This is Day 3 of 9 for our hardcore non-stop detailing show down. Today we have here with us a very special car. This is a Fiat 500 Abarth but not any Abarth, Its a Tributo Ferrari, Chassis number #98 of #99 units. Fiat is no small deal, this car is totally a mad car, with a Ferrari style gear shifting mechanism, carbon fibers everywhere and also a Ferrari sounding exhaust system. This is on hell of a car and we are honored the owner chose us to get his pocket rocket protected.
The car may be sort of high end, rare and out from a premium reseller or even directly from abarth but when it comes to damages. We really don’t understand why wouldn’t the high end dealerships hire proper professional to prepare to car for delivery?
Here we have a sun shot, the car was polish but not finished properly, hence the holograms/buffing trails everywhere. We then took a closer look.
There were some light swirls probably from the wiping after polishing with old micro fiber clothes.
We then continue the inspection with high powered LEDs. Holograms/Buffing trails still visible.
The previous detailers did some damages to the decals which was irreversible. Notice the decals has some black tone to it. It was the colour removed or was polished away.
More residue from the side of the decals that proves our theory that the previous detailer did polish the decal but ending up in damaging the entire stripe.
More residue was found on the rubber edges, I presume the previous detailer did not mask the rubber edges too.
More residue on the door jams and edges.
The engine was dusty and had some leftover grease too.
Like we always say, we dry clean the engine because cars nowadays has too much electronics, wet wash might damage the electronics. So, better be safe than sorry.
Water beadings before although the surface was prepared by their detailers
The interior of the Fiat is insane. An Insane interior requires some maaaaad coatings!!
The seats were cleaned and inspected for damages, Because it is new, there were no scratches at all. So we proceed to coating it to protect the carbon fiber resin.
The dashboard was not treated differently, all the carbon panels were coating and topped with a layer of wax.
We were particularly detailed with the seats as they were very expensive seats by Sabelt. The Leather was detailed with a paint safe cleaner as white leathers are normally dyed. The alcantara area were then brush till clean.
The wheels were some crazy 17″ wheel on a small car, with a 4 port Brembo caliper and a large cross drilled ventilated disc. One Mad Setup for a small car.
We cleaned up the wheel with stronger cleaner that break down the brake dust then coated the wheels with Optimum Coating.
The correction process. We washed the car with a mixture of car wash and some concentrated cleaners mixed into the solution to break down the wax and polish oil from previous detailer. Then started a test panel to see. Results was satisfying as there were no remaining light swirls and the holograms were corrected.
We did try our best to salvage the decals and it kind of looks better than before.
The holograms/buffing trails were confirmed removed.
We had heard some rumors from a competitor that we do not do proper detailing, Just want to say, bumpers were detailed as well. This is how low we go.
We also detailed the engine, cleaning every edge.
Then topped with a protectant to bring out the natural shine.
Normally we let you enjoy the results but this we have to say, Remote was coated as well!!
Stay tuned for Day 4 of 9
Optimum Coating : Day 3 or 9 Fiat 500 Abarth #98 of #99