Watching a car get detailed can be very satisfying, especially when done on a luxury, classic and performance car/truck. You could go on for hours, standing and looking at it, and you still wouldn’t get bored.
It is an exhausting task for experienced detail experts to perform, but there is no denying that talent and passion are needed to turn a dull car into a shiny one. Some of us are jealous when we see what these incredible guys at ‘I AM Detailing’ are doing.
In this case it is a Dodge Viper GTS with a low mileage of only 997 miles on the odometer and in need of a thorough detailing. It’s hard to believe how the people of I Am Detailing make it a factory fresh cleverness. This is your chance to fall in love with classic American muscle cars again.
A beloved Dodge Viper GTS is thoroughly spoiled
The team starts by getting the Viper up a hydraulic ramp so they have easy access to the underbelly. Once it’s done, it starts getting dry ice cleaning (or ice blasting). In this case, ice blasting is used, as cleaning with water or sand is not advised.
The granules dissolve without residue and no water wastage is produced. Ice blasting does not cause any damage to the surface it is applied to, but in the case of the Viper it is not applied to the paintwork; it’s just the underbelly and engine compartment. You will see the dust particles become spotless within minutes of the dry ice cleaning process.
The Viper GTS then gets a thorough high-pressure cleaning on the outside, followed by a foam wash. It’s starting to look like a baby in a bathtub now. It’s scrubbed, followed by another pressure washer to get the foam off – and the shine is already starting to show in the sunlight.
I Am Detailing gets more serious with the Dodge Viper GTS Detailing
However, after the car is reversed to the detailing shop, the swirls on the paintwork are immediately apparent. This meant that paint correction was required as this process helps remove scratches and imperfections in the clear coat.
As shown in the video, this is done using an electric polisher, a microfiber polishing pad and a special cutting compound that is cut into the clear coat by the detailer to remove the scratches.
This is a process that should never be rushed, as paint correction on a car’s paint is important, especially if a paint protection film is to be applied to the bodywork. However, the Viper GTS does not receive a paint protection film.
When it’s done, the Viper is wiped squeaky clean. Then the wheel polish comes on those beautiful aluminum wheels. You will notice how it goes from matte silver to shiny silver. A tire gloss product is used to give the tire walls a dealer-fresh look.
Then comes the detailing of the interior. A detailer uses a brush to thoroughly scrub the handlebars, then wipes off the soap with a cloth, showing us all the grime that has accumulated from the handlebars. Another element inside now looks factory fresh.
Everything is well washed and vacuumed, including the spare wheel in the back of the car. All plastics are cleaned and treated to protect against UV exposure. The Dodge Viper GTS is finally done, gleaming under the lights as if it had just been painted.
1996 Dodge Viper GTS was big news for American muscle car culture
The Dodge Viper is as important a name in American sports car history as the Ford Mustang. It may not have been as successful as the Mustang, but there are many Dodge enthusiasts out there who would give a few to own one, which is why you see one lovingly crafted to perfection.
The Viper Roadster had many of us hanging posters on our walls, and its round shape needs recognition for that. It originally debuted at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and was intended to fill the void left by the Cobra 427.
The response was so good that Chrysler eventually put the car into production and it was first sold to the public in 1992. Many Americans fell head over heels for it, including Jay Leno who has one.
The Viper changed the fortunes of Chrysler, a company that was going to ruin at the time. When the Viper hit the market, it was sold only in red, while colors like black, yellow, and green were additional choices.
After production of the roadster came to an end, the GTS coupe came into the picture, delivering 450 horsepower from an 8.0-litre V10 that was well overhauled, with a reworked crankcase, shorter cooling jackets, a new block and other new engine components. The engine was lighter than that of the Viper RT/10.
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