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Got hooked by detailing (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by ollie86rn, May 30, 2012.

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    [May 30, 2012]
    Hey all,

    So been on the forum for a while and slowly i was being caught and reeled in by this detailing bug! Always kept my cars clean before but never to such a detail as i do now or even to some of you guys on here, some lovely cars around.

    So last weekend after gathering all my equipment (thanks to JuicyJen for the majority of it) i pulled it all out and set about cleaning her.

    Here is what i did in total:

    Snow foamed entire car (juicyjen foam, good stuff)
    Removed wheels, cleaned with bilberry, iron x, valet pro tar remover and clayed. Finally sealed in with poorboys sealant.
    Cleaned and dressed under each wheel arch with aero 303 (great stuff)
    Wash car (2 bucket method)
    Dried off and then dressed the engine bay (again aero 303)
    Clayed entire car (used valet pro tar remover before, not such a fan but did work)
    Wash car again (2 bucket method)
    Polish using DA with menzerna 203s for heavily marked areas and finished with menzerna 85rd polish
    Finally Waxed with collinite 476s (magic stuff)

    First time i have done such an extensive detail and also with the DA, just about got the technique towards the end of the day and man was my back killing me :laugh:. I was really impressed using the collinite, again another first using a hard wax but think it worked really well just hope it will last like what i keep hearing. Was also surprised what a deep shine it gave, hopefully you will be able to see in some of my photos.

    Unfortunately I forgot to take some photos before but here was the final result (im no photagrapher so please be kind lol)

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    Thanks for looking :laugh:
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    [May 30, 2012]
    Looks great! What do you use on the interior? Mainly interested in the dash.... I need to stop using pledge lol!
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    [May 30, 2012]
    lol yeah i would, i use autoglym vinyl and rubber care spray, used it for years and always been happy with it. On any glass i use fast glass. Ive also got leather seats and use mer leather cleaner although not too happy with it just reluctant to buy anymore untill ive used it up!
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    Shes looking real nice........good job. I just finished off my mates TTS before it started leathering it down with rain. Didnt have time to get the wax on though. Unpredictable Scottish weather eh:weight_lift2:
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    Well if you're ever up in Aberdeen and the mood strikes, feel free to get mine nice and shiny too!
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    [May 30, 2012]
    Nice work. Its this site that does it. I've always washed my cars but never properly. Now since I've had my a3 and been on here I've spent a small fortune. Actually had a small delivery this morning with some interior bits and a nice smelling wheel wax. Perhaps one day we'll need a detailers anonymous page!
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    [May 30, 2012]
    Give Al @ AMDetails a ring. He's based in Elgin so not far away from you. He taught me. He's just posted up a thread on an RS4 detail he did last week. Real nice too.
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    [May 30, 2012]
    Anyone use Meguiars Gold Class Endurance tyre gel? It smells like strawberry sweets, addictive stuff! :D
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    We will get you on the detailers detox program and ween you off it slowly.

    Nice job on your car.
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    [May 31, 2012]
    Yeah i use it too it does smell good

    Cheers all the messages, so far this forum has just got me hooked on detailing however i feel some mods coming on :laugh:
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    [May 31, 2012]
    Nice job you have done there looks very nice mate
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    [May 31, 2012]
    That looks amazing. I've never used a polisher before but think I'll need to if I want to get rid of the swirls on my phantom black. Which DA did you use?
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    [May 31, 2012]
    Looks good mate very nice finish
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    [May 31, 2012]
    That was my problem, was clean but had the usual swirl marks over it too, i also have phantom black paint. I brought it from a mate, think it was one from clean your car this one i reckon
    CleanYouCar - EP800 Compact Rotary Polisher - Clean Your Car
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    [Jun 1, 2012]
    Haha, you'd better not go over to A world for detailers... then! Prepare to enter a whole new world of detailing crazyness lol.
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    Already have lol, good site so much info on there to trawl through!
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