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Audi A3 8V First Time Detailing Log

Kayobong Aug 25, 2018

  1. Kayobong

    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    So I've never really properly detailed before and this was my first experience using the two bucket method and some tips I picked up on here. I've been wanting to detail my car since buying it, fortunately the dealer did a good job of detailing before I picked it up and the wax coat was doing well until I noticed some dirt buildup after a spell of bad weather recently.

    Products used:

    - 2x 20L Buckets w/ grit guards

    - Sheep-wool wash mitt

    - Auto Rae-Chem Cherry Burst Shampoo

    - Autoglym Aqua Wax

    I'm very much a beginner when it comes to detailing so any tips will be appreciated. I did notice some black raised dot marks which don't seem to want to come off on the front bumper and on the lower front of the door panel.

    Anyway here are the results (sorry for the less than ideal quality images);
     

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  3. A4A4

    A4A4 Shiny Daytona

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    Great work. Very much a novice myself and like you picked up some great tips on here.

    Try some Auto Glym tar remover for those black marks/spots it may help.

    But this detailing lark is a minefield. So best to try what suits you.
     
  4. Kayobong

    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    Cheers, I'll give it a go :icon thumright:
     
  5. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Audi A3 Sportback S-line owners group Manual

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    Good work mate, before you know it you'll be addicted and obsessed like the rest of us here in the detailing forum ...... and so your adventure begins . Kiss goodbye to your hard earned dollars lol.......

    Seriously though id try a clay bar for those black spots. Could well be tar but also any other number of contaminents stuck to your paint. Thoroughly wash the car , then dry it. Then go over it with a clay bar and lubricant spray. It'll soon get rid of those pesky spots. After that polish and wax to your hearts content.
     
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  6. Kayobong

    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    Think I already am addicted! I've thought about a clay bar, not too sure how to use them. Thanks for the insight though, I'll probably be purchasing a clay bar soon.
     
  7. Jimbo10

    Jimbo10 Active Member Team Daytona TFSI Owners Group S-line owners group

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    Buy a Farecla Clay Mitt. Brilliant bit of kit!!
     
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  8. Kayobong

    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    I saw one in halfords yesterday, I'll probably return to buy it, does seem to be highly praised.
     
  9. Kayobong

    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    Got a lot of rain today, at least I know I did a good job with the wax, got some nice beading
     

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  10. kieran-S3

    kieran-S3 New Member

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    I’m due to start out myself my S3 is now 4 years old and from what I can see has never had any detailing done just the regular wash. Car is ridden with swirls and light scratches any tips on a kit that will set me on the right path to loosing time and money but having a shiny car? thanks
     
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  11. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Audi A3 Sportback S-line owners group Manual

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    Get a DA polisher with some orange hex logic pads and a bottle of Scholl S3 Gold XXL. Also a clay bar.

    Thoroughly wash and dry the car . Then clay bar the whole car , one panel at a time. Wash and dry once again.

    Polish one panel at a time with the S3. Wipe panel with IPA and inspect after each pass with the polisher. Polish again if needed. Once happy use a finishing polish like Scholl S20 to give the result you want.

    Be prepared for a lot of time and effort

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  13. Kayobong

    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    I haven't actually updated this thread in a while but I've bought a hell of a lot of stuff. So the most important purchase was a pressure washer, I can't recommend one enough if you don't already use one for prewash and rinse, I've gone round the whole car with some tar remover and fallout remover and it's worked a treat. I recently bought some polish and clay bar kit, haven't been able to use it due to weather and I'm just awaiting the chance.
     
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    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    Fallout remover at work. (Yes I know the alloys are kerbed, it's from the previous owner)
     

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    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Audi A3 Sportback S-line owners group Manual

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    Using the clay bar on the car makes a huge difference to the polishing process.

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  16. Kayobong

    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    I can't think of any complete kits but make sure you get yourself some grit guards to compliment a two bucket wash.
     
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  17. Kayobong

    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    Little nervous as I've never clayed or polished a car before.
     
  18. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Audi A3 Sportback S-line owners group Manual

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    easy really . Just remember if you dtop the clay throw it away. You'll feel the clay grabbing as you first use it. Once containents are removed from the surface the grabbing stops and you will feel the clay bar gliding .

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    If you want to see a good YouTube video on how to clay bar your car have a look at ‘Chris fix super clean’. Shows you the whole process, I followed the process and everyone I know has mentioned the paintwork!
     
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    It might seem daunting but make sure you always keep the cars surface really well lubricated. I would also suggest starting on a flat horizontal panel such as the bonnet or boot to get the feel of doing it. You don't need to apply any downward pressure but just slide the clay using your finger tips, using the weight of the clay to make contact with the paint.

    Once you've done it you will wonder why you ever thought it would be difficult !

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  21. Kayobong

    Kayobong Active Member Team Monsoon Audi A3 TDi

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    Thanks for the tips! I'll give it a go tomorrow hopefully, weather permitting.
     
  22. Neil Woodburn

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    Got this advise ( below photo ) from a Company called in2detailing - as like you a first attempt at detailing so I bought one of his kits as it worked out cheaper plus a few extras - use code FORENSIC to get 10% off items ( except kits which is priced to the bone ).

    I bought a DAS PRO Plus as I have a A6 Avant and need a machine I can hold to stretch over the large roof + bonnet plus a throw to cover the large panels. When back in stock I will buy a smaller machine for the smaller bumper / skirts as they re below £100.

    With A3 you could use a DAS PRO with the 2 pad sizes so saving you money ( quite a lot )

    https://www.in2detailing.co.uk/prod...ion-machine-polisher-scholl-concepts-kit.html

    https://www.in2detailing.co.uk/prod...ion-machine-polisher-scholl-concepts-kit.html

    Also have a look at this chap on you tube - he seems really truthful and British so doesn't bluff his videos.This is where the discount code comes from and he does not have any links with the products he tests so independent.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_4lRohBzY20wjsFGWS0Jzg


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    Hi

    Firstly apologies for the length of this message, its a bit of a long one.
    I really need to get into this Audi forum as a few of you have contacted me now which is great and the recommendations are really appreciated.

    Now, onto machines.
    The 15mm is an awesome machine HOWEVER please be aware that is can only take a larger backing plate, 5inch (included) or 6 inch. This means smaller areas, like top of doors, gloss black sections between the side glass, bumper lips, side skirts etc you will struggle with that 15mm machine. Bigger panels, like doors, roofs, bonnet, no problem and you will correct that faster that the other machine I'm going to recommend below. Furthermore the 15mm is a smoother and nicer machine to hold.

    Now the DAS 6 Pro has a smaller throw and comes with both a 3 inch and 5 inch backing plate giving you that flexibility that the Pro Plus does not offer. So if if is your only machine, then personally we recommend the DAS 6 Pro over the Pro Plus. It also saves you £50 which is always a bonus. But that decision is yours, weigh up the pros and cons.

    Right onto compounds. S40 has barely any cut so realistically, even though you start from the least aggressive combination, I would personally just skip past it, don't waste your time. S20 is a great one step compound, however it is not a heavy hitter. For lighter stuff, generally a green hex logic pad and you will get decent results. As it is what we class as a one step, don't follow up with S40, the level of increased gloss is so minimal that again, a waste of time (see, saving you more money again lol)

    What I would do is look at one of our kits, like the Scholl kit for example. It includes S3, S17 and S40 along with some pads which covers all bases.
    Why do you want that? Well a few reason. Firstly, as I mentioned above it gives you the full spectrum of heavy, medium and light cut at a lower cost that we're you to buy individually.
    Secondly, Audi generally have quite hard clear coat and out eyes can be deceptive. So what you are seeing as a light swirl or scratch may not be able to be removed with S20 becuase of the hardness of the clear. If you only but S20, then you will not be happy that you then need to go out and buy something heavier and then another pad. I did my BMW recently. Seriously it was very light swirling, I ended up having to go for a seriously heavy combe to get any sort of result. So you would start with S17 (similar to S20 in that is a one step) and the green pad on the boot lid for example. If you are getting the results, fire on. If not, step up to S3 on the same pad and after that if necessary S3 on the orange. If you step up to S3 on the orange, then follow with S40 on the black as the finish over that S3 leaves is worth the extra time.
    The last reason to get the kit is because further down the line, if you do another car, or you get a scuff, you have got the full range again at your desposal.

    I have waffled on enough now, I hope the advice makes sense however if you want to clarify or ask anything else, give me a call 07590555657, you'll get straight to me

    Regards

    Imran Hussein
     
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