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My Weekend Detail/winter protection

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Cozza McA, Nov 26, 2013.

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    [Nov 26, 2013]
    Hi everyone
    As i love a clean car, as much as anyone else. I though I would show off my efforts.
    I had not washed the car for about 5 weeks previous to this and the detailing bug hit me hard, I was trying to hold off until next year haha

    So here goes.
    Before shots of the car it was much worse in the flesh than the photos suggest!!
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    Think that's enough before pics for now.

    1. So first up it was the snow foaming, for this I used CarPro iron X snow soap.
    Let it sit on the car for 5 minutes or so, whilst I got my buckets ready.
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    2.Then blasted all the foam of and started washing with a noddle mitt and some auto glym bodywork shampoo conditioner using the two bucket method. Then blasted down again, As the car is always looked after I got some good beading!
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    Also used some TRIX iron and tar remover but never got any pics of this.

    3. Next up was the wheels (Speedlines!!) love of my life... sometimes
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    During. For this I used a spray bottle with bilberry wheel cleaner and a detailing brush to agitate all the dirt
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    4. Got the car inside to start with the proper work.
    First up was tar remover, just in case I missed any bits! so went all round the car wheel arches, rear bumper, door sills and all of the doors.
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    5. Then the clay bar with some Auto finesse lubrication to remove any of the other ****.
    Smoothest id felt the paint work after this!!
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    Here is the clay bar after id done the whole car.
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    6. Back out side to give another wash to get rid off all the left over residue from claying, just hosed down with water then noddle mitt with the auto glym again, then back inside to dry of with the dodo juice fluffy drying towel.
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    7. Looked good after drying but this was me just reaching the halfway stage haha[​IMG]
    Started with the polishing, just some auto glym super resin polish, went round the whole car.
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    8. While the polish was curing I set about waxing he wheels with The Wheel Specialist Wheel Wax.
    And some auto glym tyre dressing for the tubes.
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    9.Once the auto glym super resin polish had cured I buffed off and applied auto glym ultra deep shine let this cure then removed and sealed with auto glym extra gloss protection. Then remover this after doing the glass work.

    10. This was the stage I was most looking forward to applying G techniq G4 glass polish and G1 clear vision.
    Never got any photos of this as I was concentrating to much on my time windows of applying an removing.

    Here are some of the products I used
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    Now finally the bit everyone looks forward to the finished item.
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    Was hoping this would last a few days but rained today when I was out, got some good beading and the G techniq was amazing puts Rain X to shame.

    Let me know what you think
    Cheers Corey
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    [Nov 26, 2013]
    Very nice.
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    ​Fantastic job Corey. :) x
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    [Nov 26, 2013]
    looks good buddy.. miss my red car...
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    [Nov 26, 2013]
    Thanks guys..
    Red looks mint when its got that wet glossy look.
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    [Nov 26, 2013]
    That looks fantastic. How long did the entire process take?

    Ive not properly cleaned a car like this, normally just pre wash and wash/rinse with 2 bucket method. Going to seriously considering it though especially with winter here.
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    thanks, well probably between 6.5 to 7.5 hours wasn't really counting just started early and finished late with two tea breaks.
    but im easily distracted and faff about quite a bit haha.
    yeah defo worth the effort make you feel proud when ur finished.
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    [Nov 26, 2013]
    yeah looking at your effort, I think this is definitely something I will do when I get the time!
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    [Nov 26, 2013]
    That looks bloody great man, you've made me want to give mine a good going over....I brought it to a new garage for a service and they gave it a "complimentary wash"....stone studded sponge and bristley wash brush included :sadlike: :banghead:
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    [Nov 26, 2013]
    I recognise that garage from detailing world, would that be correct? Brilliant job, will be doing my own very soon, full detail, DA and all! Hope it looks half as good as yours!
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    [Nov 26, 2013]
    Looks real good, what's the car next to it?
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    [Nov 27, 2013]
    great work! but you really should hit it with a DA RO and some Menzerna instead of using SRP which has AIO's for such a nice colour! (just my opinion though lol)

    I guess i am pedantic, i will correct the paint 110% annually or even every 18 months. Mine is due but i think i will be wrapping so will correct and likely wrap the car.
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    [Nov 27, 2013]
    Right so when can i come round for this treatment to my car?
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    you missed a spot :p... jk it looks fantastic! have to do this to mine soon....have you thought of a debadge (leaving just the audi badge)?
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    hmm strange I'm not on detailing world and I'm sure the garage isn't either. It's part of the house..


    as stiggles got it so nearly, Astom Martin V8 vantage 'S'

    How did u manage to tell? U must be a proper car nut!! (In a good way)
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    any time u want.. Bit of a treck to the north of Scotland, would be as bad by the time you get back haha
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    [Nov 27, 2013]
    Must be my mistake lol, seen a garage on there with similar flags on the walls, must just be similar taste, plus the job you did looks pretty enthusiastic so I assumed you were on there xD

    Mixture of things, the lights and the front left side of the bonnet and the reflection shots pieced together for 'la answer' hehehe
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    [Nov 27, 2013]
    Very decent cleaning job that. Wish I had a garage to do the same to mine, doing it outside is too annoying with our constant weather changes.
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    [Nov 27, 2013]
    Thanks glad everyone appreciates my efforts, yeah a garage makes such a difference! Tune on and away I go haha

    No problem, easy to do, almost looks like a detailers workshop. The flags are good for the reflection shots.
    ill have to get myself onto Detailing world, make sure no one is copying me :)
    Well fair play for getting it right!! I didn't think anyone would notice haha
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    [Nov 27, 2013]
    that g techniq stuff is next on my list of things to do after pay day. how did u find the application? I've read a bit about it being a pain to remove the residue after but thats what the polish is for? Did u do all the windows or just the windscreen? My only concern is the longevity of the performance, i use rain-x alot but at least with that u can reapply quickly and easily at any time. If this stuff began to wear away after a few months rather than the suggested 2 years then i would rather stick to rain-x
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    I done the same process to my car just over a week ago.... took me 4hrs to do... sadly doesnt look like that now :crying:

    Heres a pic of what mine looked like a week ago :thumbsup:

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    Looks great dude! Can't seem to find the enthusiasm to do mine at the moment as it would be filthy again within 2 days with the roads I drive on to and from work. I'm going with the 'dirt will protect against dirt' look at the mo.

    Now you just need to lower it and get those A3 and 2.0T badges removed as I'm sure it's not a 2.0T (I could be totally wrong though and apologies if I am :detective2:).

    Oh, and how'd you black out the front grill and rear Audi badge? Plasti Dip or have they been sprayed properly?
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    thanks mate. Just do it this weekend such a rewarding feeling once its done.
    badges breck the back end up a bit I prefer it with badges TBH. Don't tempt me on any more mods trying to save some cash haha.
    the grill was bought brand new from audi so original black, and the rear badge was bought of eBay :)

    i found the application OK had easier products, the main thing was buffing of with a cotton cloth which was a bit tricky to make sure all of it was off.
    i used the G5 polish before hand, this would probably remove any product u had previously applied yes all windows, 3 on the front and 1 on the rest.
    still have to wait and see how the product lasts.
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