Ferrari F40 Single Stage Paint & Hood, Deck Lid Reconditioning.
So much was done to this Ferrari F40 a little while back. A 20 year old car getting its first professional detail and going through every inch of it… Much was done to preserve this super rare car for the years to come! Correcting paper thin single stage paint, touching up on some stand out details and getting this car looking better than ever!!! Brian Guy/AOWheels, Florida’s premier detail service! You can never get enough F40!!! Enjoy!
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The Ferrari F40 was made with weight in mind! And to save some… Ferrari sprayed the car with one coat of single stage paint. “Super Thin”. With that being said, it would be to my knowledge that the F40’s, F50’s and a few other Ferrari’s would be the most difficult car to perform a paint correction detail to.
Speed and pressure during the machine polishing process was key to the detail. I used both rotary & D/A polishers with various size pads (foam and microfiber cutting disc) to safely restore the paint to a better than new finish.
This F40 is all original, very low miles and still in great shape! With over twenty years of good ownership, this car was defiantly due for some TLC. No two F40′s are exactly alike. Ever square inch of this car was different from one inch to the next.
Preforming details on cars this rare and this expensive.
The F40 is “NOT” for the beginners in the detailing industry. Having a full understanding for all the different types of paints and how they react, is the only insurance needed. All the insurance in the world could not pay for a machine polishing mistake made on a F40. This car is priceless. Having that understanding of products and their ingredients… How to properly use them… How much and where. Speeds and pressure while machining the paint… These aren’t things that could be taught. Not without the hands on training and practice for many years. Just the thought of holding a machine to this paint could make any F40 owner cringe. F40 Paint Corrections should be renamed to the word “TRUST”!
Machine polishing singe stage paint
For this detail I used Swissvax Strong with a tangerine foam cutting pad and Meguiar’s M105 with Meg’s micro-fiber cutting disc for the cutting process. The M105 and cutting disc’s were used for some of the deeper scratches and over spayed areas. Yes over spray… but very minimal and speckled. After the correction process I followed up with Swissvax Medium and Cleaner Fluid with much softer pads. The pads are pretty much trash after a detail like this. Color transfer is common when polishing single stage paint. (The pads I used for this detail were not tossed…. I’ve saved them and put up on a shelf as a memento) About 70% of this car was done with a rotary and the other 25% done with a D/A (Dual Action) polisher. Completely comfortable with both machines…. some sections had to be done by hand, being that other 5%
I love these pics by Peter Tromboni Photography, by the way! (The ones that have his logo) He really captured some of the details Nicely! Like in this pic below! It gives a clear indication of how thin the paint is. Showing the carbon kevlar weave!!!
The Ferrari F40 about 90% done in the picture below! Just a few more “Details” needed!
Hood & Latch Repair
After several days of working on the car that’s now looking good… We decided to touch up on the latches! The latches on a F40 are a huge accents to the overall look. No sense in all the work done to have some small pieces through it off!
We loosened a few screws and pulled the latches off, marked them and the screws so they go back in the exact same spot. I knew of a sandblaster that wasn’t to far…. So I masked the latches off and gave them a light sandblasting to remove the prior paint. The previous paint looked as if they had been hand painted with a brush at some point in it’s life…? These pieces do take a lot of abuse if the car is getting used. “They’re pretty heavy as well”. So…. I got them all cleaned up and re-masked off sections again, shot them with some primer and new flat black paint….. and WOW!!! What a difference!!! We let the paint dry over night and got them back on the car the next day!!!!
Doing this really pulled it all together and gave a super clean look to the F40 as a whole!!!
Below is the latches re-painted and back on the car!!!
Looking Much Better…. sets it apart…. adds the overall appeal….
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Our previous Full Write Up Post Here On AOWheels.com Featuring all pics from Peter Tromboni
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