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Audi RS4 b7 saloon in Misano Red - Dealership Detail

Jimmeh Jul 27, 2011

  1. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh Active Member

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    Another fast Audi for you! :)

    Audi RS4 – Misano Red b7 saloon

    5 months back, I was asked to prep an Aston Martin DB7 Volante by the Marshall Motor Group. (used car centre)

    Having never really seen or had first hand experience with a ‘true’ machine polish or detail before, they were a little dubious about spending the money. After two days of my time however, they went on to sell the Aston for a few £k more than originally planned. Quids in!

    The car in question this time, the RS4, although low mileage, had seen better days. Lots of poorly finished repainted panels and those that were still original were riddled with seriously deep marks and scratches (almost ‘yard brush’ deep – can’t work out how else they would have been induced; even a car wash I don’t think would be ‘that’ bad?!)

    Product

    • 3M Glass Cleaner
    • 3M Ultra Fina
    • 3M Fast Cut +
    • AMDetails mild clay bar
    • AutoSmart Tardis
    • AutoSmart Hazsafe
    • AutoSmart Reglaze
    • AutoSmart G101
    • AutoGlym Vinyl & Rubber Care
    • Belgom ALU
    • Blackfire Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection
    • Chemical Guys Maxi Suds II
    • Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
    • Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)
    • Jeffs Werkstat Prime
    • Meguiars All Season Dressing
    • Meguiars Super Degreaser
    • Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel
    • Menzerna 203 Power Finish
    • Menzerna 85RD 3.02 Intensive Polish
    • Menzerna S500 Fast Gloss

    I didn’t take any pics throughout the wash stages – to be fair, the car was ‘clean’.

    Wheels, arches, sills and shuts followed by the usual ‘two-bucket’ safe wash after the pre-rinse, pre-foam etc. Quite a few tar spots were removed throughout and then other surface contaminants (bug remains, sap, iron fillings etc) were removed with a clay bar.

    Pulled inside, and it looks like this:

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    Swirling & buffertrails from previous ‘mopping’ sessions:

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    Overspray on O/S/F door:

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    The bonnet was shocking. Again, quite what induced these marks in the first place I do not know…

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    Most of the car had seen fresh paint but the N/S/R wing stood out like a sore thumb. I first saw the car in the showroom, under the spot lights... A dull white ‘haze’ covered the rear quarter – it really did shout out “LOOK AT ME!”

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    Moving down the N/S:

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    So yeah, nice car, poor condition!

    Starting with the bonnet (original paint)

    It was clear this wasn’t going to be easy. Minimum of 3 hits per section required to give desired results…

    Here you can see two random deep scratches awaiting further correction:

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    Before/After:

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    Natural light 50/50:

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    And another with the 500w halogen:

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    With the side repeaters removed to allow tighter correction, the O/S/F wing was corrected, polished and refined:

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    Before/After on O/S/F door:

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    Rear quarter befores:

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    After:

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    50/50 on boot-lid:

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    Before/After (awaiting refinement)

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  2. Jimmeh

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    Cut, polished, refined.

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    While I was back there, the rear light clusters were brought back to life with Menz 203s and a Lake Country spot pad.

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    O/S finished – see if you can still spot the 50/50 on the bonnet…

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    No after photos I’m afraid, but look at the state of the N/S/F wing! Ouch.

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    Turns out the hazy rear quarter mentioned above had already been machine polished whilst at the Dealership… Their local SMART repairs guy took a look at it. Perhaps one of the reasons it looks like this:

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    Above the halogen reflection to the left of the photo, on the leading edge, can you see a rough texture/touch-up? My guess is the ‘mop’ at the time was pushed over both the lower and upper sections at once causing a bit of a burn through on the proud, delicate edge.

    Although now fully corrected, refined and looking sharp, the paint itself wasn’t exactly amazing. Lots of tiny fish-eyes caused by silicone in the spraying stages.

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    The roof, fortunately, was a doddle! Only two passes required here – 3M Fast Cut+ on a green 3M cutting pad followed by a mix of Menzerna to refine to a crisp, sharp finish.

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    Low down under the bump strips:

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    And now back to the other half of the bonnet:

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    Before/After:

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    As good as it was going to get with the time given…

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    Machine work complete:

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    The engine compartment wasn’t particularly bad; the underside of the bonnet being the worst. Soaked in Megs Super Degreaser, agitated and rinsed and low pressure.

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    (Forgot to get the after pictures – agh!)


    After the engine, the car was thoroughly rinsed to remove polishing dust and deposits.

    Back inside, blown dry with the black baron. Wiped with IPA to remove any remaining polishing oils and Blackfire‘s ’Wet Diamond’ applied to seal the paint.

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  3. Jimmeh

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    Glass cleaned inside and out. Exhausts tidied. Trim dressed. Interior tickled. Final ‘toothpickery’ and we’re finished.

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    Quickly taken outside for some sun-shots before being rolled back into the showroom to go back on display..

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    That N/S/R quarter looking 100x better:

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    And finished.

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    Sure you’ll agree, quite the save! Misano is an awesome colour – it really is. I have a couple of b7 cabriolets in Misano on maintenance but never a saloon. Really does suit I think!

    Thanks for reading.

    Jim.
     
  4. badger1340

    badger1340 Come on you Spurs

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    awesome work & awesome motor
     
  5. S3RYE

    S3RYE Interior Next!!

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  6. audicruiser

    audicruiser Audi Heaven

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    Very nice turn around.. Baffles me how people who own these cars at the expensive times in their lives i.e. from new, let them get in such a state!

    Misano is a nice colour!!
     
  7. drmole

    drmole Well-Known Member

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    god i so wan an RS4 hopefully this claim will pay enough for my dream to come true lol
    awesome save Jim tha red looks great with the right TLC
     
  8. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

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    Yep, Misano is THE colour for the RS4. Just can't believe how careless people can be with such a super car.
     
  9. Ash B

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    beautiful :wub: One of my favourite cars...Great work as always Jim :thumbsup:
     
  10. ahsan82

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    stunning work again :wub:
     
  11. S4twiggy

    S4twiggy Fully Certified Detailer!!

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    stunning jim, i bet it kills you every time you hve to do an RS4 knowing that its not yours lol

    one day though im sure you will have one
     
  12. rockape

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    It baffles me too. Shame that potentially the next owner will continue to be as careless and take it down their local £5 'scratch n shine' hand wash!

    Lovely job though Jim and good right up too.
     
  13. butler2.8i

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    Stunning work Jim
     
  14. Jimmeh

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    Thanks guys. A few more RS' booked in on the back of this; eyes peeled! :)

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  15. v1raj

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    Excellent job :icon_thumright:

    Misano red or Sprint blue FTW :sm4:
     
  16. beanoir

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    Lovely colour, lovely car, and a great job Jim...as always!
     
  17. Sarah's A3

    Sarah's A3 MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid Moderator

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    Wow what a gorgeous car, would love one!!! Top job once again Jim, as always. You really are top of your field.
     
  18. N8

    N8 Kowalski Details VCDS Map User

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    Stunning as always Jim!
     

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