This is the third part of a four-part article series by James Melfi of Auto Nuvo. In this series, James takes a beautiful jet black Porsche 918 Spyder and performs various detailing steps. Everything from inspection, washing, drying, polishing and even clear bra installation will be covered! To view all of the articles in this series click here.
With all exterior surfaces covered in top coated paint protection film, it was time to turn our attention to coating every surface on this vehicle in our full range of ceramic coatings.
If you missed our clear bra installation, refer to Part 2.
Since this car wasn’t going to be shy at the track, we chose coatings surrounded around ease of maintenance and enhanced gloss–serious gloss. We wiped the film down again with isopropyl alcohol to ensure there wasn’t any soap residue left behind from the film install.
We chose 22ple’s exclusive pro-only ZX Mistico Elemento glass coating for all the paintwork. We laid down three layers of Mistico, letting the coating flash on the surface for 10 minutes before wiping off with a CarPro BOA towel. We cured each individual layer allowing for a harder, stronger, more vibrant coating. Mistico is one of our favorite coatings providing unsurpassed levels of gloss and depth of shine. After all the paint was coated and had cooled down we topped it off with a few coats of 22ple VS1 to protect the coating from water spotting and adding lots of slickness. VS1 can actually improve the scratch resistance of the surface if used regularly after each wash.
The exhaust housing and surrounding area was coating with 2 layers of 22ple VM1 metal coat. VM1 provides excellent protection while also being able to withstand high temperatures.
Ian and myself applying the first layer, long road ahead
All the leather in the cabin was coated with two layers of CarPro Leather, a two year leather coating providing stain resistance and extreme hydrophobic properties without changing the appearance of the material.
Glass protection went nuclear as well with 6 layers of CarPro Flyby Forte on the windshield, side and rear mirrors.
The main goal with the wheels was to protect them against tar and rubber buildup. We choose two base layers of 22ple VM1 Rim + Metal coat topped with two layers of ZX Mistico Elemento and finished with VS1. They had some serious protection when we were finished. The tires were treated with a few coats Gyeon Q2 tire and heated.
All the paintwork was coated, I mean all of it!
Final shots, in total we worked on this beauty for about 7 days and had about 50 hours into it. Worth it in the end!
Checking for any coating high spots in natural light
In part 4, the final part of this 4-part series, we fast forward 4 months and perform a track day maintenance clean up!
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