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August 22, 2012

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Intermediate Detail: Porsche Cayenne Turbo

by Kenneth Tang

This 1 year old car looked pretty dull with the built up dirt and mildly swirled paint. An intermediate detail was the perfect job to freshen up the car and revive the gloss. [ 61 photos ]

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Interior wasn’t too bad looking, the black carpets and black leather looks deceivingly clean, but knowing that it is a daily driver and it’s a year old, a good amount of dirt would have build up in the carpet pile and also the pores of the leather, a proper cleaning is needed.

Some before photos of the interior,

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Uneven blackness on the leather could indicate sebum or dirt build up.

So I started by lightly wetting the mats, DA scrub with Malco Lubrisuds All Purpose Shampoo, pressure rinsed and extracted. Then I used a shoe brush to ‘draw’ the ‘football pitch’ stripes.

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Leather seats were deep cleaned with Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (10:1) and a melamine sponge, while tight areas such as air-con vents and switches were steam cleaned to blast off any dirt to leave a dust-free finish.

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Dirt from the ‘deceivingly clean’ leather seats.

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Gtechniq I1 Smart Fabric was used on the carpets to prevent future staining and reduce dirt buildup.
Gtechniq L1 leather guard was used on the leather surfaces for protection against UV and dye transfer from clothing, the finish left was non-greasy and non-darkening.
Gtechniq C6 matte dash was used on the remaining areas. As L1, the C6 also left a completely factory looking finish with no added shine, just pure protection.

Final results of the interior,

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Spotless

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Rims were cleaned with Valetpro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner(3:1), tires with Osren Multi Cleaner(1:1), wheel wells with Optimum Power Clean (3:1). Lug nut area with Osren StainX, tar removed with Osren Tar Remover and finally tires dressed with Osren Tire Shine (Low Viscosity).

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Before

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After

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After (Sorry, not a very good photo)

Final results of the wheels,

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Although the car is black, you might wonder why a full paintwork correction isn’t done to this car. After assessing the paint and speaking with the owner, I recommended an intermediate detail for two reasons:

1) The swirl marks are considered little, no point cutting the clearcoat to remove all marks when the gloss level will only be marginally better. This is for paint thickness preservation and allows for more ‘cutting allowance’ on future detailing jobs.
2) The car will not be hand washed at home and is sent to the average car wash places to be washed. Chances are this will swirl the paint back up. So it will be wasted if a full correction is done and to have it get swirled again after a few months.

So let’s start!
The paint was pretty dirty to begin with, so I washed it with Osren Bubble and Wax shampoo and smoothed the paint with Osren Magic Clay Cloth.

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Pressure rinsing to remove debris from panel gaps and edges.

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Grandma giving her usual silent moral support. Thanks mama!

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Rinsed

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Light masking to prevent staining black trims.

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Light swirling

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Light swirling

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50/50 after M205 via DA. The deeper swirls were not removed.

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On the left, the light swirls at the bottom have been removed and on the right, it is still visible.

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Unsightly watermarks on the front end of the car needed an additional step using M105/ Lake Country Yellow Cutting Pad/ Rotary polisher.

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Working my way around this big car.

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Done polishing, removing tape and cleaning off the edges before sealant application.

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Finally, my own 2-stage paint sealant is applied and wipe-down with a detailer spray after 1 hour of cure time.

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It was a pleasure working on this luxurious mighty beast with beautiful black paintwork.

As always, thanks for looking! 🙂

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jules
    Aug 22 2012

    Awesome detail yet again Ken!

    2 questions. You have an arsenal of detailing chemicals, I’m curious as to why you didn’t use a dedicated leather cleaner.

    Also, where can I buy the melamine sponge?

    Reply
    • Aug 22 2012

      Thanks Jules!

      1) When you say dedicated leather cleaner, do you mean those sold on the shelves at Ace Hardware? If so, those cleaner are way too weak for commercial detailing, APCs are faster but can be hazardous when used at the wrong dilution ratio and left on the leather for too long, it will discolour the leather. So the over-the-counter cleaners are much safer in that sense but is also too slow to work with.

      2) Hypermarkets, home improvements shops, it’s more commonly known as Magic Sponge.

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