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Newbie to Detaling? Look inside...

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by A3_Turbo, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. A3_Turbo
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    Well i never had a clue what Detailing was till i read through some of the threads on these forums, ever since recently i just used to use a bucket and sponge lol.
    Just thought id pop this small guide on here to any-one else who's a newbie to detailing.

    The whole kit cost me 58GBP And consisted of:
    Meguiars hot rims all wheels cleaner
    Meguiars Smooth surface Clay kit
    Meguairs gold class wash and wax car care kit
    Autoglym super resin polish

    By all means this is not a top of the range kit, but it got me going and the results were fantastic.

    2 bucket method for washing.

    I then Clayed the whole car firstly coating it in Quick detailer then going in circular motions with the clay bar it starts off really rough then gradually gets smoother.
    After the whole car was clayed i then applyed the super resin polish and finally the megs gold class wax.

    Any-one who wants to have a go at claying but is unsure id say go for it its really easy to do and now my paintwork feels like glass not sand paper!

    How often are you supposed to clay the car every 6 months i guess?

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    Not the best picture in the world but you get the idea!

    Jason
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    totally the same as u. have ever really only used bucket with sponge and the odd polish every now n then. worth doing then is it? what exactly is claying not meaning to sound oto stupid ofcourse!!
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    Dont quote me on this but i believe Claying removes all the old layers of **** on the top of your paint from over the years, ie old layers of wax etc

    I washed the whole car it "looked" clean but after claying it the clay bar was black. If you wash your car and run your hand over the surface it feels really rough after claying it feels like glass.

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    Looking rather smooth on the back with the wiper blank in jay!:thumbsup:
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    She does look rather smooth now eh jay :yes:

    Going to have done what you have done and get the rear booth lock removed too, Along with the rubstrips and front number plate recess!

    J
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    whast the two bucket method for washing btw??
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    1 bucket is for washing with the soapy water, the other bucket is with clean water for rinsing off.

    J
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    makes sense lol
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    [Apr 23, 2008]
    I tried to clay my car for the first time the other week, results were nice overall but when rubbing the clay it felt scratchy :S and I have noticed a couple of fine scratches on the paint work! I know you are meant to "turn in" the clay which I did but the clay picks up imperfections straight away so its impossible to turn it in all the time. Anyhow I will have to go buy some more products to get rid of the surface scratch :| maybe it wasnt the clays fault but the noise it made wasnt nice!
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    Make sure the clay is well wetted with Quick detailer or somthing else before rubbing did this to mine a while back and was well worth the effort once i polished it back up?
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    Yeah Jay is right there, make sure the clay is nice and soft hard clay on paintwork isnt good,

    I bought the Megs kit and it was great about 22 GBP from halfrauds i think?

    Im guessing you only need to Clay the car every 6 months? In-between i guess you just Wash, polish then wax right?

    J
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    few tips, dont buy the smooth surface clay kit, that is around £24 and only includes an extra wax sample and cloth..... id go for the cheaper clay kit from Meguiars with the same 100g bar (make sure you cut it in two incase you drop it, dropping it = bin), comes with the same detailer, buy the rest of the stuff elsewhere. Personally i would use tar remover before claying...as your clay will last longer

    I think polished bliss said that the hot rims was quite acidic so best not tio use it that often...alternatives can be found on polishedbliss website....

    I myself went out and bought a Meguiars lamb wool mitt for £10 and a cheap wilko's microfibre mit for the wheels.... a Meguiars wheel brush which is about £8 and helps to get to the back of the alloys......

    For the polish, check out the detailing section of the forum.... in the stickies.... there are some really good tips on what colours look best with wax and others that look better with sealant instead...like your silvers

    You dont have to buy the top end stuff with these tips..... all stickies have the photos attached to show you the difference...well worth a look
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    Im glad you posted this, i was thinking about getting the meguires Clay, but my paint work is smooth as it is.. Apart from the glossy finish, did you notice a difference colour wise? I know pictures never do a well polished car justice so when you look at the car does it seem more.. Silver? :S

    i say this because of all the contaminates on the paint work might be holding back the origional colour if that makes sense...
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    J,

    quick question, have you ever been stopped by the Police for those number plates?
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    Thanks for the tips..

    Before i got any products the silver on my car was really dull and the paintowrk felt really rough.

    Afterwards it's really brought out the silver much better and as i said before the finsh is like glass.

    Regarding my plates, ive been pulled over quite a few times and they've never said anything about my plates?
    Even if they did they come out of the holders in seconds so are so easy to change.

    J
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