PHANTOM BLACK S3

jr001

Registered User
A stunning car in a cracking colour. This car had clearly been well looked after and believe it or not it is washed with a traditional sponge, with the help of the owner’s daughter!

I initially thought that I would turn the halogens on and expect to find swirling around the filament in the traditional bonnet and door reflections. Quite a few deeper swirls, but very far apart on panels. But no mountain of swirls.

The start:

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This proved to be a frustrating detail due to BOTH Menzerna (3.02 and 106FA) and 3M polishes (Extra Fine Compound) drying out very quicky – like at the end of 1 and 2 passes around 1200 rpm. Switching over to the black 3M polishing pad helped greatly, but I was still getting dry-out. The consequence of this was lots of ‘baked’ on polish residue that was a real pain to get off the panels, and I mean EVERY panel.

Anyway, some before and after correction shots:

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The halogens were bringing about lots of sweating very early on, so the owner kindly went and got me my own air conditioner:

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Man, that thing blows really strong and really cold – what a godsend it was.

Some general after correction shots:

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Paint cleansing: IPA, then Dodo Lime Prime
Waxing: Blackfire Midnight Ivory (adorable)
Windows and Wheels: cleansed and sealed with the usual Werkstat Prime Strong
Exterior trim: 303 Aerospace
Tyres: 303 Aerospace
Tailpipes: Megs NXT Metal Polish

Some indoor shots:

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Then outside for some rain-free pics:

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Cheers,

JOHN
 

S3 Rav

Registered User
saw it on detailingworld, very nice results there mate.
 

jesters3

Active Member
VCDS Map User
It always amazes me how the bodywork can look like a mirror after you guys finish it off. Respect due!
 

jr001

Registered User
Thanks fellas. :icon_thumright:

Good surface prep, appropriate lighting - you can achieve quite a lot really.

I have to say that the Blackfire Midnight Ivory wax is superb and adds its own little nuances to the overall images.

Thanks again.
 

deuce

Registered User
Nice work there John!

I really love the look you get with Blackfires on darker colours :icon_thumright:
 
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