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Basic tasks to boost black paintwork....Advice please

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by DALE_AVANT, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. DALE_AVANT
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    [Feb 20, 2012]
    Hi all.

    Advice please on showing some attention to the bodywork on my Brilliant Black (solid paint) A4 Avant B6. I do not intend to spend days and days on it, but will happily give it a day, maybe a weekend. I usually wash the car once a week with general car shampoo.

    The paint looks in pretty good condition overall, with the usual scuffs etc. Also, the N/S laquer seems a little hazy.

    My plan is as follows, please feel free to advise:

    1 - Wash, rinse, and shammy the car in the usual way.
    2 - Clay bar the car (this will be a first for me). Autoglym clay bar?.
    3 - Re-wash, rinse, and shammy.
    4 - Autoglym paint renovator as required, especially on hazy areas.
    5 - Re-wash, rinse, and shammy to remove any residues etc.
    6 - Polish car with Autoglym Super Resin Polish.

    7- Will probably re-polish with Autoglym super resin polish once a month or so.


    Also, has anybody managed to find a remedy for boosting the chrome trim and aluminium roof rails?

    Thanks in advance!
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    [Feb 20, 2012]
    The guide on dark solid paint in this section tells you all you need to know, with a step by step guide. I'd bin the chamois leather and get yourself a drying towel, as the leather can trap grit and cause swirls and minor scratches. Not sure there's any need for the third wash either it'll just take longer. I haven't used it but poorboys black hole is supposed to be good for filling minor swirls, and sounds like a good product for you. The clay might take care of the hazy lacquer or it might just polish out. When you do it post up some before and after shots.
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    Agree with the above. No need for the 3rd wash.

    I have a black A4 and when giving it a full detail fully the following process:
    Wash using two bucket method
    Tar remover and ironX
    Rinse
    Clay
    Wash again using two bucket method.
    Dry using Drying towel and microfibre cloths (this gives me a good base to start any polishing)

    I now machine polish using Menzera products but for a hand polish the Autoglym SRP is a good choice. Its a good all round polish that fills in minor swirls and is very easy to apply and remove. Apply with a foam applicator pad and remove with a microfibre cloth.

    Then you should really apply a wax or sealant as claying will remove any layers of wax already on the car.
    I use wax, and DoDo Juice Blue velvet is perfect for black cars and the results are amazing.

    here's a couple of pic'd of mine after blue velvet wax was applied:
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    [Feb 21, 2012]
    just seen your car on detailing world nice;)
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