Detailing was once the last thing we had any interest in doing, and if such a thing were possible we had even less interest in watching someone else detail some other car. We don't feel that way anymore, fascinated by the minutiae uncovered in while watching Todd Cooperider and Polished Bliss detail some examples of Prancing Horses.

Next up on the detailing honor roll is Larry Kosilla of Ammo NYC. Company founder Kosilla said he has wanted to be the best detailer on Earth ever since he was a kid, and his company makes products to serve detailers with that kind of passion. Now, we can watch him put his knowledge and elbow grease to work on a Ferrari 288 GTO.

The biggest issue with the eighties wondercoupe is that it is made of three different materials, each of which will cause the same coat of paint to react differently to the same products according to Kosilla. There's also the fact that he's working in what appears to be a rather poorly lit garage, but by the time he gets to the end of the two-day job it's clear he knows exactly what he's doing. Detailing school begins in the video just below.



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      MichaelS
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've worked on enough Ferraris from this era to anticipate that the single stage paint used (which is why he's getting color transfer - there never was a clear coat on this) is pretty soft and delicate and rarely do you need an aggressive approach to fix them. In fact, going too aggressive will often create a very noticeable haze in the paint. I have to say I'm a bit surprised that he was so surprised at his initial test area on the front fender. Oh, and GeeDavy, just because you track a car doesn't mean you can't keep it looking it's best, too. The two don't have to be mutually exclusive. There's a big difference between a dedicated track rat and a million dollar track capable classic.
        Larry Kosilla
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MichaelS
        Michael, thanks for watching! I was trying to make more of a point about "testing" the paint before picking a repair method. (I had a pretty good idea that their was going to be paint transfer because I've done quite a few F-cars, but needed to make sure any apprentice detailers watching understand the "thought process" behind my choices.) If I wasn't filming/teaching, I would have gone right to the appropriate pad because of my experience. In this case, If I had skip that "thought process" conversation...it would have been less educational to novice detailers. But I totally understand you have experience, so it seems a bit "common sense" to you and other pro's. (It can sometimes be hard to show these vids to pro-detailers because they don't need all of my explanation...they are only interested in a new trick or technique etc... they understand the more "basic" stuff. I just like to start from the very basic, and go deeper into the content to include as many car guys as possible.) Thanks again for your comments and stay in touch for sure! Happy New Year!!! -Larry
        Peter_G
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MichaelS
        +1. This is in a class of cars that look fast sitting still. If he is spending that much time/money to contract someone to maintain the paint, I can image (and hope) he is giving an equal amount of care to the mechanics. This is a car that will be enjoyed for decades to come.
      Speed-Driven
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still one of the most beautiful cars of all time.
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      I enjoyed this video thoroughly.
      Matt Phillips
      • 1 Year Ago
      Amazing video and fantastic results, I have been using the AMMO products now for over 3 months and have had amazing results with such a simple application. Larry has done an amazing job with his products. Larry is also a top guy as well. Spoken to him a few times on the phone and he's great to deal with and is always more than happy to take the time to speak with you and provide advice. Top work Larry and a well deserved write up! Matt Melbourne, Australia.
      KMANGTR
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can tell you Larry knows his stuff. I have used many products over 20 years of detailing. I Love the Ammo Hydrate and the Ammo Skin.
      Ben Corrigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm really excited to see Larry and Ammo products on Autoblog this is very well deserved and i think these products are amazing! I enjoy all of Larry's videos being so informative and interesting even watching them twice or three times to learn a technique or process before doing a detail. Good job Larry . DRIVE CLEAN......
      JDam4131
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good to know there are still people out there doing what they love, enthusiastic, and taking pride in it. Enjoyed that video although I may never be able to detail at that level myself, still amazing to see the finished product... I can't imagine what it's like in person.
      p.sea
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the best detailing jobs I've seen, and boy, do I love the 288, Ferrari's design and performance at it's finest!
      sundell131313
      • 1 Year Ago
      dont know whats more impressive: the car, the garage, or how enthusiastic this guy is about detailing :D
        Larry Kosilla
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sundell131313
        Thx Sundell! (if its any consolation, my wife thinks I'm nuts) LOL -L
      FastPanda
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know I'll never be more than a wash-and-wax-myself person on a normal basis, but always thought this would be a worthwhile expense after buying a reasonably nice used car - something to do to really get a good baseline appearance and maybe have pro hands tell me if something needs attention on the body or interior. To that effect: How much does a routine like this cost? Not necessarily a two-day spa treatment like this for a blue-chip collectible, but just a good thorough professional cleanup and polish on (random example) a 911 or 328?
        Larry Kosilla
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FastPanda
        Probably a few hundred dollars. Anywhere from $250-$500 for what you are describing.
      BIG ITALIAN SAUSAGE
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the Ferrari owner really wanted the best detailer in the world he'd have him flown in from LONDON ;)
        Larry Kosilla
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BIG ITALIAN SAUSAGE
        Ironically, the car was flown in the night before from the UK. He could have just done it there. :)
      GeeDavy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad to see such a great Ferrari getting a polish instead of being rung out on the track.
        md_stew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GeeDavy
        So its wrong to polish a Ferrari??? Who's to know rather or not it gets Track Time?
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