8l s3 detail....4 days worth!!

S3 Rav

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So here it is. My 4 day detail on the s3. I wasn't expecting to get 100% correction but just enough to get rid of the majority of the swirls and to get rid of the milky look of the paint I was starting to get.

Products used included:

2 buckets with megs hyperwash along with megs lambs wool mit
Auto finese citrus spray, obltarate and clay
iron x
megs g220 with mezerna power finish and then final finish.
Ipa
blackfire paint sealant and wax
megs nxt metal polish with blackfire metal sealant.
Jeffs prime for alloys.

Day1

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Scratch I'm hoping to get out or as much as possibly.

Generally car not looking too bad.

So firstly starting with alloys with bilberry wheel cleaner and ez detail brush.

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Started looking like this.

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Followed with iron cut and then oblitarate

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Same repeated for all four wheels.

Now onto the car. Firstly given a good thorough rinse with the karcher.


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Good protection for previous blackfire sealant.

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Next trialled with

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This really did assisit in lifting a lot of the grime off the car before the snow foam.


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Followed by a good thick layer of hyperwash.

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5 mins later.

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Then rinsed and washed with 2 bucket method and rinsed again leaving

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Oblitarate then used and wiped away with a microfiber cloth.

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Next after washing and rinsing again car was flayed with auto finesse clay bar ( and yes I have made the most of pb 3 for 3 on auto finesse goodies lol!!)

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This was after just the bonnet alone!!

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No protection now on the car. Car was then washed and rinsed once again leaving this.

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This was the typical amount of swirls on the car.

End of day 1!!
 

S3 Rav

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Day 2:

This day started with a quick wash of the car to get rid of anything that may have settled on the car overnight.

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Car looking nice and clean ready to go to my cousins garage where the polishing would take place.

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This was as best shots I could get under the lighting before my camera battery died!!!

The rest of this day consisted of masking and going round the car with the mezerna power finish.


Day 3:

Now this day consisted of going round the whole car with the finial finish for refinement, wiping the car down with ipa to get rid of any oils before putting a layer of blackfire sealant down. The first of two coats applied.

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Bonnet with power finish as I wasn't happy with the first pass.

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And buffed off.

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Then refined

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And buffed.

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Front wing after correction

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Refinement.

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Rear wing refined.

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And buffed.

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Other side refinement

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And buffed.

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Front passenger door after refinement

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Roof after refinement.

A pillar showing some nice flake pop after refinement.

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After all the correction and refinement car was then wiped down with ipa to ensure a clean oil free surface to apply the sealant to.

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1st layer of blackfire sealant applied.

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And buffed. End of day 3!!
 

S3 Rav

Registered User
Day 4 started with a quick wipe down and then another lay of sealant

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Followed by a layer of wax.

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Wax left to cure for a short while.

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These were used on the alloys

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Leaving this great finish and flake pop on the alloys

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Exhaust attended to with these two.

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Leaving this.

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Wax now buffed off.

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Now getting ready for daylight!!

Finally outdoor shots at home. Enjoy.

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Lovely flake pop

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Nice wet gloss.

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Remember that scratch.

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Not 100% but a lot better.

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Lovely arches!!!

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The end!!!!

Hope you all enjoyed and are still awake after all that.

Comments good and bad welcomed.

Mods would you mind leaving this in the 8l section initially and then move to the detailing section after a couple days.

Many thanks.

Rav.
 

s3 Hoggy

Whats going on???
Looks great pal! Was thinking of getting some citrus power would you recommend it?
 

S3 Rav

Registered User
Looks great pal! Was thinking of getting some citrus power would you recommend it?

Hello mate. He would def recommend it. Picture doesn't quite show but it did help to lift a lot of dirt prior to the snow foam.
 

superkarl

MAN OF STEEL
Looks great pal! Was thinking of getting some citrus power would you recommend it?
honestly mate its brilliant!

rav would you say that power finish was good for the s3's old hard paint? couple of hits per panel?
also what pads did you use?
 

S3 Rav

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honestly mate its brilliant!

rav would you say that power finish was good for the s3's old hard paint? couple of hits per panel?
also what pads did you use?

Karl I used the hydro tech pads. With regards to the power finish it got rid of the majority of swirls I would say about 80%. I think to get anymore I'd have to use a rotary not a da. Yea I gave most panels 2 hits with the power finish.
 

superkarl

MAN OF STEEL
Karl I used the hydro tech pads. With regards to the power finish it got rid of the majority of swirls I would say about 80%. I think to get anymore I'd have to use a rotary not a da. Yea I gave most panels 2 hits with the power finish.
i think id be happy with 80% correction using a da and it being on the safe side and hardly any risk of going through the clear coat.
great work mate.
 

liquids3

Registered User
Great work,and effort,wel done for sticking at it,and end result.
 

Sandra

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Fantastic work Rav, im really impressed and you should be real proud of yourself. I will leave this here for a few days as per your request and move it to detailing mid week for you.

Sandra. :)
 

S3 Rav

Registered User
Great finish, but seriously... Whats with the door blade hanging off! That'd do my nut in!

Mate trust me it does my head in!! I'm trying to get it sorted. Just don't want to fork out £166 from Audi!! Hopefully will get it sorted soon.
 

s3dave

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Amazing work, i need to get into this detailing lark....there no way i could get 4 days on the bounce though...:)
 

Nilz

Defo worth the wait :)
Rav, that is stunning mate, the quality of the work is awesome!!!

Mine gleams when it is clean, but nowhere near that!!

Oh an off topic comment.....got enough Stella in that fridge ;)
 

Maz

Moon is made of green cheese
Now that's what I call dedication, loving the reflection shots and flake pop.

...how did you get on with tidying up that scratch?
 

Westy

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Good effort Rav. Bet you were shattered after doing that lot! :faint:
 

S3 Rav

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Cheers for all the comments guys. was really hard work but helped having constant supply of coffee by my cousin and having their garage to use.
Nilz: stella is my cousins lol. never have too much beer though!! Treated myself to a beverage or two after i was done!!

Idrees: materials wise I bought the megs g220 hard kit from polished bliss whilst it was on offer think it was about £150. I would say that all the other stuff comes up to another couple hundred quid easy however i just bought abit at a time. First essentail thing is a good wash technique with a good mitt and 2 buckets. The rest can come.

Maz: cheers mate, scratch is alot better cheers. I've taken the pic from the start and then in the final few pics i've shown it again. Im quite happy with the results as if it didnt come out as much as it did i was contemplating a respray but now its not essentail.

Westy: was absolutely knakered after the 4 days. Back was killing me...good job im a physio so I treated myself lol!!
 

Gops

Badger 5 Edition
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Like I said rav, switch plates and do mine :D good work though! Got most of my gear ready for my detail!
 

feck_on_a_stick

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Great work. You can't beat a black car when it's clean.
 

S3featesV9

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4 days!! ****** hell, I just done a 2 hour clean, did an hour Saturday but then the pub called my name.

I'm dripping like a wet dog, and back is killing from all the leaning over etc. feel like an old man. Car looks awesome though, doubt it's anywhere near your standards though! Yours looks brilliant considering it's a dark colour too.

You deffo need that door blade sorted lets it down a smidge

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I did buy a rotary, but god it's hard. Need a practice panel or something before I ruin my top coat
 

Splab333

Registered User
hey, the car looks awesome! :)

I had a similar door blade problem and it can be fixed for a few £ :)

It was really easy, if you remove the blade from the door, you can clean up the inside surfaces between the blade and the white plastic bracket. Then simply glue it down with epoxy, if you make sure theres no high points where the grey plastic has cracked (allowing the white bit to be released) you can re fit it the day after and all will be good :) I did mine 2 years ago and it is still perfect, it was in worse shape than yours too. Saved loads on buying a new one and obviously the faded colour matches. Hope this helps you save some £ cheers man, James
 

S3 Rav

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what menz were they mate as the power finish and final finish have different ones

Hello mate I understand their range has changed now. I bought this kit about 2 years ago if that helps.
 

S3 Rav

Registered User
S3featesv9 that looks great that does but yea it is hard work!!!

james have been trying to get a door blade for a while now. Hopefully have found a seller and will be sorted by next weekish. Does my head in too.
 

Nilz

Defo worth the wait :)
I was intrigued by your pics Rav, so had to add a couple of mine, hope you dont mind....

Spent a good few hours on the wifeys polo a couple of weeks ago (after months)!!

Didnt get many pics, but got a couple of decent reflective pics.....enjoy :)

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feck_on_a_stick

Registered User
For the 5 mins it stays clean lol

haha true. My last black car broke my heart and put me off owning another one unless it was something very special.
 

Alais DJA

Registered User
Is the blackfire series only for black cars?
 

S3 Rav

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Mods this can be moved to detailing section now.
 

superkarl

MAN OF STEEL
Is the blackfire series only for black cars?
not specifically. but most of their range is well suited to dark metallic and pearlescent colours. gives a deep wet look.
blackfire kit will be my wax and sealant of choice this summer for my ming blue s3.
 

S3 Rav

Registered User
As Karl said its best suited to dark colours. I like the stuff as its really easy to use and as you can see gives really nice results. Have a read through polished bliss guidelines in the detailing section.
 

superkarl

MAN OF STEEL
seeing as though we're all sharing nice reflective shots....
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S3 Rav

Registered User
This was one reflection from my last detail

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