Lotus Esprit Series 4 Paint Enhancement

Tue 12th May 2015

We recently carried out a Paint Enhancement detail on this Lotus Esprit in the rare Palacio Purple. The owner wanted the car to look its absolute best as he was taking it to the classic car show at Duxford.

This particular detail involved various stages of machine polishing to safely remove a high percentage of light defects whilst improving deeper ones. This in turn added gloss and depth to the overall finish before the protection was applied.

Firstly the bodywork was treated to ValetPro Advanced Snow Foam. With this, the car is blanketed in a cleansing foam as a pre-wash to help soften and remove any loose surface contaminates. It is left to dwell for a few minutes before agitating the hard to reach areas with a soft detailing brush.

The alloy wheels were then decontaminated and deep cleaned with ValetPRO Bilberry Wheel Cleaner, fully washed and rinsed.

After this all of the door shuts and sills were cleaned with citrus degreaser. It was then onto the two bucket wash method. Grit guards, lambs wool wash mitts and a premium shampoo, in this case Swissvax Car Bath was used to ensure a safe wash. It is essetial that the shampoo solution bucket remains free from removed grit and contaminates, this significantly reduces the risk of inflicting light surface scratches.

The next stage was to remove all of the tar deposits. The paint and glass was then fully clayed to remove anything the wash process failed to do. The previous stages safely dissolve and remove larger bonded contaminates, this greatly reduces the risk of picking up a large particle in the clay which could mark the paint. Clay lubricant is used as it’s essential to the performance and safety of clay.

Once the decontamination stage was complete we set about removing the swirl marks and other paint imperfections. After measuring the level of paintwork, a two stage machine polish was carried out with our Rupes dual action machine polisher. A Meguiars Microfibre Cutting Pad was used in conjunction with Rupes Course Gel Compound. After inspection, it was clear to see that the majority of swirl marks had been removed but it was still a necessity to machine polish located areas on the vehicle again to remove them completely. Another machine polish was then carried out but this time with a Meguiars Microfibre Finishing Pad and Koch Chemie M201 Micro Polishing Compound. This improved the gloss of the paintwork considerably.

After being wiped down to remove all residue the car was treated to a layer of the brilliant Swissvax Shield Wax. The tyres were then dressed and the alloy wheels waxed with Swissvax Autobahn Wheel Wax. They now look even more shiny than the day they were new whilst also benefiting from being fully protected from brake dust contamination! The glass was then treated to CarChem glass sealant and the final inspection was then carried out. All in all a total of 19 hours was spent on this vehicle detail.