Strap yourself in folks as this one is quite the journey, lots to learn and plenty of vehicle care geekery. This is probably one of the most unique challenges Hancox Vehicle Care has come across with this sleek black beast.
I received a phone call early morning explaining that urgent attention was needed with a request to go out and look at the vehicle as soon as possible. It was explained that that there had been a mishap by a local decorator and the front of the vehicle has been spattered in house paint! Well there’s no sooner than the same morning, so I shot out to pick the vehicle up and this is what I was met with;
The front of the roof, both wing mirrors, the wings and the entire bonnet were all heavily spattered with paint!
The rest of the vehicle had typical dirt levels, with watermarking, green in the shuts and caked on brake dust on the wheels;
The vehicle was first treated to the full enhanced wash to clear out the dirt and give a true indication of what I was dealing with on the paint. As soon as you start to clean a vehicle you can tell its protection history and to my surprise for such a high end vehicle this had none! See below how the water just pools on the bonnet;
Applying a wax or sealant to a vehicle adds a hydrophobic layer which stops any dirt or water actually making contact with the paintwork. If you want to see this in action check out the link here for the work I did on the Mercedes A180d. This kind of protection is key to vehicle care and maintaining the colour and shine of your vehicle.
After the vehicle was cleaned from top to bottom it was clear the paint wasn’t water based as i’d been hoping. So the next step was try and tackle it with the Tar & Glue remover, this is the safest chemical you can use with the harshest cleaning power. Unfortunately this didn’t touch the paint, so it must have been oiled based and no cheap hardware store own brand!
The next step was to go to a full clay bar cleanse. A clay bar looks like a big blob of blu-tac but is actually a very clever clay based compound that can remove heavy soiling from a vehicle with out causing damage. It does this by absorbing the contamination into itself and leaving a free surface to carrying on cleansing the vehicle. Even on a fully washed vehicle you’ll be amazed to see the amount of contamination that is removed;