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Audi RS4 Avant & Jaguar XK V8

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Jimmeh, Apr 21, 2011.

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    Hi all. Been a while since I've posted here.. I've been kept busy with small maintenance and interior details recently.. I did have mkv Golf in for a single-day minor correction and interior tidy, but, was against the clock so had to crack on without the camera.

    Anyway, here's my latest (the Audi), and, another recent which might be of interest to you.

    Audi RS4 Avant b7 in Avus Silver

    Been on the books for a little while this one. I managed to meet the owner a couple of weeks back to cast my eye over the car and work out the best plan of attack.

    An exterior Minor Paint Correction Detail with added interior and engine-bay work was agreed on and a date was set. A single-stage ‘minor’ correction focuses on light swirls and scratches; a polish combination tough enough to correct such defects but at the same time mild enough to give the refined and much desired ‘jewelled’ look.

    Product

    3M Glass Cleaner
    3M Ultra fina
    AutoSmart G101
    AutoSmart Tardis
    AutoSmart Reglaze
    AutoSmart Hazsafe
    AutoGlym Vinyl & Rubber Care
    AMDetails mild clay
    Belgom ALU
    Bilt Hamber Autofoam
    Chemical Guys JetSEAL109
    Chemical Guys New Look Trim Gel
    Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
    Jeffs Werkstat Prime
    Jeffs Werkstat Jett Trigger
    Iron-X
    LTT Auto Ultra leather kit
    Meguiars Super Degreaser
    Menzerna 203s Power Finish
    Menzerna 85RD 3.02 Intensive Polish


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    Inspection.

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    Vehicle doesn’t get driven much but in this instance, it was left especially grubby just for me! 

    Overall, it looks to be a well cared for example. A bit soiled on the edges (door shuts, engine bay, wheels etc) but in all, a clean car.

    First up was the engine bay (all 4.2 V8 of it)

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    The underside of the bonnet and the rest of the bay was soaked in Megs Super Degreaser and allowed to soak for a minute before light agitation. Rinsing at low pressure, the vehicle was left to idle to assist the drying out process.

    Later, once dried, all britework was polished with Jeffs Prime by hand (carbon fibre and metal work) and plastics/hoses/rubber dressed.

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    Wheels. Starting off by degreasing the tyre walls with Megs Super Degreaser. Megs Wheel Brightener used for the inner rim and then AutoSmart G101 for the alloy facing and wheel arches. Agitated with a selection of brushes and mits.

    With the wheels rinsed down, Iron-X was used to help shift some of the more stubborn build-up in the wheel crevices. Iron filings, brake dust etc…

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    AutoSmart Tardis used to remove tar deposits on the arch lips.

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    With the engine and wheels out the way, my focus turned to the door shuts and sills.

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    No after photos I’m afraid. Grubby all round – requiring multiple hits and finally some Tardis to help chew up some of stubborn grease.

    Lower half of the RS was soaked with AS Hazsafe and allowed to dwell. Bilt Hamber’s Autofoam applied soon after to help lift surface dirt prior to physical contact with the paintwork…

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    Once rinsed, heh, we had a pretty clean car!!

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    With the two-bucket (one wash, one rinse) system in place, Dodo’s Born To Be Mild shampoo used alongside a Merino washmit.

    After safely removing all traffic film, it was time to remove surface contaminants

    AutoSmart Tardis applied from the glass down…

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    Deposits removed and vehicle re-rinsed to shift residues.

    AMDetails’ mild clay bar used to pick up other surface contaminants.

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    Not much pick-up to be seen other than small tar deposits from the rear window.

    Dried with an ‘uber plush fat fluffy’ deep-pile drying towel and the Black Baron Vehicle Dryer leaving the car the bone dry.

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    Once inside, the lights were rigged up and paint conditions checked.

    Before purchasing the car, the owner was aware that the N/S rear quarter had seen paint due to a 5mph car park bump… Turns out, at the time of the repair, the complete N/S was blown over resulting in high thickness readings throughout.

    A few bodyshop niggles and areas with overspray were found but nothing that our Minor Correction wouldn’t fix.

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    Overspray:

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    Initial polish and pad combinations were good but felt I could push a little more… The paint was rock hard after all… Using a yellow 3M polishing pad, I settled on Menzerna 85RD 3.02 Intensive Polish with a blob of 3M Ultra Fina to help extend the polishing set.

    Correction was good, >70% from the single-pass.


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    The beauty of Avus Silver (and, one of the reasons why we settled on a Minor Paint Correction as opposed to a Major) is the remaining deep marks are extremely difficult to spot in everyday light conditions. 95%+ correction is of course possible, just, it requires much more time.


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    N/S complete.

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    Rear lights before/after (menz 203s on a white Hexlogic polishing pad)

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    With the O/S, the roof line, bumpers and boot-lid complete, the car was brought back outside for a quick rinse.

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    Dried down with the ‘uber plush fat fluffy’ drying towel and Black Baron drier and then wiped with Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to remove any remaining polishing oils.

    For protection, based on the vehicles colour and ease of use for future maintenance for my customers, I chose Jeffs Werkstat Jett Trigger. Delivering razor sharp clarity and mirror-like reflections (which can sometimes be lost on lighter coloured cars when using a carnauba wax)

    Inbetween coats of the sealant, interior and exterior glass was cleaned, alloys sealed, exhaust’s tidied, tyres dressed and exterior britework polished.
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    Interior was hoovered, plastics/console wiped down and leather was cleaned and re-hydrated.

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    Some 16 hours put into this one and I must say, I’m sporting a killer t-shirt tan!

    Still my favourite car out there… If only the economy of my 1.9TDi wasn’t so important!

    Thanks. Jim
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    Jaguar XK 4.2 V8 Coupe

    Over a two day booking, the Jag was in for a Minor Paint Correction Detail with wheels-off/arches treatment, hub & caliper restoration, full interior/leather care and an engine bay detail.

    Product

    • 3M Ultrafina
    • 3M Glass Cleaner
    • AutoSmart G101
    • AutoSmart Tardis
    • AutoSmart Reglaze
    • AutoGlym Vinyl and Rubber Care
    • AMDetails Mild Clay Bar
    • Belgom Alu
    • Chemical Guys JetSEAL109
    • Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild shampoo
    • G-Techniq C4 trim restorer
    • Hammerite high-temp smooth silver
    • Jeffs Werkstat Prime
    • LTT Auto Ultra Foam
    • LTT Auto Ultra Protect
    • Meguiars Super Degreaser
    • Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel
    • Menzerna 203s
    • Menzerna 85RD 3.02
    • RaceGlaze Black Label wax

    Overall, a well cared for and maintained car.

    First job on the Wednesday morning was to prep the brake assembly ready for paint and to deep clean the arches.

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    After the initial soaking, Megs Super Degreaser was left to dwell for 30 seconds or so before being agitated with an assortment of brushes.

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    AutoSmart Tardis used to help shift grime and tar deposits:

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    Unfortunately the wheels (although freshly refurbed) had seen better days. A bit of a temporary quick fix!

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    Ready for a good tidy:

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    Once the calipers were prepped, the arches cleaned and wheels put back on the car, my focus turned to the engine bay.

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    Rinsed > Super Degreaser > agitated > rinsed > allowed to dry > later dressed.

    A two bucket wash was carried out after the pre-wash/rinse etc. Elite Car Care’s Merino washmit and Dodo’s Born To Be Mild shampoo.

    Tar removal with AS Tardis:

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    And some light contamination removed with AMDetails’ mild clay:

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    Rinsed. Brought inside. Dried down using towels and the Black Baron Vehicle Dryer.


    Wheels removed once again:

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    O/S front prepped and ready for paint.

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    So from this on the N/S:

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    To this on the O/S:

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    Much better.


    Springs removed for paint.

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    Nice.

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    Once all four corners were complete the engine-bay was then dressed.

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    Paintwork inspection.

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    (with overspray)

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    And some nasty sanding marks on the O/S front wing:

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    It was getting late in the day but before I packed up, a few test sections were done on the bonnet:

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    50/50:

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    Overspray removed with multiple hits of 85RD 3.02:

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    I settled on long lengthy passes with Menz 85RD 3.02 and a blob of 3M Ultrafina. Seemed to do the trick (and refining nicely too!)

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    Bright and early on Day 2 I continue to work down the O/S.

    Nasty! Some bad hand-sanding marks spotted in the paint:

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    Turns out, the majority of the O/S had been sprayed.

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    Sticking with Menz 3.02 and 3M UF,

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    More sanding marks spotted (slap bang in the centre of the door)

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    A paint-run off the driver’s door handle:

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    More strange paint thickness readings – this time, worryingly thin!

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    O/S rear quarter complete:

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    My own buffertrails left after some wool-pad action to chase out some deep marks. Refined with Menz 3.02.

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    Roof before/after:

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    50/50:

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    Bootlid 50/50:

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    Rear bumper-lip before/after (some nasties left behind unfortunately as we’re only going on a ‘minor’ paint correction detail (single-pass))

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    Two shots whilst spinning the car round:

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    And a bit of a 50/50 courtesy of the sun (albeit partially behind clouds still)

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    More wool-pad action was seen on the roof.

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    But from a different angle you can see the scratches still faintly remain… (not wanting to compromise anymore paint)

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    Bonnet before/after:

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    After a dust down and a thorough IPA wipe, Raceglaze Black Label wax was applied via foam applicator pad:

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    Once the wax had been removed the alloys were sealed, the tyres dressed, some ‘toothpickery’ work and exhausts were polished.

    Jaguar sticker removed from rear window:

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    Making the most of the remaining day light, a few pics in the evening sun.

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    Back inside and the interior was dealt with. LTT for leather. Mild G101 for plastics and pedals.

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    ‘Jaguar’ plate inside the door and other exterior britework cleansed with Jeffs Prime.

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    G-Techniq C4 Trim Restorer used on the rear-wheel arch skirts:

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    Glass cleaned with 3M’S glass cleaner.

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    A final wipedown of the paint and we’re finished.

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    Checking corrections levels with the Brinkmann LED torch:

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    Alloys and painted brakes:

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    Enjoyed my time on this one.. A stunning car! Total work time 22 hours.

    As always, thanks.

    Jim
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    Great write ups and work mate as usual.
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