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Discussion in 'Detailing' started by jediknight, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. jediknight
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    [Oct 1, 2006]
    Realised the other thread i had going was probably in the wrong section.

    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=24510

    so started a new thread

    A friends P reg MGF. Pretty dirty with some light - mild swirling

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    The process:

    Full wash down with AG products
    Machine polish with menzerna Final Finish 106 on a megs polishing pad
    Layer of AG Super Resin Polish
    Washed again
    Stoped about 8:30pm

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    The lights came in pretty handy

    The rest of the process was:

    Wash again
    Clean glass in and out and dress rubber
    Apply Megs #7 glaze
    Apply Collinite 476s
    Clean interior.

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    [Oct 2, 2006]
    Ok so back at my friends today doing his 911 again... and he has been a very good boy, no fairy liquid, neat alcohol, washing up scrubbers or sponges have been near the car since i last did it. He has washed it a couple of times but promised he rinsed it down first.

    So first to clean wheels and TFR the whole car to remove muck and old wax.. then onto the shampoo... and who says Autoglym shampoo doesnt foam up??

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    Pleanty of suds as far as i can see :thumb:

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    Then onto the clay, Megs clay with quick detailer. Not very dirty actually, was quite surprised actually. Washed it again and then dried with a megs water magnet.. which i was very impressed with for the first time i used it.

    Anyway.... then i used megs #7 show car glaze followed by 2 layers of collinite 476s via the spit shine method.

    Then..... it rained.

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    Then.. it dried up again and i took it down the road for some pics

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    cheers
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    [Oct 6, 2006]
    Evening. Just had a really long day doing this...

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    Washed in my usual way.

    AG wheel cleaner
    AG TFR whole car
    AG Shampoo nice and frothy with warm water today :thumb:
    Dried with my new sonus Der Wunder drying towel

    Then into the garage...

    Car was then clayed... again.. not very dirty. Even though i machined this car a few months ago there was some hazeyness and slight swirls, possibly from where the owner wiped it down a few times??? not too sure.. seems i spend half my life chasing swirls these days!

    Anyway... my all time favorite product Autoglym Super Resin Polish sorted any odd marks out and left an amazing finish. This product is really under-rated. Yes it leaves dust but just brush or wash it off after.

    This is a pic after just the SRP

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    SRP is so good infact that i found it hard to see much difference when i applied megs #7 glaze. i think im gonna have to move onto Zymol HD Cleanse to see if it gives a better shine than the megs #7 or even the SRP.

    anyway... while i was taking some reflection shots after the #7 the owners friend showed up in.... another Aston Martin.

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    After chatting with the Vantage V8 owner and setting a date to go and sort his car out and also giving it a quick wash i got back to the db9.

    2 layers of collinite 476s were applied and then i wheeled it back outside for another wash down and some beading shots.

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    Some tyre and arch dressing and window polish and a few pics before back into the garage.

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    The onto the interior. Vacuum, leather wipe down and then leather feed.

    Final shots including a great reflection.

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    thanks.

    Nathan
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    [Oct 6, 2006]
    wow :drool:
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    [Oct 9, 2006]
    Todays detail started at 7:30am over in oxford. Gotta be the longest one i have done so far... guess i didnt realise just how big those blasted things are!

    Anyway... started in the dark so no before pics.

    Usual process on wheels, arches, shuts and engine bay.

    Onto the clay.. the past 3 cars i have clayed havent been very dirty atall... this on the other hand... This was after half a door...

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    So i clayed each panel twice so make sure it was clean. Every inch of paint was clayed. Long job.

    Sun came out (and it got boiling for an october day) and i checked the paint. Was in very good condition. Car had been done by dave (******* guy from the tt forum) about 6 months ago so im guessing he sorted the paint out nicely.

    So onto my favorite product... Super Resin Polish (Radiant Wax in trade form)

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    Few pics after the SRP was taken off..

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    Then onto the Megs #7 Glaze No pics of this as rain was imminent nso i had to crack on but it was looking great at this stage. Then on with 2 layers of Collinite 476s before it did rain.

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    Re-dried, applied dressings, cleaned interior and then some final pics. One thing i will say... i didnt use it but the seats had already been treated with liquid leather and they felt the best i have ever felt leather. Gonna be getting some of that i reckon!

    Anyway.. the pics.. unfortunately it was gone 5pm and there wasnt any bright sun which is a same because in the sun it looked amazing!

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    Then a long 2 hrs drive home in torrential rain and m25 traffic.

    Fun day though and a great car

    Cheers

    Nathan
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    [Oct 9, 2006]
    Excellent work as usual Nathan, and going to work in your S3, doesn't get any better does it?
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    [Oct 9, 2006]
    would have been better if i had gone to work in the rs6 :)
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    [Oct 13, 2006]
    Excellent............ the next time you are up in Scotland tell me
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    [Oct 13, 2006]
    which part of scotland are you... its a it far for me but i know a couple of top notch blokes that i can give you details too if your interested. (depending on your location.)
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    [Oct 15, 2006]
    THINGS DONT ALWAYS GO MY WAY....

    This started out as a prefectly normal detail but turned into my longest most difficult bit of work so far.

    The car was a newly purchased 1997 911 993 C2S in Ocean Blue. The new owner had only had it 1 day and had asked me to come along to remove swirls and prep it for winter.

    No problem i thought to myslef. I've done hard german paint before and a few other porsches so i didnt see a massive job ahead of me...

    Started off as usual with a good wash down and then a clay which brought up small amounts of dirt on all panels. Looked lovely and silky afterwards. Just a washing pic for you though.

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    Then the fun started. Under the lights you can see i was fairly sucessfull with swirl removal on the bonnet..

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    Upon closer inspection though (holding the lights much closer to paint... no pics as its a 2 handed job) there were loads of very very fine marks... not really swirls but linear marks.

    I was using Menzerna PG followed by FF which has worked well on past details. So i went over the panel again with PG. Didnt budge the fine marks

    I may aswell mention the PTG readings at this point (i took them after claying the car)

    Roof was 110-150
    Rest of body was anything from 220-300 and up to 600 in a couple of places. I smell a respray. Paperwork for the car confirms a new rear panel, repaired and painter R/O/S panel and repaired and painted O/S Door. But all the rest of the car matched the readings on those known resprayed panels so i think at some point the whole thing has been done.

    This has susequently led me to believe that some defects are UNDER the new clear coat and therefore untouchable by the polishing.

    If you look at these pics you can see the very fine lines as well as some more before and afters... in some cases there was no difference in before and after even after 2 atempts with PG which would have atleast shifted some of the marks as its so harsh and well renouned for being and excellent defect remover.

    Fine lines in R/O/S wing after alot of polishing. PTG still reads 250ish. and no there not holograms. i had also gone over this panel twice with FF Finishing polish.
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    N/S door after (didnt get a pic in sun but hundreds of fine lines runing front to back still after PG and FF twice)
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    R/N/S wing after PG and FF (i was getting very disheartend at this point as it seemed no defects were coming out even with what i would consider extreme polishing.)
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    Agreed with the owner to give it a quick coat of SRP to protect for a couple of weeks while i worked out what to do... Its only since i have been home that i have talked to a few people in the know and a couple of friends that work in bodyshops who have all now pretty much confirmed that the defects must be under the new clear coat. Have to now break bad news to owner and arange a time when i can return to complete the winter prep and do interior if he still wants it doing.

    Very tired and demorolised after almost 20hrs of fruitless labour.

    Final pics from today...

    At least it looked lovely in low light

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    Will update this if and when i go back to finish the car.

    Nathan
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    [Oct 16, 2006]
    Excellent jobs, i like the way you go to work in your S3 :)

    in the aston pics, is the owner a footballer, from the reflection you can see a load of football boots
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    [Oct 31, 2006]
    So its taken the best part of 2 days but its done.

    My friends Black MR2 Turbo needed some love.

    Some before pictures.

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    General muck and cat prints from them loving the warm engine.

    The process

    Wheels Soaked with AG (Autoglym) Wheel Cleaner, Scrubbed, Rinsed
    Body Soaked with AG PM3 TFR and pressure rinsed
    Body Washed with AG Shampoo and a Megs wash mit.
    Body Clayed with Megs Quick Clay which showed up mild dirt.

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    Then You could clearly see how dull and swirly the paint was so it was all taped up and sorted with Menzerna Power Gloss and Final Finsh oh Megs Cutting and Finishing Pads respectively.

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    After (swirls on right hand side have gone.. still see some on left )
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    Then I applied a coat of AG Super Resin Polish and left it for the night as it was dark and couldnt really continue.

    50/50 shot of the Super Resin Polish though
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    New day......(actually 6 days later now)

    Washed. Applied Super Resin Polish again... then...

    Applied Megs Show Car Glaze
    The applied 2 coats of Collinite 476s Wax.
    Then conditioned all the exterior plastic and cleaned the glass in and out.
    Applied AG tyre shine
    Cleaned exhaust tips..

    And the results....

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    The one of me is a reflection in the bonet.

    Cheers

    Nathan
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    [Nov 4, 2006]
    Hello again.. been a busy week!

    Todays car was a dark blue Audi A6.

    Products used:

    Autoglym (AG) Wheel Cleaner
    AG PM3 TFR
    AG Shampoo and Conditioner
    Sonus Der Wunder drying towel*
    AG Super Sheen
    AG Super Resin
    Collinite 476s*
    Megs Last Touch*
    AG Fast Glass
    AG Glass Polish
    AG Vinal and Rubber Care
    AG Leather Feed

    *Purchased and Available from Clean Your Car

    Rolled the car out of the garage and could see just how swirly it was!! Due to time and expense though it was decided that a full machine polish could wait till summer... SO this was a chance for the Super Resin Polish to do its magic.

    Before shots. The whole car was as swirly as the 2 sample shots.

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    Wheels cleaned with AG Wheel Cleaner and both the AG and Megs wheels brushes.

    Car then covered in TFR including door and boot shuts and engine bay. Pressure Rinsed.

    Then shampoo'd with AG Shampoo and Conditioner.

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    Dried and then Clayed with Megs quick clay and Last Touch. Most panels came up like this

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    Car the covered in Super Resin Polish to see what it would do with the swirls. They were VERY bad so i wasnt expecting miracles.

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    Once off though it had definately done a great job in masking them. These pics were before the collinite. Unfortunately the light had really changed so its not a true comparison by photo and from the low angles i could get down to there were still 30-40% of the swirls visible but it was still a pretty good job!

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    Then 2 coats of Collinite 476s before my favorite part.... blasting and wax out of shuts and door handles and getting those beautiful beading shots

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    Then did the trim and glass before the interior. Leather was cleaned and fed with Autoglym products.

    Afters (forgot any of the interior but it was a nice cream leather.

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    Thanks for looking... im having a weekend off now :D
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    [Nov 9, 2006]
    Good evening everyone. just spent the best part of 8 hours doing this..

    The car was a 2005 Meteorite Grey Aston Martin DB9. The owner had his own zymol set consisting of Concourse, Atlantique, Destiny and Vintage. After a bit of discussion we decided to go with destiny as it has better durability and the DB9 does get used a bit over winter. Also there were a few swirls but we decided to leave them until the summer as they werent too bad.

    Products used:

    Autoglym (AG) Wheel Cleaner
    AG PM3 TFR
    AG Shampoo and Conditioner
    Sonus Der Wunder drying towel*
    AG Super Sheen
    Zymol HD Cleanse
    Zymol Destiny
    AG Fast Glass
    AG Glass Polish
    AG Vinal and Rubber Care
    Gliptone Leather Cleaner*
    Gliptone Liquid Leather conditioner*
    Collinite 476s*
    Megs Last Touch*
    Megs Quick Clay

    *Purchased and Available from Clean Your Car

    Before shots..

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    So... wheels cleaner with AG Wheel Cleaner. Sprayed, Scrubbed with AG and Megs brushes, Rinsed... repeated 3 times per wheel as they were really dirty!

    Then the car was covered in a TFR mix and then rinsed before shampooing with AG shampoo and conditioner... a nice frothy mix again as you can see...

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    Then onto the Megs Clay with Last Touch which brought up mild dirt on most panels.

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    Then i actually went onto the interior so i could leave the Liquid Leather on for the maximum time. Vacuumed, Leather wiped with hot damp cloth, Cleaner worked into the leather with nail brush, left for 10-15 mins, wiped off again with hot damp cloth. The fed with the conditioner and left for the duration of the detail.

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    Right... back to the exterior.

    Zymol HD Cleanse applied with a Pre Wax applicator in straight lines with medium - heavy pressure. Wiped off almost straight away (20 seconds or so). I admit this is a really easy product to use.... but.... not sure it gave a finish any better than that of AG SRP and Megs #7 glaze... sure smelt good though!!

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    Then the Destiny....

    Cant say im into applying by hand still but again... smells amazing!! Applied thinly to a panel, left for a min or two and then removed with a MF cloth.

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    The owner also wanted the wheels waxing so i used collinite 476s applied zymol style by hand. should protect them as good as any dedicated wheel wax!

    Then it was just a case of dressing the arches, tyres, wing mirror surrounds, glass and cleaning the tail pipes... Unfortunately due to the long day and the shortend daylight hours i was restricted to indoor artificialy lit shots. May pop back for some daylight shots though... or just take some when i go back to do his other cars.

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    All in all had a great day with a great car and enjoyed using the zymol products.

    Cheers for now.

    Nathan
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    [Nov 9, 2006]
    :hubbahubba: wow! very impressive!! if your ever in Wales, give us a shout! :thumbsup:
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    [Nov 23, 2006]
    So i found myself with a free day today and the weather was nice and my car was VERY dirty...

    Products used:

    Autoglym (AG) Wheel Cleaner
    AG PM3 TFR
    AG Shampoo and Conditioner
    Sonus Der Wunder drying towel*
    AG Super Sheen
    AG Fast Glass
    AG Glass Polish
    AG Vinal and Rubber Care
    AG Super Resin Polish
    Gliptone Liquid Leather conditioner*
    Meguairs #7 Glaze*
    Collinite 476s*
    AG Rubber Cleaner No5

    *Purchased and Available from Clean Your Car

    So some before shots... (click the thumbnials... thought id keep them small for a change)

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    Real good strong wash with the PM3 TFR to get rid of all the grime. Dried and then polished with AG Super Resin.

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    Then treated with the megs #7 glaze before applying 1 coat of collinite 476s (2nd coat will be done tomorrow or saturday)

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    Tyres dressed.. windows cleaned. I actually treated the leather first thing this morning so gave it a quick wipe over to remove residue..
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    Cheers

    Nathan
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    [Nov 23, 2006]
    :applaus: They look fantastic mate.

    Just out of curiosity how much do you charge for work like that?
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    [Nov 23, 2006]
    for a car of my size it would be £180 for that exact process or £250 if machine polishing is needed before that process.

    Work takes about 6-7hrs or 8-10 hrs with machine polishing.
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    [Nov 23, 2006]
    I dont mind doing mine when its warm but 6-10 hours outside in this cold weather with your hand in a cold bucket of water :sob:

    Good value for money when you consider the expensive products you use and the time and effort which goes into it. I think you should charge an extra £100 in the winter! lol
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    [Nov 24, 2006]
    Early start today as i knew it was gonna be a big one..

    this is what greated me.

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    Products used:

    Autoglym (AG) Wheel Cleaner
    AG PM3 TFR
    AG Shampoo and Conditioner
    Sonus Der Wunder drying towel*
    Megs Quick Clay*
    Megs Last Touch*
    AG Super Sheen
    AG Super Resin Polish
    Meguairs #7 Glaze*
    Collinite 476s*
    Gliptone Leather Cleaner*
    Gliptone Liquid Leather conditioner*
    AG Fast Glass
    AG Glass Polish
    AG Vinal and Rubber Care
    AG Rubber Cleaner No5

    *Purchased and Available from Clean Your Car

    So... loads of time spent on the wheels and arches with the AG wheel cleaner and the TFR. Then soaked the body in TFR and pressure rinsed. Soaked the engine bay with TFR and rinsed. 1hr later and im ready to shampoo the car with AG shampoo and megs wash mit.

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    Then onto the clay. All the panels came up with dirt as in the picture.. nothing too major though. Also a pic of after the clay

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    Then it started to rain.... so back into the lovely well equiped garage (i love working here on bad weather days). Applied the Super Resin to every panel.. even the roof... had to use a step lader even with the suspension on low and me being 6'4".

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    Some pics after the SRP.. i took it back outside as i knew the light was going and these were the best pics i was going to get of it unfortunately... i hate short daylight time.

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    Then i did the interior. Using a mix of AG Leather cleaner, Gliptone leather cleaner, Gliptone liquid leather depending on the levels of dirt it took about an hour or so. Used my sisters hair drier to keep the interior warm once i had applied the liquid leather.

    Back to the body work... Applied the megs #7 glaze with foam applicator...

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    Then the Collinite 476s. spit shined with Last touch.

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    All buffed off with MF towels.... 8hrs later it looked like this..

    Really annoyed as i forgot my spot lights so the photos look really **** in the low light. Im back there regularly now so will hopefully get some next time.

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    Thanks for looking.

    Nathan
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    [Dec 5, 2006]
    Afternoon everyone...

    Did this TT a few days ago now. New to owner who wanted its all ready for winter including the hood cleaning and weather proofing.

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    Process: Washed with AG products, Hood cleaned and protected with AG products, SRP, Collinite 476s

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    This Range Rover was only 4 weeks old and had been superguarded so the owner just wanted it cleaning up.

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    Process: Washed with AG products, Sprayed with AG auto rinse gloss, Dried, Interior cleaned.

    More before and after pics.

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    Lastly... this Jag XK8 is 2 years old.. also was superguarded at new (what is superguard exactly anyway... a wax?? a sealant?? how long does it last and what should be done to clean, maintain, or rewax??)

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    Process: Washed with AG products, Sprayed with AG auto rinse gloss, Dried, Interior cleaned.

    Before and after pics..

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    Nothing too ground breaking as you can see... but the auto gloss rinse does a nice job on the cars even though it doesnt last all that long.

    cheers

    Nathan
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    [Dec 14, 2006]
    I was booked in to do a full detail with paint correction on this Corrado VR6 today. The main reason for calling me was the damage on the bumper seen in the pics below caused by a dog trying to fetch a bottle from under the car!

    After claying the car though i checked out the paint and it was in really good condition so instead of machine polishing the whole car i talked it over with the owner and went with SRP to just bring some shine back.

    Anyway.. pics and process.

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    Wheels cleaned with AG wheel cleaner, Strong TFR mix for body and pressure rinsed, AG Shampoo, then Clay which brought up some dirt but the owner had clayed it a few months back so there wasnt too much.

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    Then the bumper...

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    Started with 106FF = nothing
    power gloss = some but not much
    AG 03B = more but still loads left.
    AG 03B again = still loads left

    So.. i decided to use some 1200 wet and dry paper.

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    Got it down to a level i was happy with although some of the deeper marks were left.

    Polished back up with 03B > final finish 106FF

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    So that done... and like i said the car being in good condition it was on with the SRP

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    And then Megs #7 glaze. The light was good at this point so i took some pics. these are before the collinite but it was still looking pretty good at this point.

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    Then 1 layer of collinite 476s before it was dark.

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    Will be going back tomorrow to apply another layer of 476s, do all the rubber and black plastic, glass and the interior, and will get some pics in better light.

    Nice to be working on a corrado again... brought back fond memories of my old one :D

    will update tomorrow.

    cheers

    Nathan
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    [Dec 15, 2006]
    was back finishing the VR6 today.

    did the leather with gliptone liquid leather (full leather cleaning write up to come..) and then gave the car another coat of collinite wax. Finished all the glass in and out and conditioned all the black plastic... then stood back and enjoyed... well after taking some pics.

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    The flash photography doesnt really show these off very well. The seats were in excellent condition but quite dry. The gliptone soon sorted that out though and are now lovely and soft.

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    Then i had to do the secretarys car..

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    and rest.............and drink :D

    Nathan
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    [Dec 23, 2006]
    http://www.supagard.com/
    You can buy the paint sealent sponges cheap of ebay, or i believe marmite on this forum had some for sale a while back?
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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    So those of you that are thinking... hey.. hasnt Nathan already posted this car.. well you are forgiven.. because even though i knew it was a different car before i arrived.. it is EXACTLY the same as the owners previous one :lol:

    Well not quite exactly. it has blue leather dash and only 40k miles but apart from that its the same... with one other MASSIVE difference... I haddnt detailed this one :D and thankfully... it didnt turn out to be anywhere near as difficult as the previous one!

    So when i arrived it wasnt looking very dirty atall (was serviced and washed last week and garaged since)

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    Pre wash with AG TFR PM3 mix, wheels cleaned then shampoo'd with AG shampoo and conditioner

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    Then every panel was clayed with megs quick clay and as it only brought up minimal dirt i didnt take any pics.

    Then onto the polishing and had most success with menzerna IP3.01 and 106ff

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    Some action shots :wave:

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    Then i got lucky and the sun came out :doublesho :D

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    Then a quick coat of SRP to protect it over night.

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    [Jan 16, 2007]
    DAY 2

    Applied the megs #7 glaze and then took this quick pic
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    Then the rain stopped so it was rolled outside and the collinite 476s was applied panel by panel. Mike couldn't just stand and watch so got stuck in aswell

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    Tyres and arches dressed, rubber and glass cleaned and then some photos... more photos...

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    And very finally some beading...

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    thanks

    Nathan
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    [Jan 19, 2007]
    been following your work on detailingworls mate. excellent details
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    FANTASTIC WORK MATE, ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHING SORRY IF I SPELT IT WRONG, WHEN IT REACHS SUMMER ILL DEFO GIVE U CALL!
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    [Jan 20, 2007]
    i wish i could clean my car that well! :lazy:

    i might have a go tomorrow now ive seen all those nice shiney cars!
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    [Jan 20, 2007]
    Dude that is some serious work put in ! Excellent stuff !!

    Im hoping top put some hours in myself tommorow!!!
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    [Jan 26, 2007]
    First of 3 cars im doing down in bournemouth this week. A customer was very kind in offering a bed for a few nights.

    The owner of this 2005 A4 cab contacted me a few months ago saying there was hologramming. Turns out to be some of the worst swirls i have yet come up against.

    Arrived at 9am in the freezing cold. Washed with AG PM3 TFR and then shampoo'd and clayed. Clay brought up quite alot of dirt. Didnt take many pics as i was cold and wanting to crack on with polishing.

    Sun started to come out and got these

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    Polished with the rotary with a megs yellow polishing pad and menzerna IP 3.01. This got out about 90-95% of marks. Gave another pass on some test sections which didnt do much else so given the time i had and the fact it was SUCH a vast improvment i showed the owner what was what and decided to carry on with what i was doing.

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    kind of a 50/50 shot here. back half has been done.. front hasnt.

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    Finished machine polishing by about 2pm and then SRP and Collinite 476s, dressing, glass etc...

    Final shots..

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    Thanks

    tomorrow... a black vauxhal signum with a nasty scratch and some swirls... :rolleyes:
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    [Jan 28, 2007]
    bloody ellllllllll....could you give me some tips on getting my car back upto scratch ( excuse the pun )
    ie which stuff to use, what this " clay " is all about....i want my car to shine like these ones
    ta bud
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    [Jan 29, 2007]
    claying a car is a method to remove embedded dirt that shampooing along will not remove. It also removes wax layers though so not to be done regularly or if you have recently spent hours waxing your car.

    If you have swirls they should really be machine polished before you can get a truely amazing shine... the key is all in the prep work and maybe 10-20% of the looks are in the final wax..

    ..if i went and applied a £1000 wax to a car with scratchs, swirls and haze it wouldnt look great atall.

    if you dont want to spend out on having it machine polished by a pro (i wouldnt recommend trying yourself unless you have proacticed before) then try autogly super resin polish by hand. It wont actually remove many of the marks but it does a great job of filling them and hiding them for about 1month for each application. Top off with a good wax to prolong the filling properties of the SRP.

    hope that helps
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    [Jan 29, 2007]
    hmm that sounds good. im definatley wanting this car to shine like its never shone before. ive used a polisher before albeit a long time ago so i might give mine a good going over one weekend...thanks for the tips,,,,when i get chance ill do a before and after:racer: :beerchug:
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    [Feb 24, 2007]
    Good Evening.

    Arrived at a new customers at 8:30 this morning to give his 4 cars my Regular Valet and to assess what work they may need in the future.

    The S4 also had the leather cleaned and fed.

    The process for all the cars was as follows.

    -Pre wash with AG PM3 applied via my new foam gun (which allows the TFR to dwell for much longer which means more cleaning power).. and rinsed
    -Wheels cleaned where needed with AG Wheel Cleaner
    -Shampoo with AG Shampoo and Conditioner and rinsed
    -Apply AG Autorinse Gloss and rinse
    -Clean glass in and out with AG Glass polish
    -Dress arches and tyres
    -Vac interior and wipe surfaces and apply air freshener.

    For the S4...
    -Leather cleaned with AG Leather Cleaner
    -Fed with Gliptone Liquid Leather

    Finished the day at 5pm. Customer very pleased and i'll be returning monthly.

    The pics...

    2006 Range Rover

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    2004 Audi S4 cab (pics dont really show up just how dirty the leather was! Kids + muddy shoes = very dirty silver leather)

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    Thanks for looking. (sorry its a bit long but no doubt most will enjoy the pics.)

    Nathan
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    [Mar 2, 2007]
    Todays detail was on a Porsche Cayman. It was delivered to the customer yesterday at 8am and has done 173 miles. The brief was to give it as much protection as possible. The Porsche dealer quoted about £400 to apply the lifeshine! Bit of a rip off seeing as they would literally wash the car > dry the car > apply lifeshine product with little paint prep or finishing wax etc.

    So... my day was as follows

    6:30am alarm goes off and im in the van leaving by 7:10am. Arrived at the customers at 8:50 and was greated by this..

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    Obviously having only done 170 miles it wasnt dirty really. But the paint wasnt really shining. ANyway... pre washed with PM3 TFR though the AB Foam Lance. Shampoo'd with AG Shampoo and Conditioner. Clayed with Sonus Green clay... Then i applied a layer of Super Resin to give the paint a further clean and to give a prefect base for the following layers. It also did a great job of giving a good shine.

    Then out with the Lifeshine..

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    Bottle A was the paint protection and was applied just like AG Extra Gloss Protection. Left for 15-20 mins and then removed with an MF cloth. This gave a really good finish.. alot like EGP actually.

    Bottle B was the interior protection which was sprayed onto all interior carpets and wiped onto the seats via spraying directly onto an MF and wiping onto seats.

    Bottle C was the glass protection. Applied and left for 15 mins and removed with a damp cloth.

    Bottle D was a screen wash addative.

    Anyway.... on with the job.. Next up was some good old Collinite 915 wax. The owner at this point was really appreciating the difference between a clean car and a shiny car.

    All dressings applied and ready for some photos... my favorite part :D

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    Owner was very very pleased with the results.

    Finished by 4:00pm and then helped him clean his other car. Arrived home at 7:00pm

    Got a busy March.

    got the following cars booked in for full day details.

    New Audi TT
    Another New Audi TT
    Porsche 996 GT3
    Porsche 993 GT2
    Porsche Boxter
    Aston Martin Vanquish
    Vauxhall Monaro
    Nissan Skyline GTR34

    plus a couple of other special ones ;)

    thanks

    Nathan
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    [Mar 4, 2007]
    This TT had been collected on the 1st and had been driven around a little bit prior to my arrival.

    After having a good look around the car (which is really really nice) it was on with the job.

    Car soaked with TFR using the AB foam gun.

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    Then clayed (even new cars can be dirty), SRP and then out with the EGP. I have used EGP a bit in the past but having moved on to other products it has been put to the back of the shelf. Great product though. A little bit hard to remove (especially on a white car... really hard to see where it is!) but well worth it. and its very durable.

    Some arty-ish pics during the EGP stage

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    Then i applied some collinite 915, cleaned windows in and out, conditioned leather, dressed the tyres and took some photos :)

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    The white looked stunning once it was finished and came alive when it was in the sun. The owner was very pleasant and watched the WHOLE 7 hr process.

    I got quite alot of interest in the carpark (which was full of nice cars... something called a dino... ??? ;) )

    One young guy asked for a quote so i washed it and checked over the paint. Will be returning for this car in April but for now just a Regular Valet.

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    Cheers

    Nathan
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    [Mar 19, 2007]
    I didnt bother taking many photos today...... only kidding...:lol:

    So as most will know ive had this coming up for a few weeks now. Woke up just before my alarm went off this morning as i was quite excited about it.

    Not sure if one of these has been posted on DW before?? Truely amazing car. First thing that hit me was the size of the thing. Its huge. Longer and wider than i was expecting. Then there are the wheels. 20" with 330 width tyres at the rear and 19" with 295 (if i remember correctly) up front and coming in at £8k a piece.

    Anyway once i had finished drooling it was on with the job. The owner back it out (what a noise!) and i set about with washing. Pre sprayed with shampoo and rinsed and then shampooed with a washmit and 2 buckets.

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    It was at this point that the owner told me he had previously had Paul Dalton detail his car and that he had be extremely happy with the work i had done on his boxter (apart from the fact he wasnt keen on the liquid leather smell)... Knowing how good Pauls work is i was quite chuffed with this comment but also knew i had alot to live up to with the CGT...

    Once dry it was back into the garage (i drove this time.. being very carefull with the £8k racing clutch). The paint actually felt quite rough so it was treated with sonus green clay and lots of last touch as lube to avoid any maring. This solved the roughness although the clay didnt show many signs of dirt.

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    I had already checked the paint last week and knew there werent any defects so it was out with the premium pre wax paint cleanse. This was applied via finishing pad on the rotary at 600 rpm for the larger panels (yes it can be applied via machine with good effect. The smaller panels were treated by hand on an MF pad. Glass and all Carbon Fibre in and out was also treated by hand as were the wheels. Cleansing fluid was removed with a damp MF towel with last touch helping to remove any stubborn residue

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    Then on with the premium wax which was 47% carnauba.. applied by hand to everything in and out.

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    What little fabric there is on the interior was vacuumed and the inside glass cleaned. Wheeled back outside for the tyres to be dressed and for some photos. Wiped down just before i left with a spray wax.

    The owner popped back to collect the keys at 5pm and was extremely happy commenting especially on how good the carbon fibre looked once it was all waxed up. I can look forward to a passenger ride in the near future and also possibly a track day. Yet again an absolute pleasure to work in a well equiped garage.

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    Thanks for looking

    Nathan
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    [Mar 20, 2007]
    you do realise there is a certain detailing company that already advertises in here? :p
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    [Mar 20, 2007]
    What a fcuking car.... no wonder you were excited!
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