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2007 Rolls Royce Phantom Paint Correction and Detail

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2007 Rolls Royce Phantom Paint Correction and Detail

Glistening Perfection Paint Correction and Detail

Iím often asked what makes one detailer stand apart from a crowd. The answer is simple: Pride in Workmanship. The philosophy is simple but the execution requires patience, experience, and refined technique. Unless you work on high-end automobiles, you cannot truly understand the scope of the labor involved. The old saying ďcareful what you wish forĒ applies here. Many detailers want to work on a Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Bugatti, but how many of them actually realize the sheer amount of labor, risk, and experience required to work on every material on these works of art. Itís not as simple as leather, plastic, paint, etc. Weíre dealing with carbon fiber, high-grade aluminum, magnesium, rare and expensive leather, wood, chrome, etc. In a given automobile, there may be 20 different substrates you need to understand and work on. So the next time you consider saving a few hundred dollars on a detail, consider how expensive it will be to repaint a door on a Ferrari Enzo, replace a carbon fiber wing on a Carrera GT, or repair the aluminum radiator grille on a Rolls Royce Phantom.

Glistening Perfection has been educating clients since 1995 on what a true detail done by a real professional is all about. When I started this company, I didnít do it because I wanted to make lots of money; I did it because I love cars and wanted to be around them for the rest of my life. Now that weíre growing rapidly, this philosophy still holds true. I detail each car with the notion that youíre only as good as your last detail. We all have our off days, and Iím not impervious to that, but at the end of the day, the goal is to deliver a product that exceeds the clientís expectations and launches his/her ownership experience to higher heights.

This particular Rolls Royce Phantom had issues with the finish. Like most enthusiasts, the client had his detailer wipe down the finish with a detail spray and microfiber towel. The issue was since this Phantom was stored in a warehouse, most of the dust and debris would land back on the finish. When the detailer went to wipe everything down, he was actually marring and scratching the finish by rubbing the microscopic rocks into the ceramic paint. The new technology of ceramic clear coats found on Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari, etc. is excellent at resisting scratches, but it does have its limitations.

After almost 30 hours, over several days, the Rolls Royce was brought back to her glory. As challenging as this Phantom was, it was a joy to see the final result. The client was reluctant to drive it to Vegas but I encouraged him that this is why I detail these cars. I want clients to enjoy the experience and as soon as the car is washed, itíll look as beautiful as it does now. So he did take it to Vegas and the compliments he received from the valet and those around, made it worthwhile.

The wheels are cleaned (40 min)

Wheels, wheel wells, and tires are cleaned using a pH-balanced all-natural wheel cleaner using a gentle horse hair wheel brush. A non-caustic, acid-free, chlorine-free citric oil-based cleaner is used to further clean the wheels and the tire. Build-up of inferior tire conditioner in all the lettering and detail of the tire are removed.









Initial Rinse




The car gets a thorough wash (35 min)

An all-natural pure tallow, coconut essence oil, and lemon extract soap is used to gently clean the paint. A 100% Australian Sheepskin Wash Mitt is used for its delicate wool.







The car is then rinsed and dried using forced air blower (15 min)



 
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The paint is decontaminated and prepped using clay (45 min)




The einszett Atomizer Sprayer is an excellent tool to spray the Zymöl Lehm Lube without getting sore hands from pumping the sprayer.









 

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The condition of the paint is examined and the proper action is planned (25 min)

Paint is measured for thickness to make sure it's a good candidate for paint correction. Also during this step, test panels are performed to figure out the proper polish, pad, and speed combination to achieve the desired results.









All the trim, delicate paint areas, and moldings are taped for safety (75 minutes)











 

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The paint is corrected from routine wiping with detail spray yielding clean, swirl-free, legitimate finish (600 minutes)

You can see the surface scratches close to the windshield



A closer view. The paint lacks definition since the clearcoat is scratched and light is refracting instead of reflecting




Top portion is Before



Bottom portion is After



Before



After



After paint correction. You can see the definition of the light housing in the paint


 

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Paint is wiped clean and prepped for hand polish (15 min)





I'm pretty sure I help the bottom line at 3M. It's rediculous how much tape I use.







End of Day 1: Yes, the clock says 1:01 AM



The tires, wheels, and wheel well are cleaned, conditioned, and protected (80 min)



Menzerna Final Polish is used to remove oxidation from the wheels. The detailer was using a very acidic wheel cleaner from Meguiar's called Hot Rims.





 

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The paint is polished using a gentle, all-natural, and SAFE paint cleanser to condition and prep the surface for wax (115 min)





The paint is then waxed using an all-natural, Brazilian white carnauba-based wax. ZymŲl Vintage ($2000 /jar) was massaged by hand into the paint in this particular detail level (165 min over three applications)





 

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The radiator grille is cleaned and polished (150 min)











 

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The interior is vacuumed and cleaned to remove fingerprints, dirt, and adhesives (45 min)









The various leather, vinyl, aluminum, wood, etc. surfaces are conditioned using the proper products (180 min)












 

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The exterior glass is cleaned, conditioned, and protected (45 min)

Interior glass is cleaned and conditioned (20 min)

Final inspect vehicle for quality control (15 min)

Photo documentation throughout entire detail (90 min)

And last but not least, the final shots




















 

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