We recently completed a Master Detail on a 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. In this week’s blog, we decided to give a bit of a behind-the-scenes view into what happens during a Master Detail package.
Here’s a breakdown of the Rolls Royce’s journey through our top-end Master Detail package.
A Master Detail – Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
Step 1: Wash & Decontamination:
The first steps during any first-class or master detail are to thoroughly clean and decontaminate the car. This process ensures the paint is perfectly clean. A clean car always makes the correction process more straightforward and gives much better results.
Wheels and Wheel Arches:
We always begin on the wheels and wheel arches. Firstly, we pre-rinsed then used specialised cleaners to loosen and soften dirt so it could be safely removed with minimal risk of marring the finish. We used an assortment of brushes, mitts and various cleaning tools that are solely for use on wheels. Using the right tools means we can get into every little corner. Additionally, the wheel cleaner we used dissolves iron particulates that come off the brakes and embed themselves into the finish.
With the wheels and arches thoroughly cleaned, we moved on to the paint. During this part of a Master Detail, we went through our full pre-cleanse routine. This comprises of a pre-rinse, road film removal with a safe, biodegradable cleaner and snow foam treatment. The combination of these elements ensures we remove as much dirt and possible before making contact with the vehicle.
Handwashing, Decontamination and Drying:
Once the pre-cleanse is complete we can safely make contact with the paint. We don’t have to worry about marring the finish due to dirt and grit particles on the paint. We are confident that the pre-cleanse has removed these.
When handwashing, we use a super soft detailing brush along with super safe cleaners to remove dirt from around badges, panel gaps and tight areas. We also use these around the door and boot shuts. For the main sections of the vehicle, we use two microfibre wash mitts with a Ph neutral biodegradable shampoo. We use one mitt for the upper sections of the vehicle and one for the lower sections where there is more dirt. By using two mitts in this way, we reduce any risk of inducing scratches and swirls into the finish.
Once the handwashing stage is complete, we move on the decontamination stage. We use iron and fallout remover, followed by a tar and glue remover. The combination of these products removes the majority of the embedded contaminants. After this, we use a clay bar to ensure the surface is perfectly clean and ready for machine polishing.
Finally, we dry the car with super soft, deep pile microfibre drying towels and a vehicle air blower to remove trapped water from panel gaps, trims and badges.
Step 2: Correction:
Now we move on to the central part of the Master Detail, the correction stage. With our Master Detail package, we aim to remove over 95% of paint defects. These defects include swirl marks, scratches, holograms and overspray. However, we must achieve this without compromising the clearcoat.
This process is completed with multiple cutting sets using a cutting pad; a compound with varying techniques to safely remove as many defects as possible before refining and jeweling the paint to an incredibly high gloss. By utilising these specialist processes and tools, we can transform any vehicle. The depth and gloss we achieve are better than you’ll see on a brand new car. The finish is further enhanced with the ceramic coatings that we apply.
Throughout the correction process, we use a combination of different machines, pad sizes and types, compounds and polishes. This careful selection of tools allows us to reach all areas of the vehicle in a safe and effective manner.
Scroll through the images to see how much of an improvement we made on the Master Detail of the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. They also show how effective paint correction can completely transform a vehicle.
It’s a common misconception that a full respray and £6000 is required to correct swirls, haziness, dullness and scratches. In fact, you can spend a fraction of that on restoring the paint that’s already on your vehicle.
Step 3: Protection:
After the correction part of the Master Detail, the vehicle’s paintwork looked like it had just been sprayed. So, it was time to add some protection in the form of ceramic coatings. These products enhance the finish and make future maintenance a breeze. Additionally, they help to ensure a car stays looking like it’s just been detailed for years to come.
For the paint and chromes, we laid down a coat of Kamikaze Collection’s Miyabi coat followed by ISM Coat. The combination of these products gives excellent self-cleaning capabilities and slickness. They also offer a deep, rich candy-like gloss to the paint that really helps to enhance colour and just add that extra pop. The trims were also treated with Kamikaze Collection’s ISM coat to revive them back to a factory-fresh deep black and protect them from fading in the future. The glass and wheels also received ceramic coatings to ensure ease of maintenance and in the case of the glass, safer wet weather driving.
Step 4: Interior:
For the interior, we always deep clean every surface to give the look and feel of a brand new car. We have a vast number of different brushes and cleaning instruments to get into all the little finicky details while still being safe for the material being worked on. Using a combination of a commercial steam cleaner to deep clean and kill bacteria and odours, along with purpose-made cleaning products we went over the entire interior to ensure no surface was left untouched.
We also arranged for Mark from Benchmark Renovation to come out to recolour the leather and re trim some parts that had seen better days. This gave a factory fresh look and feel to the leather and whole new lease of life to the interior. Now, the interior holds up to the Rolls Royce standard and, with proper maintenance, will stay looking like it was just done for years to come.
Do you have a car that could benefit from our Master Detail Package? Drop us an email or give us a call to find out more about how we can help.