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My Well Groomed A4

A4A4 Apr 10, 2018

  1. A4A4

    A4A4 Well-Known Member

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    The paintwork does not look to bad but not polished it since owning the car. So must be time..


    Plan to attack this soon with this list:

    1. Firstly give it a light degrease with BH Surfex

    2. Wash with Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner

    3. Clay with a G3 Pro Body Prep Clay Mitt (lubricated)

    4. Polish with Mequiars Ultimate Compound

    5. Use a suitable carnauba Wax (shock) Simoniz Original Car Wax (??)

    6. Finish off with Angelwax QED Quick Detailer Spray.


    What method do you use?
     
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  3. pxr5

    pxr5 Active Member Team Mythos TDi A7 Owner Group Black Edition quattro S-line owners group

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    You may want try tar removal, then a fallout remover before a clay. Also follow the UC with Ultimate Polish. Simoniz Original Wax is a sod to remove. The new Autoglym UHD wax gets high praise. Only use the QD after amaintenance wash to top up. No need for it after a full decon/polish/wax.
     
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  4. A4A4

    A4A4 Well-Known Member

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    I see this list is going to get bigger!

    Adding Autoglym Tar Remover and looking into getting a suitable fallout remover like Sonax.
     
  5. RS3 S.

    RS3 S. Active Member

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    Your list of things is pretty much what I do.
     
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  6. A4A4

    A4A4 Well-Known Member

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    Last week just did a quick wash & wax. So here is the current state of the paintwork. Be interesting for me to see all this effort prep/polish/etc is going to make much difference.
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    Looks like weather next week is changing for the better. So hopefully get time to do the above list.

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    6 hours + hard labour
     
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    Bristle Hound Moderator Staff Member Moderator MQB Platform

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    Just checked over the paint work for swirl marks and can’t see any. ( in sunlight and led torch)
    Just a few hair line scratches and odd stone chip.

    For paintwork to have no swirls in over 3.5 years is amazing. Audi paints are so good!

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    Hopefully when I polish it for the first time is will bring the colour out more but got to say impressed with no swirls in all that time.
     
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  10. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    The new Autoglym ultra HD wax is a sod to remove as well both times l used it dusting everywhere , then l found out the supplied applicator was too blame it just didn't bond to the wax so yer scooping up more product to compensate, but it's not worth the money in my opinion
     
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    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Bright sun lights will bring out some swirls all cars have them to a degree, are you polishing by hand ?
     
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  13. A4A4

    A4A4 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I will be polishing by hand . It will be the first time this paint has had any on it.

    Going with Mequiars Ultimate Compound (since already bought it ready)

    Searching around it has got some good/mixed reviews.

    Going to ask you, but might regret it - Have you used it? And - What polish do you recommend for next time?
     
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  14. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    No l haven't used it mate but hey give it a go and see how you get on with it, you've already purchased it that's what detailing is all about triumph and defeat lol, for future use l would recommend Scholl S40 refining polish it's got minimum cut 4%,and can be applied by hand or machine, it's basically a refining/jewelling polish.... If you haven't got some for the polish l would purchase some decent foam applicators makes the job a whole lot more easier
     
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  15. pxr5

    pxr5 Active Member Team Mythos TDi A7 Owner Group Black Edition quattro S-line owners group

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    Really? I'm surprised. I've read a lot of reports seriously praising this UHD wax over at DW, in fact not a single negative about it. Also the applicator, so much so that people are pleading with AG to release the applicator separately. I've got a lot of different waxes and sealants but I'll certainly be getting this UHD wax too
     
  16. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Just my opinion mate, as for the applicator almost identical ones are available on the net, in my opinion the applicator is poor why? its too tall,there's no feeling of the paint surface through it and it doesn't bond to the wax the way a more porous foam applicator does , the contact surface of the applicator is like a dense soft rubber in its texture and to its touch, like some of them cheap sweets in the shape of a fried egg kids eat, and leave it on too long dusting everywhere .. .. £44 is £10 less than l paid but a bargain if you like waxing. Remove the dusting and the applicator it would the Carlsberg car wax
     
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  17. martin1984

    martin1984 Well-Known Member Team Silver TDi Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    ive used mequiars u/compound and will vouch for it also applied by hand very time comusing used the meg pad aswell which were great.
     
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    @jassyo06 - Does that mean you could drink it then ? :superman:
    lol
     
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  19. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Ha ha after applying this wax you'll need a few pints .... Way all the dust yuv snorted up, aye yer car looks like it's been covered by Charlie!! again the applicator is still pants lol
     
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  20. A4A4

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    Took only 3 hours by hand..

    Did this combo:

    1. Firstly give it a light decrease with BH surfex

    2. Washed with autoglym bodywork shampoo conditioner

    3. Applied some autoglym tar remover

    4. Clayed with a G3 pro prep clay mitt

    5. Polished with mequiars ultimate compound

    6. Finished off with angelwax qed quick detailed spray....Really wanted to seal with ‘carpro reload’ but didn’t arrive in time. So will have to do it next week.

    Here are the result pics:

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  21. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Daytona at it best mate,l gave my mum's Daytona a wee maintenance wash this morning,then l gave it a spritz of Dodo juice futor armor.....it was spectacular in the sun,l do think Daytona suits a sealant type covering more than a wax
     
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  22. A4A4

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    Tips cleaned with a bit of tar remover and WD40 then polished up with Autosol.

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  23. A4A4

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    Took delivery of a 400ml bottle of 'Carpro Reload'
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    How much should I use to give the car a good coating?
     
  24. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Less is more when l use say dodo juice future armour l use very little, apply to one panel at a time, also 3 cloths is mandatory, one to apply, one to buff off normal microfibre cloths will do for these two parts, then a quality buffing cloth "Eagle edgeless" to finish it off
     
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  25. scotty76

    scotty76 Well-Known Member Team Phantom Audi S4

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    Less is more with Reload. Spritz and wipe off. If it smears an additional spray and wipe should do the trick.

    I used to also use Reload as a post wash top up diluted 1:1 with water (50/50 if you prefer that notation). Spray on to wet paint and wipe off.
     
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    Thanks, will give this a go soon. When the 'Eagle edgeless' arrives and a free day.
     
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    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Eagle edgeless great buffing cloths but work best after a wee wash, l hand wash all my cloths now , as in past the Mrs has ruined a good few Grrrr lol
     
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    q5man Mythos Appreciator Team Mythos TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter quattro Audi Q5

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    This forum is costing me some serious £'s. Have now ordered some eagle edgeless (Ok, they aren't that pricey, but all adds up) :blackrs4:
     
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    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Yeah it all adds up l have 20 of them all very new and 10 of them are still in the wrapper and ones l have used still look new if you look after them mate they are worth the money
     
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    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Never actually visited or even glanced at this forum ie detailing world, l get all my tips and recommendations directly from 2 Pro detailers one is on YouTube and the other owns a online detailing shop, l think being on this forum consumes enough of my time lol
     
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    @jassyo06 - Coward! :p lol
    @q5man - It won't be long now ... :yahoo:
    Prepare to empty your bank account if you do lol
    PS I'm a Moderator over there too. I must be mad! lol
     
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    q5man Mythos Appreciator Team Mythos TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter quattro Audi Q5

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    Ah, that would explain why you have shelves stacked with product :cheerful:

    On my way over there now :yum:
     
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  36. A4A4

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    Weather still not good enough to get to apply the sealant. So l thought to spring clean the interior.

    Autoglym interior shampoo picked for the carpets seat fabrics and dash.

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    Next the leather cleaned and conditioned

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    Just used these 3 products

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    Looking good :thumbs up:
     
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    After giving the interior a good spring clean, Noticed when the sunlight hits the mmi screen it shows up a few hair line scratches on it. Mostly at the bottom ( see pic )

    Anybody know how to remove them ?

    Or is it to late the damage is done and not to touch it.

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  41. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Best leave well alone mate damage is done like you say
     
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  42. A4A4

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    Thought I put the question out anyway.

    All these detailing wizards on here, maybe someone had some 'magic' solution.
     
  43. H-M3

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    Very nice car and one of the best colours me thinks.:thumbs up: If you want to take your paint to the next level then I would recommend a DA polisher and depending on your budget you can’t go wrong with the Zaino brand. Z2 then top up with z8. Will blow you away. With Zaino the prep has to be spot on, so take car paint to bare again and then go ahead. If you want something in the cheaper range the I would highly recommend the Serious performance range, cleanser polish and then the nano seal. You can find them on Fleabay but not Zaino.
     
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