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Jimmeh vs Audi RS2

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Jimmeh, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Jimmeh
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    Originally posted on behalf of DetailingWorld.co.uk

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    Audi RS2

    “Audi what..?” let me explain:

    To my knowledge there are ~120 left in the UK, so you could say they’re pretty rare.

    I *think* this car was previously owned by a very reputable member of DetailingWorld; I have dropped them a PM to double check.

    This job follows from my Porsche Boxter job I did last weekend. I’ve been looking forward to this all week, so, here goes!

    *Please NOTE:
    • I had left my 18-70mm lens at home (forgot to put it back in my kit bag after cleaning it last week
    • I didn’t get on too well with the cold/damp/condensation. This really did play up when coming to the polishing/buffing stages
    • The interior has had to be left till another time. 9 hours work solid on the exterior alone (without correction….!?!!)


    Process & Product
    1. Clean/dress/polish engine bay
    2. Clean shuts, sills and detail areas
    3. Wheels/arches
    4. Foamed > Body wash
    5. Tar removal
    6. Dry
    8. Polished
    9. x 2 coats of LSP
    10. Wheels sealed
    11. Tyres dressed
    12. Interior mats cleaned
    13. Exhaust polished up
    14. Windows & final buff over
    15. Leather treated
    16. Further coat of LSP
    17. Interior dressed/waxed/cleansed


    · AutoSmart G101
    · Megs Gold Class/Ultimit
    · Megs SuperDegreaser
    · Megs LastTouch
    · Megs Wheel Brightener
    · Megs Endurance Tyre Gel
    · Chemical Guys Wheel Guard
    · Chemical Guys New Look Trim Gel
    · Jeffs Werkstat Prime, Acrylic Jett & Glos
    · Victoria Concours Wax
    · Tardis
    · Belgom ALU & AG Metal polish
    · Wire-wool
    · AS Blast
    · Relentless
    · Jaffa Cakes
    · Gliptone Leather Cleaner & Conditioner
    · 303 Areospace

    Although there wasn’t a massive spec for this job, it seemed to go on forever. It was a nightmare if I’m honest, I really did struggle.

    Process

    Fifty minutes into my journey, I note how cold it actually is:

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    Last week, sure it was cold, but throughout the job I felt fine. Only when I was packing up/stopped for a tea or coffee did I ever feel the bite in the air. This time, I’d come well prepared: x2 pairs of socks. Boxers, shorts, combats. Vest, thermal top, DW T-shirt, Fleece. Change of footwear and a hat!

    First things first, a passenger ride in the car in question. Our excuse was that we needed meat from the butchers, however, we got a little ‘lost’. On the way back we stumbled upon a private test track and watched the average MPG drop, rapidly! An awesome motor though, it has to be said.

    Check YouTube for a few vids of what these cars can really do.

    Back to base, a cup of coffee and a quick chat, I’m then working out how to best tackle the day. (Knowing it’s dark by 4pm)

    To kick things off, I thought I’d pop the bonnet and give it a bit of a wipedown..

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    Using a mix of G101/SuperDegreaser, MF’s and brushes various, I worked all plastics & bodywork and then followed round with a clean MF to wipe dry.

    Metal was brought up with BELGOM ALU:

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    Tough to distinguish on the photos, but the block was quite worn and pitted. Lots of degreaser along with the BELGOM ALU & elbow grease, I feel it came up quite well.

    The trouble is, I’d spent about an hour working already at this point; I had to crack on. I continued to work the main areas, dressing plastics with CG New Look Trim Gel and silicone hoses with 303.

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    The hood was then dropped and I questioned what would be the next best section to target:

    Sills and shuts.

    Again, using G101, S.DG and brushes various.

    They weren’t too bad to begin with:

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    But brought up nicely in any case: (minus the odd patch of grease)

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    Wheels & Calipers.

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    Starting with a good scrub to the tyre wall, Megs WB was then applied, agitated and rinsed to leave the EZ Detail Brush for cleaning deep into the rim.

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    The callipers were cleaned with a selection of brushes and Megs Degreaser. (It’s a real pain having to move the car to gain access to areas that were previously covered!)

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    You remember Bill, right? I took him a few treats today, however he was more interested in his Unicorn..

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    *grr!*

    Bacon sarnie round II! (I was really well fed today, happy days)

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    (Impersonating Bill)


    Jim vs Time - Time was winning, I’d spent a good few hours on the car already; I’d barely even started!

    Foamed, and I did a little run around with G101/detail brushes cleaning those ‘hard to reach’ areas:

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    Foam left for 5 more mins:

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  2. Jimmeh
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    And then pressure washed off:

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    Credit to the previous owner, whatever wax the car had had formerly, it was still showing good signs longevity. Most impressive.

    Washed via TBM and rinsed to leave:

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    Dried using a spritz of LastTouch and a mega huuuge towel:

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    Time to switch things round a bit. Bring the Porsche out (which looked nice and glossy still..) and manoeuvre the RS2 into it’s place in the garage.

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    A quick tidy up, assess the process in which I’m to carry out and I rig up the halogens.

    Large/flat areas were worked with a yellow polishing pad and Jeffs Prime. Correction wasn’t on the itinery today.

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    Smaller, hard to reach areas were then brought up by hand & applicator.

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    The polish really didn’t want to play ball, very cloggy and keep dumping massive deposits all over the shop. Three pads were used throughout to try cut this out. (can anyone explain why it did this? Too much? Too cold!?)

    Bodywork was wiped over with Jeffs GLOS. Then out with the Acrylic JETT.

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    Another wipe over with the GLOS.

    Now, after chatting to N8 KOW, I thought I’d give my Victoria Wax a go on a silver car.. I always thought it’s ‘intended’, was for darker, deep coloured cars. (And that Collectors wax was the choice for a lighter coloured job..)

    But anyway, here it is. It went on nicely, and buffed off pretty effortlessly too.

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    and again, GLOS:

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    A strange mark was noted above the drivers front wing:

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    Back out with the polishing pads and some Menz FF to remove it.

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    Now, seeing as though I had brought the rotary back out, I thought I’d polish up the headlights a bit.

    Using an Ultimate 100mm Polishing pad (Thanks Polished Bliss!) and Menz FF:

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    Alloys were sealed with CG WheelGuard:

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    As were the new wheels that were waiting to go on the Boxter.

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    Take one Jaffa Cake (Other low fat/high energy snack cakes ARE available..) and put it on a rear wheel to emphasize how BIG they were. They were enormous but yet, still quite light in weight.

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    Two Relentless down, 10 more Jaffa Cakes to go:

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    Halogens brought outside to the rear. Time to clean those dark and dismal exhaust pipes.

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    My usual applicator didn’t want to know, it was being laughed at. So improvising a bit, I took the rough end off of my tyre-gel applicator and used it for a more aggressive approach on the stubborn ‘zorsts.

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    An early 50/50:
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    With a bit more refinement:
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    After:
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    The only work I could carry out on the Interior was to polish the windows, hoover and clean the mats, give the pedals a scrub and a dashing spray of AS BLAST, Cool.

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    At the point of cleaning the exhausts, I was left on my own. One Audi to finish, one Porsche to re-garage and a load of guess work as to the right combination of Porsche, Audi, garage door and gate. It really did test me. C’mon, I’m now cold at this point; I had slowed down and was starting to feel the chill.

    Having brought both cars onto the drive…

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    .. I managed to get the gate closed and locked; only inches away from the nose of the Audi. Now, how to shut that garage door? *D’oh!* I had to re-open the gate, drive the Audi out to allow the garage to come over and down. Good. So, Audi back in and close the gates. I sharn’t go on, but with the funny angled gates and ~3/4inches give at the front & rear of the vehicles it was quite taxing. (There’s obviously a knack to it, I’m sure.)

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    (^shame about the stone chips)

    Packed up, locked up and key’s delivered, it’s just gone 7pm. Then five miles from home:

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    at one point it dropped to –1. Ouch

    Waking up this morning, I’m so sore; my legs are limp and my back is tight. How can cleaning cars do this to you?

    Just like what Baker21 said in his last report: (BMW 5-series)

    I’d love to see the car in natural light. Hopefully, I’ll be able to source some full afters at a later date.

    Todays plan? To wash and unload the S3 and to try out my new Menz FMJ :)!!

    Thanks reading.. Sorry I go on a bit.. :rolleyes:

    Jim
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    Now, seeing as though Part.I of the job was much longer (and tougher) than I expected, I had to make a return journey earlier this week to finish the interior and do a few final 'last checks'.

    So here you are, reading Part.II

    First job was to get the car into the sun, for those all important after shots that I missed on Sunday..

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    Ah, very good.


    Gliptone leather cleaner used with a damp Mf:

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    MF after the drivers seat...

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    and after the lot...

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    Aired for 5 minutes, buffed off with a clean MF.


    Gliptone Conditioner then applied:

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    Carbon Fibre inserts upfront were waxed with DoDo Purple Haze:

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    As were the back pieces on the door trims:

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    and buffed:

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    A thorough hoover throughout.

    Rear mats ready to go back in:

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    and the front passengers:

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    Here's one for Sean :cool::

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    At this point, before I forget, I gave the car a wipe down with LastTouch and gave an extra coat of Collu 476. :thumb:

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    A walk around and final check..

    and I spot a bit I'd missed on the calliper:

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    "Hi Bill!"

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    The three together. The Boxter, RS2 and the Clio Trophy I am to fit in in the next few weeks.

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    Now at this point, I gave a helping hand in changing the wheels over on the Boxter. (only to find out we'd been given the wrong size wheel-bolts! *D'oh!*)

    The Clio was then given a once over, I packed up and I was off. "Hooters here I come! ;)"

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    (It was cold..)

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    4 hours later saw 7 of us at Hooters, "Half price Ribs" on Wednesday! Eyes bigger than our bellies, but sure enough, we polished it off no problem. (rack of ribs each, two jalapeno chilli fries, 50 wings, 10 drumsticks and beer. Lots of beer.)

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    A busy, but a very enjoyable/rewarding day.

    Thanks for bearing with me.

    Jim
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Cracking work, lot done in the time available, and good shots to prove it too! Well done that man, no fun at this time of year, but you made the effort and soreness worthwhile lol! :arco:
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    Thanks Rich.

    The job was carried out early December, the cold just added to the fun!

    I love how the 'Ne Plus Ultra' job on the Gallardo is still alive and taking hits.. It's amazing what you guys do. PolishedBliss are one of the reasons why my wallet keeps taking a hammering!!

    Keep it up.
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    What a car! Makes me feel bad for not baring my back to the cold these last few weekends and cleaned mine!
    Lovely work to a car that is more than deserving!
    Question is - did you get to take it out??
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    I didn't personally, no. I only moved it from A to B whilst working on it. I did however have a ride out in it on the private roads in the area!

    Whaaa wee! :)
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    That matey, is, absolutely spot on.....I will be using this thread as reference/inspiration for my new found addiction to detailing (I was warned it would happen). If I have annoyed anyone by bringing an old thread up, I apologise.
    Once again, nice one!
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    This is years old! (well, months!)

    Amazing to think how far I've 'come' since then.

    If you liked this, Phoenix, check out these:

    Merc SL600 AMG

    Audi S3
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    Good work. Car looks great.

    Love the photography too. It's funny how leaving behind a lens you would usually choose for a particular job makes you look at things differently and you end up with some really creative shots!
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Always great to see cracking work resurected! You have come a long way since Jim, but don't be hard on yourself - the above was still a super detail and a great read too. :icon_thumright:
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