2002 Lamborghini Murcielago Full Detail


Hey guys on today's episode we're working on this, a 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago! The Murcielago, introduced in 2001, boasting a monstrous 6.2-liter V12 engine producing up to 580 horsepower! This one in particular was in need of some serious AMMO love. With Mother’s day right around the corner, I thought it would be fitting to treat my mom to a ride in the Murci after the Detail! Okay let's begin. 

Once moving the car inside and under the lights I can see that the paint is swirled everywhere, there are random isolated scratches, and it seems the license plate rattled and scuffed the bumper. Besides that, the interior is really dirty and dried out, the exhaust tips are coated in some black grime, and the wheels haven't been cleaned in what seems to be a very long time. With all that said, there is a lot on this car that needs to be addressed!

Step one is to break the lug nuts free, put her up on the lift and pop the wheels off to take a peek inside before giving her a soak with Boost Anti-Salt and Foam Paint Cleanser on both the undercarriage and the paint.

I then used the blower and a microfiber towel to dry the mini scoops and vents, now keep in mind this is a very powerful blower and I suggest wearing ear protection especially if you're working on cars daily! Now at this point in the process the outside, the suspension, and undercarriage has been cleaned and dried. During the wash process I feel with my hand for contaminants to know what needs to be clayed. 

Before using clay I make sure to wet the paint, take some soap, squeeze it out, and then clay it using the soap as lubrication. I'm going to do one panel at a time and make sure to remove all contaminants before I polish. With a few spots of contamination now removed I polished with a straight cut wool pad and X-Foliate Polishing Fluid then repeated the steps with a straight cut foam waffle PAD as the last step. After getting a better look into the front brake duct scoops and they desperately needed to be cleaned up so I removed both grilles I sprayed Frothe Hoseless Lift in the brake duct Scoops and removed everything with a blue towel.

 As it turns out the license plate area had a bunch of glue residue left over, for that I used rapid remover. I let it sit for a little while then I gently rubbed with my fingernail to loosen the adhesion before polishing. 

Later on while I was polishing the bottom of the rear bumper I noticed the exhaust pipe coating had failed and was not black nor was it Chrome so I thought it was just best to remove everything and start from scratch. This was not easy! Attempt one was with Bar Keeper's Friend and 4 ought steel wool, no luck. Attempt two was with compound and 4 ought steel wool, better but we still had way too much work to do. Attempt 3 was with sandpaper by hand now we had some improvement here but not great. Attempt 4 was with an acid-based chrome cleaner and then steel wool again, it worked but I'd be here for like two days if we kept going in this direction.

For attempt 5 I brought out the big guns. I used the LHR 75 which is a three inch machine with 800 grit sandpaper to quickly grind away the old burned up coating. Once the coating was removed I polished the pipe with a wool pad and compound and then finished up with polish. When I was done they looked way better and now they match the wheels perfectly. 

With the smaller machines out for the exhaust tips I hopped over and Polished the calipers and the engine carbon fiber parts just to kind of keep the good times rolling plus I also did the door jams with the scissor doors because they're very exposed and visible so I wanted to make them match the rest of the paint as well. 

Next I worked on the interior after polishing because I likely created some dust from the machine on the interior while I was working on the door jamb so it makes sense to work this area last to avoid working over yourself and potentially killing any profitability. 

The first step inside was to remove the floor mats and scrub every leather surface with Lather Interior Cleanser and an interior brush. Now if you look closely you can see pretty much everything has this shiny sort of surface on it and it's greasy. This indicates that there's body oil and dirt on the surface and it just needs to be gently removed. For the interior emblems and vent trim, I finger polish with a microfiber towel and X-Foliate Polishing Fluid to remove the Cloudy hazy finish. 

With the mats now drying I again used the blower to flush out any and all dust and trapped garbage from behind and underneath the seats before I started vacuuming. It can be super helpful on tight Interiors to do this first before vacuuming because you're going to flush everything out.

As a last step on the interior, I applied a coating of Mousse Interior Conditioner and UV protectant because it was desperately needed. After two minutes or so I buffed it off to a matte finish and it looked fantastic. 

Next I cleaned the wheels and then coated them with Gelee Pro. After doing the wheels I also coated the freshly polished calipers and exhaust tips as well. Prior to the paint coating, I made sure to remove any last oils or greases with a 50-50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and water.
Once the paint is now prepped, I primed the applicator pad with Reflex Pro 2  and only worked one small panel at a time. Now during the application process, if you feel that it's becoming too sticky or super difficult to remove, then you're likely waiting too long or working too big of an area at one time. Work in smaller areas and complete the rest of the car, including the door jambs. 

With the paint coating now curing, I added Mud Tire Gel to the wheel wells for some needed pop on the older plastic liners. Over at the sink, I sprayed the honeycomb grill with Frothe Hoseless Lift and then scrubbed with an interior brush to clean all the crevices. I hit it with compressed air afterward and then just reinstalled, and the car was really coming along. With the wheels now back on the car and torqued, I started working on the glass and then I heard a knock on the door. It was my Mom!

After doing a walk around and explaining the significance of this car to my mom, I decided to take her for a spin in the freshly detailed Bull. As the V12 screamed down the highway it she had to plug her ears!

While astonished by the power and capability of the car, she ultimately came to the conclusion that it just wasn’t her “type” of car. After our little joyride, another guest appeared.

This time it was my friend Doug DeMuro! After discussing some of the quirks and features of the Murci with Doug, we hopped in and took the beast for another spin. 

I think Doug may have enjoyed the ride along a little more than my Mom did… Thanks for coming along with me through this detail of this 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago! And also a big thank you to my Mom and Doug for making it a detail I’ll never forget. Until next time! 

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