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    Thumbs up Polished Bliss vs Audi RS6 - The Full Works!

    We did this RS6 last November, but it's a good example of what we do and what standards we work to. Another detailer had only recently detailed the car, but the owner was unhappy with the results, so called us in to have a look at it. On the phone the owner had told us that the paint correction work done by the other detailer was good, and that it had been the little things that had let the job down, such as not cleaning polish residues out of the panel gaps and shuts, and not polishing the exhaust tips, etc. However, just to be on the safe side, we recommended allowing up to 12 hours for the work, and as it turned out, it was a good job we did! Heres the process and pics

    Before

    Heres how the car looked when we arrived









    Overall not too bad, just the usual autumn grime, but I knew the alloys were never going to be able to be brought up 100% due to the kerbing...

    Wash

    Wheels, arches and all plastics pre-treated with P21S Total Auto Wash
    Whole car foamed with mix of PW Slick & Suds via the Gilmour
    Whole car rinsed off with the Karcher, arches blasted out
    Whole car washed by hand using two buckets/Megs Lambswool Mitts
    Whole car dried with PW Waffle Weave Towels







    The P21S pre-treatment didnt shift as much of the baked on brake dust as I would have liked, so we then used Megs Wheel Brightener cut 4:1 to further clean up the alloys. The owner had specifically asked us not to get any strong wheel cleaners on the brake components, so we did the opposite sides of the alloys first, then rolled the car forward a couple of feet and did the other side this allowed us to fully clean the rims whilst completely avoiding the brake components. Here are the final results



    Clean

    The fingertip test revealed no bonded surface contaminants, other than a small amount of paint spots on the nearside front door, so no major claying was done.

    Interior

    The dashboard, air vents, crevices, etc, were all dusted down with a Meg Slide-lock Brush and then wiped down with a damp work towel. All carpets (inc. the boot) were then hoovered. All plastics/vinyl was then wiped down with PW APC and work towels. The mats were brushed using a Megs Upholstery Brush and hoovered, and a few random grubby bits on the seats were wiped off with PW APC and work towels. The windows were then cleaned with Megs NXT Glass Cleaner and work towels, and the leather seats finally fed with Megs Leather Conditioner applied using a German Pad. The door shuts were treated with JEFFS Werkstatt Prime Acrylic.

    Engine

    The engine bay wasnt bad at all, just the usual build up of grime and debris, so I opted to wipe it down with a P21S solution (cut 10:1) and work towels, and then dressed all the plastics with 303 Aerospace Protectant. The engine cover had a fairly severe scratch on the main cover, so what with it being carbon fibre, I machine polished it with a 4 polishing pad and Blackfire Finishing Polish. This greatly reduced the severity of the scratch, and left the engine cover with an awesome gloss. I then sealed it with JEFFS Werkstatt Prime Strong, and finished off by treating all of the visible painted surfaces to a coat of JEFFS Werkstatt Acrylic Jett Trigger.

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    Polish

    We then moved the car inside the garage, taped off all the trims with 3M 3434 masking tape, and had the first nasty surprise of the day



    :doublesho

    It didnt get much better elsewhere either



    Fortunately most of the car was sitting a lot higher in the usual territory of 100-120 microns, but some areas had obviously been worked hard, and how the hell 52 microns still had any clear coat left well never know!

    We proceeded to work our way around the car, taking a side each, and me doing the bumpers with the PC while Clark tackled the horizontal panels with the Makita. Clark found Blackfire Finishing Polish and a mix of Megs Polishing and Finishing pads sufficient to achieve 95% correction on his sections, while I found an initial attempt with PowerGloss and a 4 light cut spot pad followed by Blackfire Finishing Polish on a 7.5 orange light pad did the trick for me. Just goes to show what a rotary can do, and I still cant wait for my Metabo to arrive! Why only 95% correction I here some of you ask? Deeper random scratches unfortunately, on almost every panel, which was a bit of a bummer, but as always, you can only do so much safely without compromising the long term integrity of the clear coat. Heres some shots

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    Before





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    (notice I couldnt get the machine into some awkward areas, hence no correction)

    Combined image (left before, right after)



    A lot of folk on here seem to be using way too much product when using the new generation of polishes designed for scratch resistant clear coats, whether by PC or rotary, so here is a guide to what I use to do a largish area, such as the top half of an Audi door



    The above pad is also getting near to the point where I would either swap it for a fresh one or wash it out in order to avoid clogging and micromarring. Keeping the foam fresh gives better results.

    More paint defects visible in this shot, not only normal wash marks and deeper random scratches, but also some serious holograms, which required two attempts with PowerGloss and light cut spot pads followed by a final going over with Blackfire finishing polish and a polishing pad to fully correct

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    We finished up the polish stage with a coat of JEFFS Werkstatt Prime Acrylic by PC using a 7.5 Lake Country Black Glazing Pad this removed any remaining traces of the slightly greasy residue left by the Blackfire SRC Finishing Polish, and left the surface ready for the application of final protective layer.

    Protect

    JEFFS Werkstatt Acrylic Jett Trigger, applied with the wipe on, wipe off method using PW Deluxe Mega Towels, and a spritz of JEFFS Werkstatt Acrylic Glos where necessary to remove any minor smearing.

    Finishing Touches

    All panel gaps dusted down with Megs Slide Lock Brushes and PW Deluxe Mega Towels
    Alloys were protected with PW Wheel Sealant, applied using Megs foam pads
    Tyres were dressed with Blackfire Long Lasting Tyre Gel, applied using Megs foam pads
    Exhaust tips were polished with Blackfire Fine Cut Metal Polish, applied using a German Pad

    All panel gaps properly cleaned out





    Exhaust tips properly polished





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    All in all, it was a 12 hour detail, and a 16 hour day for Clark, as he also had to drive to and from my place at the start and end of the day! I have to say this job was a joy to do, and nothing was left untouched. The working conditions were great, the owner a pleasure to work for, and overall it was a very enjoyable and satisfying day.


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    What a great job,no doubt about it the car looks better than when it came out of the showroom.

    (is it the one up for sale now ?)

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    excelent mate, wish i could do that to my car
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    From one professional to another, amazing work. This is the definition of a true detail.

    George @ Detailed Image

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    Fantastic work.

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    that is truely amazing !

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    Looks good boys!!!

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    Stunning!
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    Cheers everyone, aye, it is up for sale at the moment. It was a really great car to work on, I particularly liked working on the engine bay.

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    Dare we ask what sort of money (ballpark) a job like that costs....?

    I for one have no idea if we are talkin £100 or a £1000!!

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    TOP STUFF MAN! AMAZING!

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    Quote Originally Posted by simch
    Dare we ask what sort of money (ballpark) a job like that costs....?

    I for one have no idea if we are talkin 100 or a 1000!!
    i am also very interested in the price...... awesome job i cant believe it!! bet the owner wet himself

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    Very good work lads. I was probably more impressed with the exhaust tips than anything else because I know what a pain they can be. At a rough guess I would have thought with two ppl on the car plus time and traveling the price would be around £250 ish

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    Cheers very much for the feedback, much appreciated. This job was done at our old rate, so came in at 240. However, since the start of the year our rate has increased (to include VAT, materials and increased overheads associated with our new unit, currently being built), and now the same job would cost 360 (we now charge a flat rate of 30 an hour, with the length of the job esimated as closely as possible in advance). In essence, for 1-2% of the value of the car you are getting it back in as close to showroom condition as possible; the following link shows just how far we can take this process in extreme cases (!)...

    Polished Bliss Detailing vs Audi S4 - True (Uni)Grit!


 

 

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