Porsche 997 Turbo
Porsche 997 Turbo – Gtechniq Silver+ Detail
This car was booked in for a Gtechniq Silver+ detail with the full extras package.
The customer had just purchased this and having had Gtechniq applied to his last Turbo, he was keen to have this one protected as well.
On arrival, the car was looking really good for its age and mileage. The only thing letting it down were the swirl marks and random deeper scratches from the previous owners washing and drying.
So out into the snow to get the car washed, luckily the owner had snow ploughed the drive way and had hot water in the garage as well!
First job, a good thorough rinse to remove as much loose dirt as possible.
Starting with the engine bay, a low pressure rinse before a good clean with Bilt Hamber Surfex and various brushes. Thoroughly rinsed before drying with Metro Vac Air Dryer. The engine bay was then dressed with Maxolen Bluestar.
Wheels, tyres and arches. Wheels cleaned with Maxolen Wheel Cleaner using Wheel Woolies and a lambswool mitt. The wheels were then cleaned with Maxolen Tar Remover and Iron X to remove and bonded contaminants. The tyres and arches were cleaned with an APC.
The car was then snow foamed with Maxolen Active foam to soften and remove as much dirt as possible. While the snow foam was left to dwell, the usual areas such as badges, lights, window rubbers etc where cleaned with Auto Finesse Citrus Power and a detailing brush. The car was then rinsed again.
The car was then washed using the two bucket method and a lambswool wash mitt with Gtechniq G-Wash. After another rinse, it was onto the decontamination stages.
Firstly all tar spots were removed using Maxolen Tar remover. With all the tar spots safely removed the car was rinsed again. Next it was time to tackle the fallout. Iron X was first applied to remove the fallout. This did a good job, as when I clayed the car there was very little contamination on the clay afterwards.
The car was then finally rinsed, before being moved back into the garage out of the snow to dry with luxury drying towels and the Metro Vac Air Dryer.
The paintwork was assessed and paint thickness was measured around the car. All panels were around 100-120µm with the bonnet averaging 150µm. The rear wing showing the typical swirl marks. The rear spoiler had some deeper marks, along with some poor previous machining marks. The bonnet also had holograms, again evidence of previous poor machine polishing.
Testing a couple of combinations, I settled on the Meguairs D300 Correction Compound on Flexipads Microfiber cutting discs using the Flex VRG. This was achieving a good level of correction, with some areas needing a few extra passes to remove the deeper random scratches. With the car corrected it was then refined using the Lake Country Crimson HT finishing pad with Menzerna SF4000. The headlights and taillights were also machine polished to remove any swirl marks.
The car was then given a full wipe down with 7010 and checked under different light sources, including the Sun Gun, halogens and metal halide.
With the paint perfectly clean it was on to the application Gtechniq C1 Crystal Lacquer. C1 was applied to the paintwork, headlights and tail lights. C4 Trim Restorer was applied to any black plastic trim including the black plastic inside the rear wing air intakes that had faded over time.
With C1 being left to cure, the wheels were removed and prepped for the application of Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour. Again, wiped down with 7010 to ensure they were perfectly clean. C5 was applied to the whole wheel. The calipers were also cleaned at this stage with IPA, arches dressed with Maxolen Bluestar A-Z and the tyres dressed with Gtechniq T1 Tyre and Trim. As you can see in the photo the wheel alignment tool is used to guide the wheel back on to the hub. This is the safest way to remove and fit wheels, especially when they are 305’s.
With the heating on the C1, C4 and C5 was left to cure overnight.
The following morning the glass was polished with Gtechniq C4 Glass polish, and the windscreen was machine polished. The glass was then wiped down with IPA ready for the Gtechniq G1 ClearVision to be applied. Three coats on the windscreen, two coats on the rear windscreen and one coat on the side windows. This was then removed and the windows were checked with the Sun Gun to make sure it had been fully removed. The wipers are also cleaned at the stage using IPA.
Next the interior and boot were vacuumed and dusted throughout. The mats were removed and cleaned with Maxolen Interior cleaner and left to dry. All of the leather seats, steering wheel, dash and door cards were cleaned with Swissvax Leather Cleaner and a Swissvax Leather Brush. The leather was then wiped down with a clean, damp microfiber before being protected with Gtechniq L1 Leather Guard. All of the carpets and mats were protected with Gtechniq I1 Smart Fabric, including the boot carpet. The glass was then cleaned and polished inside.
Two coats of Gtechniq Exo were then applied to the paintwork and lights, leaving an ultra slick high gloss finish. Finally the exhausts were polished and sealed.
The car was left in the garage to let the coatings fully cure. Unfortunately the weather had turned again and was starting to snow so there wasn’t an opportunity for any outdoor photos.
I’ll be return again in the next couple of months to detail the customer’s new Bentley as soon as it’s delivered so will hopefully get some photos outside then.