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Discussion in 'Detailing' started by jr001, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. jr001
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    Background

    I PCd this car back in July 2007 after which it was given the HD Cleanse and 2 coats of Carbon wax.. The owner reckons it’s been washed on about 4 occasions since then as he felt that it never really got that dirty after the initial detail. He raved about how clean his car remained for months on end!

    The owner thought it was time to give the car a protection detail and wax top-up at the weekend, as he and his good lady were going out to an important function at night and that it would be important for the car to be looking as best as it could within today’s timescale of 4 hours. I don’t normally post wax top-ups on the forum but I made this one an exception for several reasons:

    • I like my Audis
    • It’s a cracking colour and scrubs up well
    • It gives me the chance to report on the durability of the Carbon wax
    The car turned out to be quite dirty, as some of the photos will show. These pics are after the owner had give it a long hosing to get rid of some of the loose dirt.

    The car on arrival:

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    Wash and Clay

    The car got foamed and pressure rinsed twice, followed by two hand washes. After this it was given a long rinse using an open-ended hose to check on the level of beading and water retention after 7 months of wearing Carbon.

    A couple of panels felt quite rough and were given a claying after the main washes.

    Very dirty car so the washing technique was going to have to be very delicate as there was not going to be any machining here. Hence the reason for all the pre-washing, main washing, pressure rinsing and low-pressure rinsing. Doing a wax top-up on such a dirty car could bring about the introduction of loads of swirls into the clearcoat, thus robbing the car of any benefit of such a detail.

    The buckets were emptied, rinsed out and refilled after washing one side of the car. And again for the second hand wash. Again, swirl-safety being top priority here.

    Tar spots were also removed from the wheels and the car’s lowers. There weren’t many, but they were in the usual crucially visible places. Leaving them would also prevent good bonding of the wax.

    This was definitely a job for the grit guard/bucket combo!

    The Car After The Main Stage Washes


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    Looking a lot better now.

    After the final open-hose rinse I took these pics to show the level of water retention after all this time:

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    Not bad at all. Not much water left to pat-dry from the car. At the top right of the bonnet pic there still appears to be a sheet of water, but this did slide off the car a minute later and was being held in the first place by possibly some remnants of the Maxi Suds.

    I have always got on well with the Carbon wax and am pleased to see that there is still a fair bit of protection from it after all the months in between.

    I then gave the car a Last Touch spraying to make sure any dirt particles that may be lurking, were well and truly lubricated off the surface, again to minimise the possibility of swirling. I seem to be emphasising this point a lot, but it makes perfect sense as you will appreciate!

    The car after Qding:

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    The Carbon wax after approx. 23 applications since April 2007:

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    After being applied to a couple of NS panels:

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    Wheels and Miscellaneous


    Wheels

    Autobrite Acid-Free Brite Wheels
    Megs Brush
    Collinite 476 wax

    Tyres

    Megs APC, scrubbed, dried.
    Dressed with 303 Aerospace Prot

    Arches

    APCd, brushed, hand washed, dried.
    Dressed with Chemical Guys Bare Bones undercarriage dressing. Cracking smell and a nice finish.

    Upper and Lower Black Bits

    Protected with Carbon wax

    Exhaust Tailpipes

    Hand polished with Megs NXT metal polish for literally 1 minute, using the firm white side of a German Applicator. Then wiped with a relegated clean MF cloth The result:

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    The final pics showing the results of over 4 hours delicate work:

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    An enjoyable day with some fine, albeit brisk, weather.

    Thanks for looking and reading.

    JOHN:icon_thumright:
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    nice work matey :sm4:
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    Great work - lovely depth and reflection
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    Great feedback post John, nice one. Gotta say the Carbon looks ace on red Audi paint... :icon_thumright:
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    Thanks fellas.

    The Z waxes just give a magical glow to the paint that I find very hard to get away from.

    Thanks again:icon_thumright:
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    what does this carbon wax do that other waxes dont,and why is it better on certain colours?also what is the clay stuff and what does it do? tar
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    The Zymol Carbon wax is full of natural oils as part of the mix, as well as the good percentage of quality carnauba wax. It adds a nice wet appearance to a well-prepared body. It's £46 a tub and by the time I've finished with it, I will have achieved approx 35 applications. It was the only wax I owned for about 7 months and just used and used it. A real nice glow from it in low light. I've now got other waxes, well another three and on a 2-day machine polish, it's always going to be the Zymol Glasur unless someone specifies something else. The surface has to be really good though to get the best effect. When these waxes run done then I'll try something else.

    I hope this photo gives you an idea. It's my car outside a friend's house, about 2 months after being clayed and machined. The car had been washed the previous day and had just covered 50 miles on the motorway.

    The car is 6 years old by the way and was mega swilred and as flat and dull looking as you could get.

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    and beside the seaside at Ayr:

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    Other waxes provide nice finishes too but I'm not one of those people who has loads of tubs I'm afraid.

    My subjectivity doesn't stretch as far as to say that Carbon wax is better on some colours as opposed to others. On the colours I've detailed, there has always been a lovely wet glow, even on silver. Check out this thread if you want to see more colours. Always nicer in the flesh though:

    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=45482

    As for the clay - it pulls off contamination that washing cannot get rid of like minor oxidants, industrial fallout particles, tree sap, brake dust particles and generally more firmly bonded grime. It's essential in the surface prep and I think this is one of the stages that defines detailing from valeting.

    Here's what a clay bar pulled off half of the A3's tailgate a few months ago when I visited it the first time. And the owner does not do many miles. You'll be surprised what this stuff can do. Got to use a lubricating spray too, so that you don't marr the surface. Has to be turned over and kneaded often too and works best in good ambient temperatures eg nice Spring or Summer's day. Or in a nice warm garage if you've got one of those!

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    This clay bar is ready for turning!

    Also, a good guide has been prepared by the Polished Bliss guys and is here:

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/guides_clean.html

    This is the guide that got me started a good few months ago now.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers:icon_thumright:
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    tar matey
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