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Old 04-09-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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Ferrari 458: Removing Orange Peel & Polishing the Paint to Perfection





































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Old 04-09-2012, 08:27 AM   #2
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Before looking at the full sized after photos it is important to reflect with two full sized before photos.

There was heavy orange peel over the Ferrari's entire surface.







Here is an in progress shot taken of the 458 Italia prior to the end of day three. A lot of time was spent double and triple checking the progress and results. If there had been enough factory paint thickness to completely sand the body completely flat, this job would have been easier. As such the goal was to get as close to perfect as possible, which meant giving it a consistent and uniform finish everywhere. Over sanding and over flattening a small amount too much would have meant re-sanding the entire surface flatter as well to ensure total uniformity.





The remaining pictures are after shots, taken both in direct sunlight and in the shade close to the house. Thank you for reading.




















































I would also like to thank Kevin Brown for graciously taking the time to proof read this thread and for making many beneficial suggestions!

After Note:The picture of the mil gauge reading was borrowed from a previous write-up of mine but worked for the story line. Since I originally was writing this for my website, I used artistic freedom with that picture. All other pictures used on the write up and every description is 100% correct and was taken during the course of the write-up.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:23 AM   #3
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To me, from the factory, this is one of the most beautiful cars made. What you have done to it defies words. Great job!
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Wow, I actually read through the whole thing. Your job seriously is a labor of love. I don't think I have that kind of patience.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:28 AM   #5
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Fantastic job...I couldn't imagine having the guts to take sandpaper to a Ferrari, but it was definitely worth the effort. I'm amazed that they let the cars leave the factory with that much orange peel!
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I would really hate to see what that cost to have done. From the types of cars you show in your threads I would say that it must be very costly. Not that all the work that goes into it doesn't deserve a premium to be paid ,but because of all the work that is put in.

Looks great!.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:54 AM   #7
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Wow man very impressive work!!
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:55 PM   #8
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And to think I get excited when I get to work on a Corvette.. lol. Different worlds.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:19 PM   #9
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amazing stuff
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:29 PM   #10
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Oh to have this done to my Camaro...
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:19 PM   #11
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How much to do my Camaro?
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To me, from the factory, this is one of the most beautiful cars made. What you have done to it defies words. Great job!
Thank you very much!


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Wow, I actually read through the whole thing. Your job seriously is a labor of love. I don't think I have that kind of patience.
Thanks Nessa!


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Fantastic job...I couldn't imagine having the guts to take sandpaper to a Ferrari, but it was definitely worth the effort. I'm amazed that they let the cars leave the factory with that much orange peel!
My background is in high end detailing. I have taken sandpaper to cars far more expensive than a Ferrari. Paint is paint.


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I would really hate to see what that cost to have done. From the types of cars you show in your threads I would say that it must be very costly. Not that all the work that goes into it doesn't deserve a premium to be paid ,but because of all the work that is put in.

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Wow man very impressive work!!
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And to think I get excited when I get to work on a Corvette.. lol. Different worlds.
Corvette's are great cars (with equally horrible paint). Paint is paint. It's just the cost of repair is higher when you screw something up.


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Oh to have this done to my Camaro...
Autopia-CarCare sells everything you need to make it happen. However I don't necessarily recommend sanding factory paint unless you have a lot of experience and are willing to live with the consequences.

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I believe the bill was in the neighborhood of 4-5k. It's been a while.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:00 PM   #13
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Todd,

Wow . . . just wow. I would give anything just to touch one of these cars. I'm awestruck by the level of detail that went into every aspect of this write up . . . seriously impressive!!! You sir, have some amazing talent to perform at this level!
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Wow . . . just wow. I would give anything just to touch one of these cars. I'm awestruck by the level of detail that went into every aspect of this write up . . . seriously impressive!!! You sir, have some amazing talent to perform at this level!
Thank you, although my passion has shifted to teaching others how to car for their rides with the same passion!
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Or not smart enough to know when to stop!
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