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    Each one, teach one... Ferrari Fiorano 355 F1 Spider

    Each one, teach one... Ferrari Fiorano 355 F1 Spider

    Ferrari Fiorano 355 F1 Spider - Number 25 of 104 built

    There was a member on ShowCarGarage.com whose signature line read, "Each one, teach one", which I always kind of liked.

    A couple of weeks ago, a new friend of mine, Mike Sage, asked me to either detail his Ferrari Fiorano, or teach his detailer how to properly polish the paint on his Ferrari Fiorano. He had recently displayed his Ferrari Firiano 355 F1 Spider at a show and noticed in the sun that the finish on his Ferrari didn't look as good as he though it could, and certainly didn't look as good as a car such as this should look considering its prestigious marque.

    This particular Ferrari Fiorano is Number 25 of 104 built. Only 100 of these cars were imported into America, it was named after the Firiano Race Track. It has an engine that produces 400 horsepower and after being taken for a couple of hard accelerating passes, believe me, this thing moves out!

    Inside this airplane hanger the paint looks pretty good.



    To get a better look at the true condition of the finish, Mike drove the Ferrari out of the airplane hanger and into the sun. The time was approximately 1:00pm and the sun was high in the sky lighting up the finish for a more accurate revelation of the true condition. Below are some photos that have been cropped and resized, following each photo is a a section cropped out of the original, but in no other way changed or modified. These second photos cropped out of the original will give you accurate view of the true condition of the finish on this Ferrari.





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    This area here is the Ferrari Prancing Horse emblem on the front fender just below the windshield pillar, (The A-pillar)





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    Here's the drivers headlight bucket,





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    This photo was taken of the built-in wing on the rear of the car,





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    Here's the driver's rear fender,






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    As you can see by these photos, the finish is dull, hazy and filled with swirls. While it may look good in an airplane hanger or a garage, it looks horrific outdoors in the sun.

    The goal on this day was to teach Mike's detailer, Martin, how to use the Meguiar's paint polishing system to remove the haze and swirls and restore a deep, rich, clear reflective finish that looks wet... and is worthy of the Ferrari name.

    Tools and products we'll use,

    G-100a
    Speed Glaze
    Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax
    Meguiar's Quik Detailer
    W-8006 foam polishing pad
    Meguiar's W-9006 foam finishing pad
    Ultimate Wipe
    Ultimate Bonnet
    Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Spray

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    Hi Lt1corvette,

    I'm certainly no genius, but thanks anyway...

    You have to understand, the detailer doing the previous work was doing his best with the skills he had and the products he was given to use by the company he works for. Before I discovered Meguiar's, I'd be reluctant to tell you what I was using, but at the time, these were the product recommended to me and that I understood. (Rubbing compound, polishing compound and traditional wax, basically the things in my dad's garage).

    Martin's heart and work ethic are in the right place, like most people, he doesn't want to do less then excellent work, but until someone shares what they know about the art of polishing paint with others that don't know, that person cannot bring his or her skill and knowledge to a higher level, they tend to only do what they know, it's a case of,

    "That's the way we've always done it"

    I must say he was an excellent listener, eager to learn how to improve his skills and open to new products. He also picked up the techniques I taught him at the snap of your fingers.

    The owner is like many people I have met in my life, he owns something special to him, and has a feeling something is wrong, but doesn't know what the problem is, or the solution. He's no stranger to the automotive world, and in fact is heavily involved in the automotive world but has heard many different opinions on what the best way to detail is, and what the best products to use are and it can be difficult to know who to believe.

    So there's a good reason for all the questions you raise.

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