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VW Golf mkiv (Ultimate Dubs 2011 show prep)

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    Volkswagen Golf mkiv - ‘Ultimate Dubs’ 2011 show prep

    The Golf was dropped off on the Tuesday afternoon and collected Friday in readiness for Sundays Ultimate Dubs show in Telford.

    My plan? A wheels-off & Major Paint Correction Detail (I think it’s fair to say at this point that this one could never be 100%. 106k miles of daily use has taken its tole!)

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    Buffertrials on freshly painted panels:

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    Car was ridded in deep scratches and swirls. It’s going to be a tough one…

    First up, wheels off, arches scrubbed , brake assembly cleaned and rims protected.

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    Tar deposits removed from inner rim with AutoSmart Tardis:

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    Finally sealed with Chemical Guys JetSEAL109

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    Wheel bolts correctly torqued – time to wash and decontaminate.

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    Washed via the two-bucket system and Dodo’s Born To Be Mild pH neutral shampoo.

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    Clayed with AMDetails’ mild clay bar and Megs Last Touch as lube.

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    Contaminant free and ready to go inside for drying.

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    Resprayed areas: both bumpers, B-pillar and the boot lid.. The rest of the car is original VW paint and has suffered quite badly recently from regular trips to the local handwash station.

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    Vinyl black roof scratched, oxidised and dull.

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    After messing around with various polish/pad combinations, it was clear this wasn’t going to be easy. As the defects were as bad as they were and with the paint being as hard as nails, I had to go aggressive. Settled with a Lake Country wool pad, FastCut+ and a blob of Ultrafina.

    Most areas requiring 2-3 hits with wool to deliver the results I was after. Polished with Menz 85RD 3.02 on a yellow polishing pad and then later refined with 3M Ultrafina on a blue finishing pad.


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    Before/after:

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    All four wheel arches suffered in one way or another – slightly scabby so had to take care when machining.

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    The finish around the arches wasn’t perfect; it was either this, or, risk catching the affected area with the machine pad and making things 10x worse.

    O/S front wing complete.

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    50/50 against the driver’s door:

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    Vinyl black roof scratched, oxidised and dull.

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    After messing around with various polish/pad combinations, it was clear this wasn’t going to be easy. As the defects were as bad as they were and with the paint being as hard as nails, I had to go aggressive. Settled with a Lake Country wool pad, FastCut+ and a blob of Ultrafina.

    Most areas requiring 2-3 hits with wool to deliver the results I was after. Polished with Menz 85RD 3.02 on a yellow polishing pad and then later refined with 3M Ultrafina on a blue finishing pad.


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    Before/after:

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    All four wheel arches suffered in one way or another – slightly scabby so had to take care when machining.

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    The finish around the arches wasn’t perfect; it was either this, or, risk catching the affected area with the machine pad and making things 10x worse.

    O/S front wing complete.

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    50/50 against the driver’s door:

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    Once defect free, this ‘Jazz blue’ is a stunning colour!

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    Getting inside the door handle was a little tricky; obviously a machine pad wouldn’t fit in here so it was polished by hand.

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    Continuing to chase deeper defects out with wool:

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    50/50:

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    Under the bumpstrips after:

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    So far, we’re pushing for 95% defect correction. I was lucky that the original paint had healthy thickness readings. However, some marks were just too deep and had to remain behind.


    B-pillars 50/50:

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    High up on the O/S rear quarter, some nasty scratches:

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    Checking thickness levels:

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    After two more passes with wool and FastCut+:

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    Still not perfect; under normal lighting conditions however they would be barely noticeable.


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    O/S rear quarter complete:

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    Paint overspray on the b-pillar rubbers removed..

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    Another area that wasn’t to satisfactory correction after the first two hits.

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    Pad loaded and given its third and final…

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    Again, compromise coming into play here – not perfect but still much improved.

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    50/50 between the two O/S doors:

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    Vinyl roof lightly polished to lift oxidation:

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    Bringing day 2 to an end, the O/S was completed by finalising the sills.

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    Freshly painted bootlid, before:

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    50/50 between bootlid and N/S rear quarter:

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    A few sun shots whilst spinning the car round…

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    Rear N/S arch, another area of caution:

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    Rear N/S quarter complete:

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    Switching to a small foam spot pad to correct the panel edges:

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    More b-pillar action:

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    N/S wing before/after:

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    N/S half of the bonnet completed:

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    N/S sills:

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    Bodyshop buffertrails removed from the two week old sprayed front bumper:

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    Clusters before/after:

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    We’re now on Friday, Day 4 (or 3.5, as, the car wasn’t delivered until late on Day 1)

    Straight outside to jet off the splatter and polishing dust.

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    Rinsed with open hose to aid drying.

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    Back inside to give the paintwork a wipedown and start to finalise the detail…

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    Protected with RaceGlaze Black Label wax.

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    Lots of trapped residues to shift from panel gaps and hinges..

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    Glass cleaned inside and out. Exhaust polished with autosol. Tyres dressed and a final wipedown an hour or so after the wax was first removed.

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    And a few of the car at Ultimate Dubs 2011:

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    Although challenging at the time, looking back, I thoroughly enjoyed transforming this one!

    Total worktime was ~29 hours over the 4 days.

    Thanks for reading,

    Jim
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    looks like you had your work cut out with that deail mate. great work as always. love that sticker on the window.
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    Looks amazing! Great job.

    I have a question about the vinyl roof. I had one on my old A4 and never did anything to it. Can you use a DA with a light polish on it? And how about a glaze (blackhole) and a wax?
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    stunning work jim, loving the X5 rims on the car.

    top work as always fella
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    *Applauds*
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    We had a Mk4 that colour, stunning when detailed. Another top job Jim
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    great work mate! beats me how you do it!!
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    Awesome work!
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    come and do mine :)
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    like grant said loving the x5 wheels on it they suit it very well to be fair , top work again on the detail buddy what a turn around , know what you mean about hard vw paint lol
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    Wow, thats some turn around, give me hope for my S3 which might be just as bad.

    Where abouts are you based Jim?
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    lovely job jim! LOL at the pic with u in the car!
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    Thanks everyone.

    You'll be fine - no worries there. I haven't got much experience with vinyl but a mild polish/cleanse will not hurt.


    Yeah, what a pain! Glad I brought the Lake Country Wool Pads when I did! *grrrr!!*


    Cheers Ian. I'm in Newark-On-Trent, postcode NG24. PM if you'd like further details chap.


    haha, ta Gops! I had Adam with me for the best part of the job; thats why there are so many pics!!
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    lol i bet buddy i bet it took a few hits to bring it up too didn't it i bet your arms were dead by the time you finished the correction lol
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