For those of you who love Ferraris we know that some things are important to you: beautiful design, attention to details, racing heritage, and an exhaust note nearly as angelic as the voice of Adele.
This Ferrari 360 Modena came to us from an owner that recently purchased to the car. He sought out this vehicle for its iconic gated shifter. The owner, a true connoisseur, of racing pedigree vehicles always seeks out manual transmission cars. We love having conversations about owner's motives to find their ideal vehicle.
He let us know that the 360 Modena was the last Ferrari designed around a manual transmission. The Modena's successor, the F430, was offered in a manual, but was the first production Ferrari designed around the dual clutch paddle shifting transmission. Unfortunately, manuals are a dying breed. #SaveTheManuals
Our job was to do this Ferrari 360 Modena justice by any means necessary. Everything from paint correction, to leather restoration, to even deep cleaning bolts on the brake calipers and cleaning the speaker grills with toothpicks. If could be perfected and protected, it was done.
The process began with a thorough wash. A foam cannon was used to ensure maximum lubrication during the hand wash. This reduces the chances of any swirls being added to the paint.
Once washed the Modena received a chemical decontamination in the form of an iron fallout remover to lift any metallic bonded particles such as pesky brake dust stuck to the surfaces. The car was rinsed and then mechanically decontaminated with clay to remove whatever bonded particles were left.
This prep process leaves us a bare and clean surface to begin assessing and then correcting the paint. Panel by panel the thickness of the paint is measured and documented for future paint correction.
Ferraris have notoriously thin and inconsistent paint, so doing in depth prep work before beginning gives us the best chance of avoiding issues. From here a 2 step paint correction process is tested with an assortment of pads and products to achieve the best result with maintaining as much clear coat as possible. This portion of the work is not glamorous, it is time consuming, but essential for achieving the best possible results.
As seen, side by side, the Modena had the common swirls, scratches and defects. But, once corrected left behind the a brilliant finish.
The light reflection which is crystal clear on the left has been corrected, while the foggy reflection on the right has not.
If I were to ask you to close your eyes and envision a Ferrari, what comes to mind? For me, it is the most beautiful shade of red to ever grace a vehicle, Rosso Corsa red, and prancing horse atop a yellow fender badge. Any of these swirls and scratches give the paint a hazy appearance. Once corrected the red was a deeper shade, now that there were no swirls and scratches to catch and reflect light.
After correcting the paint with an assortment of polishers, ranging from a 5" all the way down to a tiny 1" polisher for the intricate areas, we were ready to move on to removing wheels.
So, we began by touching up and rock chips on the wheels before moving on. After acquiring a paint code for the silver wheels the touch up was delivered and applied with a special gravity fed touch up pen.
Then the wheels were removed to sort everything in the wheels well area, from the calipers, to the fender liners, and suspension.
The nooks and crannies of the calipers were heavily soiled.
Cleaned with chemicals, steam, and an assortment of brushes, the caliper was as cleaned and ready for a ceramic coating.
The rear caliper had picked up some road paint at some point, which needed to be addressed. You can see a white stripe of paint near the bottom of the logo.
A few chemicals along with a 1" polisher came in handy to get them looking right.
The suspension received the same treatment to prepare all of these surfaces for a high temp ceramic coating. The fender liners were deep cleaned chemically and steam was added to dislodge the stubborn grime safely.
Now the wheels, calipers, and suspension were ready for a ceramic coating to help with the ease of cleaning and prevent any road grime from bonding to the components.
The interior was next on tap! The owner replaced the carpet and headliner prior to bringing the vehicle to us. So, it was imperative to get the rest of the interior to that level of quality. We began by restoring the leather in a mutli-day process which gave the hides a deep cleaning, restoring both the color and texture. Since the majority of the interior is leather, this was a large undertaking.
On the first day a product was used to lift the oils, dirty, and grime from the surfaces. It was left to dwell for 2 days before further treating.
Then the leather was ready to be deep cleaned for the second step of the process, leaving behind a beautiful matte and supple finish.
Ferrari leather hides along with their stitching never disappoint, so it was nice to see this interior come back to life.
All other interior pieces were sorted, down to the speaker grills.
The engine bay although relatively clean had some build up in nooks and crannies. Steam was primarily used to dislodge and safely remove anything that had built up.
Now that all surfaces inside and out were addressed the Modena was ready for a professional level ceramic coating. Giving durability, chemical resistance, and insane hydrophobic properties the coating will make the task of keeping this car looking great a breeze. And.... after all the paint correction the ceramic coating increased the gloss even further. The results speak for themselves.