Maserati GranSport Paint Correction
Today we have a Maserati GranSport. I was fortunate enough to have this for about a week, with the owner giving me the luxury to work on it at my leisure during what is a very busy part of the year.
The previous owner did a fantastic job of maintaining it which made my job a little easier.
The car came coated with what I believe is C-Quartz, an OptiCoat alternative. Very good product actually, bit of shame we had to strip it off. Like OC, C-Q self levels, which means no/minimal buffing required. However if you apply it on too thick, it will create a high spot that looks like an oil stain and unfortunately harden that way. The only way to remove it, is to 'cut' it off.
The rest of the car was in very good condition, but the roof had some pretty nasty scratches which I spent a number of hours correcting.
The dots indicate scratches that require further attention after the first few passes.
The paint had a medium cut. A solid polish and finally jeweling the paint. Then 2 coats of Polish Angel Cosmic GlassCoat from. 24 hours curing time and we were good to go. This car has almost no straight lines, making it a dream to work on.
The sills took roughly an hour each, but well worth it.
Wheels were hand polished and protected with Nanolex rim coating.
Leather was leatheriqued. Already in fantastic condition, I thought i'd try it out anyway. Well the leather soaked the oils up so quickly!! Now it is so soft and supple. Seriously, one of the best products out there.
The scuttle tends to allow water to sit and built dirt, so that was cleaned along with parts of the engine bay (which again the previous owner maintained brilliantly).
I hate dirty hinges.
Overall the total time spent was 34 hours for a 3 stage process. I have no doubts the new owner will maintain it to the same standard, for he is no rookie in these matters.
The reflection was epic.
Always important to do behind the number plates, where the damage is usually heavy. Yeh no one sees it, but do your job properly.
This was very difficult to clean, but well worth it in the end.
Burning the midnight oil.
A quick photoshoot followed, the best part was just jumping in enjoying the car in motion. I'm not a great photographer - but it'll do. Enjoy.
As always, cars are meant to be driven - so go out and enjoy the fruits of working so hard to be able to afford the cars we love.