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Another detail - Audi A8

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by the_cueball, Dec 4, 2012.

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    [Dec 4, 2012]
    Some pictures to start with, just general dirt and grime really... the owner has had it for a couple of months and hasn’t washed it to “help me out” :lol: :rolleyes:

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    And the very spacious interior, as usual for him, all black too!

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    Finally, the TDi powerplant...

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    After giving the car a good hose down, it was out with the snow foam – still using CG No touch, gratuitous SN shots... :lol:

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    I went round the car with G101 in all the nooks and crannies, door hinges etc, then washed the car using the 2BM and concours shampoo...

    While I was down in the CG unit on Friday, I picked up some of their new iron dissolver... can’t remember the name of it, and, as usual for me, the bottle has no label! Same as my snow foam! :lol:

    Anyway, I sprayed onto the wheels as normal, and left for 10 minutes to work away...

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    At this stage it was just taken off with the PW...

    After the car was cleaned with the shampoo, I went onto my usual 3 stage decon routine – any tar was dealt with via Tardis, then onto the 2nd chemical stage with the new CG stuff, and finally I clayed the whole car, including the windows with Zaino clay and ONR as the lube...

    The engine was cleaned, and sprayed with 303 and left...

    Check out my “action” shot... :D :lol:

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    It was then snowfoamed again, rinsed and dried with the help of AS tango... leaving this to start the polishing!

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    I had noticed 1 paint chip that had been filled in on the rear passenger door... it was raised a little bit, as you can see here with the paint readings...

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    The paint reading just beside it (115um)

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    And right on the paint chip (260um)

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    So, a bit of a difference, and I’ll come back to that later on...
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    First of all I had to get the rest of the car polished, and tried a few combos out before settling on polishing with a gloss it wool pad using Scholl S3 and a small drop of S40 to help wet it a little... then refined with a 3M black finishing pad and Megs 205... I still have to refine my technique to the short working times and small amount of product needed, as I was still getting quite a bit of dust, but it got better as I went along! :lol:

    So, some mid polishing shots, 50/50 etc... not the best since I work in a warehouse and not a “detailing studio” plus I’m pretty s**t with a camera!! but then, I’m not a pro, so not that bothered.... hopefully it still gives you an idea of what was going on... :D

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    And some other shots just trying to show the condition of the paint after polishing...

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    And finally got to use one of my RotEx bars! :D

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    So with all that out of the way, I went back to that filled in stone chip... several ways to deal with this, including, but not limited to polishing, wet sanding or de-nibbing... all with pros and cons... this time, I decided to take the de-nibbing option, and got out my Festool :D

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    A couple of careful passes later, and we are all good.... new paint readings below (128um, down from the original of 260um)... and after it was polished with the above combo, it can hardly be seen... :D

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    So with all the polishing done, it was back outside for another quick wash to get rid of some dust, the a dry and a couple of wipedowns with IPA to ensure the paint etc was as clean as possible with no oils etc...

    Because of the weather, lack of sun and rain, I decided to try and get some “finished” pics out in the light just incase I didn’t have time later.... so this is pre LSP, but after polishing...

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    The LSP of choice is concours ceramishield, and this was used on all paint, windows, wheels, plastics... basically everything on the outside! This was done before the interior etc to allow as much time as possible for it to sure.... ;)

    Interior was hoovered, then cleaned using the AS tornador and Bio Brisk... The seats were cleaned with Dr Leather wipes, then the dash, doors and leather was treated to a couple of coats of PERL, diluted 7:1 to help it out...and the seals were treated with gummi pflege to help out with the cold winter coming up....

    The engine was dressed via the tornador and finish...

    The tyres were dressed with AS highstyle, and with a quick blast of bubblegum air freshener, it was all done!! :D

    As the CS was curing so quickly, I had to apply and buff off in rapid time, so I did manage to get some finished pics afterall....Cheers to Lee for answering my question about the CS on a Sunday – top man.... ;)

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    And the door where the paint chip was...

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    The interior shots...

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    And finally, the engine all finished too...

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    Thanks for looking, and as always all comments and criticism most welcome...

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    looking good , nicely done

    liking them wheels too , bmw ish .

    what is that festool denibbler thing , how does it work ? it certainly fixed the problem :thumbsup:
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    [Dec 27, 2012]
    You've done a great job.

    Is that a two day job?
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    yeah, it is for me! :lol:

    just doing my mates RS6 at the moment, on day 3 so far!! :wall:

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    3 days? Jeez. hope you're taking pics. :icon_thumright:
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