36-Hour Paint Correction Detail: Rolls Royce Phantom | Ask a Pro Blog

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36-Hour Paint Correction Rolls Royce Phantom

DJ of Reflections Detailing and Todd of Esoteric Auto Detail up on a 36-hour paint correction on a stunning Rolls Royce

A short while back I was in a bit of a had much more major correction work to do in a short of time than I could myself. First up was a massive Royce Phantom, then a Quattroporte, and finally a Ferrari 360 All 3 jobs required a tremendous of work, and they needed to be within a week#8217;s time.

that I couldn#8217;t fit 80 hours of detailing myself into a week, I called up my buddy DJ of Reflections Detailing and asked him to the 400+ mile trip Virginia to Ohio to help me

DJ and I have worked on cars before, and I knew that I count on him to make this week happen without any In the detailing world it#8217;s to find two detailers with similar styles, ability, passion, and attention to details can work together in a seemless but DJ and I really complement one another doing this level of We put in long hard days, we fun trying to out-do each and in the end we produce amazing results (if I say so myself!).

OK, so let#8217;s take a look at the Rolls Royce Perhaps the most distinguishable of this car is its sheer size. it might not be the absolute king of cars, it has to at least make the At over 19 feet long, than 5 feet tall, and 6.5 wide, this beast has a amount of surface area to with. Weighing in at a hefty pounds, the 453hp V-12 still propels this to an impressive 0-60mph time in 5.7 seconds.

Anything under a 0-60 time is good, but you look at this car in person to see how big it is, those times become much more stunning.

The built to order Phantom is a of luxury and refinement, and everything it exudes quality. The touch, the and the action of all of the controls of this car is at or the level of any vehicle I#8217;ve before. The entire time DJ and I working on it, we were in total that it would make the road trip vehicle!

Paint assessment:

Upon inspection of the Phantom, I noticed it had a moderate amount of swirls viewed in the sunshine, and under inspection with my Brinkmann LED I could tell that it had compounded at some point heavy wool pads, and not down properly. This was likely done at the factory as wetsand the paint to get rid of orange and to promote the highest level of in the paint.

Wool is good for gloss after the sanding but if the proper refinement steps taken afterwards, you will be with deep, circular that can become very to remove. Unfortunately this is common with high-end, built vehicles. While vehicles look good they#8217;re new (or used for that the finish can be taken to entirely new once a true paint specialist has taken the time to it.

Here is a photo of the #8220;before#8221; of the paint when viewed in lighting:

Just given of surface area we had to cover, we that we had our work cut out for us#8230;

The Begins#8230;

Knowing that we had 3 jobs lined up for the week, we to tackle the Phantom first it would be the biggest job of them We might as well get the unpleasant out of the way first!

We quickly realized the car was too big for the lift, and quite frankly it out for the best because the last we needed was for this behemoth to be any off of the ground. So we pulled it in to straddle the and got busy. While I started the pre-polishing prep process claying, taping), DJ worked on the wheels with the safe and P21S Wheel Gel and an EZ Detail .

The painted surfaces were of any remnants of previous waxes or to aid in the polishing process, and then we to test combinations of compounds, and pads to determine the best of action on this particular It#8217;s always a smart to take a small section of the car to out a system to avoid any problems, or wasted time later in the

Under our halogen lights, DJ tried Menzerna Super Polish and an Orange Light Pad on the Makita Rotary to see if that do the trick. Upon initial it looked like a winner, but looking more closely in the LED lights, we realized it wasn#8217;t the level of cut that we needed. So our impression was that the paint was hard and therefore would a more aggressive combination.

As you can see the work cart, we have a of bufers, polishes, and pads for our test section.

Rolls Paint Proves to be a Challenge!

when performing paint you run into paints that don#8217;t want to cooperate. you have incredibly easy like Porsche on one end of the spectrum, you end up paints like on our Rolls that can give you nightmares! And you get cars where you find your approach, tools, and products that work at the start of the car aren#8217;t cutting it at the end of the

The difference in highly skilled detailers from those who produce as good of results is in the to diagnose the needs of the paint, the proper tools and techniques for particular car on that particular and the ability to adapt and change the course of the detail to meet the of the paint. Knowing when to the approach and techniques to maintain a level of paint refinement is critical at this level of

While DJ was developing a system on the lid of the car, he was finding that of the traditional methods and combinations weren#8217;t working. Since he is a pro at what he does, and he is so passionate producing the best finish you can he soldiered on for hours in search of the combination#8230;the Holy Grail so to (it#8217;s a British car afterall, so allowed to throw in a Monty reference!). In fun I was giving him a hard about spending so much on just the the trunk lid, but he it right back to me claiming it would be the best looking lid anybody has ever seen!

So once we had a bit of a system dialed in, I to compound one side of the car for quite a few (all the while DJ was STILL on the trunk lid!). Meguiar#8217;s Ultimate Cut Compound paired a Cyan cutting pad on the Makita proved to be the winning combination for step in the refinement process. As you can see the photos below, just the stage alone made a difference in the overall look of the

Here on the lower rocker you can see the darker blue color to the where I have compounded, and to the you can see the amount of haze from the that prevent the true from showing through.

another #8220;before#8221; example of the rear quarter panel to compounding:

And here it is after yet before we went back finish polishing to further the paint. Already you can see a huge in the clarity now that the swirls, marks, and general haze has permanently removed.

Since loves the immediate before and photos, I#8217;ve included a more of them. This was the bumper:

And after compounding:

Now we had a bit of our compounding stage complete, we to have lunch and to give our a break. During the compounding it requires a tremendous amount of when you#8217;re literally down thousands of small and inspecting and re-inspecting each inch to ensure that all are removed. If you work continuously, you may focus and get sloppy. Take a

Upon return from we once again grabbed out LED inspection lights to look the areas we had just worked on. To our we found that some of the had #8220;returned#8221;. A few things can cause to happen. One of them can be from a or polish filling in the defects of correcting them.

This can when they#8217;re not properly or if it#8217;s simply a product has a lot of fillers in it. We had been using Alcohol to wipe down the for inspection and knew it wasn#8217;t a of filling. Another cause of is when you heat up the panel / and it actually expands. When happens it appears that the are gone since some of have #8220;closed up#8221; of the heated expansion of material.

it has had ample time to cool (over lunch break), you can that not all of the defects are actually

At this point you can panic, or you can go back and methodically re-work areas, and those on the entire car you know that it is fully Yes, it requires more and patience, but it can make the difference between a detail, and a great detail. DJ and I the route of the great detail and to check our work and refine the until it was truly and fully

You don#8217;t run into paints this very often, but you do it can be frustrating if you allow it to be. So take the from the words on the cover of The Guide to the Galaxy and #8220;DON#8217;T (yet another obscure movie reference#8230;I#8217;m full of trivia such as this!).

OK back to the detail. I#8217;ve myself in saying how big this car is, but are a few photos to illustrate that No, DJ isn#8217;t 4#8217;11#8243;#8230;this car is really, big!

And this one is one of my absolute Look how much DJ has to strain and just to polish the hood of beast. It was difficult to get this because I was laughing so hard at the I was seeing!

Since I knew how much of a it had been for DJ to work on the hood of the and considering I#8217;m such a guy and great friend to him, I to put him in charge of the roof as well. One of days he#8217;s going to get me for this one#8230;

While a small, 4#8243; spot pad on a car size won#8217;t get you very it was a necessary evil considering the and body lines in some of the Here I am working the finishing with a white polishing pad and 106FA polish .

Once our and polishing stages were we took great lengths to get all of the and dust out of the cracks and crevices. DJ is using compressed air (with ear protection) to clean the areas can#8217;t be reached by hand.

The step in the process was to detail the engine bay. Usually we clean this during the stage of the car, but to be quite with you, I don#8217;t while we waited to do it afterwards!

It was a effort using P21S Auto Wash during the step, and 303 Aerospace Protectant for the step.

Afterwards, it looked new once again.

Now we#8217;re on to the cavernous interior. The luxurious leather (12 cow hides to make car!) was a bit soiled, so I used Prestine Clean to tidy it up. By the Prestine Clean does a job as a leather cleaner, conditioner, and Highly recommended#8230;


The rest of the interior was tidied up, and all surfaces were cleaned and with Meguiar#8217;s Quik Detailer .

We#8217;re getting to the end here, so it was time to prep the further for the application of a durable Since we used so many kinds of polishes on this we decided to re-wash it afterwards to that all of the polishing residue was removed from the surface to a good bond. For this we used Chemical Guys Wash Clear at paint ratio to strip the surface.

Once it was finished with the wash, we used Chemical EZ Creme Glaze to give it extra bit of gloss, and then that with Blackfire Wet paint sealant for protection the elements.

After 36 hours of and refining the paint to remove at the least 95% of all defects, performing a engine detail, and thoroughly out the interior of the Phantom, we were to take a bunch of photos to off the renewed beauty of this We know that it came the Rolls Royce factory defects leftover from the and aggressive compounding processes so at the completion of our extensive detail, car looked better than it was brand new.

Both the walls of the shop, and outside in the the Phantom was nothing short of We only wish that it was delivered to a Rolls Royce afterwards because other of this elite brand would been absolutely amazed at the of refinement that this was taken too.


Anyways, here are some shots for you all to enjoy:

Highly paint = stunning clarity in

All this needs is a diplomat

We had dual cameras in action on one! I#8217;m taking a of DJ taking a photo of the Phantom#8230;

The side of the photo above#8230;here#8217;s DJ saw out of his viewfinder

And the stars of the show#8230;DJ Todd Cooperider, Rolls Phantom, and a broken down 5th trailer in the background!

Thanks to DJ for all the way up to Ohio for a week to work me on the Phantom, Maserati, and Ferrari#8230;and to everybody for taking the time to through our article!

Up next:

Maserati Quattroporte detail:

And a Ferrari 360 Spider detail:

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