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How lucky am I? Having previously worked on the owners F355 Spider, Porsche and Mercedes, I was asked to return to complete a similar job on his pride and joy.. a Ferrari F50.

"The Ferrari F50 was designed to commemorate Ferrari's 50th anniversary in 1996.
The 12-cylinder, 4.75-litre, rear-mounted engine slams out 520 horsepower, flashing the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and taking the carbon-fiber body to a top speed of 203 mph.
Only 349 F50s were made in Ferrari's factory near Modena in northern Italy. Ferrari declaring 175 having been reserved before the car was introduced."


The surface area on this iconic car is vast… The attention to detail required in the engine/boot compartments, the long flowing curves and the tricky air-intakes/vents made for an epic task. Because of this, and the nature of the car (full carbon fibre body), I called upon a good friend, Rob Leys, to assist in the detail.



The brief was to enhance, add gloss, clarity and depth of shine whilst removing some light swirling without compromise to the already thin clearcoat.

It is worth mentioning at this point that some of the following photographs are mine, and a handful are Robs. Having owned my Sony a100 D-SLR camera for five years now, I was keen to get my hands on Robs Nikon and compare the two. Needless to say, I barely took any photographs on my own unit.. The Nikon felt much more refined, user friendly and professional?! I am proud to announce I am now the owner of a Nikon D90 with an Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR II lens. (Watch this space!)

Product (difficult to list this really as between us we were mixing and matching throughout the detail..)

• 3M Glass Cleaner (a great new product!)
• AutoSmart G101
• AutoSmart Tardis
• AutoGlym Vinyl and Rubber Care
• Belgom ALU
• Brilliant metal polish twins
• Clearkote Red Moose Glaze
• Chemical Guys JetSEAL 109
• Dodo Juice SuperNatural
• Jeffs Werkstat Prime
• Menzerna 85RD 3.02
• Menzerna 203s
• Menzerna 106FA
• Meguiars APC
• OptiSeal
• ONR
• Swissvax Pneu
• Zaino Z8

Vehicle inspection..



















Before I'd even unpacked my kit, Rob was stuck in and making a start on the engine bay..







I on the other hand was making a similar approach but on the luggage area upfront..













"luggage area" being the important word here.. Cases, bags and holdalls removed to be treated.







After:



Carbon Fibre areas treated to Jeffs Prime and plastics dressed where appropriate.





Rob had finalised the engine compartment and we're now working out the next best approach..

Before and after series on the exhaust silencer..



 

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Wheels, arches, panel gaps and badges cleaned with AutoSmart G101 and various brushes..









Flies softened on the front end to later be removed..



As the sun was on our side, once the vehicle was washed, decontaminated and dry, we could see what we were up against..













Moved inside and blown dry to remove water from panel gaps and crevices etc..



Taped up and let the games begin!



Polish and pad combinations were tested.. Initial findings were the paint was quite hard! Requiring a mix of 85RD 3.02 and 203s to make an impact and at the same time finish down nicely while keeping clearcoat removal to a minimum.

I got stuck in on the front end and O/S; Rob tackled the N/S and worked his way around the back.











An attempted 50/50 by me on the upper bonnet. (The Nikon camera captured the 'red' much better than my Sony..)



O/S upper bonnet before:



N/S upper bonnet after:



Before:



After:









A series of nasty deeper scratches dotted around..



Before on the O/S rear quarter (look at the carbon fibre weave!)



and after:



Front bumper before:



After:



It was around this time we called it for day one.. ~9 hours teamwork on the first day; looking forward to the larger shandy at the Local and a medium-rare steak to fill us up before bedtime..

Taken outside to check our work:







Day two.





Headlights and engine cover polished with spot pads and Menz 106FA:





Prior to attacking the perspex cover already on the car, we got hold of a spare so test runs and combos could be done on here first (replacement covers are £15k alone!!)

An in-action 50/50:







Once we were happy with the machine work at hand and after an IPA wipedown, we put the F50 back outside into the suns path to check our work..







…..coming together quite nicely now!

Werkstat Prime applied to all under carriage CF areas and remaining areas in the luggage/engine compartments..









3M finishing pad loaded with Clearkote Red Moose Glaze to add the richness and gloss to the paint..



Supernatural applied and allowed to cure..









Alloys sealed, glass cleaned, tyres and arches dressed..



Exterior grilles protected with OptiSeal. Prancing Horse badges cleaned and protected. Interior wiped and leather cleaned. Doorshuts polished and protected.

Some final tooth pickery work and tidying up and we're about there..















































…..what can I say? Awesome, huh?

Massive thanks to the owner for allowing the job to go ahead and also to Rob for lending a much needed helping hand.

Thanks for reading.. Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed working it ;)

Jim.
 

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Davelincs, how are you my friend? How is the TT holding up and were you able to pick up any of the Jeffs kit???
 

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Stunning job Jim,nice car to work on as you say also,what the cluck does this person who owns all of these do for a living? for in our garage we have a corsa,a mountain bike,tool,box and a various s election of semi usefull/useless tat & my audi on the drive,i take it this chap isnt a underpaid bodyshop parts manager
 

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Hi Jim, i am fine thanks, i see you are keeping busy, was that ely cathedral in the background, it looks a bit like ely bell tower

i am using werkstat shampoo as well has jett she now gets a coat of jett after every wash, the car sparkles

ps, never mind the f50 what does Rob think to his van,is it a toyota?
 

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[:D] Thanks for the comments guys. Appreciated as always.

Not Ely Dave, no. Not a million miles out from our location though..

Glad to hear you're getting on with the Werkstat kit - I take it you're rating the shampoo aswel??

Rob likes the Toyota, it does the job. He's had it for some 6/7 years now!

I should have a few more pics to post later this afternoon :)
 

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Hi Jim,

Your dummies guide is excellent. Good work.

Are the swirls in paintwork caused by automatic car-washes permanent or can they be buffed out ? My paintwork is a bit dull in places for this reason ..
 

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If the scratches aren't too deep Brendan, they should be removed or at least improved with a machine polish.
 

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Ferrari Owners club - Walton Hall Hotel, 04/07/2010

After prepping the car earlier that week I was invited along to the show by the owner to see if more interest in my services could be had! :)

A convoyed run with me in the Avant and a 360 Spider saw us arrive ~10am time.. What a turnout this show was... A stunning day (weather wise). A stunning venue and utterly stunning cars.

Below are a mix of the best shots that were captured throughout the day.

















The F50 was one of three on display there that day:



A friend of mine overheard a conversation between two old boys in that the F50 on the end ('my' one) was by far the best presented there. Good to know! :)







Found myself engaged in conversation pretty much straight away:







Continued to wipe the car down..





Portfolio and cards on display:









A brand firing new 458 Italia that was on Ferrari's main stand..







Shocking condition for ANY new car, nevermind a £200k Ferrari. (Poor Dealer prep!!)

Band played some music..





A near perfect setting for the F50 to be sited:













One of Ferrari's other 'F' cars. The F60 (Enzo)



(How's that for a registration? (EN20))





One of the Ferrari Owner's Club members took his Hurricane Bomber up for a display. Excellent!















F40:









And a few more from the ride home:









A cracking day out!

Jim
 

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[quote user="Brendan68"]

Hi Jim,

Your dummies guide is excellent. Good work.

Are the swirls in paintwork caused by automatic car-washes permanent or can they be buffed out ? My paintwork is a bit dull in places for this reason ..

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Hi Brendan, many thanks.

Swirls can be caused by all mannor or wash tools and techniques.. Often, a good rule of thumb is that if it can be felt with your fingernail, then it is too deep to machine polish out.

Black cars with heavily swirls will lose all colour and clarity; swirls will steal the true lustre and give a 'grey' appearance.

Using a machine polisher and the correct product and technique will remove these back to a factory standard.
 

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Thanks Jim and Dave.

Is there an easy to get product you would recommend for polishing, say in B & Q or the like ?

The Turtle wax color polish is easy to get, what do you think of that stuff ? Is there a difference between wax and polish ?

http://www.turtlewax.com/main.taf?p=2%2C1%2C4%2C5

I prefer to be fiddling under the bonnet than polishing, but at this point the paintwork could do with a makeover.

PS I can't see your Ferrari pics as some image hosters are blocked on my work network. I'll check them out when I get home.
 
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