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STOAKSEYA4'S A4 SALOON

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by jr001, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. jr001
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    StoakseyA4 joked that if I was ever in Kent then I could work on his A4 and S4 Avant. He was deadly serious and I was able to make the long journey to Kent to develop my experience still further. Very grateful Carl!

    So, the boot got packed full and I headed south to spend the night with relatives in Peterborough, breaking up the journey a bit.

    Sunday morning, 7am, leaving Pborough, this passed me on the M11:

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    I was expecting it since I saw it at the service station about 10 miles back. It took 15 minutes to catch up with me though. Not sure if I’d buy one of them then.

    On arrival in Kent, first up was the solid black A4 1.9 TDI Sport, Revo’d to 170bhp. A nice car and it looked great in the new RS4 alloys.

    It was brought out from the shade into the sun to reveal its true self. Here we are:

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    Wash and Clay

    First time I’ve washed a car in 27 deg direct sunlight with English water. It was murder. The water was drying almost instantly and the chemicals just stuck to the unprotected paintwork.

    Wheels treated with Autobrite’s Acid Free Brite Wheels
    Clay – SONUS Green
    Pre-Soak: Megs APC through Superspray then hose-rinsed
    Lowers treated with Autobrite’s Tar and Glue Remover
    Main Wash: Two bucket thing using Megs Shampoo Plus
    Clay Lube: Megs Last Touch 1:1
    Never got the chance to pat dry the car
    Ridding the car of all the chemical stains proved to be extremely difficult. Megs Last Touch was sprayed on each panel to try and remove chemical residue but only got most of it.

    This all lasted for about close on 3 hours.

    Machine Polishing

    Paint thickness measurements showed that only the roof and bonnet were factory thickness (118-140 microns), whereas all the other panels ranged from 210-468 microns.

    Rotary + Megs Polishing pad +Well-Behaved Menz 3.02
    Polish spread for 2 passes at 900rpm, followed by 6 passes at main working-in stage on 1800rpm, with a final two passes at 900rpm. This achieved about 95% removal of surface defects and the owner was delighted to move forward on this basis. Most panels got two hits.

    Plastic bumpers got 106FF at 1500rpm.

    There were lots of deeper scratches that I’m convinced were not part of the top layer of clearcoat. I’m sure that before the re-spraying of the panels, any scratches were left on the paintwork before the clearcoat was applied. I just wasn’t going there and they were really only obviously visible upon inspection from about 12 inches.

    Cleansing, Waxing and Dressing

    HD Cleanse and Carbon wax. Final spritz with Field Glaze.
    Wheels cleansed and sealed with JEFFS Prime Acrylic.
    Windows cleansed with HD.
    Tyres dressed with Poorboys Bold and Bright, left for 20mins and buffed over with sponge applicator. Second coat applied similarly 1 hour later.

    I just don’t have time to sort out direct before and after comparisons, so here’s the general afters to show the improvements:

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    Hope you enjoyed,

    JOHN
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    nice work, :)
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    Well if your ever in the North West then you can try your luck on mine:icon_thumright:
    Looks well mate keep up the good work.
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    John

    Most impressive! Love the results as did Mrs StoakseyA4, nudge nudge, wink wink!

    The car's a tad dusty now, but actually friends are really impressed with how it looks now. Even the tyres are still shiney...

    Off to check out the S4 post now.

    Thanks again, and if anyone's wanting a reference for John's work then drop me a PM...

    Cheers
    Carl
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Nice work John, I remember the joys of hard SE English water from my youth! Miss the weather mind, still no proper summer up here yet this year. :crying:
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