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Had my S3 detailed this weekend....

themanthatcan May 18, 2008

  1. themanthatcan

    themanthatcan Member VCDS Map User

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    My S3's paintwork was in bit of state, so I'd arranged for Alex of South Coast Detailing came to my dad's workshop this weekend to do a paint correction and detailing. He'd done an inspection on the paintwork a few weeks ago and reckoned it would take him 1.5 days and quoted me £200; very reasonable :thumbsup:

    The biggest problem to tackle was the swirl marks and scratches. The original owner clearly wasn't clued up with the art of cleaning a car! Here's what a few pics of the panels looked like beforehand:

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    Alex set about machine polishing and it soon became apparent that the hard Audi paint was going to prove difficult to work with. Due to time constraints he simply didn't have time to work on the deeper scratches. He reckoned it would have taken him about 3 days to get deep enough.

    Anyway he did his best with the time we had and I'm very happy with the results. She's shined up to a really good finish, much better than I was expecting. As an added bonus because he wasn't able to spend as much time as he would have liked on the car, it only cost me £160!

    Here's some pics so you can judge for yourself. Please excuse the photos as I'm not the best at taking pics of cars (well making them look good anyway!):

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  2. abdus

    abdus Top Gear VCDS Map User

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    very nice :)

    was in quite a state before..lol
     
  3. 1animal1

    1animal1 The Clar!! it mouves!!! VCDS Map User

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    you must be chuffed to bits mate....that looks awesome!!!
     
  4. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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  5. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    Looking really good andy,

    Your paintwork originally looks in a very similar state to mine so i think the detailing will defo be on my to do list.

    Did you get any instructions on how to keep it looking great for the future??

    Also can you post the contact details of the guy that did the detailing incase i feel the need for the shiney paintwork sooner rather than later.

    Cheers
     
  6. themanthatcan

    themanthatcan Member VCDS Map User

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    Thanks guys.

    Bob - Didn't get any aftercare advice really. He was pushed for time as he's emmigrating to New Zealand in a few days and had a family party to get to. As such there's not really much point in me passing on his details! :)
     
  7. S£

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    Looks great mate! looks like someone used sand to polish it before! Who said you cant take pictures?! The one of the boot has great effect with the sky and hedge!! :thumbsup:
     
  8. Clach

    Clach A3 - 1.8Ts

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    :)
     
  9. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    Doh now i remember you saying that before!

    Did you have someone else he reccomended or does anyone else know a good detailer down the southampton area??
     
  10. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :) Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group quattro Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon Manual

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    Mate the car looks mint!!

    The pic of the boot looks amazing.
     
  11. Shy19s

    Shy19s Oil running through my veins.

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    :applaus:Very nice job.
     
  12. S3ren

    S3ren Lovely Sunshine

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    looks really nice bud...black is such a hard colour to take care of. did he use a sealent to protect the paint work when he finished.
     
  13. scott_johnson

    scott_johnson Audiless

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    Very nice mate :) What products was the guy using?? I got told from my swissvax detail to use dodojuise limeprime and purplehaze wax to keep it looking mint.....
     
  14. jesters3

    jesters3 Active Member VCDS Map User

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    mm mmm mmmm nice work fella, real nice work.

    Always amazed at how good these guys are as well as the products use. The first shot of the sky man, that paintwork is glistening. I would be well proud of that.

    Still debating on the DA Polisher but really considering it now....got to make my car look as half good as that!
     
  15. themanthatcan

    themanthatcan Member VCDS Map User

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    Thanks for all the great comments :thumbsup:

    I asked Alex for a copy of his photos of the detail and what products he recommends to keep the car nice and shiney, and he's just sent me the email below:

     
  16. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    Cheers Andy just the info i wanted
     

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