Trust us, it's 10 minutes you won't regret.
If you own an Aston Martin Vulcan, you'll probably want to keep it locked up most of the time. After all, a mere 24 units of the track-only supercar were ever produced - including this modified road-legal version, of course. With such exclusivity (and a value of $2.3 million when it was launched), it figures that owners would want to take every available precaution to protect their asset.
That's why one such owner decided to drop off his Vulcan with the guys at Topaz Detailing, UK-based detailing and paint protection film specialists working with a large volume of supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari. This week, they shared an incredible video of the Aston undergoing full bespoke paint protection coverage, a job that's easier said than done on a car with such complex bodywork.
The meticulous process begins with the decontamination of every car in the wash bay. At this stage, the wheels are treated with a non-acidic solution and cleaned with delicate brushes to remove every possible speck of dirt. A citrus solution gently loosens dirt on the body - a lot more polite than your automated neighborhood car wash, we'd say. At around the 02:23 mark, we can see the Vulcan's outlandish rear LED lighting "blades" being individually cleaned. And there's a lot of them.
Following drying and paint correction, the Paint Protection Film (PPF) is back-rolled into position, a point in the process when we're sure sneezing is forbidden. This is the best part of the video, where each and every section of PPF is perfectly designed to fit each panel. Watching this application process will be like catnip for anyone who enjoys placing a perfectly affixed screen guard on their iPhone displays, but who can never actually get it right.
Finally, at around 08:18, the gleaming Vulcan - with distinctive Verde Ermes paintwork in this instance - is revealed with its brand new paint protection job. The high-quality film provides increased optical clarity, contrasting even more spectacularly with the Vulcan's carbon-fiber trim and details like the deep hood scoops.
It's a job worthy of one of Aston Martin's most intense creations; the Vulcan features a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V12 engine producing 820 horsepower. So focused was this race car that it took 18 months for a British engineering company to modify one to road-legal status and, just like that project, this green monster's methodical protective paint job deserves a round of applause.