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Old 09-30-2015, 09:36 AM
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458 Italia saved from the dead!

Last week we got the opportunity to work on a Nero 458 Italia that has been used...heavily! 5 years old, 29K miles, and many of them on the track.

These projects are a lot of fun, albeit a lot of work, because we get the chance to literally restore these vehicles to their natural beauty.

As you can see in the before shots, the paint was quite rough. I also took a few 50/50 shots to show the before and after condition. This Italia went from grey to black.

I'll just let the photos speak for themselves on this one...
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:40 AM
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This car was donated for our Elite Detailer Academy, and our lucky students had 2 days to bring it back to life. Through the watchful eye of myself, and guest instructor DJ Mayo (DJ Mayo Studios), they made a huge transformation on the 458.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:43 AM
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Old 09-30-2015, 11:46 AM
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Very nice work, especially considering the extreme damage done to the paint. It would seem the owner was less than careful with the automobile over all, even the R/front wheel shows signs of "curbing".
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Old 09-30-2015, 11:55 AM
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as usual, excellent work!
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Old 09-30-2015, 03:03 PM
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Nice save...what a shame it was so beat up, however it went to a good place for 'restoration'!
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Old 09-30-2015, 03:05 PM
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nice work as usual!

what was the condition of the front bumper/windshield with all those track miles?

and what happened to those wheels
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:22 PM
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curvaceous!

Todd how about a comment on the degree of difficulty the Italia's body design creates for a 'paint restoration'. All those curves would seem to be a challenge for your students...
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:54 PM
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Wow. All illustrations why I will never, ever, ever, ever own another black car. haha...

Great job.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:26 AM
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I saw that too. If this owner was a OCD F-car guy do you really think he would allow his car to be the test bed for "students" of detailing class-advanced or not. The key is students. Even after I knew what I was doing I learned, and learned and practiced on re sprayed junk yard hoods over saw horses.



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Very nice work, especially considering the extreme damage done to the paint. It would seem the owner was less than careful with the automobile over all, even the R/front wheel shows signs of "curbing".
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:43 AM
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Very nice work, especially considering the extreme damage done to the paint. It would seem the owner was less than careful with the automobile over all, even the R/front wheel shows signs of "curbing".
It was a rough one for sure. Get it new wheels though, and it's ready to go! Thanks.

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as usual, excellent work!
Thank you!

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Nice save...what a shame it was so beat up, however it went to a good place for 'restoration'!
Thanks...night and day difference for sure.

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nice work as usual!

what was the condition of the front bumper/windshield with all those track miles?

and what happened to those wheels
Thank you. The front bumper was in typical condition for a black vehicle with 29K miles on it. The windshield had a few minor chips, but good otherwise. Yes, the wheels need to be replaced!

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Todd how about a comment on the degree of difficulty the Italia's body design creates for a 'paint restoration'. All those curves would seem to be a challenge for your students...
The 458 definitely poses challenges, which is why it was a good fit for the class. If the already-experienced detailer can master beat up black paint like this, combined with those body lines, then they can pretty much handle anything out in the field. This was certainly a bonus for this particular class.

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Wow. All illustrations why I will never, ever, ever, ever own another black car. haha...

Great job.
Thanks. Black isn't a color, it's a part-time job!

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I saw that too. If this owner was a OCD F-car guy do you really think he would allow his car to be the test bed for "students" of detailing class-advanced or not. The key is students. Even after I knew what I was doing I learned, and learned and practiced on re sprayed junk yard hoods over saw horses.
Our students are already experienced detailers, and we work for a day on all of the finest techniques before they even touch their class car. These are almost always company-owned vehicles, not individual owned. We don't charge them for the work, and they get a huge increase and looks and value when they get it back...win-win for everybody.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:48 AM
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Black isn't a color, it's a part-time job!
ha!

I'm on my 4th black car, and after each one I said I'd never buy another black car.

I guess that's job security for you!
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Awesome work and an even better job of capturing the results in photos.

With cars being base/clear, do you know the factory thickness of each of these?
Is it consistent in application over the car or thicker/thinner in certain areas?
Do you use a digital paint meter to ensure that you never break through the clear?
How many times can you revive a car as bad as this appeared.........or........how much material do you take off to detail to this level?

Kudos again on an incredible job!
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:19 AM
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That was an amazing job for sure! I know who will work on my car if it ever gets nasty looking beyond my skill level!
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We don't charge them for the work, and they get a huge increase and looks and value when they get it back...win-win for everybody.
If you guys weren't so far away I'd send you a black 911 that needs the same treatment.. well done
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