1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Winter Detail on the RS3

Discussion in 'RS3 Forum' started by KKM, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. KKM
    Offline

    KKM Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    24
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    Yo!

    Decided to do a winter detail on the RS3 couple of weeks back and thought I would share some photos. Also managed to pick up some foam tiles for the garage from Costco so fitted them to my garage floor.

    Normal kinda stuff, nothing new....

    Process –

    Hot Foam via Power washer – Auto Finesse Avalanche, rinsed then washed using the 2BM with Megs Shampoo.

    Auto Finesse Iron Out , Tardis then a Megs Mild Clay.

    Dried using filtered water passed through the Aqua Gleam and Polished Bliss Luxury Drying towel.

    Windows treated with Nanolex Premium Glass sealant – this should last easily 8 months plus...

    Bought some Gtechniq EXO v1 last year to protect the Cayman and still had some left over. Only down side to this stuff is that you must pre-heat each panel to a minimum of 20 deg C to ensure that the coating bonds properly. Heat gun and detailing lamps were used to help with the panel temp then it’s just a case of spray on, wipe off. Same kind of idea like a Quick Detailer....

    Some random pics from the detail –

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    I then decided to take the wheels off and coat them too (on a different day)

    Again some pics of the process –

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Cleaned, then sprayed with AF Iron Out, left to dwell and then rinsed. You can see from the dark purple colour the amount of contamination it’s picked up, even after a good wash.

    Clay barred, then dried and protected with Collinite Marque D'Elegance (915). Tyre gel of choice was AF Satin tyre gel.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Refitted and studs torqued to the correct value (120nm I hope). Cheers to my bestest friend Bruce for a lend of his trolley jack....
    And finally the floor tiles for the garage –

    Seen these types of tiles before but never really been that keen on them. Quick review and worked out it would cost £60 to cover my entire garage. Purchased from Costco and fitted. Pack included edge pieces to finish of bare sides. They may not last too long, but thought for the price it would be worth a try.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Sorry about the crappy iphone pics, but wasnt planning on doing a write up.

    Cheers
    Kev
    [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2013
    #1
  2. Ads

    Ads

    [Sep 19, 2014]

  3. Phil-1
    Offline

    Phil-1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    1,239
    Likes Received:
    307
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    One question. What in the red box? ;-)
    #2
  4. 45bvtc
    Offline

    45bvtc Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2007
    Messages:
    1,374
    Likes Received:
    1,532
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    MAGIC KKM, just love that Suzuka grey RS3, stunning :kissmyrings:

    Next time you apply protection to the wheels try Autoglym Alloy Wheel Seal if only to compare with the Collinite.
    :redrs4:
    #3
    DAYTONA500 likes this.
  5. Veneeringman
    Offline

    Veneeringman Bazinga VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Messages:
    691
    Likes Received:
    547
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    A man after my heart !! You can't beat giving the RS3 a good detail so satisfying.
    And I bought some of those tiles for my workplace, stops you getting fatigue when stood next to / operating a machine for long periods.
    I did spot a similar thing at Costco but that was rolled up like a carpet and for garages, better than kneeling on concrete.
    #4
  6. JonnyG
    Offline

    JonnyG Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2008
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    61
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    Great job ... looking brand new again !

    That's a job that I need to do too soon ...as well as a few coats of POR-15 on my rear hubs and switch to Winter tyres.
    #5
    monkeyboy_marcus and 45bvtc like this.
  7. DAYTONA500
    Offline

    DAYTONA500 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2013
    Messages:
    500
    Likes Received:
    527
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    A lot of time and effort well spent to produce a stunning result, i think Suzuka is a fantastic colour a job well done.:icon_thumright:
    #6
  8. KKM
    Offline

    KKM Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    24
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    Sockets for the wrench.... Protected by Nylon sleeves to save any damage to the wheels
    #7
  9. KKM
    Offline

    KKM Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    24
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    Will do. I'm hoping it will last until spring time......
    #8
  10. KKM
    Offline

    KKM Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    24
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    It feels loads better standing on this stuff in the garage. I did notice that stuff too, but it's slightly harder and not as soft.

    cheers
    #9
  11. KKM
    Offline

    KKM Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    24
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    Winters arrived last week.... Went for Michelin Alpin PA4's. Fingers crossed they do the job!!!!

    cheers
    #10
    monkeyboy_marcus and 45bvtc like this.
  12. KKM
    Offline

    KKM Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    24
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    cheers! It looks stunning when cleaned properly!!
    #11
  13. Kelza
    Offline

    Kelza MODERATOR Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2010
    Messages:
    2,641
    Likes Received:
    371
    [Nov 10, 2013]
    Great work ,need to get mine done :)
    #12
  14. 45bvtc
    Offline

    45bvtc Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2007
    Messages:
    1,374
    Likes Received:
    1,532
    [Nov 11, 2013]
    I'm a believer in winter tyres KKM having both my RS3 and TT on Vredestein Wintrac Xtream tyres and find them faultless on both cars for both traction and braking. I've just gone from 17-inch to 18-inch rims on the TT (purchased from Wheelpro Scotland would you believe) so my 17-inch original TT alloys with near new Vredestein Wintrac Xtream winter tyres will be posted (Sandra please note) in the classifieds later today...

    Did you go for 19-inch or 18-inch rims for winter? I went for 19-inch and NO worries.

    [​IMG]

    #13
    Veneeringman likes this.
  15. KKM
    Offline

    KKM Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    24
    [Nov 11, 2013]

    Went for 19" on the standard wheels. £898 all in, getting a geometry check done on Thursday so getting them fitted then.

    I had Wintracs on my Cayman S, and they were brilliant in the snow / cold wet.
    #14
    Veneeringman and 45bvtc like this.

Share This Page