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Hello All,

Well as promised here is the report on Wednesdays detail on Dave's Brera.

I arrived at about 7am to start on what was going to be a full correction detail and then topped off with Swissvax Mystery Wax.

I didn't bother with before photos as time was a pressing factor and it wasn't that dirty beforehand anyway.

The car was pre soaked with P21S Auto Wash and then washed using Zymol Clear Auto Bathe.

Once washed the car was then clayed, there weren't really that much in the way of bonded contaminants but there were several rough areas of paint. The heavier tar deposits were removed using Autosmart Tardis.

The car was then dried and taped up ready for the correction process.





Once taped up it was time to look at how bad the swirls were.



They certainly weren't pretty and were really ruining the clarity of the potential paint finish.

Now this was the moment of truth, as has been discussed on here before, what was the paint going to be like? Hard? Soft? Thick? Thin?. Well on this particular Alfa it was on the soft side overall but also damn thin, usually on modern cars you can expect 150 microns +, however Dave's Brera was averaging around the 70 micron mark, with some areas going above 100 but others down in the low 60's.

As mentioned it was on the soft side but there was the odd panel, including the roof that were much harder and also it didn't help that they were the parts with the paint readings at the lowest point on the car!

Correction was carried out using either one of the Menzerna finishing polishes on a black 3M pad or a mix of Menzerna FA and IP. Overall the correction was a success, I always prefer to err on the side of caution if the paint is very thin but I was pleased with the results.







It always amazes me when doing details on the street how many people come up and talk to me. I think I ended up giving out 6 business cards and explaining to countless people what I was doing, which I'm more than happy to do.

So once the correction had been carried out it was then time to crack on with the rest of the job. The car was then cleansed using HD-Cleanse and then it was time for the wax, which as mentioned was Swissvax Mystery. A thin layer was applied using an applicator pad and left to cure, whilst this was happening I polished the four lovely Novitec exhausts and treated the tyres.

The glass was then polished with HD-Cleanse and so were the wheels.

Just before removing the wax from the paintwork I applied a layer of the same wax to the wheels and left that to cure.

Once removed the car was given a final wipe down with Zymol field glaze and checked with my 3M Sun Gun to make sure that there was no product smears present on the paintwork.

So here we are the final finished job..


















Well I hoped you enjoyed the write up, any questions please feel free to ask. I'm trying to convince my fiancee that we should change the GTV for a Brera and so I waved the photos at her last night.


Thanks again for the booking Dave.

Roy

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Absolutely fantastic results!! I'm mighty impressed with the finished results, something I can only ever dream of!

As soon as I save enough money, I'll be knocking on your door....
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Very shiney.:
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What a fantastic job and as for the car!!! that is one lovely motor, great job Roy and great car Nomad
 
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Looks very very good. What's the longevity on the treatment and what aftercare is necessary?
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Well I find with Mystery that you get a great finish and water beading for a good 5 months.

It is really easy to care for in that all you really need to do is wash the car and it comes back to the same shine. You can also use a quick detailer spray to bring out the best in the finish once you have washed, I am a big fan of Victoria Wax Quick Detailer and Zymol Field Glaze.

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So using a chamois leather after the wash to dry the car won't affect the finish at all, as long as the leather is clean?
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I wouldn't suggest using a chamois, a big microfibre drying towel such as the aquatouch green ones are perfect.

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Ah right, cool - my dad has always used a chamois, guess I follwed suit

I'll have to buy one of those!!
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You could blind someone with that!!!!!







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You can tell that car is the SoG's Stunning and so so shiny!

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Fascinating Roy!

What could you do for a 22 year old Spider, I wonder...?

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I must admit I was hoping you'd do something about the colour for us



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Very Nice>>>>>> How much???

Come and sort my car.

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I must admit I was hoping you'd do something about the colour for us


Keep rubbing...it must be red under that...!


Is the standard of Alfa paint quality up for question here...or has that always been the case?
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Hi,

I havent had a chance to do a detail on an old spider yet, so would be more than pleased if you booked in. You would be amazed what can be done with even tired looking paint!

Alfa paint in general is normally pretty good but you do find some examples that have very thin paint. This can be said of other makes too, I know of a detailer who did a Jag XKR recently and the readings were as low as 49 microns.

I did a Dodge Viper last year that was down in the low 50's.

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I must admit I was hoping you'd do something about the colour for us
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Kidding aside, that's an amazing looking car


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My Alfa records 160 microns generally across the car so avg 70 is very thin. I wouldn't think you wanted to do much correction on a car with so little paint. Was it solid or clearcoat?
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Theres a pretty good chance your car has been re-painted fella, probably at the factory mind, it happens on production lines more than you would think.
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I'd be very surprised, it has no signs of repaint although I've had a couple of small areas of paint done myself, it could actually be in the range 130-160 which is fairly normal in my experience. There were similar levels on my sisters Fiat GP and my wifes Citroen. My Strada records about 250+ which has had a repaint. 70 micron is very low, manufacturers are keen to reduce the amount of paint to save money.
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A stunning new finish to Nomes beautiful Brera

That is impressive Roy - you are a master of the mop
 
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Hi,

Yep 70 microns was very thin!

Dazzo, I wouldn't think that there has been any respray on Mr Caine's car if he is reading 150 microns, that is roughly a standard amount and does not indicate a respray. You would be looking at 200 + before you think of a respray, often they show up as high as 300-400 microns and I have seen some in the 600's.


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I'd be very surprised, it has no signs of repaint although I've had a couple of small areas of paint done myself, it could actually be in the range 130-160 which is fairly normal in my experience. There were similar levels on my sisters Fiat GP and my wifes Citroen. My Strada records about 250+ which has had a repaint. 70 micron is very low, manufacturers are keen to reduce the amount of paint to save money.
Ahh, sorry fella, i presumed when you said 160mics you meant the entire car, that could have been a second coat at the factory if the first wasn't perfect.
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