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Thread: Prep for a Cross Country Journey - McLaren MP4 Spider - Oakes Detail

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    Prep for a Cross Country Journey - McLaren MP4 Spider - Oakes Detail

    This exciting project was brought to me all the way from Washington DC, so that I could properly paint correct, clear wrap, ceramic coat and make some cosmetic upgrades to this Mclaren MP4-12C Spider. This stunning color combo was getting ready for a cross country journey that would end up spanning over 2 months with the owner and over 12k miles after leaving me. Iím here to show you guys the visual transformation it received before being enjoyed by itís new owner to the fullest! What better way to enjoy your new to you exotic?

    This Spider came in with just three thousand miles on it, and while it wasnít in rough shape, it could be taken up a few notches. Even better so, now benefitting from the added protection it received before going on itís long trip. Iíll let the pictures take the story from hereÖ

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    The brakes were standard black, which the owner felt was too plain on such an awesome color combination. So he decided to have us match them to McLaren Orange. We completely degreased, sanded down and etched the calipers then painted them using high heat enamel based primer and base coat, airbrushed the logos and then finished them with a high heat enamel clear. Giving them a completely OEM look! We choose not to go the powdercoat route to avoid having to rebuild the calipers and full brake system service, given the cars plans to go cross country.

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    While the brakes were being done, the wheels were removed to be completely DeIronized, clayed, polished and then ceramic coated using CQuartz . Below you will see the before and after results!

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    With the wheels and brakes curing, next was preparing the paint to be both clear wrapped and ceramic coated. The paint condition, while wasnít dire, still needed a full correction to qualify for the desired protection install. The following shows the before condition under powerful LEDs that mimic direct sunlight, then the 50/50 photos and finished non coated paint in the same lighting after the half and half shots.

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    And with a little bonus of the 50/50 shot on the Key itself

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    With the paint prepared properly prepared, the clear film install was able to commence. This was a completely custom install to remove all seams and wrap all edges to make it as invisible as possible. Here you can see the initial install and the films appearance after initial install.

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    Post film install and reprep, the entire body was then coated with CQuartz Finest Ceramic coating in three layers. All painted and clear wrapped surfaces received the coating and was IR cured as shown in the photo below!

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    Now for the finished result, showing the true gloss and depth that this color has to offer. Starting off with some reflection and full vehicle profile shots inside under fluorescent and LED lighting. Then shown outside under the true test, sunlight!

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    What better way to end the write up, than with a wave good bye as this MP4 was loaded on to my custom built trailer that is tailored to low, wide exotics to transport it back to Washington DC? After this photo, the car went on to tour the entire US and cover over 12k miles in just two months...if only all exotics were enjoyed the same!

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    As always, thanks for checking it out. Hope you enjoyed the transformation! There are plenty more exciting threads coming!
    -Oakes

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    Stunning, just stunning. Oakes, you have the best job in the world!

    edit: I meant to ask about the black planks under the tires. Are they to elevate the car a bit to make it more efficient to do the tires and to keep the floor tidy when applying the dressing? Good idea.
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    They are to elevate the car to clear the midrise scissor lift that is underneath. It does also help with applying dressing to the tires too.

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    What does one spend on a detail job this involved? I can imagine it is very high dollar!

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    Awesome as usual Nick. I have a 2017 M2 on order, and I am bringing it to you as soon as i get it.

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    Very impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rscaffidi View Post
    Awesome as usual Nick. I have a 2017 M2 on order, and I am bringing it to you as soon as i get it.
    Thanks Rob! And congrats! Are you replacing the M3?

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    Nope. Keeping the M3. Replacing my 2011 328i with the M2, but now I need to figure out how to keep it covered and out of the elements. I was going to ask if you had any space for me to store the M3 for the winter as the M2 will be my DD. That way I can garage it during the winter and until I bike a carport or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rscaffidi View Post
    Nope. Keeping the M3. Replacing my 2011 328i with the M2, but now I need to figure out how to keep it covered and out of the elements. I was going to ask if you had any space for me to store the M3 for the winter as the M2 will be my DD. That way I can garage it during the winter and until I bike a carport or something.

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    Always space for you! We just had a lift spot open up due to a car selling while being stored here. Havent filled it yet, due to the holiday but can keep it open for you. I'll post a picture of the new set up, a little different since you last visited!

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    Nick,

    That would be great. My M2 is in production now, so I am estimating that I will have it by the new year. My plan would be to bring it up first and give it the works to protect it from the elements as much as possible. Then, when the M2 is done, I will bring up the M3 for detailing and storage, or storage and detailing, whichever you prefer. I would store the M3 until the spring or such a time as i would at least be able to construct a carport or parking structure for the M2. Just let me know how much to store the M3, and I am in as long as you don't mind waiting a little while with an open spot.

    Rob

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    Superb as always! Really appreciate the effort it takes to do the job as well as you do. Wish I knew more tricks of the trade. Do you take 54 yr old interns?
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    may I ask which mid-rise are you using?

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