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The car is a 2007 Bentely Azure T and although this seems like an odd place to ask, you never know because I have seen the ultra-wealthy eat at McDonald's with the common folk and met rocket scientists at the local drag strip so I thought I might get lucky here with some detailing advicefor Bentleys on a Titan forum.

I'm particularly interested in the leather, wood trim and carpet on the interior and the metal wheels, tailpipes, emblems and grill as well as the convertible top.

My first inclination was to purchase Bentley's own car care kit but apparently it's not readily available here in the U.S. and quite likely very expensive if I can get it from the dealer since it has their name on it and all so I decided to see what is available retail that is worthy of using on a $350,000.00 automobile.

I believe I am going to use the Raggtop kit on the convertible top since that is the only product the manufacturer of Bentley's tops recommends.

I was considering the Connolly leather care kit for the seats and other interior components since I believe they are the manufacturer of the leather although I can't be sure at this point.

I imagine the carpet is wool but don't know as yet and would appreciate any clues in that regard.

I need to be prepared for some metal polishing but it's been a long time since I polished metal and I am not sure what metal composition the wheels are as yet and haven't looked at any products for that.

As far as the bodywork, I will use the Menzerna polish after a wash and clay and am undecided what to put on as protection afterward but the top coat is not my chief concern right now as there are many acceptable products for that.

Rubber seals will get Aerospace 303 treated and the plastic lenses will get some plexus.

The vehicle only has 2800 miles on it but was recently driven on some salty roads so it is a bit dirty on the exterior however I believe the interior is likely quite clean.

Any suggestions are appreciated and thanks in advance for the help.


This video isn't exactly the same car but I imagine the leather is very similar and with all the effort they put into the seats as well as the rest of the vehicle, the least I can do is use the proper products to detail it with.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQjTiCtEBUs
 

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If i had that car...i think i would pay someone to take care of that for me....
 
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Papa_D.... IbChris is right...

Playing with a car of that value is going to be like cheating death. Eventually your gonig to make a decision that you can't return from.

Take it to a pro and your investment will appreciate. If you have to have it fixed by a pro after a bad incident you'll lose value.

Just my opinion.
 

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If i had that car...i think i would pay someone to take care of that for me....
Without getting too specific about the circumstances, I will say it's not my car but rather a good friend of mine and since he knew I was quite familiar with detailing products, he asked for some assistance in taking care of it because like me, he chooses to do the things for himself that he can, or to have a trusted friend help him out rather than paying a stranger.

Granted, detailing an exotic vehicle is no simple task but with the right products, research, knowledge, patience and determination, properly detailing even a Bentley is not beyond reach and yes, paying someone else to do it is certainly sensible and easier to be sure, that wouldn't be nearly as much fun, lol.

He and I also like to do research and have fun with new challenges like this, make an event of it if you will by getting a few of the Titan folks together for assistance and although it's not as cut and dried as some things, I believe we will manage just fine and be able to achieve excellent results once the proper products have been chosen.

I am no stranger to difficult tasks and am quite handy because of my experience prototyping yachts, not to mention the fact that I have also enlisted the help of another trusted friend who is detail obsessed, Gary 768 who is as anal retentive about details as I am and together, we will likely achive great results and have a fair bit of fun as well and besides, our food and drinks are being paid for and that's all it takes to get us excited, particularly when it's a good friend.

SlickNick is getting in on the act as well and will be letting us use his AAMCO shop in case the weather doesn't cooperate and we will get a few of the other Titan folks together so they can stand around and laugh at the guys doing the work and with their encouragement and sarcastic humor, a good time will be had by all and a Bentley will get detailed too, lol.
 

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Papa_D.... IbChris is right...

Playing with a car of that value is going to be like cheating death. Eventually your gonig to make a decision that you can't return from.

Take it to a pro and your investment will appreciate. If you have to have it fixed by a pro after a bad incident you'll lose value.

Just my opinion.
I appreciate the advice but I don't play as they say and if I was unsure about anything, I wouldn't do it. Besides, life isn't much worth living without a bit of risk now and then and to me, that's what keeps it interesting, lol.

While I certainly wouldn't take a high speed buffer to it, a clay job, a bit of random orbital action with Menzerna polish with nothing but bare skin, lamb’s wool, horse hair and microfiber touching anything combined with the correctly chosen products and great care doing the work, I feel confident we will achieve good and possibly even great results.

I would let this guy do my detail work if I was going to pay to have it done however he is not cheap but the best never are.

YouTube - World's Most Expensive Car Wash
 

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Have you checked for advice on Meguiars Online yet? Meguiar's Online

Seriously, I come to car forums for tech advice all the time, but I go straight to MOL when I need to know something about detailing.
 

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That guy with the pressure washer is an idiot.... and I'm being kind
 

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That guy with the pressure washer is an idiot.... and I'm being kind
No kidding. If that was my car I would freak out. I hope he lives in a dry climate.
 

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I know one guy with a Bentley. It is decorated with dried up McNuggets and spilled orange soda. I don't think it has ever been washed, and probably still has the original oil.
 

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Papa D, I know exactly who has that Bentley, a friend of yours and mine, and I agree with you 1000% about that friend of ours doing it himself. As for the leather seats, I would not trust just any leather cleaner, but rather one that uses very little silicon, there are some that use natural oils to clean and moisturize the leather. As for the outside, I would rather use a polishing compound than a carnuba wax.
 

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As for the outside, I would rather use a polishing compound than a carnuba wax.
If I understood PapaD correctly the Bentley has only a few miles on it. I would think that a polish would not be necessary with so few miles. I would use a clay bar first, see what the finish looks like and then assess the need for a polish.
 
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Yes the Bentley has very few miles, and the car has not been outside often, so a wash and polish would do wonders, especially from the salt in the air and the ground.
 

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Special thanks goes to Brian, Gary and Nick. :thumbsup:
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Sorry NO pressure washer, but we did have a box of Q-tips
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Late night cellphone photo more to come. Brian will be taking better pictures.
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I think I would KILL that guy in the video if that were my car!!!!!
 

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Just a couple of photos to show the depth and reflection achieved after Papa D cracked the whip! LOL

Check out the before and after of the wheels... Unfortunately there was some pitting after cleaning and polishing from the previous owners neglect...
 

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Wow! I would not have expected the wheels to be in that shape with so few miles. That's a lot of work. What did you use on the wheels (tools and supplies)?
 

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Wow! I would not have expected the wheels to be in that shape with so few miles. That's a lot of work. What did you use on the wheels (tools and supplies)?
You and me both and if the guy who was supposed to take care of the car were there I would have biatch slapped him out of principal and although it was mostly good old fashioned elbow grease, a bit of Eagle One sure made the job easier. We also used a bit of Optima Metal polish and the Meguire's foam wheel cone on a drill and and then topped the wheels off with Klasse.

 
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