In The Studio – Abarth 500

In The Studio – Abarth 500

Welcome to another In the Studio article, this time we have a Fiat 500 Abarth in the stunning Ferrari Modena Yellow for a CQUK New Car Protection Detail. Seeking the best start to life for his continuing love for 500 Abarths our client chose our New Car Protection Detail to preserve the new car look for as long as possible. On delivery, we inspected the paintwork with the client under a series of intense lights to identify any areas of concern. Thankfully, the paintwork was in a very good condition with a few localised areas of light swirling and marring. Starting with the preparation of the vehicle we applied a series of decontamination products, firstly to remove iron fallout, which has most likely bonded with the paintwork during transportation from the factory to the dealership, and secondly to remove glue residues from transport protection films as well as road tar. By removing these contaminants at this stage means they will not interfere during the hand wash which may result in paint marring. We then blanketed the vehicle in a layer of AutoFoam. This will penetrate the crevices and help to remove any hidden dirt. These areas are also agitated with a variety of soft detailing brushes to persuade any stubborn dirt out. Now with as much of the dirt and contaminates removed in a contactless method as possible, we can now use our CarPro Merino Wool mitt, CarPro Reset Intensive Car Shampoo and the two bucket method to remove any remaining dirt on the paintwork with minimal risk of inflicting any wash scratches. After one final rinse, we moved the vehicle inside to complete the final decontamination...
In The Studio – Ford Mustang GT

In The Studio – Ford Mustang GT

Hi Guys, Welcome back! Recently in the studio we had a rather rare sight, a 2006 Ford Mustang GT, imported to the UK from Texas, USA. During the initial paint inspection with the client we noticed many areas of neglect. Most noticeable a panel plagued with sanding marks. Not only was there obvious poor technique but the job wasn’t even finished! We can only hope this was an attempt by a previous owner and not a “professional”. As for the rest of the paintwork, heavy swirling and oxidisation was leaving the paint lifeless. After discussion with the client our Level 2 – Enhancement Detail was the selected service teamed with a wheel refurbishment in gun mental grey and Ceramic Wheel Protection upgrade. We started with a coat of AutoFoam to cleanse all the hard to reach areas, which as you can see are rarely reached (if ever) With all these areas deeply cleansed we blanked the entire vehicle with CarPro Reset Intensive Cleaning Shampoo and washed the paintwork via the two bucket method (2BM) with a high pile merino wool wash mitt Moving onto our three-stage decontamination we applied Iron X which gets to work breaking down non ferrous metal particles bonded with paint such as brake particles and industrial fallout this product turns red as it reacts with the bonded particles turning them into a water soluble solution that can be freely rinsed away, then Tar X which dissolves road tar and tree sap and finally a clay bar treatment which picks up any remaining bonded contaminants safely into the clay to ensure the vehicle is totally free of...
In The Studio – BMW 330d

In The Studio – BMW 330d

Hi Guys, Apologies for our lack of content recently. A super busy time in the studio has attracted our full attention. Recently in the studio we had this BMW 330d in the stunning Estoril Blue with the gloss black Msport styling pack. The contrast between the Estoril Blue and gloss black Msport styling pack gives this Beemer an awesome aggressive sporty appearance. Time to work our magic! As ever during our initial consultation with the client we assessed the paint to find little to no swirl marks or deep scratches. Some large patches of bird etching on the roof were brought to my attention, also under our high intensity inspection light we found a small patch of sanding mark on the drivers door. Apart from that the paint was in pretty good condition although more gloss can always be found. We started by tidying up the engine bay. Koch-Chemie Green Star Degreaser was liberally sprayed throughout the bay, this was left for a minute to break down any grease and oil deposits before being agitated with brush then rinsed away at low pressure. We then moved onto the pre wash stages on the paintwork. Koch-Chemie Bug & Dirt remover was sprayed around the lower half at the vehicle. This is perfect to dissolve bugs on the front bumper and also get to work breaking down dirt and grease on the lower panels. This was then rinsed away at high pressure working methodically across the panels. Up next we tackle the wheels. Initially the wheels are sprayed with Koch-Chemie Reactive Wheel Cleaner, this turns purple as it reacts with the bonded...
In The Studio – Jaguar XF

In The Studio – Jaguar XF

Hi guys, In the studio this month we had this 2013 Jaguar XF. As always we assessed the current condition of the vehicle with the client, then guiding them through our service list we confidently selected a service that suited the clients brief – Level 2 Enhancement Detail with Chip-Ex Repair and Ceramic Wheel Protection bolt ons. There wasn’t much to report during the wash and decontamination stages so lets skip straight to the blemish report. A host a various paint defects were found including sanding marks and buffer trails which we are pretty confident were inflicted by the technicians at the factory. Well below the standards I’m sure Jaguar set for their vehicles but unfortunately this isn’t the first time we have noticed such defects. Paint Depth Readings Sanding Marks Sanding Marks Buffer Trails Swirls Pigtail We tested a few polish, pad and machine combinations and settled with Koch-Chemie H8o2 on a microfibre pad with the Rupes 21. With Jaguar paint being fairly intermediate to soft, with this combination we were able to remove almost all of the above defects producing a near imperfection free finish thus improving the reflective nature of the paint. We followed this by a second finishing polish stage with Koch-Chemie F5o1 to further refine the finish and improve gloss. The client had brought quite a large chip on the rear quarter panel to our attention during the consultation that he was considering having a body shop repair. Although a bodyshop repair is the only way to fully remove any evidence of a chip, too often I see bad repairs that fall way below what we...
Koch-Chemie 1K Nano Approved Detailer

Koch-Chemie 1K Nano Approved Detailer

Devilish Detailing are pleased to announce that following a day of training at the Reep Automotive centre in North Yorkshire, we are now a Koch-Chemie 1K Nano Approved Detailer. So who are Koch-Chemie? Founded in 1968, Germany, Koch-Chemie are the leading supplier of cleaning and car care products for the complete automotive sector. Supplying to over 25 countries worldwide and approved by well-known automobile manufactures such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and VW. Excellence For Experts. 1K Nano is Koch-Chemie’s flagship paint sealant. Unlike conventional waxes and sealants that deteriorate with washing and environmental influences, 1K Nano permanently bonds with your vehicles paintwork and forms a fixed network. It is thus extremely resistant to chemicals, UV radiation and mechanical abrasion. providing long term protection, easy to clean and outstanding gloss that is locked in. We will be providing 1K Nano as our standard protection product on all of our detailing services so that our clients are constantly receiving the forefront technology in automotive paint protection.   Facebook Twitter Google+...
Tech Talk – Pre-Wash

Tech Talk – Pre-Wash

Hi guys, This edition of Tech Talk addresses one of the most important stages during any detailing or wash regime – the pre wash! Often overlooked this stage, if done effectively, is one of the best methods for preventing unwanted wash marring and swirls by removing as much dirt and grime as possible without making any contact with the paint. There are many effective chemicals to use for your pre wash regime such as an all purpose cleaner (APC), citrus degreaser, snow foam and traffic film remover (TFR). These can be applied through two methods, a snow foam lance or a pump spray / trigger spray bottle. Some prefer to use just the one method but here at Devilish Detailing I utilise both methods, I will explain why a little later on.   Snow foams are designed to be used in conjunction with a snow foam lance (although many can also double as a suitable solution to be sprayed). These contain cleaning agents combined with foaming agents that produce a thick blanket of foam to cover the entire vehicle. Whilst the cleaning agents get to work loosening dirt and grime, the foam carries the debris safely away from the paint to then be rinsed away. A sprayable solution (commonly referred to as pre wash to differentiate between snow foam) also contains cleaning agents that are sprayed onto the vehicle and retain a liquid form. These get to work breaking the bond between dirt and paint. A pre wash solution tends to cling to the paintwork for a longer period than snow foam giving the cleaning agents a prolonged period...