My Well Groomed A4

NevMan

Well known member
Thought it be useful to include this photo of a before and after shots.

To show better evidence of how it worked.

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That is some serious improvement!!
Did you apply with m/f and cotton buds, leave to dry and wipe off? Or more effort involved?
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Just washed and sprayed only using 2 products.

BH auto wash and Sonax Spray and Protect

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First washed and rinsed then sprayed with Sonax. Seemed very bizarre spraying on the panels when wet, like I was wasting the product running off everywhere. When the whole car was covered it was ready to be rinsed off again.


Used about a third of the bottle so should do the car 3 times.


Next toweled dried the car and could feel the product a bit grabby. Once dried I went around with a quality MF cloth to buff the paintwork up.


Got to say it is the easiest and quickest I have ever applied some protection to the cars paint. Be interesting to see how well it performs.


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A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Update 2. Car has been used daily and parked outside 24/7. The paintwork been hit with usually seasonal debris of on and off showers, pollen fallout and dust. Not forgetting all the the muck collected when driving over last week (often in rain).

You would expect to see it more flithy than it is. Don't get me wrong it's not clean Mr sheen but on close up you can only see slight spotting all over the paintwork.

See example here:

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Got to say l am pleased with how this Sonax seal and protect is performing since it was applied and would recommend and buy it again.

Picture below is earlier this evening from a distance the car's paint looks surprisingly clean. More rain forecast so won't be washing it for a while. Apart from the alloy wheels. Got to keep on top of them, oh and the tips!.


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NevMan

Well known member
That does seem to be holding up very well @A4A4. They (Sonax) do seem to do some quality products. Got the interior cleaner the other day, but yet to use.
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
@A4A4 - A4 looking fab buddy !
Intend using the Sonax Spray & Seal on the new 'van mainly for ease TBH

Cheers... You are using sonax for the caravan and the audi gets turtle wax hybrid sealant.

That's stuff is less than half price of the sonax and looks a very similar product, bargain.

Sounds like you found a winner and another to considered. Damm.. I was hoping to ease my qd/sealant spray addiction.

...resist.....


I have done..
 

NevMan

Well known member
After over a month it had to have a quick wash, now that looks better.

Couldn't stand letting it get anymore flithy and building up potential of swirling the paint.

Only used prewash and a car shampoo. Followed by a splash of sonax sp.


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Much much better @A4A4
 

NevMan

Well known member
Thanks @X3man it was sad to see it so unloved, hopefully (weather and time permitting) I will get around to try the AG wheel dressing and a belated polish & wax.

Look forward to your review and thoughts on the AG tyre dressing
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Tried the AG tyre gel today on my Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tyres.


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First washed and prepped the tyres with washing up liquid then applied the tyre gel to a damp tyre with a sponge.

Found it went on with ease and started to instantly transform the tyre. Only needed a small amount of gel at a time and after one coat it give a fresh new factory look. Not as glossy wet look my previous tyre dressing gave but it is growing on me.


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Thought it needed a second coat just to finish it off.


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Overall it looks like great value for money at £8.96 it will go along way.

Very simple to apply but if you get some on the alloy wheels it can be easily wipped off before drying.

The look, if you like your tyres not to glossy (wet look) then this will suit you. These Goodyear tyres had two coats and now look deeper black and more factory new feel to them.

I like it and think this tyre dressing really looks well on Goodyear tyres.

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A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
After a week of really poor and very wet weather, car driven daily and before it gets it's weekly wash and topup.

I thought I would share a realtime picture of how the AG tyre gel looks now.

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You can judge then for yourself if you think it has performed better or worse than expected.
 

NevMan

Well known member
After a week of really poor and very wet weather, car driven daily and before it gets it's weekly wash and topup.

I thought I would share a realtime picture of how the AG tyre gel looks now.

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You can judge then for yourself if you think it has performed better or worse than expected.

So It is gone then

Thanks for the detailed write up and pics. Think I will stick with Gyeon Tire as it has SI02 so lasts long. And in between will use Tire Express

ONE coat of Gyeon Tire:

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A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
So It is gone then

Thanks for the detailed write up and pics. Think I will stick with Gyeon Tire as it has SI02 so lasts long. And in between will use Tire Express

ONE coat of Gyeon Tire:

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Yeah @X3man , it's vaguely noticeable now. To be fair it did have a good lashing of rain on them constantly for nearly 2 days.

But I would had thought it would have lasted longer than a week.

The stuff you use on the cooper looks more promising.

It's all trial and error with this detailing lark, but that's what I like about it.
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
Yeah @X3man , it's vaguely noticeable now. To be fair it did have a good lashing of rain on them constantly for nearly 2 days.

But I would had thought it would have lasted longer than a week.

The stuff you use on the cooper looks more promising.

It's all trial and error with this detailing lark, but that's what I like about it.
Heavy rain will remove any tyre dressing over a 7 day period,l seen your photos of the dressing and the tyres looked to me anyway as if they needed another coat...and can l ask you did you prep the side walls properly before application as that makes a huge difference,l have used it on 3 separate cars 3 different types of tyres with great success...best tyre dressing l have used to date and the most durable and l have used a lot of tyre dressings
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Heavy rain will remove any tyre dressing over a 7 day period,l seen your photos of the dressing and the tyres looked to me anyway as if they needed another coat...and can l ask you did you prep the side walls properly before application as that makes a huge difference,l have used it on 3 separate cars 3 different types of tyres with great success...best tyre dressing l have used to date and the most durable and l have used a lot of tyre dressings

@jassyo06 Yes, prepped the side walls with washing up liquid before application, however it was not the fairy brand. lol
 

Marky007

A4 Sline
Thanks :thumbs up:
 

NevMan

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A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Mothers California Gold Synthetic Paste Wax mini review.

Used a butter knife and it did spread like butter on to the pad. One of the softest paste l have ever used. Really easy to apply. Alot better than the natty blue wax I used previously.

This much of the tin left, so looks like it will last for many more applications.


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Left to haze and dry and just buffed off with a plush MF cloth. It again came off very easily.


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The paint has a very good depth and shine to it and for less than a tenner what's not to like.

See the pictures of the results much better than anymore words.

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Scotty75

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By the way I'm a fan of the butter knife trick myself . Works a treat

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Mothers California Gold Synthetic Paste Wax mini review.

Used a butter knife and it did spread like butter on to the pad. One of the softest paste l have ever used. Really easy to apply. Alot better than the natty blue wax I used previously.

This much of the tin left, so looks like it will last for many more applications.


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Left to haze and dry and just buffed off with a plush MF cloth. It again came off very easily.


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The paint has a very good depth and shine to it and for less than a tenner what's not to like.

See the pictures of the results much better than anymore words.

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@A4A4 it is effing stunning mate. The depth as well as gloss is mind blowing. With every wash and polish you are taking it to the next level. One of the best examples of a very very well kept A4 I've ever seen.
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Mate , that's a seriously tangible difference . Stunning finish impressed

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@A4A4 it is effing stunning mate. The depth as well as gloss is mind blowing. With every wash and polish you are taking it to the next level. One of the best examples of a very very well kept A4 I've ever seen.


Thanks for the very kind comments.

Cheers!!
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Car not been touched for over 3 weeks. When it last had its first coat of mother's paste wax. (posted above)

With the amount of weather been dumped on it the protection has held up okay. And I quite like the wax.

Had a window of opportunity yesterday to wash the car only, but found some stubborn stuff on the bonnet that a wash alone would not move.

Reluctantly went and grappled the DA..


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Quick polish and another coating of mother's paste wax sorted it.


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Used blue hex glaze pad for the wax application.


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That was yesterday, since then its been wet and stormy some more.

So today looks like this.


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Not had the time or zeal to do the whole car. That will have to wait..
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Had it's second full body wax using the Mother's paste wax.


Washed, sealed and waxed, did not think it needed a polish yet.


Used these 4 products for this clean and spruce up.

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Coming up soon it will be 5 years old, it's not looking to shabby for its age.



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Think I will keep the car a bit longer, maybe another 5 years.
 

Kayobong

Registered User
Had it's second full body wax using the Mother's paste wax.


Washed, sealed and waxed, did not think it needed a polish yet.


Used these 4 products for this clean and spruce up.

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Coming up soon it will be 5 years old, it's not looking to shabby for its age.



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Think I will keep the car a bit longer, maybe another 5 years.

Wish I had the ability to hold on to a car for that long, I always find myself wanting something more powerful! I don't blame you for wanting to keep it though, it's in top shape by the looks of it :icon thumright:
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Passed mot with no issues.

Full service and a new pair of front pads (got 45,000 miles out of them) to be fitted next, quoted all in for £165.

Still feels and looks new to me.

Anyway nothing floating my boat at the moment, so going to hold on to this for the foreseeable future. Enjoying more time just paying the running and serving costs only.
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
My mimimal effort wash for winter, this is for when it's going to rain later and I don't want to spend alot of time detailing it this time of year.

Maybe on a slippery path to ruining my finish.

See how it goes.

Would say it's 75% touchless wash. No car shampoo, no pressure washer (don't own one anyway) and no hand drying.


Only prewash pump sprayed the car, left to dwell, rinsed, sprayed with drying aid, rinsed off and left to drip dry.

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Hands on the wheels the sills and arches wiped over with a mitt to remove those stubborn, soiled marks. Lastly a quick squirt of glass cleaner.
That's it hands off.

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The rest untouched.
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Still doing the same..

No car shampoo, no pressure washer, no touch on the larger panels and no drying.

Quite like the minimal effort and touch routine which suits this time of year. But can't see it lasting for much longer.


This was taken on Halloween.


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This was taken today, 12 days later after another mimimal wash test. Struggling now with the creeping dirt and on close up it's bad.

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So this is the last one now, before I need to apply the mitt with shampoo and touch the larger panels again.

We'll got over month of quick, lazy and lackluster car cleaning.
 

A4A4

Owner of a Shiny Daytona
Time to treat it to some car shampoo and a wash mitt.

Been a couple of months of just doing none touch prewash spray and left to drip dry.

It needed to be hit with a mitt.

Quick winter process of:

Prewash pump sprayed
Power hose rinse
Shampoo + mitt
Rinse
Rinse aid sprayed on
Power hose rinse
Towel dried
Tyre dressed

Dull day for pictures. This the best its going to look this time of year!

Least the hard graft done over the summer, drier and warmer months is now paying off. As the shine doesn't look to bad after some neglect.



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