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Detailing / Re: New Car Protection Detail
« Last post by Dunc245 on 14 August 2018, 23:35 »
Thanks SRGTD; I'll give it a go.
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Golf mk7 / Re: GTi or R
« Last post by Madpig on 14 August 2018, 22:25 »
Well Mr Guzzle.....I suppose that’s fair enough.

My current car is a RS Focus MP375 which is very quick to say the least and I’ve had two years fun with it.

Time for a change however and the new GTI performance will fit the bill nicely me thinks.
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Detailing / Re: New Car Protection Detail
« Last post by SRGTD on 14 August 2018, 21:31 »
Hi Neil,

Great job!

I'd be keen to know your tips for 'correction' of the B pillar trims - mine have a couple of minor marks on them.

The piano black B pillar trim seems to be quite a ‘soft’ plastic, so very susceptible to swirl marks, even with a good, careful washing and drying technique.

I’m fortunate enough to have a dual action (DA) machine polisher, and a few minutes polishing with the DA and an appropriate combination of pad and polish removes the swirl marks. I follow this up with a couple of layers of wax or sealant for protection - applied with foam applicator and buffed off with a soft microfibre. I usually correct my B pillar trim a couple of times a year, because however careful you are washing and drying them, the swirl marks are likely to come back.

I’ve never attempted to polish mine by hand but it might be worth trying a product such as Gtechniq P1 on a hand polishing foam pad, followed up with a couple of layers of wax or sealant for protection. It’s essentially a paintwork correction polish, but should also be OK to use on the plastic B pillar trim. I’d recommend masking off the area to be polished to prevent getting polishing compound trapped between the plastic trim and adjoining rubber window seal. I’ve not used Gtechniq P1 so can’t vouch for its effectiveness at swirl removal from plastic trim by hand, but it does generally get good reviews. There are also a number of videos on YouTube - try searching on ’Gtechniq P1 by hand’.

https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/gtechniq-p1-nano-composite-polish

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Detailing / Re: Car dryer
« Last post by JB GTI on 14 August 2018, 21:28 »
Nice piece of kit Jim, and a very useful item to have in your cleaning/detailing arsenal. I don’t have the Big Boi Mini R, but I have the Meteo Vac Sidekick Blaster and I wouldn’t want to be without it

The Sidekick is quite small and light so highly portable. I’ve perfected the art of drying my whole car with it with the long pointed nozzle attachment - as you’ve said, the technique to drying the whole car is to ‘chase’ the water off each panel. With a well protected car, after the final open hose rinse there’s not much water left to chase off the car. I get rid of any remaining water droplets with a Wo-Wo drying towel.

The Sidekick Blaster is also very good at getting water out of all those annoying crevices that seem to retain water and then dribble down the vertical panels when you think you’ve finished drying. It’s a bit noisy though when it’s directed at water traps like wheel bolt holes and around the edge of the door mirror glass, although I find wearing a pair of ear plugs useful.

It amuses the neighbour when he sees me using it :smiley:.

+1 great piece of kit 👍
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Golf mk7 / Re: GTi or R
« Last post by Guzzle on 14 August 2018, 20:31 »
Some of you may think it odd that I keep saying “only” but that’s because my current car is running around 375 bhp. It’s a fantastic car and if I was minted I’d be keeping it but the PCP deal finishes in December so it’s got to go as I can’t afford to pay the “balloon” payment.
However, judging by my test drives and my colleague’s kindness today I’m 95% certain I’ll be joining the ranks of you guys!!
Let’s hope you’re all animal friendly......

Well you can't say things like that and then not tell us all what your current car is   :whistle:

Unless it's something really exotic, surely it's going to cost less to finance the balloon payment for that rather than finance an entire new car?
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Golf mk7 / Re: New Arrivals!!
« Last post by SRGTD on 14 August 2018, 19:36 »
Thanks for that; however, decision made....I think I’m going to go for pure white!

Specification I am so very close to pulling the trigger on is as follows:
GTI Performance 5 door manual
Pure white
Standard alloys
Jacara interior
Heated front screen
Rear view camera
Sunroof
Lane assist / traffic sign recognition
Dynaudio

One of my colleagues took me out this afternoon in his car which when he put his foot down caught me a bit by surprise....considering they’re only 245 bhp they’re pretty quick!

Just waiting for confirmation of the part exchange price against my current beast...I should find out by Saturday.

Good choice of colour IMO. I seem remember when the mk7 Golf was launched that the display cars were Pure White as it seems to show off the lines of the car pretty well. My next car is also likely to be Pure White.
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Golf mk7 / Re: GTi or R
« Last post by Madpig on 14 August 2018, 19:15 »
When considering which version to buy (deal not finalised as yet although I’m pretty close) I test drove both.

Back in April when I first started looking at these beasts I test drove the GTI performance manual (which is the version I really want being a bit of a petrol headed animal) and was seriously impressed given the fact that it only had 245 bhp. However, being inquisitive, I really wanted to test drive a R but the opportunity didn’t present itself until last Friday when the dealer I’d approached in April had one. Unfortunately it was an auto (I understand you can’t buy a manual new now) and I was pretty underwhelmed to be fair. OK, if you put your foot down it goes but (for me) lacked the pure fun of the performance GTI.
Some of you may think it odd that I keep saying “only” but that’s because my current car is running around 375 bhp. It’s a fantastic car and if I was minted I’d be keeping it but the PCP deal finishes in December so it’s got to go as I can’t afford to pay the “balloon” payment.
However, judging by my test drives and my colleague’s kindness today I’m 95% certain I’ll be joining the ranks of you guys!!
Let’s hope you’re all animal friendly......
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Golf mk7 / Re: New Arrivals!!
« Last post by Madpig on 14 August 2018, 19:02 »
@Madpig; welcome to the forum

Colour choice is a very personal thing and one person’s favourite colour will be another person’s least favourite, so if your asking for advice on which colour you should choose, you’re likely to get a multitude of different responses. Also, VW’s colour palette isn’t particularly exciting either, so not too many colours to choose from.

When I’m buying a new car, I consider the following  in relation to paint colour;

Light or dark colour? A dark colour is harder work to keep clean and IMO requires more effort. Dark colours also show scratches, paint chips and swirls more than lighter colours. If you’re time poor, or not prepared to invest the time in keeping your car looking good, then a dark coloured car might not be the best choice.

Who will wash it? If you entrust your car washing to the £5 hand wash places or automatic car washes, then it’s likely to be inflicted with swirl marks due to poor washing techniques used, and swirl marks will be more visible on a darker colour. If you wash your car yourself, then whatever the colour, adopting a careful washing technique will help minimise paintwork swirls.

Colour matching; if you’re unfortunate enough to need any bodywork or paint repairs, is it an easy colour to match? Historically, light metallic colours (such as silver) or solid reds were difficult to get an accurate colour match. This might not be such a problem now with the use of spectrophotometer paint matching technology.

It’s always worth having a look in the used cars section of VW’s website as there’ll be a good selection of nearly new GTI Golfs (with photos) there in a variety of colours, so you’ll be able to see what each colour looks like ‘in the metal’. If I was buying a new GTI, my shortlist of colours in order of preference would be Pure White, Indium Grey, Isaac Blue or Tornado Red.

Good luck with your colour choice.

Thanks for that; however, decision made....I think I’m going to go for pure white!

Specification I am so very close to pulling the trigger on is as follows:
GTI Performance 5 door manual
Pure white
Standard alloys
Jacara interior
Heated front screen
Rear view camera
Sunroof
Lane assist / traffic sign recognition
Dynaudio

One of my colleagues took me out this afternoon in his car which when he put his foot down caught me a bit by surprise....considering they’re only 245 bhp they’re pretty quick!

Just waiting for confirmation of the part exchange price against my current beast...I should find out by Saturday.
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Detailing / Re: New Car Protection Detail
« Last post by Dunc245 on 14 August 2018, 18:54 »
Hi Neil,

Great job!

I'd be keen to know your tips for 'correction' of the B pillar trims - mine have a couple of minor marks on them.
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Golf mk7 / Re: New Arrivals!!
« Last post by MKgti on 14 August 2018, 18:04 »
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