We bought this car a few months ago from a local dealer. It was 1 month old ex-demo model and as part of the price negotiations I waved the superguard/autoglym offer. I'd kinda expected the car to have had its paint prepped a little, but was wrong. Water lay flat on the paint even when clean, absolutely no evidence of beading. So I guess the car just had the transit wax removed and then was put on the fleet.
Anyway, I wanted to remedy this so I got all my favourite products together and set about a session of cleaning the outside of this car. As part of the experiment, and because the weather was so good this easter weekend I recharged & hooked up my Rinse Pimp (water purifier) for the entirity of the wet wash phase - partly to see if RP was any good and partly to see how much water I used (Hopefully this info will be useful to other members who have bought/ thinking of buying an inline water purifier).
The front of the 8P Audi A3 has an unhealthy magnetism for stone chips, the big bluff nose really gives no mercy to the stuff kicked up on the roads. You see on the photos just to the right of the grill a big 6mm x 4mm stonechip that goes deep.
The white paint should be easy in theory to clean - Up till now I have cleaned the car twice. Dirt and tar sticks to the paint like a limpet and the only way Ive found to remove it was two fairly hot washes (40c!:eek: ) mixed in the Megs Hyper Wash at recommended dilution ratios.
Ok, enough blah - here's my process and more importantly some white-eye-candy!:D :thumb:
Megs Hyper Wash, Super Degreaser, Wheel Brightener. (SD/WB Applied using individual garden pressure containers)
Sonus Green Clay Bar (As good as the reviews say it is. Needs very little lubrication compared with other clays)
Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection
Chemicals Guys XXX Hardcore Wax
Megs Wash Mit, Various MF towels, Small wheel brush, Cheapo Jet wash and my PC (White pad)
Quick rekkie round the car - Dirty bum even with mud flaps!
Prime my water purifier
Take first water meter reading
Go round car with jet wash to loosen dirt from paintwork and wheels
Next Stage - go round car with WB & SD - Take meter reading
Post SD/WB - Meter reading
Wash with hot Megs Hyper wash x2 then clay with Sonus green clay bar. There were quite a few tiny tar/dirt spots on the rump on the car. The clay bar removed these quite easily with a very small amount of lubrication (in the form of very dilue Megs Hyper wash)
Take meter reading
Wash & dry final time
Roll into garage for closeup of paintwork with light
Tape up car ready for PC. I used Menz PO85RD, combined with a white pad. There were almost no paint defects. So it was a fairly quick on speed 3, and then dialling up to speed 6.
A bit of CG still to wipe off the rear bumper, but the effect is getting there. With two layers of AG EGP and two layers of CG XXX Wax.
Sun light test
Looking good this side
Its so white it looks black in the evening sun!
Kerching - job done