McLaren 720S Custom Paint Job

McLaren 720S Custom Paint Job

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MAC 720S

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105 months

Friday 22nd May
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CharlesElliott said:
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.
I’ve tried to keep it to a 2 x shade, flipping between blue and purple - blue is the dominant colour. There is a very slight orange tint at a very acute angle, but only slight.

Until I saw pictures of flip paint on the P1 and a few Senna’s, I too wasn’t a fan. Somehow, McLaren’s can get away with lairy and bright paint schemes.I am genuinely worried that I may be making an awful fk up with the flip paint tho.

My original plan was to change the colour to Jaguar French Racing Blue. I had it on an XKR-S. It looked fantastic.


RBT0

1,324 posts

77 months

Friday 22nd May
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I didn't know about the 2 screws for rr window, is yours a coupe?

MAC 720S

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Friday 22nd May
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650spider said:
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
Lots of pics coming.

MAC 720S

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Friday 22nd May
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RBT0 said:
I didn't know about the 2 screws for rr window, is yours a coupe?
yes

MAC 720S

Original Poster:

1,161 posts

105 months

Friday 22nd May
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RBT0 said:
I didn't know about the 2 screws for rr window, is yours a coupe?
I'll put some pics up tomorrow

k20erham

352 posts

84 months

Friday 22nd May
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Hi, you are right about it being Akzo Noble paint it's the Autowave 2 system, your problem will be that you cannot buy it, only through Mclaren.
It gets supplied to Mclaren ready mixed but there is no RAL number or anything else on the tin except the name they gave it, the formulas of the tint weights ETC are a much guarded fact, and the application is critical, it will not matter really doing the whole car so long as your chap remembers what he ordered but it will not be the same as one painted at the factory.
As the other post states it just looks like a MG flip when it's on and in my opinion does not suit a 720, P1 yes as it is curvier, but each to their own I guess, anyways top marks to your chap, splitting the doors is a proper barstuard !!
Vaga blue, Burton blue, and Lantana purple suit it the best.

mikebradford

1,672 posts

103 months

Friday 22nd May
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Used to love TVRs in flip paint.
Looking forward to seeing the finished article.

I imagine it will be the best looking 720s possible. Credit to you for having the balls to do it.

MAC 720S

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1,161 posts

105 months

Friday 22nd May
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k20erham said:
Hi, you are right about it being Akzo Noble paint it's the Autowave 2 system, your problem will be that you cannot buy it, only through Mclaren.
It gets supplied to Mclaren ready mixed but there is no RAL number or anything else on the tin except the name they gave it, the formulas of the tint weights ETC are a much guarded fact, and the application is critical, it will not matter really doing the whole car so long as your chap remembers what he ordered but it will not be the same as one painted at the factory.
As the other post states it just looks like a MG flip when it's on and in my opinion does not suit a 720, P1 yes as it is curvier, but each to their own I guess, anyways top marks to your chap, splitting the doors is a proper barstuard !!
Vaga blue, Burton blue, and Lantana purple suit it the best.
Very interesting that it does not suit a 720. Have you seen a 720S in flip paint or do you have any photo's please? I've looked high and low on the net but cannot find any.

Edited by MAC 720S on Friday 22 May 20:26

Matty3

700 posts

42 months

Friday 22nd May
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Brilliant thread - should look an absolute treat when finished - nice one.

MAC 720S

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105 months

Friday 22nd May
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I take onboard there is a risk that it may end up looking like an MG flip paint but I think it is down to the shape of the car, more than just reliant on the paint.

Take a look at this Porsche 911 done in a flip paint > https://youtu.be/hFrpJ1IYGH0

The Porsche works well because of the curvaceous body, but it wouldn’t look good on a slab sided square saloon. The 720S has more curves and ducts than most cars on the road, which is why I think it will work. Fingers crossed.





Edited by MAC 720S on Saturday 23 May 06:18

Brew

413 posts

205 months

Saturday 23rd May
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I saw that P1 at a McLaren open day a few years ago, it looked amazing the pics do not do it justice. Your 720 will look epic.

The Figaro is truly horrendous - love it!!!!!

LaurasOtherHalf

18,065 posts

154 months

Saturday 23rd May
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Do you get to chose the exact mix of pigment in the paint? The one glaring fault with these colours is if you stand at the wrong angle you end up getting 75% of the car looking one colour.

No bad thing but (I think it was) the MINI flip colour goes a sort of turd brown at a certain angle-not a good look! I think it was the gold in the flip.

As you say OP, this may not be such a problem in the complex shape of the 720S compared to a MINI.

MAC 720S

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1,161 posts

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Saturday 23rd May
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LaurasOtherHalf said:
Do you get to chose the exact mix of pigment in the paint? The one glaring fault with these colours is if you stand at the wrong angle you end up getting 75% of the car looking one colour.

No bad thing but (I think it was) the MINI flip colour goes a sort of turd brown at a certain angle-not a good look! I think it was the gold in the flip.

As you say OP, this may not be such a problem in the complex shape of the 720S compared to a MINI.
I’m putting full trust in Paint-Tec to get it right. With exception of the side aero blades on the 720, I don’t think there are any other flat panels. I think it could be why flip paints tend to work on TVR’s.

IMI A

7,998 posts

159 months

Saturday 23rd May
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MAC 720S said:
k20erham said:
Hi, you are right about it being Akzo Noble paint it's the Autowave 2 system, your problem will be that you cannot buy it, only through Mclaren.
It gets supplied to Mclaren ready mixed but there is no RAL number or anything else on the tin except the name they gave it, the formulas of the tint weights ETC are a much guarded fact, and the application is critical, it will not matter really doing the whole car so long as your chap remembers what he ordered but it will not be the same as one painted at the factory.
As the other post states it just looks like a MG flip when it's on and in my opinion does not suit a 720, P1 yes as it is curvier, but each to their own I guess, anyways top marks to your chap, splitting the doors is a proper barstuard !!
Vaga blue, Burton blue, and Lantana purple suit it the best.
Very interesting that it does not suit a 720. Have you seen a 720S in flip paint or do you have any photo's please? I've looked high and low on the net but cannot find any.

Edited by MAC 720S on Friday 22 May 20:26
Make sure you make them keep a pot of paint if it lasts and tuck it away. Wish I'd asked for this when ordering PTS. Very hard to colour match later wink

MAC 720S

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Saturday 23rd May
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IMI A said:
Make sure you make them keep a pot of paint if it lasts and tuck it away. Wish I'd asked for this when ordering PTS. Very hard to colour match later wink
Ahead of the game on that. I have ordered double the amount of pigment from the US supplier in the event it gets discontinued. Paint will be mixed and stored away and there will be a full documented project diary for when I come to sell it including mix rates etc.

rkanaga

341 posts

178 months

Saturday 23rd May
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MAC 720S said:
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.

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
Wow, impressive stuff

You might be interested in this Detailer’s video where he visits the Acura paintshop to see their high end finish, they use jigs in the way you describe to get a proper match between panels

https://youtu.be/RRhCyFETdV0


MAC 720S

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105 months

Saturday 23rd May
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As promised, here are some pictures of the stripped down panels and tub etc.


















650spider

1,207 posts

129 months

Saturday 23rd May
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eek

Now THAT is a strip down.

PushedDover

1,999 posts

11 months

Saturday 23rd May
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I was thinking the same. Commendable when I am sure it is not a cheap job to be done this way vs value of car etc....

MAC 720S

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Saturday 23rd May
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650spider said:
eek

Now THAT is a strip down.
You come to appreciate the strength of the mono cage carbon fibre tub. There’s a lot of visual distraction going on with suspension and engine pipe work, but without it, there is little by way of chassis metalwork, yet people walk away unscathed from some significant crashes.


Edited by MAC 720S on Saturday 23 May 11:56