on performance cars, and this one turned out beautifully.
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