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b7 RS4 Cabriolet - Red

Jimmeh Feb 22, 2010

  1. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh Active Member

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    Only a couple of teaser images for now! Report will be documented throughout the night and no doubt be online tomorrow ~lunchtime!

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    What a car.

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  2. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh Active Member

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    I couldn't resist.. I just had to write it tonight!

    Enjoy..

    Audi b7 RS4 Cabriolet – 2008

    Winter Protection Detail with full Interior and LTT Leather care.

    I’ve been looking forward to this one.. Why? I’m an Audi man myself. I’m on my fourth!

    Generally, this is a very well looked after vehicle. Mainly used at the weekends and hardly even driven these last two/three months..

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    Product:
    • 303 Fabric Guard
    • AutoGlym Fast Glass
    • AutoSmart G101
    • AutoSmart Tardis
    • Belgom ALU
    • ChemicalGuys JetSEAL901
    • Clearkote Red Moose Glaze
    • Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
    • Dodo Juice SuperNatural
    • LTT Auto Ultra Foam
    • LTT Auto Ultra Protect
    • Lusso Revitalizing Cream
    • Meguiars Last Touch
    • Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel
    • Sonus Green Mild Clay
    • Zaino Z8 Grand Finale

    • Black Baron Vehicle Dryer
    • Karcher something or other.. (soon to be replaced by a Kranzle!)
    • Porter Cable 7424 Dual-action polisher
    • VAX6131 wet n dry vac


    Inspection..

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    As always, I started with the wheels. AutoSmart G101, various brushes and mitts to reach through the spokes to clean the rim/hub and caliper..

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    After a thorough soaking, ValetPRO SnowFoam applied and allowed to dwell for a few minutes..

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    …whilst I dealt with the finicky areas:

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    Washed – Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild and a Lambswool mitt.

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    I wasn’t expecting much pick-up from the claying stages.. To touch, the car was generally quite smooth and appeared contaminant free.

    Clay bar before:

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    Clay bar after boot lid and N/S doors if I remember correctly (only as far down as the bump-strips at this stage..)

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    ^more than I expected after all.


    Lower-doors, boot and the bumpers were the worst areas..

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    After I clay one/two panels, I will often rinse the area to rid of the lube residues.. This usually leads to ample amounts of standing water.

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    Now, rather than lapping it up with a drying towel, allow free-flowing water to ‘sheet’ over the panel.

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    This, as seen, makes life much easier when drying as there is now very little stood water (and also minimises the chance of marring the paint)

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    Remaining water on the car was picked with a mf drying towel and then crevices/wheels/gaps/mesh blown with the Black Baron.

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    This is an amazing bit of kit! Where I’d usually end up cursing water that drips down from the window join or petrol filler, its completely eliminated. No more smears when polishing, waxing or buffing!


    One clean, dry RS4. Looks stunning already!

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    Once inside, Lusso Revitalizing Cream was worked into the paint via DA and a 3M finishing pad with a blob of Red Moose Glaze to add some depth to the red paint.

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  3. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh Active Member

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    Now, in previous Winter Protection Details, Lusso’s Revitalizing Cream has come into its own with its ease of use, looks and ability to remove most of the surface hazing.. This was no exception.

    Cloudy swirled paint on the O/S door..

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    And after a pass with Lusso and the Red Moose Glaze:

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    By no means is it perfect, but, considering Audi paint is particularly ‘bomb-proof’, I was pleased at the cleaning ability given.

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    Which was all followed up with a fine coat of Dodo Juice SuperNatural wax..

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    Alloys were sealed with ChemicalGuys’ JetSEAL901.. After I’d applied to all four, I tidied the exhaust tips up with Belgom ALU and the wheels are now about ready to be buffed up..

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    Tyres dressed with Megs endurance. Windows cleaned with AutoGlym Fast Glass.


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    Whoa’ MOMMA!

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    A few final exterior checks and I notice a healthy amount of polish build-up in both of the side badges. I later learnt that the previous valeters liked their AutoGlym kit so no doubt this was Super Resin Polish remains..

    After a bit off tooth-pickery, they came up fine.

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    Convertible hood was protected with 303’s Fabric Guard.

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    I then started on the interior (which was in fine shape already (albeit the leather which was due a deep-clean..))

    This was the dirt that was lifted from the drivers seat:

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    I’m pretty stocked up now! (Thanks to the owners for a healthy supply of biscuits and coffee all day!)

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    More final checks; a quick spritz over with Z8 to clean up any Fabric Guard smears that may have made their way down to the paintwork..

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    And we’re pretty much there! Que lots of photos!!!

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  4. Jimmeh

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    The hubs were pretty tricky to clean on this car; angled grooves and multi-spokes made for quite a time consuming job..

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    One shiny RS and a dirty TDi:

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    Packed up and ready to go..

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    Final..

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    And two which have been played with slightly in Photoshop:

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    So, who wants to buy a 1.9TDi Avant Quattro Sport to make way for my new car!!!?

    I enjoyed both the ~7 hour detail on the car, and, documenting the report.. Such a strong, vivid image. I’d love to see the car in ‘full-sun’. I hope to be revisiting once a month to maintain things, so, fingers crossed!

    As always, thanks for reading.

    Jim
     
  5. N8

    N8 Kowalski Details VCDS Map User

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    Stunning Jim, why some1 would order a vert without buckets I have no idea, don't see many red ones at all, stunning stunning work :wub:
     
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    Absolutley Beautiful work, look forward to your write ups and enjoy watching you add life to wonderful cars, brilliant
     
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    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving VCDS Map User

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    Fantastic as always Jim matey. I may ask a couple of Q's about my red soon, just not had the time to utilise the new purchases!
     
  8. Hunty

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    Nice one Jim, the results from the lusso RC is amazing mate. I know that it is great on darker coloured paintwork, but is it just as good on light paintwork as well? My A3 is Just a shade darker than silver (don't know the actual colour name yet, been searching for a few days now) If it isn't suitable what product would be, I have poorboys black hole, are they of a similar ilk? If it would suit my A3 a treat, where do you get it from, its like rocking horse S***. Only just joined this forum but been admiring your work on CYC for a while now, hope to reach a similar standard!
     
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    Thanks, seen the werksat on a few silvers now, they bring them up lovely, awesome reflection! But want a glaze to add a little depth, so instead of the whole kit I'll just get the Jett and gloss, and use a product like the lusso RC, but cannot find it online at the moment! Will get a few pics up after I've done it though! So hopefully Jim will let me know where he gets it from:)
     
  11. Jimmeh

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    What Rowdyboy says to be honest, Hunty. I dont think you can go far wrong with the Werkstat system on light colours.

    I'm yet to use Lusso RC on a lighter colourerd car.. If I fancied a change, maybe I'll sway towards PB White Diamond when the time comes.. http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/glazes/poorboys-white-diamond/prod_551.html The opposite to BlackHole (for lighter colours..)

    I believe BH is a tad more 'filler-heavy' than RC. But, it seems RC does a better job (for me..) in 'cleaning'. I've been known to throw a bit of BH into the mix.. benefit from the cleaners in RC, and, the oily glaze from BH. *shrugs* There is no definite answer.. I picked Lusso RC up from AutoPerfection - they dont appear to have it on their site at the minute though, so, phone through and speak to Jim. He'll be able to help. - http://www.autoperfection.com/shop/contact-us.html
     
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    RE Werkstat JETT, I'm not sure how well this will go down after using Lusso's RC... it's quite an oily cleanser. I don't know too much about the relationships involved here, so, lets hope someone 'in the know' can answer it for us! Failing that, speak to Jim, he might have a better idea!
     
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    another really stunning job Jimmeh - Have you had a chance to read my PM yet?

    Thanks
     
  14. MRYETH

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    know what you mean but i think those seats look classier for this type of car. Buckets would more suit an S3 than an RS4.
     
  15. Hunty

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    Thanks for the info, sorry to keep asking you questions, but could I mix carlack NSC and PB BH on the same pad, as you have with the Lusso RC and BH? Carlack NSC is basically werkstat prime is it not? And then apply the jett and glos? Should I be PMing these questions, sounds like you have a few to do, thanks again

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    Gops Badger 5 Edition VCDS Map User Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    I always look forward to your posts jimmeh! Looks stunning mate! When i get a nice car one day, you'll be the first person i call for a detail!!! One question about claying, after you foam and use the two buckets and rinse, do you use the clay then and what do you use with the claying process?
     
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    Neil, Ive never looked at Carlack NSC - since splashing out mid-year 2009, I've limited my spend and tend to stick with what I know! (for now..)

    It certainly has an impressive spec and reviews to boot..

    I wouldn't use BH on your car tbh - because of its shade, I dont think you will benefit much from BH. NSC alongside WhiteDiamond maybe? (as NSC is totally abrasive free and WD could fill some of the lighter swirls?!) I don't know.. Try posting on DetailingWorld - Hopefully someone with NSC experience can help us out!

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    Pure class jim mate car and detail.
     
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    Thats right - you want to get the car as clean as possible prior to claying.. all it takes is a ting piece of grit to become trapped under the clay and you're going to cause a hell of a mess!

    I use a mild Sonus Green clay bar with Meguiars LastTouch diluted down to 1-1 which is used as a lube. All good online resellers should stock clay kits - if in doubt, check PolishedBliss - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/clay-bars-and-clay-bar-lubricants.html
     
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    Pic 2: One day eh Jim!

    Another Excellent Job and again good write up.

    Keep it up
     
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    What a car !

    Stunning job you did on that mate !
     
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    Looks great Jim, good to see you usiing LTT stuff, it really makes you realise all the other leather care products arent up to the job in comparison.

    Great work.

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  23. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    Great job :icon_thumright:
     
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    Nice, very nice
     
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    Stunning car, buckets would make it perfect! Excellent work also lol
     
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    can i drop my car at yours for a clean please ? i wish i had the time, i really neglect mine
     
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    +1. Also not a huge fan of the leather colour but still dream car if it had the buckets!!
     
  28. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Ace colour, looks great Jim - thank you for the great detailed "detailing" threads

    Best wishes

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