I absolutely love detailing American muscle cars, especially a classic like this Everett Morrison Shelby Cobra replica. This replica is awesome! The painstaking attention to detail is impressive, featuring all of the modern features you’re looking for in a classic American muscle car: Power Brakes & Steering, Contemporary Stereo System, Luxurious Leather Interior, and much more. This Shelby replica drives like a modern day car, but drives, feels and sounds like the real thing.
The car had been out of commission for a while due to an issue with the ignition. So, unfortunately I was unable to move it from its present location. This also allowed for quite a bit of dust and debris to sit on the surface.
Not wanting to make a mess since the car was in a garage and not a wash bay, I waterless washed the entire car with ONR. Panel by panel, section by section, the paint was carefully washed to ensure no additional scratches or marring was induced.
Eventually, after a complete wash I was able to check out the full condition of the paint.I proceeded to tape off everything I could. Protecting trim and metal is important in order reduce time later, no one likes to have to remove polishing residue from trim, not to mention creating a chalky film on metal.
Here are some smaller areas that had some pretty horrid swirls. A little further below shows the level of correction I was able to get.
A test spot is always important in order to understand how paint will react to the correction process. I knew the level of correction I wanted to obtain but I needed to figure out what methods to use to reach it. Also, I always begin, using the least aggressive method for maximum correction. As is the key with every detail, if we don’t have to remove additional clear then why do it, since it only harms the vehicle. After all, this Shelby Cobra is the real deal, we want to keep her in tip top condition so many generations ahead can enjoy her. Using the least aggressive method, not only ensures longevity of the paint, but also allows for a much faster and safer process.
So after a couple combinations I settled on one that that works…
The entire Shelby Cobra received a two stage paint correction to achieve maximum results. As seen in the picture below the paint was pretty hammered and had some deeper scratches beneath the layer of topical spider web swirls which are mostly induced by washing. Since a distinctive feature of the Shelby Cobra is the tight curves around the entire car, a 4″ pad was used to paint correct the entire vehicle.
After paint correction is finished its important to open doors, hoods and trunks to ensure remove any dust created by polishing. This beauty would receive a nice deep carnauba wax, sp a quick spritz of ONR with a clean microfiber towel removed all dust. The car was then wiped with CarPro Eraser, ensurong complete and proper removal of all the polish oils. This beautiful shelby was then hand coated the areas with carnauba wax to give her a rich deep sheen and to give her topical protection.
Ok let’s face it, metal polishing isn’t the most favorable detailing task for some of us. Usually it’s done by hand and, unless gloves are worn, hands become black and stained for days. The results are usually worth the additional time spent on metal polishing. This time was no different, using optimum metal polish.
Next up the interior. While there isn’t much area in there, but it’s important to take care of it. No one wants a shiny finish do they? I decided to dress the interior with Optimum Protectant Plus; it provides a great Satin finish. Additionally, it helps hydrate leather that may have gotten a little dry. You can see the change with some hydration and some UV protection.
Don’t forget any areas that may need attention. Dust can find its way into any crevice. A light brushing with a soft boars hair brush is a great way to remove dust in tight areas.
Finally, I finished the entire car with a nice rich carnauba wax. Door Jambs, and hood and trunk seams were done by hand.
Here’s the cold hard truth: SUN SHOTS!! The sun tells never lies, illustrating the level of paint correction that was achieved.
As always, thanks for looking. Greg Gellas – Signature Detailing.