Ask A Professional Detailer - Ferrari Life
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 23 Old 08-16-2008, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Ferrari Life Posts: 10
Ask A Professional Detailer





As a new member of Ferrari Life, I would like to give you a full introduction and brief summary of my qualifications. In short, I have a passion for detailing like others do for fine wine, woodworking, or music. This is what I live and breathe. It stands to reason, then, I might know what I am talking about.

My business, Apollo Detailing, has been around for nearly two full seasons now. For the most part, we concentrate on paint correction. Paint correction, briefly, is the process by which defects, swirls, and scratches are removed from the paint.

This is an example of a panel that has received paint correction. Note the vast difference between the corrected and the uncorrected sides.






Here are a few examples of my work:

Picus & Holden_C04 - Polishing Perfection - Autopia.org

Apollo Detailing: 2007 Porsche Cayman S (35+ Photos) - Autopia.org

2006 Volkswagen GTI (56k = :hairpull) - Autopia.org

Apollo Detailing: Full Correction Imola Red '05 BMW 330ci ZHP - Autopia.org

Apollo Detailing: 14hr Correction! Black 2001 BMW 540i - Autopia.org



I hope to be a helpful contributor to this forum. Now, feel free to ask any question you like. I have yet to be stumped.
Holden_C04 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 23 Old 08-16-2008, 10:38 PM
 
Chrishawk4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,874
Welcome to the forum!

Chris

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.-Anatole France
"Dude, it's just math"-Pete
Chrishawk4 is offline  
post #3 of 23 Old 08-16-2008, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Ferrari Life Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chrishawk4 View Post
Welcome to the forum!

Chris
Thank you, Chris.
Holden_C04 is offline  
 
post #4 of 23 Old 08-16-2008, 11:53 PM
 
Chrishawk4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,874
The cars you have detailed look spectacular.

Chris

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.-Anatole France
"Dude, it's just math"-Pete
Chrishawk4 is offline  
post #5 of 23 Old 08-17-2008, 02:57 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,516
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chrishawk4 View Post
The cars you have detailed look spectacular.
Too bad they're mostly hideous cars (except the Stingray, that one is gorgeous)

the detailing looks pretty good though
Basosz is offline  
post #6 of 23 Old 08-17-2008, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Ferrari Life Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chrishawk4 View Post
The cars you have detailed look spectacular.

Chris
Quote:
Originally Posted by Basosz View Post
the detailing looks pretty good though
Thank you very much. I don't do this for the money, as you would expect. So every little bit of encouragement helps.
Holden_C04 is offline  
post #7 of 23 Old 08-17-2008, 08:57 AM
 
Chrishawk4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,874
Quote:
Originally Posted by Basosz View Post
Too bad they're mostly hideous cars (except the Stingray, that one is gorgeous)

the detailing looks pretty good though
I have to be honest the two Z06s are what did it for me

Chris

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.-Anatole France
"Dude, it's just math"-Pete
Chrishawk4 is offline  
post #8 of 23 Old 08-17-2008, 09:47 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,516
but there were also bmw's, a VW golf and even a porsche cayman. Truely awefull !!!
Basosz is offline  
post #9 of 23 Old 08-17-2008, 04:19 PM
 
Chrishawk4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,874
Quote:
Originally Posted by Basosz View Post
but there were also bmw's, a VW golf and even a porsche cayman. Truely awefull !!!
The Cayman and the 330 ci in my opinion were beautiful. I'm not a huge VW fan, beautiful car though.

Chris

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.-Anatole France
"Dude, it's just math"-Pete
Chrishawk4 is offline  
post #10 of 23 Old 08-18-2008, 04:06 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,516
Horrible. Absolutely dreadfull. Among the ugliest cars ever.
Basosz is offline  
post #11 of 23 Old 08-18-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Chrishawk4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,874
Quote:
Originally Posted by Basosz View Post
Horrible. Absolutely dreadfull. Among the ugliest cars ever.
Which one? The Golf?

Chris

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.-Anatole France
"Dude, it's just math"-Pete
Chrishawk4 is offline  
post #12 of 23 Old 08-18-2008, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Ferrari Life Posts: 10
Cars are merely a canvas for my work. It stands to reason then, that the vehicle on which this art is performed is inconsequential.

Those vehicles you see are, in my eyes, beautiful not for what they are but what they have become. In other words, the Volkswagen Golf (as you called it) is more beautiful than a Ferrari Enzo, Aston Martin DBS, or even a Lamborghini Gallardo that hasn't been taken care of.

Whether you like the cars or not, the point is to enjoy the work which I have performed and to ask questions to get the best results on your cars, be they Ferraris or Fords.
Holden_C04 is offline  
post #13 of 23 Old 08-18-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southern Illinois
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,045
*cough cough* What's wrong with a golf?

Breck
Dmitri is offline  
post #14 of 23 Old 08-18-2008, 03:14 PM
 
Chrishawk4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,874
Nothing Dmitri the Golf is great I wish I had one. I was going to say where is the Golf...I only see the GTI which is an amazing car. I would rather own an R32 though I'm not a huge fan of the Jettas, which I almost bought. It is true that a nicely kept car is superior to one that is falling apart and that looks like crap regardless of the price value....although I have never seen a bad Enzo

Chris

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.-Anatole France
"Dude, it's just math"-Pete
Chrishawk4 is offline  
post #15 of 23 Old 08-18-2008, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Ferrari Life Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chrishawk4 View Post
It is true that a nicely kept car is superior to one that is falling apart and that looks like crap regardless of the price value....although I have never seen a bad Enzo

Chris
http://www.lamborghini-talk.com/vbfo...308/#post68184

Quote:
Originally Posted by YellowMurci View Post
besides how many scratches could an enzo get?
Quite a few.
Holden_C04 is offline  
post #16 of 23 Old 08-18-2008, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Ferrari Life Posts: 10




Holden_C04 is offline  
post #17 of 23 Old 08-18-2008, 03:24 PM
 
Chrishawk4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,874
Wow....that is absolutely horrendous......

Chris

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.-Anatole France
"Dude, it's just math"-Pete
Chrishawk4 is offline  
post #18 of 23 Old 08-18-2008, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Ferrari Life Posts: 10
Basically, if it's not being cared for by someone with a longstanding membership on www.autopia.org, the finish will never achieve the swirl-free status that all good detailers aspire to.
Holden_C04 is offline  
post #19 of 23 Old 08-20-2008, 12:23 PM
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southern Illinois
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,045
Quote:
Originally Posted by Holden_C04 View Post
Basically, if it's not being cared for by someone with a longstanding membership on www.autopia.org, the finish will never achieve the swirl-free status that all good detailers aspire to.
That's too bad, so it is almost irreversible damage to the finish?

Breck
Dmitri is offline  
post #20 of 23 Old 08-20-2008, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Ferrari Life Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dmitri View Post
That's too bad, so it is almost irreversible damage to the finish?
No, that's not strictly accurate. Irreversible damage can be caused by colour sanding through to the primer or base coat, or achieving strike-through on an edge with a rotary buffer.

Nonetheless, MOST defects induced by less skilled detailers can be repaired.

These defects can be repaired:


Rotary Holograms






Swirls





Oxidation





These defects cannot be repaired without a repaint:



Paint Failure





Strike-Through


Holden_C04 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
Copyright 2012 ONE Media, Inc.
FerrariLife is independently run with no affiliation with Ferrari SpA
Ferrari for Sale | Maserati for Sale