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Ford Focus RS: New Car Prep Detail & Paint Protection Film (PPF) Application

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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.

Wheel Cleaner in Action

Wheel cleaner in action

After the wheels were completed, we rinsed the body removing any loose dirt and debris.

rinsing down the paint

rinsing down the paint

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.

Foam gun spraying shampoo onto the paint

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.

shampoo on the paint

Washing mitt, washing the paint

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.

Cleaning edges and cracks

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.

blowing the water off the paint

After the wash, we pulled the car into the studio and began the dismantle process.

removing the carpet engine liner

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.

carpet engine liner removed

carpet engine liner removed

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.

wiping the paint down with IPA

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.

setting up the LED lights

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.

applying ppf

We installed top coated film on the entire front end including the front bumper, full fenders, full hood, mirror caps, headlights and door cups.

Applying ppf

Applying ppf

Installing paint protection film on the headlights.

Applying ppf

Door cup installation.

applying ppf

After the install, we heated up all the edges to prevent any dirt buildup underneath the film.

applying ppf

applying ppf

finished applying ppf

We gave the wheels a quick IPA wipe prior to sealing them with Sonax Rim Shield.

IPA wipedown on rims

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.

cleaning wheels

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.

removing focus badge

finished removing focus badge

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

Gtechniq C2V3 laying on the paint

Wiping the door jambs down with an all-purpose microfiber and Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer.

wiping down the door jambs

We applied Nanolex Tire and Rubber Restorer to the tires for a rich matte finish.

applying nanolex to wheels

And now for the final pictures– all protected and ready to be driven.

Finished

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James Melfi
James Melfi
AutoNuvo
Holliston, MA
AutoNuvo.com
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9 comments on Ford Focus RS: New Car Prep Detail & Paint Protection Film (PPF) Application

  1. Frank says:

    Great work James !!..love these little firecrackers..especially in that blue!!

  2. Dave says:

    OMG. That is gorgeous! Who ever would have thought a Focus would rise to this level?

    Great work.

  3. Ron Ayotte says:

    Nice writeup… love the color of that car!

  4. Spike says:

    Nice work and write up.

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