A freshly detailed 2017 Jaguar XF S

Mar 3, 2011
California's Central Coast Wine Country
Hello Y'all:

My neighbor and friend just recently bought a 2017 Jaguar XF S with the 3.0 liter DOHC supercharged V6, 380hp. Car's got 40K miles on it. It's a California car in good shape, but it looked like it had a life of automated car washes. The paint wasn't damaged and the rubber trim was good; it simply needed a thorough spa treatment.

Those of you who know me know I am super meticulous about my cars. My neighbor has seen me detailing my cars since we met 17 years ago and he questioned me about how he could best revive the paint on the Jag. One thing led to another.

I had him order supplies and we worked on it together in my garage. I showed him all my tricks and techniques. Everything was done by hand, no electric polishers. Not only did we do the paint, we pulled the wheels and detailed them, cleaned the suspension and wheel wells, lightly cleaned the engine, etc. We spent 17 hours on it so far, for a total of 34 hours of labor. The interior is next, but we'll get to that sometime next week.

These were the steps:
1) Light cleaning of engine using P21S Total Body Wash
2) Pull wheels and clean suspension/wheel wells/wheels with P21S
3) Detail wheels/tires with Klasse All-In-One/Aerospace 303
4) Thoroughly wash car using P21S, toothbrush body seams and rubber trim edges
5) Clay bar paint with Meguire's
6) Wash car a second time using P21S, toothbrush again
7) Touch up rock chips with Dr. Color Chip
8) Polish paint with Meguire's M205 (36 hours after rock chip repair)
9) Seal paint with Jescar Powerlock + Plus
10) Seal paint with second coat of Jescar (24 hours between applications)
11) Polish glass with Griot's Fine Glass Polish
12) Wax paint with Collinite #915 (24 hours after second coat of Jescar)

The paint came out looking great. The "Storm Gray" color is really nice. His car has the "Black Package" as well.




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slo town

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Mar 3, 2011
California's Central Coast Wine Country
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slo town

Thread starter
Mar 3, 2011
California's Central Coast Wine Country
Thanks all. We didn't take pictures when we started. It was one of those deals we just wanted to get going. You know the drill.

BTW, when you roll on the throttle you can hear the supercharger whine. Motor pulls strong and the 8 speed auto shifts fast and smooth. Car is quieter than most with respect to road noise.

Just in case you didn't know, the body is aluminum so it's on the light side for something in this size and luxury class.

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Nov 23, 2003
Great job! He will have the cleanest looking car when it's in the shop getting repaired every month. Buying a used British car with 40K miles is like playing Russian Roulette.