BH's Sepang Blue B8.5 Audi S4 Black Edition Saloon

Bristle Hound

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My long awaited 'Big S4 Detail'. I actually finished on Thursday, but my proffered photo location was not available till today

This is my most thorough Detail to date, so here goes -

I asked the supplying Dealer the following requests when I knew the car had been delivered to the Uk

1. When the car is delivered to the Dealership can the white transit plastic film be removed (which I believe it has to be as part of the PDI), but otherwise do not touch it at all. No washing or any prep work of any sort
2. Can the car be supplied with 'normal' number plates. NOT the one's with the light blue EU flash at the ends
3. Can the number plates be stuck on with sticky pads and NOT screwed on
4. NO Dealer stickers in the rear window.
The Salesperson was great & followed all my requests. At collection, the car was in the 'no public access' part with signs in all the windows for the Dealership valeters not to touch the car
This is how I collected my new S4 -

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The only mark I have found, to date, is a small scratch on the rear bumper which was easy enough to correct

Below is the process I went through –

Removed all the remaining transport film/cardboard from the exterior and interior

Snow foamed twice with CarChem super snow foam
2 bucket wash with lambswool mitt & a strong mix G3 Detox shampoo
Wheel arches cleaned with APC
Paintwork de-tarred with AF ObliTARarte
Paintwork decontaminated with CP Iron-X
All the wheels decontaminated with ObliTARate and Iron-X
Clayed all panels and glass using BH auto clay soft
Coat of AF Rejuvenate applied with a MF pad as a pre-wax cleanser
Coat of Prima Amigo applied a MF pad
2 x coats Obsession Wax Hybrid 86 applied with a damp Meguairs foam applicator
Exterior window rubbers and door mirrors treated with Werkstat acrylic glos
2 x coats of Planet Polish wheel seal and shine applied to the wheels
Tyres dressed with Meguairs endurance tyre gel
Exhaust tips cleaned and sealed with Britemax twins
Door & boot shuts treated with AF Tripple
Under bonnet cleaned with APC then all the plastics treated with Gtechniq C2V3 and the painted surfaces treated with AF Tripple
Interior surfaces cleaned with a mild APC then treated with a coat of Werkstat satin prot
Interior glass cleaned with CP Eraser
Interior mats treated with Gtechniq I1
Exterior glass cleaned with AG glass polish, then CP Eraser then 2 x coats of Angelwax H2GO rain repellent applied to windscreen & rear window & 1 coat to the remaining exterior glass

As usual for my Details, no ‘in progress’ photo’s, just the ‘completed’ ones

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Simon L

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Er, wow!!

Looks the dogs dangly bits mate ;)
 

well_cool

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Looking amazing, as we all knew it would!

No protection applied to the alcantara?

I'll be making similar requests to my supplying dealer when the A4 is finally built...!
 

Schuey

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Looks lovely mate but.....those carpets need some stripes or is that my OCD now?!
 

alxce

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Looking great and not surprising given the effort you have put into it. Loving the Sepang.
You mention doing the window rubbers and exterior mirrors with Werkstat, what did you apply to the rest of the black exterior trim down each side?
The reason I ask is that the RR I just sold had a lot of black trim and I was never very happy with anything I put on it.
 
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Lovely... :wub:
It's going to be a long wait for mine :nogarors4:
 

Bristle Hound

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Er, wow!!

Looks the dogs dangly bits mate ;)
Cheers Simon :)
Looking amazing, as we all knew it would!

No protection applied to the alcantara?

I'll be making similar requests to my supplying dealer when the A4 is finally built...!
Thanks :)
No, nothing on the alcantara .. at the mo ;)
:dogface:Beautiful BH :nogarors4: :wub:
Cheers BW :)
Looks lovely mate but.....those carpets need some stripes or is that my OCD now?!
@Schuey - Cheers Schuey :)
The interior pics were taken before the mats have been treated.& yes will have the lawnmower stripes in ;) :)
Looking great and not surprising given the effort you have put into it. Loving the Sepang.
You mention doing the window rubbers and exterior mirrors with Werkstat, what did you apply to the rest of the black exterior trim down each side?
The reason I ask is that the RR I just sold had a lot of black trim and I was never very happy with anything I put on it.
@alxce - Thanks Alex :)
Haven't used anything on the piano black trims yet, but I'm leaning toward using Sonax BSD which I have used before on exterior black piano trims
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Lovely... :wub:
It's going to be a long wait for mine :nogarors4:
Cheers Phil :)
Great work, Col. It looks magnificent. I could never match that with my own efforts, so will be paying a professional to do it for me.
Thanks Jeff :)
SWMBO says I have too much time on my hands ... as if!
 

StuBill

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Looks sharp BH. Nice work indeed.
This week I have managed to treat mine to a nice top coat of squashed bugs, pollen, and tree sap :)
 

StuBill

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@wild westie PSI for 255/35/19 as per door sticker on 2015 S4 saloon is :

light load : F36/R33
full load : F41/R41

That is with a 96Y XL tyre.
 

Schuey

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Ah relief, don't mind me, I'm just glad to be on a thread with no mention of RS3 :scared2:

Car looks lovely BH, how's it holding up performance wise?
 

TheFiftheElement

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Does look awesome @Bristle Hound .. now get out and put some miles on her and let us know your thoughts on the driving experience.

I'm interested in the differences with ADS, as I feel the modes in the S3 aren't that distinctive. For example I got in my car this morning and after 1/2 mile had to check what mode I was in. Turned out to be comfort. I wish they were more pronounced tbh.
 

Bristle Hound

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Very nice! I'll be over the moon if I can get mine half as good as that.
Thanks Nick :)
Does look awesome @Bristle Hound .. now get out and put some miles on her and let us know your thoughts on the driving experience.
Cheers buddy & will do :)
I'm interested in the differences with ADS, as I feel the modes in the S3 aren't that distinctive. For example I got in my car this morning and after 1/2 mile had to check what mode I was in. Turned out to be comfort. I wish they were more pronounced tbh.
Will keep you posted
 

Bristle Hound

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@Lastkill21
Decided to go out for a meal last night with SWMBO last night and combine an extended drive in the S4
The roads were mainly country B roads that I used to ride a lot when I had a moto sickle's

So after our meal, which was rather nice I must say, it was time for a play

Been using auto on ADS for a lot, so changed it over to comfort as the roads were pretty crap.Transformed the ride completely IMO. The car felt more like an SE in this mode. After around 60 miles of these roads, which I must say were made easy to drive my S4 being S-tronic, it was time to have a play in dynamic mode. ****** hell! It transforms the car completely! The noise, the seemless rush of speed is very addictive lol
I like the way the s-tronic holds onto the gesrs into the corners and roundabouts. Great feature for pushing on
Didn't play with the efficiency mode. Didn't buy an S4 for that!

The gear changes with the s-tronic are seamless. I can't really tell when its changing gear at lower speeds unless I watch the revs/dash indicator

Brakes are getting there. Not quite fully bedded in yet. The calibration of the quattro must be different to my 2009 B8 A4 as the S4 seems to drive different under throttle in corners, unless its the new car thing

B&O sound system is awesome, especially in DSP surround mode. Considering I have the 'basic' bluetooth interface, its surprsingly feature packed

I'm itching to use launch control, but I'm going to wait until I hit 1000 miles

Everyone who has seen my S4 loves the colour, but WTF why do they feel the need to put their greasy hands on my paintwork!

Did around 120 miles last night & I wasn't watching the mpg as I'm still on my free petrol, but surprised to see I got 26.9mpg on the DIS, considering I had a mess around in dynamic mode

So far, so much fun!
 

TheFiftheElement

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@Bristle Hound that first shot is a cracker, shows off Spangle Blue at it's best, really picks out the coachline along the car and I love the subtle badge details and the black brake calipers just poking through the rotors.

I know I'm never going to get that contrast and shine with my poor boys Ibis white :shrug: but the days where I'm glad I can give it a quick wash and have it looking good, will out weigh the days I would look at a filthy Sepang and think cripes, I need to spend 4 hours on that thing to make it acceptable :sadlike:

Sounds like you are enjoying your new car anyway!
 

Lastkill21

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@TheFiftheElement My mate has a Ibis White S4 Avant and it looks Awsome, It's far from a Poor boys choice of colour I would of been more than happy with it :)

@Bristle Hound Nice pictures again, Looks like the sun could make an apperence on Saturday so time for a good clean :D. On the 2nd Picture what are the marks above the wheel Arch ? at first i thought water but its sunny :chargrined:
 

Bristle Hound

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@Bristle Hound that first shot is a cracker, shows off Spangle Blue at it's best, really picks out the coachline along the car and I love the subtle badge details and the black brake calipers just poking through the rotors.
@TheFiftheElement - Thanks my friend
I know I'm never going to get that contrast and shine with my poor boys Ibis white :shrug: but the days where I'm glad I can give it a quick wash and have it looking good, will out weigh the days I would look at a filthy Sepang and think cripes, I need to spend 4 hours on that thing to make it acceptable :sadlike:
I always use a sealent rather than a wax on white's. Give's a more sharper finish IMO

This is the sort of finish I was getting on my old ibis white B8 A4 -



More pics here of it
http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=272166
 
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