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6.5 hours on the A3....

Kriminal Jul 31, 2010

  1. Kriminal

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    Well, thanks to Elite for getting me my claying kit so quickly, I was able to go ahead and give the car what it REALLY needed Today.

    Reason behind : I had washed the car for the first time last week (only had it for two), and when I tried to polish it afterwards the cloth wouldn't budge on the paint - there was a very fine layer of paint contamination all over the car ! <groan>

    Products Used Today

    Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild Shampoo
    Elite Clay Bar (Medium)
    Dodo Juice Born Slippy Clay Lubricant
    Autoglym SRP
    Swissvax Onyx
    Stoner's Invisible Glass
    Zaino Tire Gloss

    So, after doing the initial wash, this is how the car looked :

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    Not doing too bad huh ? Well, you need to be 'feeling' the paint to feel that horrible layer over the top of the paintwork !

    Out comes the Clay Lubricant, and Clay (now cut into cubes for pressing out, and had been left in water overnight) :

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    Initial outlook off the clay :

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    'After' picture, after finishing the bonnet :

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    Still not too bad huh ?

    Well, once I got onto the sides off the car, this seemed to be the worst areas, particularly for small tar spots....here's the clay when I completed one panel :

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    Yeah, not so good now.

    Once finished with the claying, which took a whole five of the cubes as I'd dropped two off 'em, which had to be chucked immediately :slapped:

    This leaves me with one which I'll concentrate on using for the wheels, probably next week.

    The paint NOW feels as smooth as glass, but it has also revealed some nasty paint chips, and two scratches that I didn't know were there (not being able to get 'up close and personal' last week).

    Out comes the Chipex kit.

    Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any pics....well, that's kind of a lie....the ones I did take regarding the scratches I wanted to show you came out rubbish - the scratches are very fine hairline ones which you can still catch with your nail, but unfortunately I couldn't catch 'em with the camera-phone !

    The scratches weren't very good with the Chipex kit in all honesty. Not saying it's a bad kit, as it was my first time, so could've been more 'the user' than 'the product'. However, every chip on the car, and peppered spots on the bonnet are now dealt with - nothing left which looks obvious any more.

    Once this was complete, I then moved on to a simple hand-polish with the SRP.

    The polish now glided over the entire car, having clayed it......sheer bliss

    I then applied the Swissvax Onyx, and applied the tire shire, and cleaned all windows and wiper blades.

    Having left the Onyx for 30 minutes to cure, it came off really easily leaving the final results....

    ....I hope you like :

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    Thanks for looking - my back is aching like mad right now, but it was worth it :cool:
     
  2. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Good job, proves that looking after your car pays off!
     
  3. FranA3

    FranA3 FMDETAILING Site Sponsor Regional Rep Gold Supporter Team Brill Red Audi A3

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    looks good mate there's nothing better than a shiny red car they certainly stand out from the normal black or silver cars which are so popular nowadays top work tho
     
  4. v1raj

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    Looks great bud. Should really stand out in the sun.

    Never clayed a car before, hope to give it a go in a few weeks time.
     
  5. Kriminal

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    Thanks.

    I only clay a car when I buy it to be honest, as I don't really park under/near any trees (which can cause tree sap), and I'm always out there cleaning the car every week, so can keep a close eye on it.

    Claying isn't one off my favourite things to do to be honest. It takes a long time, and will strip your car back to it's bare body (above the lacquer off course), revealing all the 'problems' you may have.

    However, once it has been done, it's definitely ALOT easier to maintain the paintwork.

    I'm hoping to kick-start the rotary soon so that I can get rid off all the swirl marks left by the previous owner - should be fun, and time consuming....lol
     
  6. smudge_don

    smudge_don Active Member

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    Time well spent!
     
  7. Sarah's A3

    Sarah's A3 MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid Moderator

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    Hey looks great! Well worth the time and effort (and aching back!!!!) Red certainly looks fab!
     
  8. bo2007

    bo2007 Yey :)

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    red looks awesome! great job pal!
     
  9. akash_sky1

    akash_sky1 Active Member

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    Wish i could be ***** to spend that much time cleaning my car myself
     
  10. FranA3

    FranA3 FMDETAILING Site Sponsor Regional Rep Gold Supporter Team Brill Red Audi A3

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    :iagree:
     
  11. a3_dan

    a3_dan Member

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    Nice work mate!! I actually done the exact same to my car today, my forearm is bloody killing now! Lol. All that claying and polishing/waxing arm work is a right ache!!
     
  12. FranA3

    FranA3 FMDETAILING Site Sponsor Regional Rep Gold Supporter Team Brill Red Audi A3

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    i dont know how but i do this for a living hahaha
     
  13. a3_dan

    a3_dan Member

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    Ha. You must have forearms the size of my legs then!!
     
  14. Sarah's A3

    Sarah's A3 MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid Moderator

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    Ah a professional.....you can do mine lol!
     
  15. S3RYE

    S3RYE Interior Next!!

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    Looks well mate, wish I could be bothered to do that to mine!
     
  16. Richy_C

    Richy_C Active Member

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    Wow! thats smoother than Kaden Kross's lady garden!

    nothing i repeat nothing more satisfying than getting to that kind of finish on your car, i dof my cap sir.
     
  17. FranA3

    FranA3 FMDETAILING Site Sponsor Regional Rep Gold Supporter Team Brill Red Audi A3

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    its hard work mate hahaha but it keeps me fit i suppose
     
  18. S3 Rav

    S3 Rav Well-Known Member

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    Saw this on dw. Very nice.
     
  19. Kriminal

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    Thanks everyone. It was certainly pleasing to get up this morning and seeing my car nice and shiny at the top of the garden, and even better when I 'felt' (nothing pervy!!..lol) the paint being how it should. I was so concerned about whether the car had any wax on it at all since it left the Dealer's, so wanted to get this job done asap - I just had to wait for the products to arrive first.

    I took some more pics Today just to bore you all with :p (notice the lonely parking. I'll be damned if I'm parking anywhere near somebody else).....

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  20. Pii

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    Wish my car could shine like that lol!

    Good work!!
     
  21. andy tdi130

    andy tdi130 New Member

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    looks really nice, well worth the time
     

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