MODELLO: Maserati Biturbo 4.18v
COLORE: Dark Acquamarina
A small, angular, wedge-shaped car.
Perhaps one of the most charming cars ever build in history, Italian to the bone. Compact and proportioned like few others.
Don’t call her a normal Biturbo, but a very rare 4.18v dark aquamarine color …. Wow!
The first day is dedicated to the body care: let’s start with some water, a bit of colloidal and vaporizer.
The car is completely moistened, eaves of water. It is the best method to make the colloidal cleaning the surface and respecting it.
I dry everything with giant microfibers, finishing every detail with smaller microfibers and my faithful spatula.
I clean tires with vynil cleaner, I polish the rims. I finish with the door rims.
Then it’s time for the engine compartment, to be honest it’s well mantained. I start by removing as much as I can and I finish by cleaning the rubber and plastic parts. I won’t use the dressing, it would be inappropriate and would make the beautiful Maserati engine look plastic and cheap. After all, how could I dirty the chrome ducts of the Biturbo with some vulgar silicone?!
I place the car in the polishing slot, the lights immediately reveal many signs of the bodywork, the opacity given by the maintenance scratches, the so-called “sporchini” (given by the contamination during the repainting), obvious signs of sanding.
In short, the bodywork looks like a battle at Risk!
I decide to start from the engine hood, definitely the most compromised part, I try to remove some dirt first with a mini abrasive disc, but the work would be long then I will use this technique for the finishing.
I just have to opacify the clearcoat to eliminate as many defects as possible. I start dividing the hood into 4 parts – the machine is small – and I start sanding one panel at a time, then polish it again. Ok it took me a few hours, but the result is sublime!
On the third day I immediately start polishing the left side of the car starting from the front but suddenly I have like a creative “block”.
Ok, I smoothed, I removed a lot of flaws. But although the car is looking good I’m not completely convinced, it seems that the more I correct the defects the more I see new ones.
I’m entering one of my obsessive crisis: I have to stop for a while.
I put the polisher on the “bench” and I start cleaning by hand some details like the big frontal Trident.
Cleaning the small and apparently insignificant details makes me feel in peace with the obsessive part of my personality.
Today I absolutely must resume polishing, never shine more than three days. On Marcello finds inspiration.
I put the polishers in a line and I start with a rothorbital. I taped all well with a restoration tape to protect the edges.
I continue like this all day long, alternating large and small polishers with abrasive discs by hand. It’s 6:45 p.m., I’m exhausted like a horse that raced the Japan Cup. Polishing is done, I’m good with myself. I tidy up and head home.
I arrive at the Garage very early, I still have to do the interior of the car, OMG! So, doors wide open then start with aspiration, light on my head as a speleologist, here we go.
Once I’ve finished vacuuming, the I clean the carpets, a beautiful two-color warp and weft with a “herringbone” effect, so classy!
The second detailing element is the upholstery, a wonderful velvet yellowed by time and a strange dust that mysteriously darken the beauty of all the materials of the car.
After a small investigation with the customer I discover that it is wood dust. The car has been abandoned in a carpentry shop for years!
What a crime!
Going back to velvet, it’s a bit outdatated, and even if it’s a very resistant material, I can’t soak it like a cookie in the coffee, so I decide to take some hot water and a white microfiber: I arm myself with nitrile gloves to protect my hands from too hot water and I proceed.
I bathe, squeeze, caress the velvet fur and against fur, in loop. Slowly the dirt comes off. After an hour I finish all the upholstery, the result is remarkable.
Finally I clean the leather with my bare hands, sprinkling detergent in a very delicate way, because some parts like the dashboard and central tunnels are very deteriorated.
Last but not least, it’s time for the roof and hatbox, both in Alcantara.
It’s almost evening, I proceed to the cleaning of the smallest details, from the keys to the fragile nozzles, with small swabs (like cotton swabs), spatula and microfibers of various grains wet and not. For the inside chemistry is warmly not recommended, just a lot of patience and manual work.
That’s all Folks!