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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Porsche Cayman Special Edition - Optimum Detail

Woke up early one Saturday morning to detail one of the first and possibly only one of its kind in Malaysia with my buddy KC.

Which one could it be? Supercharged Porsche 993?

Ferrari F355?

Could it be the Porsche Cayman?

Not just any Cayman but... a Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman.

From this...

To this...

Click on the link for the details of the detail.

We were told by the owner that this was possibly the first and only Porsche Design Cayman in the country.

No. 571 out of 777 worldwide.

What's special about this special edition? Alcantara steering wheel, gear lever and headliner.

Porsche 911 Turbo wheels.
Solid red rear lights.
Porsche Design Edition 1 Aluminum Kick Plates.
Porsche umbrella...
And distinctive matt black Porsche Design stripes.

The condition of the car before. Not too bad with just a light coat of dust.

What about swirls you say? It is black after all...

While waiting for KC to arrive, I started off with an Optimum No Rinse (ONR) wash and clay with ONR lube.

Halfway through KC finally arrived and started work on the wheels, I'll leave it to him to post more details on that, while I started polishing the kick plates and exhaust tips with Optimum Metal Polish.

The owner was very particular about not damaging the Porsche Design stripes so they were taped up before compounding.

The paint was in pretty bad shape with swirls and many deep Random Isolated Deep Scratches (RIDS).

After evaluating the paint and doing a test spot, KC and I realized that this was going to be another long day...

Multiple passes of Meguiars M105 with Lake Country double sided wool pad were required to remove most of the severe defects.

While KC was compounding, I followed behind with Optimum Polish II with Meg's 2.0 Polishing Pad and a Makita 9227C rotary.
50/50. Pretty good results with just the M105 and OPII.

Mirrors were polished with OPII.


KC working between the stripes.

The finish looked pretty good after M105/OPII but as this was black, we did not want to take any chances and went over the entire car again with Optimum Finish and Meg's 2.0 Finishing Pad with a rotary.

The paint was sealed with Opti-Seal followed by a coat of Optimum Car Wax. The afters...

No engine bay detailing required... its under there somewhere.

It had been a long, hot and humid day until...
Now it was a WET, long, hot and humid day...

The Opti-Seal and Optimum Car Wax combo left the paint with a deep mirror like finish.

My favorite part of the car... curves.

The glossy paint look great against the matt black stripes.

More curves...

Mirror like finish.

Our next assignment once we recover from this detail... Porsche 997 GT3.


  1. excellent work! how much did this job cost the owner?

  2. I would say that we gave the owner a very good price.