McLaren 720S Custom Paint Job

McLaren 720S Custom Paint Job

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MAC 720S

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906 posts

101 months

Friday 22nd May
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Inspired by the MSO Pacific Blue custom paint job on this McLaren P1, I have decided to have my white 720S permanently resprayed in the colourshift paint scheme, Blue Iris Pearl.

MSO P1 in Pacific Blue


Watch a Schmee video about the above P1 > https://youtu.be/Caq-P5hnMrU


BLUE IRIS PEARL

The colourshift effect of Blue Iris Pearl on my 720S will be the reversal of the McLaren P1 above. The dominant colour being blue, rather than purple, much like this Senna.



Watch this Video of how the Blue Iris Pearl Paint changes under different angles of light > https://youtu.be/rSFkuaTT7Mk


THE PAINTING PROCESS
The colourshift effect is achieved by first laying down a base of black paint, followed by a clear paint mixed with a very fine pearl pigment. In its raw state, the pearl pigment resembles the fine powder you would find on the wings of a butterfly or moth. It is this pigment that throws off the pearl / iridescent colour changing effect.

The pigment in its raw state, straight out of the tin.


After the pigment has been applied, a final 3 layer coat of premium clear lacquer is applied to bring out the gloss. The clear coat is manufactured by Akzo Nobel, being the same as used by McLaren. I am trying to keep it as close to OEM as possible.

GLOSS BACK
The wheels will be gloss black, as will the top of the rear spoiler, front splitter, rear diffuser, air intakes and wing mirror stalks. Underside of the spoiler will be in the Blue Iris Pearl, although I may add a full width vinyl Union Jack as a nod to being made in the UK - proud to be British.

DEEP GLOSS FINISH
All painted panels will be wet sanded / flatted to remove all traces of orange peel, and then polished to a gloss finish. This is probably the most time consuming part of the project, to achieve that show car deep gloss finish. Lastly, the paint will be protected with Xpel PPF and a Ceramic coating.

PREPARING THE 720S
The car has been fully stripped of its bodywork, and is currently being prepared for painting. A full car sized wooden jig is being constructed within the spray booth to mount the body panels in the same layout as they appear on the car. This layout achieves a consistent depth of paint and spray pattern as the painter manoeuvres around the panels. It is time consuming, but I want the best possible finish, with no evidence that the car was originally white. This isn’t the usual mask up and spray paint job.







Credit to Daniel Hall of Paint-Tech in Bristol UK for taking on such a challenge. He did a fantastic job respraying my Can Am Spyder in Volcano Orange. Daniel is a McLaren enthusiast and owns a 570S.





https://www.facebook.com/paint.tecbristol/

Further pictures and videos to follow as the project progresses.....

Edited by MAC 720S on Saturday 23 May 06:28


Edited by MAC 720S on Wednesday 3rd June 23:42

ferdi p

1,402 posts

126 months

Friday 22nd May
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That's NUTS!

Keep us posted... clap

Calculator

687 posts

169 months

Friday 22nd May
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Great project and commitment! Looking forward to the results

Capcom

15 posts

17 months

Friday 22nd May
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Isn't the McLaren colour called Pacific Stream?

Similar to the 675LT Spider out there that is Amazon Stream?

Look forward to seeing the result!

Leftfootwonder

232 posts

12 months

Friday 22nd May
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Like this?



laugh

I'm only kidding. The 720S is a wonderful looking car and I shall watch this with interest.

MAC 720S

Original Poster:

906 posts

101 months

Friday 22nd May
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Leftfootwonder said:
Like this?



laugh

I'm only kidding. The 720S is a wonderful looking car and I shall watch this with interest.
TBH, I am stting myself if it doesn’t come out as imagined. These colours are very marmite and can be chavvy if not done correctly. The high gloss orange peel free finish is what makes the main difference.




RBT0

1,174 posts

73 months

Friday 22nd May
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Wow, simply wow.

Please post any pictures here as well.

It's a big tear up.

Why not giving the job to Topaz with their TopazSkin solution?

MAC 720S

Original Poster:

906 posts

101 months

Friday 22nd May
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RBT0 said:
Wow, simply wow.

Please post any pictures here as well.

It's a big tear up.

Why not giving the job to Topaz with their TopazSkin solution?
I’ve looked at PPS but they never come out as well as a proper repaint. They generally lose the gloss over time and start to fade. I want a super high gloss finish.

It’s really interesting to see the 720S laid bare. There’s a lot going on under the skin. Did you know that there are two bolts holding the rear window in place. Remove them and the window pops out.

Lots of pictures to follow as the project progresses.

Edited by MAC 720S on Friday 22 May 15:42

deadslow

6,424 posts

177 months

Friday 22nd May
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impressed

Leftfootwonder

232 posts

12 months

Friday 22nd May
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MAC 720S said:
TBH, I am stting myself if it doesn’t come out as imagined. These colours are very marmite and can be chavvy if not done correctly. The high gloss orange peel free finish is what makes the main difference.
I certainly doff my cap for your bravery sir, but why not go for it! In this day and age of resale grey or black cars, it's rare you see anything that really catches the eye. The 720 is a wildly exciting car and should stand out. smile

MAC 720S

Original Poster:

906 posts

101 months

Friday 22nd May
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Leftfootwonder said:
I certainly doff my cap for your bravery sir, but why not go for it! In this day and age of resale grey or black cars, it's rare you see anything that really catches the eye. The 720 is a wildly exciting car and should stand out. smile
I’m not sure if anyone has ever done this to a 720S in the UK. I know quite a few different owners. It will be unique, that’s for sure.

MAC 720S

Original Poster:

906 posts

101 months

Friday 22nd May
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Capcom said:
Isn't the McLaren colour called Pacific Stream?

Similar to the 675LT Spider out there that is Amazon Stream?

Look forward to seeing the result!
McLaren MSO will do any colour you want. The paint products are supplied by Akzo Nobel. My car will be sprayed using Akzo Nobel products, so trying to keep it as close to OEM as possible.

LordOfTheManor

635 posts

65 months

Friday 22nd May
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WOW!

HIS LM

1,046 posts

213 months

Friday 22nd May
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Wow that is the dogs gonads my friend all credit and makes a refreshing change from the usual bks (dreamers) on here going about depreciation

As a fellow hammer (iron) loving the Figaro if you ever get bored please pm

leef44

704 posts

107 months

Friday 22nd May
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Yes, my first reaction on seeing that photo is WOW

I think that's best colour for a McLaren

Butter Face

20,818 posts

114 months

Friday 22nd May
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That’s gonna look awesome. Can’t wait to se wit finished!

650spider

942 posts

125 months

Friday 22nd May
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Loving this thread already MAC.

I would be delighted with you making it as pic heavy as possible...Thorney was trying to explain how technical it was underneath and you knocked it out the the park with 1st pic.

We have discussed paints before...i love how my volcano orange car changes colour all day long, with my favourite shade being early dusk...just stunning...i actually keep it out on the driveway now and constantly get caught having a peek at it like a total geek.

Your colour will be even more so.

Top work fella. bow

MAC 720S

Original Poster:

906 posts

101 months

Friday 22nd May
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HIS LM said:
Wow that is the dogs gonads my friend all credit and makes a refreshing change from the usual bks (dreamers) on here going about depreciation

As a fellow hammer (iron) loving the Figaro if you ever get bored please pm
It’s the other arfs car, named Bobby. She will be buried in it.






CharlesElliott

389 posts

236 months

Friday 22nd May
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I'm not a fan of the flip colour (which is personal choice) but I absolutely admire you for doing something bold and different. NIce one.

LaurasOtherHalf

17,120 posts

150 months

Friday 22nd May
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Excellent!

I actually really like the flip colours but defiantly only on some cars-TVRs and McLarens really suit it.