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My Well Groomed A4

A4A4 Apr 10, 2018

  1. X3man

    X3man Well known member Gold Supporter X3 M40i Carbon Black

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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?
     
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  3. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    Took a couple of coats, all done in 15 mins. Just be careful not to over do it as I was a bit afraid too much rubbing/pressure would damage the screen.
     
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  4. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    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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  5. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    Quick update.

    This it how sonax performs 8 days later after just a wash followed later by showers.


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  6. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    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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  7. Scotty75

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

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    Stunning mate. Very impressed

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  8. X3man

    X3man Well known member Gold Supporter X3 M40i Carbon Black

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    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.
     
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  9. Bristle Hound

    Bristle Hound Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    @A4A4 - A4 looking fab buddy !
    Intend using the Sonax Spray & Seal on the new 'van mainly for ease TBH
     
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  10. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    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..
     
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  11. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    3 weeks in now and the last week has constantly rained on and off.

    Needs some gore-tex like qualities from the paintwork.

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    Detailing on-hold

    Eching to try the AG tyre gel. But at least the rain has washed the 'back to black' well off in preparation.
     
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  13. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    Owner of a dirty daytona now.

    From a distance it still looks okay, you can see the shine still trying to break through the dirt.


    Closer up shows the true picture. Reality of most cars across the country.

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  14. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    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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  15. X3man

    X3man Well known member Gold Supporter X3 M40i Carbon Black

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    Much much better @A4A4
     
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  16. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    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.
     
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    X3man Well known member Gold Supporter X3 M40i Carbon Black

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    Look forward to your review and thoughts on the AG tyre dressing
     
  18. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    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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  19. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    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.
     
  20. X3man

    X3man Well known member Gold Supporter X3 M40i Carbon Black

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    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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  21. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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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.
     
  22. jassyo06

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

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    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
     
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  23. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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

    Bristle Hound Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    ^ This :thumbs up:
     
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    Thanks :thumbs up:
     
  26. X3man

    X3man Well known member Gold Supporter X3 M40i Carbon Black

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    Not when you use Gyeon Q2 Tire. Went through week and a half of unending rain and was still there, as has SI02
     
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  27. Bristle Hound

    Bristle Hound Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    @X3man - Will have a look at that when I've gone thro' the 1 1/2 litres of Megs tyre guff as @jassyo06 calls it lol
     
  28. A4A4

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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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  29. Scotty75

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

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    Mate , that's a seriously tangible difference . Stunning finish impressed

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

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

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  31. V6_Man

    V6_Man Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team Glacier Supercharged TFSI Owners Group Team V6 VCDS Map User Team Scuba Audi S4 Audi A3 Black Edition quattro

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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.
     
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    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    Thanks for the very kind comments.

    Cheers!!
     
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    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    The mothers wax is doing its job after some rain. Repelling the water very well.

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  35. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    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..
     
  36. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    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.
     
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    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:
     
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  38. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    All ready for its MOT and its 5 years old Birthday.

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    Hope what lays beneath has lasted as well.

    And we don't get any nasty surprises from the MOT.
     
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