1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
I have to admit, Ferraris and Mercedes Benz from the 1960's and 70's era may be my all time favourite cars, period. One car that falls into this bracket is the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, and this one was specced with the pop up head lights. This example is the perfect V12 front engined GT from Ferrari as it is finished in Rosso Corsa over a tan Daytona leather interior.
The thing about detailing classic cars is they are essentially very expensive art pieces. Therefore the impeccable attention to detail and care you have to apply is intensive. You have to work like a detective and with every step in the detailing process you take, you learn something more about the car. For example; are we working with a car thats been driven or garaged? Are we working with original paintwork? If it has been repainted, when was it repainted what paint format was used?
Another notable part of detailing classic cars is how they are built, nuts and bolts. Trims remove easily, badges come off without glue, big chrome bumpers come off with just four bolts - a detailers dream.
As always, I started the detailing process by washing the car delicately with the correct techniques and chemicals ensuring I didn't inflict any damage on the old single stage paint. Following the wash stage the paintwork was carefully exfoliated using a clay bar. This step made sure I had perfectly clean paint prior to polishing.
With the car clean, it was time to restore the single stage paint with machine polishing. The Rosso Corsa paint was heavily scratched and marred making it look dull and lifeless. All of the delicate rubbers and gaskets were taped with low tack masking tape. This ensured I would not degrade the delicate areas with my polishing pads but also make sure rubbers would not contaminate my polishing pads, effecting how they perform.
The paint was subjected to an intensive correction using a combination of different polishing pads and liquids. This truly transformed the look of the car adding depth and gloss to the paintwork. To add to this, all trims, chrome and rubber were cleaned a polished to frame the flawless paint.
To finish, I applied a show stopping carnauba wax providing the perfect finish to one of my favourite details.