CQuartz Finest Reserve
AUDI R8 V10 PLUS
We often are fortunate to work with the most discerning enthusiasts - those who desire the absolute best in every aspect of the work we perform. The Best Refinement. The Best Product. The Best Service.
The owner of this Audi R8 V10 Plus demanded the best - and so, the best is what was delivered. To do this, we enhanced the incredible Ara Blue paintwork before protecting every exterior component with ceramic protection - featuring CQuartz Finest Reserve.
We are one of three Certified Finest Reserve Installers in Canada. Out of 200+ yearly applications, we have been hand-selected to offer this next-gen nano-tech ceramic coating, representing the top 0.2% of elite-level detailing facilities worldwide.
One of the most important parts of any preservative detail is understanding what we are working with; all the small details matter. Prior to commencing any work, we thoroughly inspected and documented this R8 with both written notes and hundreds of photographs in order to genuinely understand its unique needs.
Our inspection resulted in a few key findings that would affect how we approach the restorative portion of the detail. Some of these findings included:
Paint Protection Film Lifting - while it was very small and in isolated areas, this is important to know so we can ensure we are extra cautious when working around these areas to ensure the films condition is retained.
Sanding Marks - often seen on new vehicles, there were several sanding marks/areas across the vehicle. These would require addressing as they were diminishing the gloss and clarity of the paintwork.
Swirls, Scratches - typical 'love' marks across various panels, including the taillights, carbon fiber components, black trim and the paint in general had swirls and some deeper scratches that will be refined to a near-perfect finish.
Our documentation is thorough, as it should be. We complete both analog and digital inspection forms, take hundreds of photos, and compile this information into a 6+ page document that will be provided to the owner of the vehicle after the service.
We then move onto thoroughly, yet carefully rinsing any loose debris off the vehicle. We use a low-PSI pressure wash for this, to ensure the safety of any sensitive materials while still effectively cleaning the surface.
This was followed by our famous Essentials Hand Wash, which consists of a full foam-soak, 3-bucket hand wash, and filtered/heated air dry and soft towel soaking.
To decontaminate the paint (strip off any remaining sap, tar, etc.), a combination of contamination-specific chemicals along with a gentle clay bar process was completed.
The first step in any detail is to properly wash, clean, and rid the vehicle of contamination. It sounds like the logical first step - but how in-depth this must be is often overlooked, and can have significant consequences when not performed correctly.
This specific R8 V10 Plus came in looking very clean - but it was soon found that there was environmental fallout, tar, and other contamination spread across the various panels of the vehicle.
We began with a pre-wash treatment which chemically removes fallout and other particles while remaining a completely acid-free, pH-neutral product, ensuring no damage would occur to any of the various materials used to make this incredible machine.
Included with the CQuartz Finest Signature Service is a complete wheels-off detail with ceramic protection. This involves raising the vehicle on our 6,000lb rated vehicle lift and removing all the wheels so that we are able to properly clean and coat all surfaces. For this R8, we performed the following steps:
Removal of all wheels, Deep Cleaning off-vehicle
Tar removal on wheels, wheel arches
Hand-cleaning of brake calipers
Polishing brake calipers for a high gloss finish
CQuartz Fabric ceramic coating on all wheel arch fabrics
CQuartz DLUX ceramic coating on all wheel arch plastics
Easy washing, retention of a deep, rich black appearance for 2+ years
CQuartz Finest Reserve applied to brake calipers, full wheels
Ultimate protection for high gloss, 800f+ heat resistance and easy washing
Shortwave IR Infrared curing of all materials coated with Finest Reserve to ensure a thorough curing of the ceramic coatings for the best durability and performance.
With all coatings completed, we re-installed the wheels and torqued to factory specifications using our electronically-controlled Snap-On Torque Wrench which is accurate within 2%. Our clients safety is important to us, so we ensure we we only utilize the best tools and products.
REFINEMENT, AT IT'S FINEST.
Arguably one of the most important procedures performed in ensuring a high-gloss finish, Paint Correction is the process of removing defects such as swirls, scratches, sanding marks, and rotary holograms that otherwise take away from the rich, deep gloss the surface should have - whether it be paint, trim, or carbon fiber.
While this process as a whole is vital for the final result - it is not something that should be rushed into. Methodical prep is key, and patience becomes important when dealing not only with a car worth over $200,000 - but also one with a variety of intricate components, small edges, and sensitive materials that are susceptible to damage if not refined with the utmost care and attention.
SWIRLS. SCRATCHES. SANDING MARKS. ROTARY HOLOGRAMS. These were all found across this R8, and were refined from the surface(s) to reveal an incredible glossy, deep blue metallic finish. It's often shocking to our clients how much better we can make even new paint look.