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This weekends detail....RS4 Clean & Protect

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by stevemiles70, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. stevemiles70
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    Been a busy bee and havent had chance to post this up on here yet... I underestimated how much time it takes to sort out all the photos, select the best ones, re-size them, photobucket them, paste the IMG links into the thread, write the work carried out...pheww

    So here is the thread....

    The subject is a Sprint Blue RS4 Saloon Daily Driver - a 246 Forum Member local to me.
    The brief was to give it a good clean-up and protection as its a daily driver, it was looking very sorry for itself. No correction was planned (other that could be achieved by hand with a paint cleaner) as we were going to make that the subject of another thread when weather is better, and remove its winter jacket.

    So onto the products, then the pictures.

    Products:
    AS G101 APC
    AB Magifoam
    Espuma Revolution
    ONR
    AS Tardis
    IronX
    IronX Soap Gel
    Yellow Poly Clay
    Espuma Green Glass Cleaner
    Jeffs Prime Strong
    Colinite 845
    Espuma RD50
    Britemax Metal polish/selant twins
    VP Dionysus Trim Glitz
    Jeffs Werkstatt Acryllic Kit
    Eurow Fluffy Blue Towels
    Envy Brushes
    Vikan Brushes
    EZ Brush
    Sonus MF Pads
    Sonus Towels

    Pictures:

    Warning.... there is 50+ photo's, so you may want to go and make a brew and make yourself comfortable ...Then I realised there some stages I still hadn't captured :shock:

    Excuse some of the results pics, but was fighting of the drizzle and spots when came to end of the day, so shots were taken between towling dry, so aplogies if there are some water drops still in some.


    Loaded up the RS

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    The subject of the days detail
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    Not a lot of blue paint left on show here

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    The ONR and G101 Pre-Soak

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    AB Magifoam and AB Foam Lance... didnt get the really shaving foam shots, these were shots after about 30 mins dwell time, maybe not clear on pics, but you could see that the grime was being actively disolved and running off with the foam.

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    Tyres and arches scrubbed while the foam dwelled, using the foam to assist in the process

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    So now came the rinse phase to see if Magifoam had worked its magic
    Wheels tackled with Espuma Revolution/Tardis/IronX to clean/decontaminate and Envy Brush. Tyres with G101 and Vikan Brush.

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    Results left with following a rinse were pretty impressive

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    G101 APC was applied through a sprayer to some of the stubborn areas such as sills, arches, bumpers/ exhuasts to dwell. All trim, badges, grills, window rubbers, door handles etc were also spot sprayed using envy brushes used to get in everywhere.

    Applied ONR through the 2L Hand Sprayer again and left to dwell... this is in a much more concentrated ration than for a bucket wash, was more like 8oz or QD ratio.

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    Tail-pipes were treated with more G101 to losen the grime
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    Car was then given a final rinse down with power washer and final part of the wash/clean was to ONR this time as a Drying aid and to capture any last remaining bits, ONR was mopped up and car dried using Eurow Blue Flufft towels.

    Now that the washing stage was completed, it was time to decomtaminate. At this point I forgot to take some pics so this stage was Tardis on the affected areas and IronX applied to the whole body...
    The whole car was then rinsed thoroughly and clayed, but by this stage there was pratically nothing that came off with the Clay.

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    These next shots are after the final rinses and ONR dry-off. I was really amazed at the results achieved by using foam and ONR with no mitts in site, was completely touchless so far, apart from dry down of course

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    Was time to move the car out of its muddy bath water, so could polish/ seal the wheels and dress they tyres.

    Wheels finally polished with Prime Strong and Sealed with Colinite 875.... wanted to test this durability over a dedicated wheel sealant such as the PB Pink. Tyres dressed with Espuma RD50

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    Tail-pipes were then polished and sealed with Britemax twins

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    Glass was cleaned with Espuma Green and then sealed with Jeffs Werkstatt Prime Strong, All Trim was detaiiled with VP Dionysus Trim Glitz.
    Paint Cleanse and LSP/ Protection decided to test out the Jeffs Wekstatt Acryllic Kit as opposed to Colinite 875/476 route. So this was prime acryllic, followed by 3 layers of Jeffs Wekstatt Acryllic Jet and then Acryllic Gloss applied.
    Unfortunately it was coming up past 4 o'clock, light was fading and the air was damp and a few spots of rain, so made application and final buff of jeffs quite tricky and hazy, a quick spritz of ONR QD on a MF seemed to do the trick.. apologies if these aren't the best shots to reflect the LSP effect of Jeffs (and some rain drops in pics)

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    So there we have it, 6 hours worth of detailing done, and one very happy RS4 Owner 8)
    Cheers,
    Steve Miles aka steve_70
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    Saw this over on dw world. Great work.
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    Thanks.... I am a bit <cross out> LOT of a Post Whore :laugh:
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    So did I:sly:

    nice touchless wash :icon_thumright:
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    Thanks, Touchless wash/ minimal touch dry is the way ahead :yes:
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    **SPARKLIN**
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    great job, wish i could get my wheels like that!! ordering some tardis today, would you reccomend using tardis as well as iron x??
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    Yes, they both do different things and designed for different decomtamination stages.

    Below is a good pictoral of the info, although its missing some points, so not entirely accurate.

    In a nutshell there are two types of Contaminants Oganic and Non-Organic. Read all about it here...Decontaminating Paint | Car Care Advice | Polished Bliss

    *Tar* will address 'Surface' Contaminants such as tar spots (Organic)

    *Claying* will adress 'Surface' contaminant organics such as bugs, sap, and non organic overspray, exhaust soot, Brake Dust and Rail Dust / Iron Particles. In actuality the Brake Dust and Rail Dust/Iron Particles will actually most likely penetrate the surface and so as not shown here, the clay would shear the top off (like shaving, or Planing) but leave the particles still embedded in the surface... Enter IronX

    *IronX* will address 'Surface' and more importantly 'Sub-Surface' non-organic contaminants such as brake dust, Rail Dust/ Iron Filings.

    *Paint cleaner* This will to some extent remove sub surface contaminants, as it will open the pores of the paint as it were and draw ou the dirt/ contaminants and use a chemical action to clean rather than an abrasive i.e. it draws out the dirt from within the troughs of the peak/trough paint valleys/ridges, so you have clean and true colour valleys, whereas an abrasive works by removing the peaks to fallten them dowm to same level of valleys - its the light refraction from peaks/ valleys that shows as swirls (thats a huge can of worms debate, wont go into, but for another time). It will also remove organic surface contaminants by its nature of chemical cleaning, but it is best to use the right product for the right stage.

    Hope this all helps.

    Credit of below diagrams to Detailing World threads:

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