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    My first detail - just a beginner (not many photos)

    Hi All,

    After getting plenty of tips, advise, and even some products from various members of ASN and Detailing World i decided to do my first detail on my Audi A3.

    Unfortunately ive been working everyday recently so had to fit the cleaning in after work. But over the course of 3 evenings ive manged to clean, polish and wax my motorbike and car.

    Im sorry i dont have many pics to show, and that the one's i do have are pretty rubbish, but my wonderful sister dropped my digital camera and broke the lens. Had to try and take some pics with camera phone but they were prety poor so gave up. Also ran out of light as was doing this after work.

    Thought this little write up might be usefull for anybody doing this for the first time who was wondering what stuff to buy as a beginner and how long it all takes.

    This is what i bought in total:-

    2 buckets
    1 grit guard (for rinse bucket)
    2 lambswool wash mitts
    Cone shaped alloy wheel cleaning brush
    2 Megs foam applicator pads
    2 microfibre polishing pads
    Various microfibre cloths

    Autoglym Exterior Shampoo and conditioner 1.5L
    Autoglym Super Resin Polish 325ml x2
    Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection 500ml
    AutoGlym Tar Remover 325ml
    Autoglym Bumper Care 325ml
    Autoglym Interior Shampoo 500ml
    Autoglym Glass Polish 325ml
    Autoglym Clean Wheels 500ml
    Autoglym Alloy Wheel Seal
    Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing 500ml
    Collinite #476 Wax
    Megs Last Touch (1gal)
    Sonus Grey Clay Bar

    (all in all i think it was about 150 worth of stuff - give or take 10-20)

    The car wasnt too dirty on the outside and the inside was already fine. Wheels were the worst part, very dirty with quite heavy amounts of brake dust.
    The car was lacking any real shine to it and had no wax on it all all.

    Step 1: Gently hosed the car with water to loosed and get just the surface dirt off, didnt have any foam pre wash so it was just water on its own.

    Step 2: Filled both buckets with water, had the grit guard in the rinse bucket & the AG Shampoo in the main bucket. Using the lambswool wash mitt i washed the car 1 Panel at a time, rinsing the mitt in the second bucket after each panel.
    Couldnt believe the difference in the colour of the water in the rinse bucket, it was black. Poured out the water and the grit guard had lots of dirt deposited beneath it.

    Step 3: Sprayed alloys with AG Wheel cleaner...1 wheel at a time. Used the cone shaped brush to get between the spokes of the alloy. The face of the alloys was cleaned with the second wash mitt rinsing it out in the rinse bucket which at this time had clean water in it. After i finished this process on each wheel i rinsed the car off with the hose again.

    Step 4: Dried the car using poorboys large waffle weave towel - sprayed with some megs last touch diluted 1:1. I also sprayed some of the megs over the car. Used the towel to pat the car dry. Couldnt believe how quickly i managed to dry the car. Always used a chamoise before now...never again.
    I then went over the car with a microfibre cloth just to clear up and streaky marks from the drying.

    At this point the car was already looking very nice but i had noticed all the small tar marks near the wheel arches to the back of the car.

    Step 5: Used AG Tar remover to take off some of the larger tar marks, they came of with a bit of gentle rubbing.

    Step 6: Claying - Never heard of this before but read up lots of the Polished Bliss website before doing it. Used half of the sonus grey clay bar and plenty of megs last touch, again diluted 1:1. Worked small areas, kept the clay and paint lubricated. Lots of surface contamination came off on the clay and i had to reshape it after almost every panel. But you could see and feel the difference as the clay lifted the dirt of the paint.

    Step 7: Hosed car off again, re-dried, went over it again with microfibre.

    Step 8: Sprayed alloys with Autoglym Alloy Wheel Seal, and dressed the tyres with Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing.

    Step 9: Used Autoglym Super Resin Polish and microfibre polishing pad. Polished every panel, then buffed of when i got back to the panel i started at using a microfibre cloth.

    Step 10: Applied Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection using microfibre polishing pad. Covered every panel and left to dry for about 45 mins. Buffed off every panel with microfibre cloth.

    Step 11: Applied Collinte #476 wax 1 panel at a time using megs foam applicator pad which was sprayed with megs last touch. Left on each panel for 5-10mins before buffing off.

    Step 12: Cleaned exterior windws using Autoglym Glass Polish and microfibre cloth.

    Step 13: Applied Autoglym Bumper Care to all exterior rubers and plastics using microfibre cloth.

    Step 14: Collapsed shattered in the street, depsperate for a cold lager. Arms knackered, back aching, knees clicking from crouching.......im so envious of those with machine polishers !!!! All in all about 3-4 hours non stop. I think.....i may have passed out for a while at some point...

    Step 15: Sit back with cold lager trying to admire your hard work and effort in the failing daylight. Enough is enough.....off to the pub to reward my hard work !!!

    This was by far the cleanest i have ever had a car. Alway used to put previous cars through car wash or use sponge, bucket and any old car wash stuff.

    I may as well add a THANK YOU to all those people who answered questions for me on the forum and gave me a few hints and tips and doeboy who sold me the AG SRP + Collinite at a very very cheap price. Finally got to put it to good use....















    P.S. My bike looks nice and shiny too........
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    Any comments ?
    Did i do the everyting in the right order ? anything ive missed ?

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    Nice

    Diablo - where and when did you buy your car?
    I have a reason for asking, PM if you want...

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    Audi A3 2.0 TDi 140 S-Line DSG (Met Silver - Bose - Symphony II - 6 CD Changer - Audi Phone Kit - iPod - Center Arm Rest)
    SOLD Kawasaki ZX636R Ninja (b1h) (Met Black - Steering Damper - Fabbri Screen - Scorpion Exhaust - Braided Hoses - Seat Cowl - Mini indicators - Pirelli Diablo Corsa III Dual Compound Tyres)

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    Nice work, the order looks spot on, product choice is reasonable, all in all, a very fine effort, and the I hope you enjoyed the lager!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamDude
    Nice

    Diablo - where and when did you buy your car?
    I have a reason for asking, PM if you want...
    Small world indeed!

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    Nice work, the order looks spot on, product choice is reasonable, all in all, a very fine effort, and the I hope you enjoyed the lager!

    Cheers,

    I certainly did enjoy the larger....quite a few actually. I used the polished bliss website to read up on all the processes before hand. Very very useful site and i have directed several friends to check it out with a view to get more advise and buy some quality products.

    Applying and buffing everything by hand is not fun....appreciating how good the car looks at the end is very satisfying though.

    Im sure in the future i will want to upgrade to some better products but as i had nothing at all to start with the offer at halfords provided a decent opportunity to get a load of stuff at a reasonable price.
    (And doeboy supllied the SRP + #476)

    The only thing i was disapointed with on the car was that some areas of the paint looked dull, almost as if the paint itself was dirty. When polished you could see the metalic flakes com out nicely etc...some parts still just looked dull by comparison. ???? If i get a chance to get some pics up close i will.
    Any ideas what it sould be ?? - just a lack of maintenance on the paint over the last year perhaps ? The car is only 1 year old but suspect its just had basic washes all of that time.
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    SOLD Kawasaki ZX636R Ninja (b1h) (Met Black - Steering Damper - Fabbri Screen - Scorpion Exhaust - Braided Hoses - Seat Cowl - Mini indicators - Pirelli Diablo Corsa III Dual Compound Tyres)

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    Looks good ! Good reflections. Worth getting a mate to help out as it can take ages. Maybe next time make the pics a bit bigger as the jpg compression/aliasing isn't doing your paintwork many favours.

    I've had good experience with Sonus green clay bar recently and a Porter Cable certainly helps..
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    the pics do look clearer once you click on them but yes.....will do less compression next time so they are clearer from the start.
    I would love to rope in some friends to help however....they would just laugh hysterically at me.....they all just take the cars through the car wash or do quick rush jobs on them. Although after seeing mine they have asked me to help do theirs. Not sure i want to do that !!!!
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    SOLD Kawasaki ZX636R Ninja (b1h) (Met Black - Steering Damper - Fabbri Screen - Scorpion Exhaust - Braided Hoses - Seat Cowl - Mini indicators - Pirelli Diablo Corsa III Dual Compound Tyres)

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    Dull areas are probably marring, but could do with some decent pics for a proper diagnosis. A machine polish is the answer to such issues!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX51TXR
    Dull areas are probably marring, but could do with some decent pics for a proper diagnosis. A machine polish is the answer to such issues!
    Will try and get some closer pics with a quality camera when i give it a clean this weekend, see if the problems show through. In all honesty i would love to have somebody go over it with pc/rotary to get it perfect and get some of the very light scratches polished out, but ive had that much money going out on things lately it just isnt an option yet.
    Anyway will get some better closer pics...cheers
    Audi A3 2.0 TDi 140 S-Line DSG (Met Silver - Bose - Symphony II - 6 CD Changer - Audi Phone Kit - iPod - Center Arm Rest)
    SOLD Kawasaki ZX636R Ninja (b1h) (Met Black - Steering Damper - Fabbri Screen - Scorpion Exhaust - Braided Hoses - Seat Cowl - Mini indicators - Pirelli Diablo Corsa III Dual Compound Tyres)

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    Looks very nice matey, must have been hard work! I know after a couple of hours spent on the car I'm knackered!

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    Nice. Looks like a good starting guide too

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    cheers for the comments....

    I washed the car for the first time since the detail this weekend....didnt clay, polish or wax but did everything else the same.
    Much easier to clean the car onse its been waxed. So much more of the dirt came of when i just sprayed the car with water it was funny.

    Also the beading of the water looked fantastic too....same today. We actually had some rain here in caridff and the car looked great. The water sits up on the paint so well. Wanted to get some photos but still not got a new digital camera and my camera phone was not up to the job.....and i was getting soaked so didnt bother......

    the process reads like its very very long but when your actually doing it it doesnt seem that bad.....especially with the fine weather we have been having.
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    SOLD Kawasaki ZX636R Ninja (b1h) (Met Black - Steering Damper - Fabbri Screen - Scorpion Exhaust - Braided Hoses - Seat Cowl - Mini indicators - Pirelli Diablo Corsa III Dual Compound Tyres)

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    nice ,
    them wheels really suit the silver car

 

 

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