This is a 2015 Porsche Panamera GTS. My client called me to ask some questions about ceramic coatings. He had a couple of friends of his tell him that he needed to investigate having a ceramic coating installed on his new car. After talking with him about the various options, he told me he would like to get Opti-Coat Paint Guard applied to his 2015 Porsche Panamera GTS. In addition to that he also decided to go with our Ultimate Ceramic Package. My clients choices were Opti Trim Protect and Opti Tire Coating both are excellent choices.
This was because he had bought this Porsche from a dealer out of town without seeing it in person. So, there were bound to be some scratches and swirls in the paint.
What makes this 2015 Porsche Panamera GTS special?
Anytime you are financially able to buy a Porsche, it is always a special occasion. My client told me that this was his first Porsche. While the car was technically his, it would more than likely end up going with his wife. He told me she would take this car to work at the University of Florida. Happy wife happy life, right? He also told me he was a “car guy” and was always reading and learning new techniques online, so he had tons of questions for me.
Assessing the damage
Although this was a used car, a person would normally think that any issues with the paint would be fixed at the dealership selling the car. They were not. Most of the time that the damage has occurred on the dealership property. That is simply from a lack of maintenance by the detail department at the dealership. Most of the damage that occurs at a dealership is from sitting on the lot. This particular 2015 Porsche Panamera GTS had some micro marring – which is light scratches. This happens from the car being washed with a pressure washer and then being wiped down with the same towel they have used on several other cars on the lot. This process creates scratches.
The biggest problem that this 2015 Porsche Panamera GTS had is severe swirls all over the sides of the car and tops of the fenders. This more than likely occurred from an individual attempting to polish out the micro marring and in essence making the paint worse. This usually is from someone using a rotary buffing machine on the paint that does not know how to use one.
How to fix the problems
I spoke with my client about all of the ceramic coating options offered by Opti-Coat. I said that while part of the ceramic coating service includes a light polish, anything that is needed beyond that would be an extra charge. Black Porsche paint is very difficult to bring back to the original clarity and luster. The way to do that is to be very methodical and take your time polishing. The paint can’t be allowed to get hot. It will cause “checking” or “fracturing” which will look like straight line scratches forming crosses (tic tac toe effect). This is so we have a surface that is free of defects. On this 2015 Porsche Panamera GTS, he decided to go with Opti-Coat Paint Guard.
Work performed on this 2015 Porsche Panamera GTS
This particular car did have a great deal of damage on it. The scratches and swirls were pretty deep. I used Optimum Hyper Intensive polish, which is a medium cut polish with a rotary machine to eliminate all of the severe swirls and scratches. This took a great deal of time. I then cleaned the paint with an IPA solution and then finally coated this vehicle with Opti-Coat Paint Guard. The results are stunning.
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