Metallic Black Brera - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
 
Thread Tools
rjc_147
Status: - Update
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Help Metallic Black Brera

Hi Guy's
I've just picked up a 2008 Brera in Gabiano Black, this is my first black car, wanted a change as I've always had silver cars in the past.
The dealer did a fairly descent job of cleaning and preparing the car before I picked it up but I think it needs a bit more work to get it looking better. I can see a lot of swirl marks that need attention and I want to protect the paint over the coming winter months.
Can anyone recommend a kit of essential products I should be using.
 
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Status: loving a shiny bella called Monica
AO Silver Member
 
bigjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: Northamptonshire
Posts: 2,406

Member car:

159 2.4 Lusso

may be worth spending a couple of hundred quid on letting a pro polish it up. get some good wax coverage on it and then all you'll need to do is wash it properly over the winter.
bigjim is offline  
Status: [aluminium undertrayfitted
AO Silver Member
 
springbok's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: South Africa
County: Western Cape
Posts: 2,133

Member car:

Alfa 156 GTA

OMG, here we go again . Another black car owner (or should that be another owner of a black car ).

Welcome mate, join swirls unlimited. Giz, I think you should start your own forum and have an weekly meeting where all new members have to stand up:

"Hello, my name's Henry, I own a black car"

"Hello Henry"

springbok is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: Somerset
Posts: 42

Member car:

Brera 2.2

I have a black Brera in Metallic Carbonio black and have used Auto Glym Aqua wax and Auto Glym dark colour wax its pricey but does not leave swirls or wax marks and microfibre cloths I am happy with the results on both .
jeffo is offline  
Lord Melch
Status: - Update
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
1st off Nice one on the car - great choice

Quote:
Originally Posted by bigjim View Post
may be worth spending a couple of hundred quid on letting a pro polish it up. get some good wax coverage on it and then all you'll need to do is wash it properly over the winter.
+1 .

Your choices are :

1. (as Big Jim said) Get a Pro to machine polish her, then you maintain with the right wash regime and care (a pro will advise on products and after care regime)
2. Buy a filler type polish Autoglym SRP. Autobalm etc and use lots of regular elbow grease. This method will make the swirls diminish for awhile, but will need regular top-up
3. Get into detailing, buy the kit and do it all yourself.

Some links :

CleanYourCar.co.uk - View topic - Basic Car Washing Guide

CleanYourCar.co.uk - View topic - Swirl Removal : Basics
 
Status: -
AO Platinum Member
 
Ralf S.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Posts: 13,073
Aye! Go pro'.. then all you have to do is keep it clean.

Black isn't all that bad.. my old beast (non-metallic 601) comes up reeeeasonably okay... and as it gets covered in crap again within 24 hours, you can't see the swirls anyway!



Ralf S.
Ralf S. is offline  
Status: -
AO Silver Member
 
amclean's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Inverclyde
Posts: 1,039

Member car:

'04 156 GTA

A touch of sarcasm there Springbok, bad day mate !

As Lord Melch said, read the links on how to wash the car properly, that is the key to clear coat preservation. Minimise the swirling (caused by micro scratches) and you will have a shiny car. Swirling causes it to look dull.

Essentially, pre rinse with hose or jet wash at a safe distance, wash car with two bucket method (see link) with micro fibre or lambs wool mit, rinse then dry with a micro fibre towel. Applying wax won't scratch the car unless you are stupid. Scratches/swirls come from washing.
amclean is offline  
Status: [aluminium undertrayfitted
AO Silver Member
 
springbok's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: South Africa
County: Western Cape
Posts: 2,133

Member car:

Alfa 156 GTA

No it was meant in jest, hope no offense was taken.

Comment was a bit of a dig at Giz (Paul?) who has kept us well entertained over the last few months with his swirled MiTo.

Seriously a lot of owners of black cars have terrible swirl problems and most of them are instilled by the dealers at the time of delivery or car wash/valet shops who use bad methods.
springbok is offline  
Status: No more warranty!
AO Silver Member
 
twissler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: Cheshire
Posts: 1,051
black looks great but only when its clean and free of swirls, which is pretty hard to acheive. I knew before deciding on black what i was letting myself in for. The plus side is when you put the effort in black does show off the rewards better.
twissler is offline  
Status: -
AO Silver Member
 
amclean's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Inverclyde
Posts: 1,039

Member car:

'04 156 GTA

Quote:
Originally Posted by springbok View Post
No it was meant in jest, hope no offense was taken.
I know it was mate, so was my reply but I forgot to add a DOH !

Could always be worse, don't think this swirl is going to polish out eh....

I've got to laugh though, spent hours and hours over this summer correcting stone chips in the bumper, now it'll end up in the bin

Last edited by amclean; 07-06-15 at 21:43.
amclean is offline  
rjc_147
Status: - Update
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Quote:
Originally Posted by amclean View Post
I know it was mate, so was my reply but I forgot to add a DOH !

Could always be worse, don't think this swirl is going to polish out eh....

I've got to laugh though, spent hours and hours over this summer correcting stone chips in the bumper, now it'll end up in the bin
Ouch! Hope you get it sorted properly
 
Reply

Go Back   Alfa Romeo Forum > Supported Alfa Romeo Models > Technical & Vehicle Assistance > Car Detailing

Tags
black , brera , metallic

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
So how many and where are the GTA's ??? 156GTASW Alfa GTA 608 27-10-11 09:11
It's Official !! nomad General Alfa Discussion 92 11-07-08 16:00

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome