This is a protection detail on an RS3 that we did a few weeks back. The owner wanted a protection detail, the main aim being a thorough cleanse. Due to being a white car the main aim was ensuring that all traces and Iron contamination were completely removed before adding protection. The owner dropped the car off to us early hours of the of the morning which allowed us to spend the same amount of time on the protection detail as we would with an enhancement detail. Which is what we like to do here at Kowalski Details.
The car came to us looking very flat with loss of reflection due to the bad weather & salt on the roads which covered most of the rear of the car.
First job was to thoroughly clean the wheels. Using a special collection of brushes and Espuma Wheel Cleaner (diluted to a safe ratio). Very special care was taken when cleaning these 'Rotors' due to the satin finish & the diamond cut edges. The wheel woolies provide the safest method of cleaning due to the 100% metal free design providing scratch free cleaning along with enough bite from the poly-polypropylene fibre heads to tackle and remove the toughest of grime.
The backs of the wheels were thoroughly cleaned, which is an important part of our process.
Meguiars Superdegreaser was used for the arches and tyres. The medium sized wheel woolie was used for the arches & a second seperate set of woolies were used to clean the wheels. Tyres were agitated with the smallest wheel woolie & Valet Pro small detailing brush.
Tar X & Iron X were used to remove Ironfillings & Tar from the wheels. It is important to recognize that cars with big brakes like the RS3 only provide a short amount of cleaning space between the disc/caliper & barrel of the wheel. The car was rolled forward at regular intervals to ensure that each wheel was fully cleaned before moving on.
With the wheels finished the next step was to cover the car in citrus pre-wash. Rather than rinsing the car it was applied directly onto the dirt and grime and left to dwell for a few minutes. In my opinion this emulsifies the dirt better rather than rinsing, then applying the pre-wash.
The car was then thoroughly rinsed for 10 minutes covering all intricate areas of the car prior to the wash.
Although we applied the citrus pre-wash the carwas then snow foamed and left to dwell for 10 minutes.
Whilst the snow foam was dwelling, we agitated the intricate areas around the car with the small detailing brush.
The car was then fully rinsed in preparation forthe wash process.
The car was the washed using Megs Shampoo Plus, water at 60 degrees and in my opinion the safest wash media that money can buy for the bodywork (Carpro Wash Mitt) and a Dodo Juice MF sponge for the shuts.
The car was then rinsed including the shuts whichhad megs APC applied prior to the wash.
The next step was the de-contamination stage. First up was to remove the tar.
New microfibre cloths, cotton wool balls and cotton buds were used to ensure the safest method of removal. The cotton wool ball, provides enough flexibility around the most intricate of areas and has no loss of absorption. The cotton buds get into the most intricate areas as detailed in the pictures.
Iron X's job was to remove the iron fillings fromthe paint, being a white car it is easily recognizable.
We ensured all the shuts were contaminate free also.
Then we turned our attention to the engine bay. It wasn't overly dirty, but still needed some TLC all the same.
APC was used again on the top side of the grille, tops of the wings, around the bolts and the underside of the bonnet and agitated with the detailing brush.