I recently purchased a well optioned MP4-12C from a good friend of mine that was painted in what to me is an iconic color in motorsports, McLaren (Papaya) Orange. The car arrived when I was in England for the Goodwood FoS and Silverstone F1 so the excitement had truly built when I finally got home to see my new pride and joy.
After the initial awe subsided and I was able to analyze the car, I became somewhat disappointed in the quality of the paint. The lines of the car seemed dull and the color just didn't seem as vibrant as I'd hoped. Granted, my expectations were artificially high. Ron Dennis has been for me the inspiration that my friends of the same generation found in Steve Jobs. One of the reasons that led me into McLaren ownership, but I'm veering off-topic. Paint...yes, the paint.
To remedy these issues, this past weekend I had my McLaren Orange MP4-12C professionally detailed by Dust to Glory that services the central Texas area. Michael had come highly recommended by everyone that had used him previously, including some people I know as being extremely hard to impress.
After Michael @ D2G was able to personally inspect the car, it was decided it would need a full compound and polishing of the paint followed by two layers of Cquartz Finest. My particular car, with only 500 miles and a trusted previous owner purchased new from a highly respected Midwest dealer, had many defects in the clear coat. I believe this is just how many come straight from Woking.
In total, Michael spent 3 full days working on the car including 20 hours in compounding and polishing the paint. The results -- truly amazing. I'll admit that I'm a function first, looks second kind of person but seeing the car for the first time after Michael had finished was astonishing. I've fallen even more in love (lust?) with this car.
The lines and depth of shape that were hidden by the (relatively) poor paint finish are a disservice to a car of this caliber. If you haven't already done so, I'd highly suggest you consider the same level of service to your own car. Again this is coming from someone who isn't normally concerned much with the aesthetic details as long as the car performs as expected. I guess the saying holds true, clean cars always seem faster!
I didn't take many pictures of the process myself but you can view D2G's gallery here:
My MP4-12C Specs:
2012 version (April 2012 build)
Carbon Fiber Splitter, Turning Vanes, Diffuser, Engine Covers, Engine Bay Covers
Sport Exhaust with Stealth Pack
Super-Lightweight Forge Wheels – Stealth Finish
Carbon-Ceramic Brakes – McLaren Orange Calipers
Leather Sport Interior (Carbon Black/Orange, Contrast Stitching on Dash)
Carbon Fiber Interior
Electric & Heated Memory Seats (2)
Carbon Fiber Seat Backs and Sill Panels
MSO Steering Wheel