Maserati Detail & Recommendation (with lots of pics!!)

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Palmball, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Palmball

    Palmball Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Devastated and done over. :mad:

    Thats was how I felt after I set eyes on my Maserati an hour after I first washed it (about a week into ownership). I know this isn't MB related but I do think some of the pics below are eyeopening and for anyone in the East Midlands and looking for a reasonably priced detailer, this is well worth a look at!

    I actually thought I'd bought my car very carefully - mechanically, the car was still under warranty and it was a very low ,mileage so i wasn't too worried about that. What I did inspected carefully was the paintwork and I did so under florescent lights and under bright sunlight (both of which are notorious for showing up swirls and paint defects). The car even came with hundreds of pounds worth of invoices for Swissvax detailing from Maranello. So, I'd visually checked the paintwork and the car came with what should have been good 'detailing' history.....what else could I have done to make sure I bought a car with pristine bodywork?

    However, it appears the previous owner and/or McGurk who I bought it from had used some kind of filling polish to hide the multitude of sins including various scratches and widespread coverage of swirls and holograms. As soon as I'd washed it, whatever was used to hide these defect came off which was when I first saw the disgraceful paintwork that has blighted my aesthetic enjoyment of the car since I've had it.

    After being quoted some ridiculous prices for paint correction (some people want to charge sums into 4-figures) I finally found a local guy called Ben Griffiths from Demon Detailing www.demondetails.co.uk (who's based just outside Loughborough and as you'll see below, I can recommend very highly). Ben came out to look at the car and quoted a very reasonable £275 for a days work to correct the paint. His credentials looked good...he does work for various main and specialist dealers, he is super-car club Ecurie-25's detailer and his gallery of previous work looked impressive.

    He did the car at Graypaul, my local Ferrari/Maserati dealer when it was in there for other work (some of you will not be surprised to hear that the work was for suspension mods!) although he wasn't too impressed to begin with as the car had just been to Rockingham for a wet handling day with the Maserati forum guy's. This means it was covered in limescale and was in significantly worse condition than when he quoted to do the work (he had to spend a couple of hours polishing out the stains caused by the baked-on limescale).

    Despite this, the end result was stunning after he washed, clayed, polished, corrected and waxed the paintwork. Unfortunately, it appears someone at Graypaul then wiped section of the front of the car between him finishing and me collecting it a couple of days later so he came out to me again this afternoon to re-correct some of it. This evening before it started to rain, the car looked incredible :)

    Here's some pictures of what he did last week...enjoy!


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    Paint Correction (check out how many swirls before and after!):

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    It didn't look THIS bad until I saw how good it could be....

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    The types of wax used....

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    The finished results:

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  2. Cabe

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    Wouldnt say no to one :)

    Looks like he took care of your pride and joy PB.
     
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    What do you think was used to mask the swirls??
     
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    Palmball Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Who knows...could one of those coloured polishes or even just Autoglym Super Resin polish which is heaped full of fillers. My thoughts are it was a coloured polish as it masked some pretty deep scratches (which were thankfully only in the top coat).

    Whatever it was, it only lasted until the first wash!
     
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  5. LTD

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    Yep, one of THOSE !!!
    Sounds like the making of a top tip for buying any used car.

    'Can you give it a proper wash for me so I can check the paintwork hasn't been treated with magic filler ?'
     
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    Nice work. It's always good to know that these things can (usually) be resolved without having to resort to a respray.

    I take it your detailer had to do the Ferrari parked next to your car as well?
     
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  7. Dr-Nab

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    It's not unheard of to use shoe polish to fill in swirls, blemishes and chips - as stupid as it sounds, I've seen it done!
     
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    I'd be pretty pxssed off if that was my Red Fezza next door....
     
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    ooooo-errrr missis! i'd love a maserati gran turismo..especially the S, when they first came out i thought they were a bit of a let down compared to the 4200/gran sport but they've grown on me..shame they're so much to buy though!

    that paint work looks lovely, very pleased for you at the end result!
    ...might have to clay my car then polish it!
     
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    Looks sweet. I'm speechless he Decontaminated the car, compounded, polished & refined all in 1 day. Ok I'm guessing he performed this task to remove the rids & swirls or have I misread and he took longer then one day?

    Cheers
     
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    £275 for a days work for cleaning a car??

    I never realised there was so much money in valeting.
     
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    I am guessing that you haven't seen a Swissvax price list lately? :crazy:
     
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    What would the materials cost to clean and wax one car?

    Even if you said £75, that's still an excellent wage for cleaning a car.

    Good luck to them, though.
     
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    That's actually a good price sweetpea, I was quoted £350 to compound and wax the CE & I'm pretty sure the attention to detail & finish would have been nowhere near as good as this! They also asked if I'd want the roof done as well which seemed a bit bizarre!
     
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    An old Yorkshire saying is 'Where there's muck, there's brass lad'

    Like I said before, good luck to them. While ever there are people out there willing to pay that, then why not charge it?
     
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    You're essentially paying for a skill, sweetpea. I suspect not everyone in the business could achieve comparable results within the same time, so for example, you might end up paying someone else half as much per day, but find they need three days to do the job.

    The guy will also have overheads to pay, such as insurance to cover any damage he might accidentally inflict on a client's car.
     
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    Please don't get me wrong Mocas, I'm sure there is some skill to it. It's just that to me, it's cleaning a car.

    I don't mean to come over as a stickler to the cleaning fraternity....:crazy:

    I'll keep my nose out of this thread now. :thumb:
     
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    Paint correction is not "cleaning" a car.

    Thats a very good price. Looks stunning mate.:thumb:

    Ps, I still think your mad to drop the Turbo for that boat! :D
     
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    Even though at no point does the paint get "corrected" ?

    *mumbles about valeting suddenly supposed to be something special*

    ;)
     
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    Lol.

    Nothing special, maybe you or your valeter could do the same job with a bit of elbow grease and some T-cut.. The money you could make?? :rolleyes::D
     
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