It's an involved process. There are no two ways about it.
If you bought the first-ever example of a supercar that costs near to $6 million, chances are you'd stop at nothing to make sure that every square inch is as protected as it can be from wear and incidental damage. That's what the buyer of the world's first customer-delivered Bugatti Divo did, taking their precious super-high-performance track slayer straight to the detailing pros at Topaz Detailing in London for a detail and a complete paint protection treatment.
Applying a paint protection film of the sort used here is a painstaking process, requiring tons of labor and keen attention to detail.
The process starts with a full decontamination and detail to get rid of any dust, grit, bug matter, water spots, and whatever other fine contaminants might have clung to the paint. With such a new car, it's a pretty safe bet that there's very little foreign matter actually embedded in the paint, but this is no time for shortcuts; missing even the tiniest bit of dust can ruin the application of an entire sheet of protective film, and here, Topaz is using precise, cut-to-fit film sheets made to conform exactly to the Divo's complex body.
After those sheets are rolled into place on the car body, they're wetted, massaged into position, squeegeed to press them tightly onto the Divo's heavily sculpted body panels and remove any air bubbles, and finally, heated to lock them into place.
This isn't the sort of project you do at home, not least of all because chances are good that your garage is nowhere near as spotless as the shop at Topaz Detailing. But at least we can enjoy watching the process, from a safe distance through a computer screen, with some stunning close-up detail shots.
The Bugatti Divo is a track-focused, coachbuilt hypercar based on Bugatti's replacement for the legendary Veyron, the Chiron. Just 40 examples will be built, all of which were spoken for even before the Divo's official public unveiling, and after some setbacks, production is now underway, the first few examples being delivered in August.