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MY11 Audi A3 Black Edition | Ibis White - Detailed

Discussion in 'Detailing - Sponsored by Slim's Detailing' started by James.Asbri, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Hi all,

    Over the weekend (slight delay I know) I performed my first ever detail to my Audi A3, Black Edition. I must admit, it's hard work and time consuming although I'm fairly sure with time I will get quicker.

    I've been searching this part of the forum since joining as I've always looked after cars but not to this extent. It has come in handy to learn procedures and helped me choose certain products to help solve certain problems.

    I must say I'm amazed by some of the work and would love to get to that standard but following my attempts I don't think it'll happen, but i'll give it a go.

    Anyway, less of the boring stuff and onto the products that I used to perform the detail:

    PA Foam Lance powered by the Karcher K3.540 using Meguiar's Hyper Wash
    R222 Wheel Cleaner (Gel)
    Meguiar's Microfibre Wash Mitt
    Carpro Iron X (This product in unbelievable)
    Autosmart Tardis
    2BM using Blackfire Gloss Shampoo & Conditioner
    Easirider Lambswool Wash Mitt
    PB Luxury Drying Towel
    Menzerna 203S
    3M High Performance Masking Tape
    Blackfire Midnight Sun Paste Wax
    PB Luxury Buffing Towel
    Poorboy's Wheel Sealant
    3M Tyre Restorer
    Eimann Fabrik Clear Vision ll
    Meguiar's All Purpose Cleaner
    Briliant Chrome & Hot Environment Polish
    Blackfire All Metal Sealant
    Raceglaze Colour Enhance Trim Dressing
    Various microfibre clothes, applicator pads

    Here are the photographs following this weekends hard work. I have no before photographs as the car was fairly clean due to my OCD and have no photographs during the work as I was in the zone. The photographs are all over the place but you'll get the idea.

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    And finally, my sister making a complete tool out of herself in her not so white Ford KA

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    As always comments are welcome but take it easy on me, this was my first detail.

    Thanks

    James
     
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  3. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Just as I finished writing this report my sister walked in through the door and kindly informed me that the local seagulls have attacked my car following their curry last night:

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    Following a quick blast from the Karcher all is good and clean again.

    James
     
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    Haha never fails to happen to me mate, must admit sincce I've had my white s3 it's never. When I had a black golf gti it got **** on every 20mins!

    Detail: I take it you never used a buff or anything as the car should only need a good wax/sealant. Looks a good job anyway, I could never have a brand new car, I would have ultra OCD lol, I wouldn't even want to drive it!
     
  5. DaveyB

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    Autoglym bird dropping wipes :thumbsup:

    Especially handy if your not at home to get all the gear back out!

    Good job btw.
     
  6. FranA3

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    good job dude looks good :wub:, that happens to me ALL the time :mad:its so annoying one of the bad things about having a shiny car seagulls love to ***** on it i would love to take a :gun2: to them lol
     
  7. Kealey

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    Nice, lovely car!!! Yeah bird **** shud be illegal or the bird should get pen points and after 12 points their arses get sown up lol
     
  8. S3 Rav

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    lovely looking car there.
     
  9. N8

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    Lovely dude :happy:
     
  10. FranA3

    FranA3 events moderator
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    lmfao yeah i agree with that lol
     
  11. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Thanks for all the nice comments guys, do appreciate it. Going to give it another clean on Sunday and treat it to another coat of wax, the beading is awesome
     
  12. FranA3

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    what wax did you use bud ?
     
  13. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Blackfire Midnight Sun Paste Wax, it's good stuff
     
  14. FranA3

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    good stuff mate i used dodo juice on mine and its holding up really well awesome beading when it rains
     
  15. Farhan

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    looks so nice! x2 on the AG bird dropping wipes very handy
     
  16. FranA3

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    +3 on the wipes
     
  17. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Cleaned her again today, took about 10 minutes. It's so much easier once protected! Was going to lay a new layer of wax down but didn't have time, will happen next weekend though.

    It just proves that once protected it's easy to clean there after!
     
  18. S3RYE

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    Great work!

    Totally Agree!
     
  19. FranA3

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    glad to hear mate , yeah thats so true mate i doesnt take me long to wash my car now the dirt doesnt seam to stick to the paint like it used to
     
  20. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Dead flies, what flies? Piece of cake
     
  21. FranA3

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    yeah init mate so much easyer to clean now
     
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    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Gave mine another much deserved clean today, managed to seal my windows but yet to see the results.

    Will post them when I get some beading
     
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    amazing - love it.

    i have same issue with birds as well it gets me angry :banghead:
     
  25. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Cheers mate, appreciate the comments!
     
  26. HUgradar

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    Ive got the Same car Same Spec by the looks of it
    ACE!
     
  27. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    I hope it's being looked after then!

    Great car, good choice
     
  28. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Gave the car a little fresh up the other day before a photo shoot with Ash (Ash_B), here's a few photographs:

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    Comments welcome!
     
  29. S4twiggy

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    looking fresh.

    hopefully you can turn up to one of the south wales meets now and show us the car in person, not seen ash in ages either
     
  30. weela89

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    Stunning car, good to see it so well looked after :anbet:

    Keep up the high maintenance!
     
  31. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    I will try, normally busy on the weekends though
     
  32. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Thanks for the kind words, I will always look after my pride 'n' joy!
     
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    try harder lmfao , it would be cool to finally meet you sometime not just seeing you on passing alot lol
     
  34. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    I will make more of an effort dude, will have to be done!
     
  35. FranA3

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    haha good man 24th of july i just posted that date in the south wales meet section you good for then plenty of notice after all , i know we all have loads of car shows coming up so not 100% sure when everyone is free but i dont think there is any shows on the 24th of july
     
  36. timhoward

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    Hi All,

    Bit of a latecomer to this thread, I've only just registered and have a question about your car spec.

    We've got a new A3 coming in the next couple of weeks to replace my wife's written off A3 S-Line 1.6TDi, it's a 2.0TDi 170 Black Edition, and my question relates to the pedals. I can see in one of your images here that your car appears to have the S3 chrome pedals, are they standard on the Black Edition or have you retro-fitted them? They look really good so I'm hoping you'll say they are standard but if not I think I'll try to retro-fit them myself, albeit ours is going to be an S tronic so I'll only need the two!
     
  37. Byro

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    Lovely looking car dude. My brother does detailing work as his 2nd job so i know the time and effort it takes to make them look good!! If you need any help or pointers (not that you do) then let me know and i'll send you the link to his website. (trying not to promote there)

    Byro
     
  38. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    It's bad news I'm afraid, they are retro fitted but it only takes 5 minutes and not that expensive. Think it's worth every penny for £100, makes the interior look that little more special.

    Looks like you have a great spec car (similar to mine) on its way, enjoy every minute of it.

    Thanks for the kind comments. It does take time and effort but every minute is worth it, having said that.... It hasn't been cleaned for about 3 weeks **slapped wrist**
     
  39. timhoward

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    Thanks for the response, especially as I realised after I had posted that the question had probably been asked before!

    Found some for just over £100 but I'll shop around a bit once the car is delivered as they do look really nice, and sounds like a fairly simple job to do, I don't want to hack at the car too much, and sadly there is no way my wife will let me lower it!!

    I'm thinking that I might get away with a tuning box on it or a Revo flash or something, and then she can inherit my A4 Cabriolet, well for the 11 months of the year that we don't get much sun anyway (hope she doesn't see this!) :slapped:

    Your car looks amazing, both in these photos but also the excellent 'photo shoot'. It's so nice to find a motor that will look pretty much identical, it's given me the reassurance that I won't be upset with the spec (as we pretty much had to pick from a list of cars ready for delivery in the UK as we couldn't wait for a factory order).

    I can't wait, doing the finance paperwork tomorrow and going to see how quickly we can take delivery! Just hoping the S tronic mated to the 170bhp diesel feels quick. Would have loved the 2.0TFSi but couldn't justify running it over the wifes 50 mile commute to work just for me to have a blast at weekends!

    Look forward to seeing your mods build up, even though it will leave me wanting as yours gets better and better, though I have to say I think it looks beautiful already!
     
  40. James.Asbri

    James.Asbri Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    It's ok to ask a question, that's what forums are all about.

    I think mine came in for around £109 all in from eBay, there's currently a used set on there for £59

    Audi S3 pedals

    I won't be doing much myself, just a few bits 'n' bobs here and there, check out my link found in my signature to my build thread, otherwise it can be found in the 8P section.

    You won't be upset with the spec, I can assure you. The little updates found in the MY11 car are special and make it that little bit better, you will enjoy it, i'll put my neck on the line and say you won't be disappointed. I had the same feelings myself, I suppose you panic when you spend a small fortune on a car, it's natural I guess.

    Thanks for the kind words though, it means allot!

    I agree, it is a thing of beauty now but there are things that will improve it, you'll see my plans in the build thread if you have a quick read.

    Thanks

    James

    PS Check your spelling in (Wine Nappa....), it keeps catching my eye as I reply and it's doing my head in haha
     
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    These pictures make me want my new black edition even more!!
     
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    Look good mate - real nice car, too!
     

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