Joel Newman London, UK
Model 996 Turbo Year 2003 Acquired April 2014
Having had the Turbo recently repainted, I knew that once the paint had hardened I should seek help and have her detailed and machine polished. Valetpro was kind enough to allow me to use its detailing bay at its new head office in Newhaven, which also gave me an opportunity to have a good nose around. When I did so I came across a room with two chemists using pipettes to test some new formulas on a range of body panels. Most detailing firms simply buy in product, but here at Valetpro they make it all in house.
Back to the car; it was first subjected to a thorough degrease, a covering of snow foam, a further jet wash and a hand wash. The wheels were sprayed with ‘Dragon’s Breath’, a product that changes colour as it dissolves the bakedon brake dust and contaminants.
Elliott, Valetpro’s detailer, then clay barred my paint; a process where you rub a little lump of what looks like Playdoh over the wet surface, picking up and collecting the particles that have bonded to your car’s clear coat – stuff even the most laborious wash cannot shift.
Paint correction was next and the most major part of the detail. I hope it does the work justice as this service alone is worth the price of admission. By using ultra-fine abrasives, a professional can polish the scuffed and swirled surface of your car’s clear coat safely. Panel by panel I watched the swirls disappear and the Jet black paint transform, gaining depth and taking on a much richer colour.
My window surround and wing mirror trims are also back to as-new condition thanks to a product called ‘Black To The Future’ that you just wipe on and buff. One application protects your plastic and keeps that sheen for six months!
With the paint polished we locked in the finish. You have to wax the car, so Elliott used a soft wax from Valetpro called ‘Beading Marvellous’, which sounds the part, looked simple to apply and offers three months of protection.
After six hours we were done. Is that not one of the cleanest looking Turbos you’ve ever seen? I may be a proud dad but, you can’t argue, she looks better than new.