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Detailing Projects: Ferrari 488 Pista #2 Paint Correction, Clear Bra, & Ceramic Coating


We are back with a Projects installment working on another Ferrari 488 Pista. This time in the stunning Rosso Scuderia color. Much like many new Ferraris, the Pista in particular seems to be coming out of the factory with what we would call pretty extreme defects. Heavy sanding marks, holograms, and swirls come as standard. It was our job to correct the paintwork and apply long term protection in the form of clear bra and a ceramic coating. Lets get to it.

The Pista arriving on day 1 via enclosed transport.

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The Pista making its way into the wash bay – with some company of course.

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Decontamination Stages

We started the project off with our normal decontamination stages. First up a pre-treatment with Gtechniq W4 Citrus Foam. This removed any loose debris before the traditional wash.

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Paint correction time! Meguiars Ultra Pro Speed M110 leveled the defects nicely when paired with a Meguiars Microfiber Cutting Pad and the Rupes 21mm Orbital Polisher. Some panels required multiple polishing cycles to fully remove all the defects.

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Once the compounding step was complete, we refined the finish with Sonax Perfect Finish and 6in/4in Rupes Yellow Polishing Pads. With polishing work complete, the Pista went back into the wash bay for one final rinse.

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Weslley installing a complex custom hood. We covered the full hood, fenders, front bumper, headlights and mirrors in LLumar Platinum paint protection film.

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ferrari pista detail

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After the clear bra installation had been completed and inspected with ScanGrip SunMatch 3 lights, we moved on to our ceramic coating installation.

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Ceramic Coating Application 

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ferrari pista detail

During the Modesta M1 Shot application we always conduct our final inspection to ensure all coating residue has been removed.

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The blue metallic flake really popped after the coating installation.

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The wheels received a coat of CarPro Reload while the tires were cleaned with Stoners Tarminator to produce a crisp matte finish.

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And just like that, it was time for the Pista to go home.

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Photography: Nick Cosentino

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James Melfi
Holliston, MA
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5 comments on Detailing Projects: Ferrari 488 Pista #2 Paint Correction, Clear Bra, & Ceramic Coating

  1. Michael says:

    My Ultimate Dream Car but for now I will happily stay with Corvettes as I will need some serious bang to own this car! But a Car Guy can dream and sometimes dreams do come true.

  2. Brad says:

    100% love this post! Great detailed pictures, easy to follow and easy for any newbie or pro detailer to understand! Keep up the great work! Looking forward to seeing more of your content soon!

  3. Steve says:

    Awesome write up. Can I ask what trailer you use for hauling the vehicles? We are looking into one. Thank you.

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