Porsche Detailing Project

Porsche Detailing Project

Postby PB51VAN » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:27 pm

I recently became the proud owner of a 09 plate 987.2 PDK Porsche Boxster after hunting for the right one to become available. After several months one appeared on Auto trader that had the specification that exceeded what I was waiting for. The Boxster had 1 owner with every receipt under the sun, and this 987 had started it’s life as a demonstrator for Porsche Leeds. It had been kitted out with every extra going e.g. PCM 3.0, PASM, Sport Chrono, Bi-Xenon headlamps, running lights to name but a few.

The goal was to have the car looking as good as it possibly could by June 7th for the Simply Porsche event at the Beaulieu Motor Museum near Southampton.

Paint Correction

The paint was treated to a two/three stage machine polish, as it had fallen victim to poor wash technique for many years. Before starting the long process I carried out paint measurements to first determine how much clear coat I had to play with (90-120m). The following polishes & pads were used:

Compounds used:

Menzerna 500 grit (for heavy rds scratches), 2300 and 4500 grit for refining.

Polishing pads used:

Microfiber cutting pad, 3m Yellow Cutting pad, HT Orange cutting pad and 3m Finishing pad

I went a tad overboard with the pad combinations.

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Wheels section

All four wheels were in desperate need of repair and let the appearance of the car down.

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The wheels were removed and sent to The Wheel Specialist in Cumbernauld/Glasgow where they were then powder coated to a high standard. The next step was to add some much needed protection in the form of Gtechniq c1 armour. Some new centre caps were also popped in to finish the job off nicely.

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Arches & Hubs section

The arches were thoroughly cleaned using an assortment of brushes. Degreased using surfed hd, clayed and steam cleaned to remove several tar spots and stubborn marks. It took what felt like a life time cleaning the arches. They were then sealed using Bilt Hamber Dynx UC. If applied in light coats the Dynx UC leaves a clear film, however in my case I wanted as much protection as possible so I built up several layers leaving a yellow look.

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All necessary areas were covered up to prevent any overspray.
All four hubs were thoroughly cleaned, lightly sanded and painted silver.

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Wheel bolts

While the wheels were away getting refurbished I thought I would take this opportunity to spruce up the wheel bolts.

First step was to get as much surface rust off as possible using a wire brush and some medium cut sandpaper.

Second step was to leave them in acid overnight to loosen any remaining rust.
The acid worked wonders and then I proceeded to do a final wet and dry before painting with some trusty silver Hammerright.

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I was quite pleased with the finished result
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The Roof

I attended to the convertible roof on another day off. The roof was washed, rinsed and scrubbed using an array of brushes before being left to dry. Once completely dry I taped off any rubber sills to minimise possible damage from overspray, and then proceed to apply layers of Aerospace Fabric guard. The desired effect was achieved i.e. Protection and insane beading.

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The Boxster looking great at Beaulieu

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Re: Porsche Detailing Project

Postby Angelus » Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:35 am

I did think the car looked good on Sunday, I didn't realise that much work had went into it. Well done, it looks great in the photos and even better in the metal. :D
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Re: Porsche Detailing Project

Postby Pepsi_Max » Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:12 am

A job well done I'd say. I was amazed at the condition of the wheels on a car that's only 6 years old :o . So what condition is the interior in ?
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Re: Porsche Detailing Project

Postby Andrew[MG] » Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:30 am

Very nice job! How many hours do you think it took you?
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Re: Porsche Detailing Project

Postby PB51VAN » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:16 pm

Thanks guys. It probably took around 50 hours all in including interior work. To be fair the inside wasn't too bad. There was and still is some visible wear on the corner of the drivers seat. I cleaned all the leather with gliptone's leather kit, which worked wonders and would definitely recommend. You don't realise how dirty the seats are until you start scrubbing. As you can prob tell the obsession of car detailing has taken hold :) .
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Re: Porsche Detailing Project

Postby EcurieArgyll » Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:38 pm

Excellent stuff.

If you get your car so good that you no longer have an outlet for your obsession then I'm sure you'll get plenty of offers on here for cars to obsessively detail :)
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Re: Porsche Detailing Project

Postby m1key » Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:52 am

Nice work!
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