Finally, after many years of dedicated grafting, I'm lucky enough to now be in a position to afford to buy and run what I would describe as my first 'proper' car - a brand new Volvo C30 T5 R-Design. The car was ordered back in July, and the long wait for it to be delivered has been almost unbearable. However, now it's arrived, and this is the story of what I have done to it so far... Volvo Aberdeen were very obliging throughout the buying process, and let me take away the car with all of the protective wraps on, inside and out... As soon as I got it back to PB HQ, I removed the wraps in order to check for any major paint problems... With no obvious problems, I then moved the car over to our wash bay ready for the detailing to commence... The state of the exterior prior to commencing work... ...and the engine bay, which I was a little disappointed about - some technicians have no pride in their work and seem unable to work tidily... Given this, it made sense to start on the engine bay, and give it a thorough clean ready for a coat of protection later in the detail. Therefore, firstly I soaked it with Meguiar's All Purpose Cleaner diluted 4:1... ...this was then agitated thoroughly using Raceglaze Detailing Brushes... ...before being rinsed off carefully at low pressure using hot water (60°C). A Black Baron Vehicle Dryer was then used to blow the entire engine bay dry; the warm air generated by this tool makes light work of such tasks... ...all done, and ready for a coat of protection later in the detail. Next, before starting on the bodywork, I gave the wheels and arches a thorough clean, using a combination of high pressure hot water at 60°C, a test shampoo, Meguiar's All Purpose Cleaner diluted 4:1 and Eimann Fabrik Wheel Woolies... ...which left the arches looking like this. The bodywork was then rinsed at pressure using hot water at 60°C, in order to remove as much loose grime as possible before any contact was made with the paint.