FIAT X19 Preservation Detail
We recently had the opportunity to do a preservation detail and polishing service to a 1976 Fiat X19 that has been tastefully modified and well kept for decades. While I don’t know all the exact details of this car, it has many aftermarket parts, cometizione parts as well as some really cool body part and wheels.
This targa came in for protection and preservation. The factory paint is failing but all still original and even. The goal of this service was to lightly polish the paint to remove light scratching, deepen the color, remove some water spots and treat everything with our favorite Swissvax concours wax. When polishing, we really wanted to minimize too much physical liquid on the pad to avoid impregnating and pushing any solvents and debris into the cracks of the paint, rather run a dryer pad and work very cleanly.
A lot of the trim pieces were removed to clean behind them and airbrush with Gtechnic trim coating including engine grilles. Many of the parts went back on with the factory cosmoline still intact. We didn’t want to clean or remove any of that factory coating. While it doesn’t look good, it does protect the surface and takes away from the originality from the car as well.
All of the flat black parts were cleaned with a beta water spot remove that we have been working on, and then followed up with paint prep and ceramic coating to help protect them the best as we can.
The brightwork was all lightly hand polished to give a nice appearance but not overpolihsed, and we cleaned the tires to give them that new look.
A couple notable pieces that make this car are the FAZA snorkel engine cover intake that shoots air into the Webber carbs. The Abarth Steering weheel gives a nice tough and feel on the interior and the ATS wheels give it the perfect look and period correct add on.
The Bertone styling and designe is definitely unique and has had a timeless feel that has become more collectable. We polished inside the engine cover, under the front bumper and did a light detail on the interior to freshen everything up.
We didn’t have enough time to do a video, not to mention the fact that I am not the most knowledgeable about these cars, but I hope you enjoy the pictures and blog write up. The paint work was polished with Sole and a yellow pad for a one step process and beautiful results.
Thanks for reading!
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All Purpose Soap is Here! Plant based power
Oberk APS is our all new All Purpose Soap that we developed to differentiate between soaps on the market. Many soaps we find currently are Ph neutral and offer a means of lubrication to manually wash the vehicle. Other very aggressive soaps can either be alkaline or acidic cleaners that work extremely well, but risk damaging sensitive materials and metals. Oberk All Purpose soap is a Plant Based formula with no odor, that was originally formulated in the semi-truck washing industry. Washing Semi trucks can be challenging because they get very dirty, but also very hard to clean all at once without drying. Our Staywet technology helps keep maximum lubricity while increasing the dwell time . Along with that, the formula is easier to rinse from the surface if partially dried without registration. This is all of coarse if you use 100% filtered water. Additionally, this formula attacks salt build up and salt sprays often used in northern states that get snow and colder weather. Oberk soap is the perfect solution for mobile detailers but also works fantastic as a prep soap prior to the paint correction process, or as a maintenance soap for ceramic coated vehicles. This soap with strip most waxes and polymer based sealants. While this isn’t a "foam soap", and doesn’t have a heavy foam, if used as a prewash it pulls, lifts and drags the dirt and debris from the surface to then be pressure washed off. This can actually be used a s a hand free wash is used on a well maintained, ceramic coated vehicle.
This solution works in 3 ways -
1. Traditional washing method - add .5oz per gallon
2. Foam Cannon prewash - 2-4oz per cannon
3. Mix 1:4 in spray bottle for bug remover (foaming sprayer or IK foamer suggested
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Gloss University and Detailiwise Training Programs at the Ring Brothers June 3rd, 4-5th
Spaces are filling up and there is only a little over a Month before Gloss University training at the Ring Brothers goes down. Make sure you check out the Gloss University website to get your seat and learn more by clicking the button or image above. Classes include food, drink, swag, shirts, as well as a meet and greet dinner Saturday evening for an amazing Italian dinner. Join us for multiple days of knowledge from Jason Killmer, David Patterson, Eron Knox, Matty Arendt, and announcing Jennifer Turcotte. Jen participated in our first Gloss University coarse at the Ring Brothers over 2 years ago, and she is back as a guest instructor. We're stoked for her to be joining and adding a new element to what GU offers.
The one day business class is honestly going to be one of the most valuable one day classes you could take with the best in the industry. Jason Otterness and Greg Natonson of DetailWise Academy and Chicago Auto Pros, Chris DiGiovanni of Detailers Roadmap, and Grant Menard of Menard Premium Detailing. These are all guys that are at the top tier when it comes to websites, marketing, SEO, business strategy and scaling, as well as proven feedback from people who have some of the more successful detail shops in the country.