The vehicle at hand was a recently completed detail of a “2009 Lamborghini Murcielago, LP-640 in Verde Ithaca”. This car came a good distance for an AOWheels Detail (From PA to FL). The detail took around 60 single man hours and it received a full clear film removal, paint correction, glass coating and interior & motor detail. Machine polishing was performed on painted carbon fiber and the safe removal of factory D/A wet sand marks from the vehicles top coat is the goal at hand.
Being such a light colored car (verde ithaca) most of the correction was done in the complete dark. Targeting my halogen lights on one small section at time in a few different angles to focus on the smaller defects. This helps allow me to better capture the depth of some of the paint issues.
Measuring the paint work and taping edges is crucial. The paint is very hard in general with this car… but also very thin. The D/A wet sand marks will be one of the major points of focus in this detail. Like most exotics, they will run close to the edges and in tight corners. In order to not burn through any of these edges, I’ll run masking tape about a millimeter over the crease. Also remembering that there is carbon fiber under the paint I will try not to get to hot around those edges.
From the start of this detail I had to first remove the old clear film, which is not an easy task. Removing an edge and pulling it towards me will lift it from the surface also bringing up most of the adhesive with it. Tearing it the opposite way will nine times out of ten result in disaster with a vehicle of this nature (a great topic for another time).
As we can see in the picture above, slightly lifted edges with some dirt staring to fill in. This is the rear bumper (behind) the passenger side rear tire.
(Below) clear film removal from lower bumper.
Lower side skirts in picture below (pulling the film towards me).
The last and largest sections removed were from the entire two front quarters and hood (below).
From here the car can now be cleaned and decontaminated as normal. Wheels and arches will be cleaned as well. Then foamed to remove other oils and residues from paint surface… followed up with a lengthy clay process.
Here is a 50/50 on the steering wheel after cleaning (below, Left side clean).
Quick shot after completion.
I had a few other spots that needed some attention before the polishing can take place (Before and After of some of the deeper crevasses).
Now that I’m happy with the cleanliness of this Lamborghini, Its time to start with the fun stuff! Paint Correction!
I started on the side panels and window trim with a medium cut pad. Single step correction with a final jeweling and they were set.
(Before / After)
Staying up around the windows I went a head and finished the pillars. Keeping with my 3″ pad work.
A quick little 50/50 showing the difference.
Searching the whole car for the largest cluster of factory D/A sand marks, I found a nice batch on the drivers side door. Using the Maguiar’s D/A cutting system I started to chop away.
(50/50 on drivers side door)
Staying around by the drivers side door. I find a nice little area that requires more finesse. Some wet sand rids that are running close to edges.
(Before / After)
3″ Meguiar’s Cutting Disc and M105
Constantly I’m being mindful of how much heat and pressure I’m putting into this painted carbon correction detail. As well as taping edges and measuring paint.
We’ll take a run through the next few pictures. Showing some before and afters, 50/50’s and how I brought the paint back to life.
A lot could be said for the amount of time it takes to safely do the amount of correction that was achieved (remember this was a 60 hour detail!). Several area’s were handled differently. From rotary to D/A, from Meg’s Microfiber pads to foam pads on 2 primary types of carbon, correction was at hand for this beautiful verde ithaca.
Completely protected for the time to come and well worth a thousand plus mile journey. The paint was protected with Modesta Coating, BC-05.
Wheels coated (below)
Trim coated (below)
Motor detail completed. These carbon covers were topped off with wax.
Final pictures after the coating has had a proper amount of cure time.
This Lamborghini is now extremely vibrant and fully protected. “What a beautiful machine!”
Again, this detail was 60 hours and the car came all the way from PA to FL for an AOWheels Auto Detail.
Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! Please feel free to ask any questions!
Thanks for looking,