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Hello all,

Just a little insight in to how I prepare and detail the paint on the McLaren MP4-12C

Brief overview...

1. Full paintwork decontamination
2. Three stage paint correction
3, Application of Definitive Wax - HCC PRO high gloss ceramic coating
4. Two Layers of Definitive Wax - Magnum Opus wax



























































































































































Kind regards,

Jason
 

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Great job, we need your clone / twin here in the USA! ;)
 

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It's like watching porn being made. But, only better. :eek::cool::eek: not that I'd know.
 

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Awesome mirror finish!

How long does the shine last?
 

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Impressive craftsmanship!

What's in the little brown bottle you are applying to the wheels and cf mirrors?

I wash my own cars but to be honest it's getting old - agree with Mark send over a few clones.
 

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Doesn't the clay bar create swirls like that?
 

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Doesn't the clay bar create swirls like that?
No, claying does not. But you need to be careful claying, I use lots of lube / detail spray, and only clay from front to back in straight lines. Also roll it into a ball frequently so I am using clean clay. Those are from a combo of improper washing, drying, and polishing.
 

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Impressive craftsmanship!

What's in the little brown bottle you are applying to the wheels and cf mirrors?

I wash my own cars but to be honest it's getting old - agree with Mark send over a few clones.
He listed it as HCC pro glass ceramic coating, like 22ple. Assume he let it cure for a day after wiping it off, then put the wax over it the next day. G-Tech pro is another similar coating. They are getting very popular.
 

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Impressive craftsmanship!

What's in the little brown bottle you are applying to the wheels and cf mirrors?

I wash my own cars but to be honest it's getting old - agree with Mark send over a few clones.
Hello,

As Mark mentioned above, it is our new HCC PRO. It is a high gloss ceramic coating that can be layered to the point where you can measure the thickness in microns. It is highly durable and if it is layered from the offset, you will need to polish it to remove it. The beading effect will drop off over time as airborne contaminates bond to it, but the layer itself will still be there protecting the paint and UV protection will still be there. I recommend on a daily drive, the car is wash weekly and the paint work treated with our quick detailer after each wash.

We have detailed over 100 of these stunning vehicles to date and are currently blending a wax specifically formulated for the old paint system McLaren used on the MP4-12C and the new system they have just changed too. We maintain 15 cars on a full time basis within the UK at present. We have hundreds of photos including the new P1, so once I get 5mins free, I shall upload a selection of images.

We are just in the process of being activated as an "Official Sponsor" of McLaren life and our sponsor section will be live shortly. We look forward to helping and advising on all subjects regarding detailing and maintain the cosmetic appearance of your McLaren's. And of course the McLaren owner discounts we offer on all our car care products and detailing services.


Kind regards,

Jason

Ps, if any owners would like to test the new McLaren specific wax we are launching, please let me know.
 

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When did McLaren change paint systems? How did it change and would you happen to know why they changed? Your workmanship is phenominal!
Hi there,

It was early this year and it use to be Glasurit paint system and now it's Akzo Nobel paint system/Sikkens

Why they changed? I'm afraid I don't know.

Hope that helps.

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Jason
 

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There is a car at a Midwest dealer ( who shall remain unnamed) in this EXACT same color and in this terrible condition that remains unsold. I was interested in it, but when I saw it in person, I would be ashamed to bring this otherwise wonderful car home. The first thing you notice is the terrible condition of the paint. And it has less than 1200 miles on the odometer.
 

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Hi there,

It was early this year and it use to be Glasurit paint system and now it's Akzo Nobel paint system/Sikkens

Why they changed? I'm afraid I don't know.

Hope that helps.

Kind regards,

Jason
I am a very big fan of BASF Glasurit paint - completed two rotisserie restorations and you must use their start to finish system.

It's IMO the best there is and lays down perfectly but is harder to match for amateurs.

Also heard Sikkens came up with some new technology that uses less paint and being easier to match it makes sense Mclaren switched.
 

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Agree100%,Champagne. I have an '83 911 SC that I had redone some years ago in the original Glasurit Guards Red. It was put down beautifully and still looks as new. Super durable, too.
 

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Wow, what a great detailer work. So the paint condition of our Mp4 should be! The Magnum Opus is really hard to beat, it's a fabulous wax for us car lovers!:)
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Can you provide a package of products and price for the MP4 interior and exterior?

Also like many others I have Expel - can you explain the correct method for care.
 

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Can you provide a package of products and price for the MP4 interior and exterior?

Also like many others I have Expel - can you explain the correct method for care.
Hi Doug,

Below is a list of the standard exterior/interior products I recommend and supply to McLaren owners here in the UK.

Exterior Products

1. Definitive Shampoo…….. http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Definitive-Shampoo.html

2. Definitive Detail Spray……… http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Definitive-Detail.html

(The above is focused on cars which have the paintwork protected with either a wax or paint protection film applied)

Interior Products

1. Leather Cleaner… http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Leather-Cleaner.html

2. Leather Guard…….http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Leather-Guard.html

3. Glass Cleaner….. http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Leather-Cleaner.html

Paintwork not protected??

1. Ostendo Glaze for the McLaren that is used for weekends and high days… http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Ostendo-Glaze.html

2. Durus Glaze for the McLaren that is used frequently or everyday…..
http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Durus-Glaze.html

3. Paint Cleanser...http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Paint-Cleanser.html

Something special?

Definitive Wax - Number One….. http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Number-One.html

Definitive Wax – Magnum Opus…. http://www.definitivewax.com/acatalog/Magnum-Opus.html a member on here has this wax for his Volcano Orange car.

All McLaren Life members and McLaren owners will get 10% discount off all Definitive Wax products.

Regarding XPEL..

I would highly recommend following their care instruction, especially if you have any warranty claims with the film in the future.

1. XPEL ULTIMATE Protection Film: Care Instructions
To keep your film looking great, follow a few simple guidelines:

Wait 48 hours after installation to wash your car.

Remove insect or other stains as soon as possible with bug and tar remover.

Stubborn stains can be removed with 99% isopropyl alcohol or lacquer thinner. Take care to keep these chemicals off the vehicle’s paint.

Seal with XPEL Flawless Finish Paint Protection Film Sealant at least once every 3 months to preserve high gloss

Light scratches in the film will self-heal in 20-30 minutes at room temperature. In colder conditions, or to accelerate the process, pour warm water (120°F) over the affected area.

2. All Other XPEL Protection Films: Care Instructions

Wait 48 hours after installation to wash your car
Use only soft terry cloth or microfiber towels on the film
Do NOT wipe or scrub the film in direct sunlight or when the film is hot
Do NOT use abrasive cleaners on the film
Do NOT use dyed or colored car waxes on the film

Removing Scratches

Most scratches in the film can be removed using a rotary or dual-action buffer. For best results, it is recommended to use 3M Perfect-It Machine Polish (part number 06064) used with their color coded buffing pad (Part number 05738). If needed, this product can be followed by 3M Perfect-It Ultrafine Machine Polish (part number 06068) used with the blue pad (part number 05733) to restore a deep, swirl free shine.

A long reply but hopefully answers your questions.

We are releasing a wax specifically formulated for the McLaren and will make an announcement shortly.

Kind regards,

Jason
 
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