When the team heard a new Ford Focus RS was coming in, it is safe to say we were all a little giddy. I mean… a Nitrous Blue RS, that’s one sweet color and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it.
Once the vehicle arrived, we performed our initial inspection, which mostly involved us drooling over the car.
We then brought it into the wash bay to begin our decontamination stages. We started with the wheels, giving them a thorough rinse followed by liberally spraying Gtechniq W6 Iron and General Fallout Cleaner onto the faces and barrels. We left the wheel cleaner to cling to the brake dust for about 2-3 minutes and agitated with a variety of boar’s hair brushes.
After the wheels were completed, we rinsed the body removing any loose dirt and debris.
We began the wash process with a Sonax Multi-Star APC foam bath. This step allowed the APC to loosen any bonded contamination and prepare the paintwork for a traditional 2×2 bucket wash. The APC bath has become one of our favorite methods in preparing paintwork prior to a traditional wash. It drastically reduces the risk of scratching while using a wash mitt.
Once the APC had been rinsed off, we switched over to another shop favorite… Chemical Guys Citrus Wash. We foamed the car down a second time and added a few drops of shampoo into our soap bucket. We carefully washed the whole vehicle, rinsing out our microfiber wash mitt often.
This vehicle was receiving our full front end paint protection film kit so we grabbed some foam swabs and went through all the cracks and crevices in order to remove any dirt that might find its way out during the film installation.
After the wash process, we clayed the paint using a 22ple prototype clay bar. We dried the vehicle with the Metro Master Blaster Revolution and a couple of Premium Shield microfiber towels.
After the wash, we pulled the car into the studio and began the dismantle process.
We removed the carpet engine liner to reach the washer jets. We then used a pry tool to pop the wash jets out, by doing this, the film would be allowed to lay flat and could be recessed under the washers.
We then began to wipe the paint down with IPA in order to remove any previous wax or sealant layers still left over from the wash. We then grabbed our Rupes Pen Light to do one more inspection before the PPF install.
We set up our LED lights in preparation for the PPF application. Right before the film was ready to be installed, we applied an adhesive promoter to all the edges to lessen the risk of any premature peeling.
Wesley laying down bulk paint protection film on the hood of the RS. By applying bulk film in this area, we have the ability to wrap all the edges and make it as seamless as possible.
We installed top coated film on the entire front end including the front bumper, full fenders, full hood, mirror caps, headlights and door cups.
Installing paint protection film on the headlights.
Door cup installation.
After the install, we heated up all the edges to prevent any dirt buildup underneath the film.
We gave the wheels a quick IPA wipe prior to sealing them with Sonax Rim Shield.
The tires on the RS had some pretty glossy dealership tire dressing so we removed that with some Tarminator and an all-purpose microfiber towel.
The client wanted the rear emblem removed so we heated it up and removed it with some fishing line. The left over adhesive was taken off with 3m adhesive remover.
We then applied 2 layers of Gtechniq C2V3 Liquid Crystal to the paintwork, trim and glass.
Gtechniq C2 (v3) Liquid Crystal will add gloss and protection to your paint in an easy to use spray on formula! C2 v3 is a high gloss spray-on coating that will blanket your vehicle in a highly reflective, glass-like finish
Wiping the door jambs down with an all-purpose microfiber and Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer.
We applied Nanolex Tire and Rubber Restorer to the tires for a rich matte finish.
And now for the final pictures– all protected and ready to be driven.
- Wheels: Gtechniq W6 Iron and General FallOut Cleaner + Boars Hair Brush
- Wash: Sonax Multi-Star APC + Chemical Guys Citrus Wash + Gilmour Foam Gun + Chenille Wash Mitt
- Decontamination: Gtechniq W6 + 22ple Fine Grade Clay Bar
- PPF: Llumar Top Coated Paint Protection Film
- Paint Sealant: Gtechniq C2V3 Liquid Crystal
- Wheel Sealant: Sonax Rim Shield
- Tire: Nanolex Tire and Rubber Restorer
- Quick Detailer: Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer
- Towels: DI Microfiber All Purpose Towel
- Misc: Metro Vacuums Master Blaster Revolution, Rupes Swirl Finder Pen Light, Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)
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