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    A Detail From Luxembourg!

    This is the result of the offer I made to the forum about 2-3 weeks ago. I wanted to do an Audi so the offer was to do it half price. For every car I get to do from this place I donate 10 to the forum. (10 should be winging its way to you Olly as agreed!)

    Lawrence drove over from Rochdale today in his A4 2.5 TDI V6 Quattro, a very nice car with full leathers, sat-nav, tv, mp3 screen and loads of other goodies!

    Thought the bodywork was in good condition regarding swirls at first glance, as you'll see, I was mistaken!

    Here's some pre-clean pics.





    After I dropped them off at the train station, so they could do some xmas shopping in Leeds, we started cleaning the alloys and the arches. Using Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner for the arches and Meguiars Super Degreaser for the wheels.

    This is a picture of just some of what came out of 1 wheels arch!



    It was the door and boot shuts turn to be cleaned next, once again using Megs Super Degreaser. Carrying on with the degreaser, we turned our attention to the engine bay. After spraying that all over and agitating the muck with soft brushes, it was rinsed down with a gentle sprinkle from the tap. Finallly finishing by dressing it with Megs NXT Interior Cleaner.

    Once those were finished we moved onto the bodywork. A quick rinse down with the Power Wash first, we then sprayed Megs APC onto the car, washing it with the usual Lambs Wool Wash Mitts and Meguiars Hyper Wash, which is pretty potent stuff! 400:1 mix ratio yet it foams up constantly!

    After rinsing it down once more, we then began to clay the car, using soapy water as the lubricant. The car was pretty good apart from in a few places where it turned the clay bar nearly black! Take a peak!



    One final rinse down with the Power Wash, the last thing to do was to dry off the car properly, using Sonus Der Wunder Drying Towels (very plush!) and a quick spritz of Meguiars Last Touch.

    It was now time to inspect the paint, and my god it was swirled! They covered the whole car and it also appeared that the paint was dulled, having little shine to it. Here's some pics.







    We then taped up the trim to avoid polishing and plastic or rubber parts.
    Now it's time to break out the Porter Cable! Using Sonus SFX Cutting Pad and Meguiars #83 I started on the bonnet.

    Although improved I could see it would take a while! So I swapped the pad for the SFX Polishing Pad and broke out the Menzerna Power Gloss! As it's harsher than the #83 it did the trick after just one go. The trouble is, I had to follow up the Menzerna with #80 to remove the holograms it creates! A lot of work but the finish was fantastic!

    Here's a picture of the bonnet with half of it done, tape seperates the two halves! Remember this is before any sealant and wax was applied!



    Having found the process I was going to use I carried on working my way around the car. Whilst I was doing that, Harry started dressing the tyres, applying Rim Wax to the alloys, vaccuming the interior, waxing the door/boot shuts, dressed the inside of the arches and cleaned the glass inside and out with Autoglym's Fast Glass. Phew!

    Once the polishing was done we turned our attention to applying the sealant and the wax. Clearkote Moose Glaze was the sealant we applied and Meguiars #26 Paste Wax, both with applicator pads and buffed off with Pakshak Plush Microfibres.

    The last thing to do was to dress the rubber and trim on the car with Vinyl and Trim Cleaner.

    8 hours later, here are the results!



















    Thanks for reading!
    More pics of the whole car should be coming soon.

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    sounds like hard graft, but looks fantastic.....well done
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    good job mate, reflections look great

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    Some good work there... well done bud!
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    Woooaaahhh !! that looks fantastic,If only you were closer to me

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    Stunning! Shows the difference professional work can make.
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    Some more pics!






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    Nice one Andy! Wets my appetite to post pics up of the detail I did on my A4 :D

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    Nice work Andy, looks great!

    I thought you'd strugle with the #83. I tried using this on my S3 and it didn't touch it. Menzerna is the dogs danglies on Audi paint.

    I bet you had a few beers after all that hard work!

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    Just a pub meal!

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    Looks real good ....just what mine will need soon
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    Thanks Andy, I'm off on holiday for a week, but I'll sing your praises when I get back.

    PS. The audi mechs have managed to get greasy hand-prints onto almost every inch of the car though, and I specifically told them that it just been detailed!
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    Have they fixed it yet?

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    Any news?

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    Very nice.

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    Super stuff again Andy! I notice in the pictures you started working during the day and ended up working by floodlight; how long does the average detailling take you?

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    It took 2 of us 8 hours for that job.

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    Looks Brilliant Andy.

    I just wish the twat I paid 120 to do mine ended up with the same results.

    The swine.

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    that's really really nice! :D
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    Impressive. So how much for a) A6 Avant b) A4 to get them sealed up for the winter? Once its sealed up like this how long will the finish last? Afraid I only hand wash mine about once a week with Turtlewax, nothing as intense as this.
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    Depends what you want and wether or not it needs de-swirling.

    Just started doing a winter protection pack that carries on protecting/beading for anywhere between 4-10 months, depending on how many miles, enviromental factors etc, garaged or not.

    An application now should get you til spring before another is needed. If you wanted a really shiny/wet look finish then they don't last quite as long.

    Any prices/quotes needed are best done via pm as they'll all be slightly different.

    Cheers!
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    Fantastic job mate,
    hard graft but by the looks of it well worth it
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    Well done ardandy. Looks like a top job! A mate of mine is starting up in this game so I know the work that is involved.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ardandy
    Have they fixed it yet?
    Sorry Andy, just got back from sunny(NOT!!!) Scotland.

    It took the tech 5 minutes to recode the immobiliser and key. I'll make some time on Sunday to do a write up about the great job you did - after I've washed off all the mud from those scottish B-roads.
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    A special detail for everyone here today, seeing as its xmas! Alex dropped off his Alfa Romeo Spider after travelling all the way from Luxembourg! He was visiting family over here and wanted us to make his drop top, drop dead gorgeous! Our international reputation proceeds us.
    The cars around 7-8 years old with 130,000km (ish) on the clock so you can imagine it's got a bit of wear over time, as well as the drive back from Luxembourg too!
    This is how we took the car on a very cold boxing day.




    As you can imagine you don't travel thousands of miles for a quick wash, this was for a full de-swirl and a fabric hood clean and protect.
    The first job was to wash the car down with the Karcher Jet Wash, blowing off all the loose European dirt that had stuck to it over the past few days. Following that up with Meguiars Hyper Wash, 2 buckets, a couple of Lambs Wool Wash Mitts and cold hands.
    That got the bodywork up to a much better level. We also started on the alloy wheels and arches, using Meguiars Super Degreaser on both. This was also a good time to try out our new C&S Bullet Shaped Alloy Wheel Brush. It seemed to do the trick around the wheel nuts and smaller hard to reach places but we carried on with our larger brush for the main part of the alloys. The arches were scrubbed with a long handled brush as well and the came up a treat!

    Whilst cleaning the bodywork and wheels we also started work on cleaning the Fabric Roof.
    This looked ok but was absolutely filthy judging by the water afterwards! This is the bucket after cleaning the fabric roof with Renovo's Fabric Cleaner.

    The final part of the washing phase was to clay the car. Using Sonus Detailng Clay for this (Blue) we covered the entire bodywork. Most of the car was pretty clean but some were horrific, take a look at just 1 of the segments we used!

    Another once over with Meg's Hyper Wash, Wash Mitts and the Karcher and she was ready to be tried off so we could move her indoors and get a little warmer!
    Standard drying procedure, a couple of Sonus Der Wunder Drying Towels with a spritz of Meguiars Last Touch. The car was nice and clean now but unfortunately it was hiding the state of the bodywork! Eeek!


    Knowing what we were up against and the fact that Alfa paint is usually reasonably soft, we opted to go for Meguiars #83 in combo with the yellow Sonus Pad on the Porter Cable. We tested an area on the bonnet and it worked well, so decided to carry on around the car using this combination.
    Here's me in action.....

    ......... and here's the pre-wax but post-machine polishing result!


    During all this polishing, we also treated the roof with some Renovo Colour Restorer and once that had dried, Renovo Proofing, to make it, well waterproof!
    After speaking with Alex earlier, he wanted to go with longer lasting protection, rather than full on shine. For this we chose to use good old Collonite 476, or rather 2 coats of it! The first coat was put on top of a layer of Clearkote Moose Glaze Sealant, the second coat was applied the next day, giving the first time to dry properly. Should see him through the snowy European winter thats approaching!
    Amongst all of this (in no particular order), we also treated and protected the tyres using Meguiars Hot Wheels, give the alloys a coat of rim wax, treated the rubber and all plastic trim (inc under the bonnet) with Meguiars #38, blinged up the exhaust with Megs NXT Metal Polish and cleaned the glass using Autoglym Fast Glass! Phew!
    Here are the final results and thanks for reading!













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    Great Job........ looks showroom condition
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    i like those bricks.

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    Good grief! That's amazing. Looks better than new. Must be a great feeling after. 8)

    Sadly, I think my A4 is beyond this. A visit to the bodyshop is needed first!
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